14 Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide, Your Favorite First Aid Staple

published Nov 2, 2019
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You probably already have this budget-friendly first aid staple in your medicine cabinet (or maybe in your emergency kit), but did you know you can use hydrogen peroxide all around your house? The standard 3 percent solution is a nontoxic staple that not only disinfects, but also brightens and whitens. Here are 15 ways to use the hydrogen peroxide you already have for tasks all around your home.

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1. Clean wood cutting boards

Get into every groove of your wood cutting board by washing it in hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse to disinfect.

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2. Brighten your white linens

Whiten your laundry loads with a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide added in with your regular laundry detergent.

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3. Freshen your mattress

Keep your mattress looking fresh and brand new with a quick, 10-minute deep clean.

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4. Faux-age metal accessories

Add an old world texture to metal fixtures with an easy patina recipe.

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5. Remove sweat stains

Remove sweat stains from any washable garment by rubbing one part dish soap to two parts hydrogen peroxide onto a stain. Let soak an hour before washing.

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6. Sterilize gardening tools

Disinfect all your gardening tools in a hydrogen peroxide bath to prevent the spread of plant diseases.

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7. Clean up oven grease

Thoroughly clean baked-on oven grease with just three ingredients.

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8. Shine up a glass stovetop

Make your glass stovetop sparkle without a ton of elbow grease.

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9. Kill lingering mold

Remove mold by spraying the affected area with hydrogen peroxide and water. Leave for an hour, scrub, and rinse.

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10. Sanitize makeup brushes

Banish bacteria from your makeup routine with a weekly makeup brush cleaner.

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11. Lighten up graying grout

Brighten dingy grout lines with a simple DIY grout cleaner.

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12. Clean up humidifiers

Keep your humidifiers in peak condition by rinsing the tank with hydrogen peroxide and following with water.

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13. Sanitize found feathers

Found feathers make for a cool boho-style display. Clean them up completely with hydrogen peroxide before bringing into the house to avoid

14. Disinfect the fridge

Sanitize your fridge by using hydrogen peroxide like an all purpose spray to get into all the nooks and crannies.