If you have ever seen a first aid kit, you have probably seen hydrogen peroxide being used especially for injuries, stings, etc. Many people apply HP on cuts and then apply a bandage. Its chemical formula is H2O2, which is similar to that of water, H2O, but its chemical properties are completely different from that of water.
The extra oxygen atom present in hydrogen peroxide makes it extremely reactive, thus making it an ideal substance for sanitization as it can easily get rid of harmful microbes and bacteria.
This article lists the top 20 benefits of keeping hydrogen peroxide in your house. Make sure that you use 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide and not the 5% one which is normally found in stores.
1. Killing viruses
Just add three drops of hydrogen peroxide to your ears, and slowly let it drain. In the process, it will get rid of earwax along with any harmful viruses such as “swimmers ear.”
2. Getting rid of pesticides from vegetables
Killing pesticides from vegetables are extremely important, but fortunately, hydrogen peroxide makes the job quite easy. Just add 3 cups of water along with ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl, and soak the vegetables in the bowl for around half an hour. Then rinse them properly and store them in the fridge. Make sure that the vegetables are whole and are not cut in any place. Otherwise, the solution will get into the vegetables, making them inedible.
3. Eliminating airborne germs
Add 1 pint of hydrogen peroxide to approximately a gallon of water, and then pour the solution to a humidifier. Your air will get cleansed while all airborne germs will be eliminated.
4. Cleaning Toothbrush
Often we forget to dry our toothbrushes after brushing our teeth, thus keeping them moist the whole night. It attracts germs, so just soak it in hydrogen peroxide solution to kill any germs.
5. Foot fungus
Add equal amounts of water and hydrogen peroxide and keep it in a bottle. Apply the solution daily on to the fungus to solve the problem of foot fungus. Ensure that the bottle is kept away from sunlight.
6. Getting rid of organic stains
Normally, organic stains such as that of blood, sweat or wine stains can be tough to remove with ordinary detergent. Just add a little bit hydrogen peroxide to the laundry detergent solution, and they will vanish instantly.
7. Protection from swimmers ear
This viral infection is extremely common especially if you are a regular swimmer. In that case, add hyper peroxide solution to your ears regularly to protect your ears.
8. Calluses in feet
Mix hydrogen peroxide and water in equal amounts and then soak your feet in the solution to soften your calluses.
Fill your tub with water and then add 1 cup of 35% hydrogen peroxide before bathing for best benefits.
10. Skin cleanser
Hydrogen peroxide as said earlier, is excellent at killing bacteria, so you can use to cleanse your face.
Hydrogen peroxide is good as mouthwash because not only will it kill all bacteria in your mouth; it will also get rid of bad breath and whiten your teeth.
12. Disinfectant and cleaning wounds
If injuries are not treated, however, small they are, they attract bacteria and dirt which can delay their healing. Hence, apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide solution which is excellent as a disinfectant.
13. Getting rid of a toothache
If you are experiencing extreme toothache and cannot visit the doctor immediately, then a temporary solution is to gargle with coconut oil mixed with hydrogen peroxide, which has worked wonders for countless people all over the world.
Apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide to your nostrils. It is entirely safe and will quickly clean your sinuses.
Add 1 cup of 35% hydrogen peroxide to your bath water and let it stay for around half an hour. Then shower with the water as normal.
16. Cleaning household items
Since hydrogen peroxide is an excellent sanitizing agent, it can quickly clean any household items and also can be used to clean the floor.
17. Cleaning contact lenses
If your contact lenses have become dirty, then keep them overnight in a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide. You will find them crystal clear the next morning.
18. Shopping bags
If you want to reuse your shopping bags, especially if you carry food items such as meat and vegetables, then it’s advised to sanitize them regularly with hydrogen peroxide solution
19. Cleaning glass
If your mirror has become dirty, then spray hydrogen peroxide over it, and then wipe it once it has bubbled.
20. Disinfectant for lunchboxes
You don’t want any bacteria to grow in your lunchbox that ruins the food, so clean them regularly with hydrogen peroxide solution.