Hydrogen peroxide is perhaps best known for its ability to clean up wounds. But, as this article will attest to, peroxide can be used in a variety of different ways.
In fact, peroxide is a great cleaning tool that can also be used for hygiene and general health. When it comes to hydrogen peroxide uses, you’re limited only by your imagination.
50 Hydrogen Peroxide Uses
Please keep in mind that these uses call for the diluted and food grade 3% hydrogen peroxide (HP). Using a more concentrated liquid can have devastating effects, especially if you’re using it on your body.
1. Fight Viruses
To prevent the cold and flu, fill the cap of your hydrogen peroxide bottle with the liquid and pour it in your left ear. Lay down with your right ear on a pillow and let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes. Cover your left ear with a tissue and roll over with your left ear to the pillow to drain out the peroxide. Repeat on the other ear (1).
2. Veggie Wash
To remove pesticide residue from your produce, combine ¼ cup of HP in a large bowl with 3 cups of water. Soak your veggies for 30 minutes, rinse well, and store them in your fridge.
Please note: don’t use this trick for porous produce or veggies with holes and other imperfections.
3. Kill Airborne Germs
Clean the air in your home by adding 1 1/4 cups of food grade peroxide to 1 gallon of distilled water and pouring the mixture into a cool mist humidifier (2).
4. Whiten Teeth
Whiten your teeth after brushing them by gargling a mixture of 2 teaspoons of water and 1 teaspoon of HP. Do not swallow. Spit out the mixture and rinse well with clean water. Repeat 3 times weekly (3).
5. Lighten Your Nails
To whiten yellow fingernails, coat them with a paste made of 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for 3 minutes and rinse away with warm water. Repeat every 6-8 weeks (4).
6. Bleach Your Hair
To bleach your hair, wash, condition, and air dry it until it’s damp but not wet. Section your hair and apply the peroxide evenly using a spray bottle. Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water. Repeat the process every week until you get your desired shade (5).
7. Instant Highlights
To make your own highlights, dip a toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and comb it trough damp hair. Heat your hair with a blow dryer to speed up the process. Once your hair gets to the shade of your choice, rinse away the HP with cold water and style as usual (6).
8. Healthy Detox
Detoxify your system by taking a warm bath with 1 cup of 3 percent HP. Do not use any soap, salts or oils. Enjoy for 30 minutes and shower as usual.
9. Clear Your Sinuses
Remedy a sinus infection by combining 1 cup of water with 1 capful of HP. Use the solution to irrigate your sinuses. You can also use a saline solution instead.
10. Relieve Toothaches
To fix a tooth infection, gargle a spoonful of coconut oil with a few drops of HP for 2-5 minutes. Spit and rinse well.
11. First Aid
Clean small cuts, scratches, and surface wounds with a capful of HP to prevent infection and promote healing. Use every day or during every bandage change until your wound heals.
12. Mouth Rinse
To kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, swish 1 cup of water mixed with 1 capful of HP. Spit and rinse well with water. Don’t swallow the mixture and don’t use it alongside mouthwash.
13. Skin Cleanser
Get glowing skin by applying HP with a cotton pad directly to problem areas. Let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse well with cold water.
14. Treat Boils
Skip the antibiotics and tackle your boil by soaking the affected area in a tub full of cold water and one cup of HP. Repeat daily until the boil heals up.
15. Soften Calluses And Corns
Soften calluses and corns by mixing equal parts of HP and warm water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes and soak your hands or feet in it for 15 minutes.
Rinse once with cold water, dry, and apply tea tree oil. Repeat every day for 3 weeks (7).
16. Control Earwax
Clear away earwax by softening it with 2 drops of HP in each ear. Tackle one ear at a time and add a few drops of high-quality olive oil too.
Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and drain the liquid. Your hearing will clear up in no time!
17. Prevent Swimmer’s Ear
To stop swimmer’s ear in its tracks, combine 1 cap of HP with a little vinegar and use a few drops of the solution in each ear after swimming. This will kill bacteria before it has a chance to multiply in your ear canal. Do not use this trick if you have a punctured ear drum.
18. Cure Ear Infections
Heal an infected ear by applying a few drops of HP in it. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and drain. Wait two days and add a few drops of warm saline solution to your ear. Wait 5 minutes and let it drain. Repeat as needed. Never use this remedy (or put anything else in your ear) if you have a punctured eardrum (8).
19. Fight Skin Mites
Kill mites by spraying HP directly to affected skin every few hours until symptoms subside.
20. Kill Foot Fungus
Use a cotton swab to apply equal parts water and HP directly to your fungus to kill it. Dry your foot completely and repeat daily until your foot heals up.
21. Clean Your Meat
Kill salmonella, E.coli, and other harmful pathogens by covering meat, poultry, or fish with equal parts water and HP. Refrigerate the meat and the mixture for 30 minutes, rinse well, and cook!