12 Surprising Things You Should Be Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide. Chances are you have a bottle in your bathroom cabinet for first aid use, but did you know it can be used for more than just cleaning a scrape or cut?

Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide can be used in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and even in your beauty routine! In fact, there are so many ways to use it you’ll be surprised you weren’t cleaning with hydrogen peroxide before.

That’s right, this little brown bottle of liquid packs a real punch. (And did you know you should always keep your hydrogen peroxide in the brown bottle it comes in? Light sources can zap the power right out of this liquid powerhouse.) Another bonus is you can easily find an inexpensive bottle of 3% peroxide at stores like Target, Walmart, and CVS.

Ready to pick up a bottle and watch those stains disappear? Keep reading to learn how you could be cleaning with hydrogen peroxide.

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1. Sanitize your cutting board.

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Keeping your cutting board clean is important to avoid cross contamination and food-borne illnesses.

First, wipe the cutting board with vinegar and use a paper towel to wipe down the board. Follow up by spraying the board with hydrogen peroxide and wipe again. This is perfect to use after cutting meats, especially poultry.

Aprill’s note: Never use hydrogen peroxide on marble or stone. Because it’s acidic, it can ruin these surfaces!

2. Clean your veggies.

Remove dirt, germs, and pesticides from fruits and vegetables by adding 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink of cold water and washing as normal. Rinse with cool water when you’re done.

3. Remove grass stains.

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If you have kids, then grass-stained clothing is a common sight in your laundry room.

To get rid of those stubborn green stains, mix a few drops of ammonia with 1 teaspoon of peroxide and rub on the stain. Once it disappears, rinse and launder the garment as normal.

4. Banish bloodstains.

Did a cut or scrape ruin a perfectly good shirt or pair of jeans? Grab your bottle of peroxide and add as much as needed to make the stain disappear as soon as possible, then rinse and launder as normal. Set in stains won’t be removed, so it’s important to apply the hydrogen peroxide as soon as they happen.

5. Say goodbye to mildew.

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Peroxide is mildew’s greatest enemy, and it’s safer than using bleach! Liberally spray hydrogen peroxide on any mildewed areas and wipe clean. Bonus! This will also whiten your bathroom grout.

6. Remove wine stains.

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Had a little accident with your bubbly? Pour peroxide directly on the wine stain and buff it with a soft cloth until the stain is gone. Magic!

7. Whiten your nails.

Did your favorite nail polish leave you with stained nails? Soak a cotton ball in undiluted hydrogen peroxide and rub on your nails to reduce the staining.

8. Mouthwash.

Gargling with hydrogen peroxide? It works! Kill germs and bacteria in your mouth by mixing 1 part water and 1 part peroxide. Swish for a few minutes and spit. Be careful to not swallow any peroxide as it is corrosive!

9. Clean your dishwasher.

Get rid of food-borne germs and bacteria and give your dish detergent a boost by adding 3 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher.

10. Refresh your sponges.

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Everyone knows sponges are a haven for germs and bacteria. Say goodbye to all the gunk by soaking your dirty sponges in a 50/50 mix of peroxide and water for 15 minutes. Rinse well and let your sponges dry before putting them to use again.

11. Destroy foot fungus.

Are your feet smelly? Soak your feet in a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water for 10 minutes. Not only will it destroy any nasty foot fungus, but it will also soften corns and calluses and whiten yellow toenails.

12. Clean your humidifier.

Humidifiers are known to breed fungus. Get rid of it easily by adding 1 pint of peroxide to 1 gallon of water inside your humidifier to thoroughly clean it.

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