15 Creative Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

 What is Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a colorless liquid which is more viscous (a substance that has a thick, sticky consistency between liquid and a solid) than water. It has very powerful oxidation properties that allow it to be used as a disinfecting agent for sanitizing the human body to killing germs in the bathroom or kitchen. Its chemical composition is two hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms combined together to make Hydrogen Peroxide.

How many uses can you find for Hydrogen Peroxide? Probably so many you can’t count them. You could probably write a book called “1001 Creative Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide” and you don’t even scratch the service. Hydrogen Peroxide is so universally used it can be used for just about anything. It can be used to clean the wax out of the ears, some use it for mouthwash because it leaves the mouth feel so clea, to  The clean cutting boards in the kitchen, clean out cuts and wounds, whiten the clothes, and cleaning out the inside of toilet bowl. These are just a few of the uses Hydrogen Peroxide has. You will find so many uses on the internet they could be countless. What about all the uses people haven’t even thought about? We will take a journey and we will find out 15 creative uses for Hydrogen Peroxide. Let’s get going.

1. Master of Cutting Board Cleaning

Cleaning the germs off cutting boards (plastic and wooden) with a few tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide in a ½ cup of white vinegar. In this process the white vinegar as a cleaning agent while the Hydrogen Peroxide gives the cutting board a good disinfecting. You know all the germs from raw meat and fish being cut and cleaned on those cutting boards. You can clean your cutting board after you have cut chicken on it. Pour Hydrogen Peroxide on the board and it will control salmonella (a bacterium that attacks the intestines especially a serotype that causes food poisoning and an infection that causes food poisoning because of salmonella bacterium) then rinse and dry the cutting board thoroughly.

2. Countertops Shine    

Do you have stained tile or stone countertops. You know how hard these two types of surfaces can be to clean after some food or chemical has stained them. Plus you have to be careful not to use abrasive cleaning agents because they will scratch up these counter surfaces. So what do you do concerning that stain that is covering half your counter. You have racked your brains trying to figure out how to get those stains off of your favorite countertops. You have tried every cleaning agent under the sun and nothing works. But don’t go into a dark,deep depression because there is a cleaner that will work to sanitize those countertops. Have you tried using Hydrogen Peroxide? Get some Hydrogen Peroxide and combine it with flour and mix the two ingredients into a thick paste. Slap it on the stain and cover it with saran wrap. Leave the paste on the countertop overnight. In the morning wipe the stain right off. Your countertops will shine like new.

3.  The Super Appliance Cleaner

 The Super Appliance Cleaner

Hydrogen Peroxide is very useful for cleaning refrigerator shelves and the drawers; even the insides of the entire refrigerator. Get a bucket of warm water with some hydrogen peroxide and a sponge and you are ready to make the inside of that refrigerator shine. Hydrogen peroxide will clean and disinfect the insides of the refrigerator. It’s safe to use grade Hydrogen Peroxide where foods are stored. You know that build up that hard water can leave on your dishwasher? What about the the film soap will leave on the inside of the dishwasher? Your dishwasher racks can use a thorough cleaning from time to time. Hydrogen peroxide will be safe to use to clean the insides of the dishwasher and it can be used to clean the dish racks of the dishwasher as well. You can also sanitize your dishwasher by adding a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide to the wash cycle before you wash a load of dishes.

4. Kitchen Super Cleaning Tips

You know those stinky kitchen sponges that smell moldy and like they have been sitting idle for 6 months? They are soaked to the roots in food smell and stained beyond recognition. They look like they have been through a few world food wars. Instead of rushing out to the store and purchasing a bundle of new sponges clean the old ones. How in the world are you going to clean those old tattered sponges? You can clean them with Hydrogen Peroxide. Say what Hydrogen Peroxide to clean sponges? Sure all you have to do is whip out a bucket and fill it with a 50/50 mix of Hydrogen Peroxide and warm water. Just toss the sponges in there let them sit overnight and the next morning pull them out of the bucket and you will have fresh looking sponges. The Hydrogen Peroxide will kill the bacteria left on the old sponges and sanitize them.

You can also use this multi-purpose cleaner on kitchen counters. You can use hydrogen peroxide as a general cleaner on countertops. Get a rag or sponge and pour some full strength Hydrogen Peroxide on either one. Wipe the countertops with the solution and it will clean your countertops very effectively.

5. The Bathroom Wizard

Hydrogen Peroxide can work wonders cleaning the bathroom. Take for instance that nasty bathtub ring that has settled permanently around the perimeter of the bathtub. You would have to use a blowtorch to clean the ring off. Or hire an expensive cleaning service to come in and clean that ring off the bathtub. You don’t have to spend a ton of money hiring a cleaning service or go to the extreme of using a blowtorch to get that nasty bathtub ring off your bathtub. Mix some Hydrogen Peroxide and hot water together in a bucket. Start scrubbing away in that  smelly and moldy bathtub and in no time smell, bathtub ring and mold will vanish.

We now come to the classic toilet cleaning segment of this article. Hydrogen Peroxide can help with this uncomely chore as well. You don’t even have to scrub it with Hydrogen Peroxide. All you have to do is pour ½ a cup of Hydrogen Peroxide into the toilet bowl then let it sit in the bwl for ½ hour. Now, just flush the toilet and you are done. You don’t have to pour traditional toilet bowl cleaner around the bowl and then scrub it with a brush. Like we said before just pour the Hydrogen Peroxide into the bowl and let it sit. Flush the toilet and you are done. It will also sanitize the toilet bowl. The Hydrogen Peroxide is a handy cleaner for bathroom counters as well. It will clean the counters and sink it will also leave our bathroom smelling fresh. Everytime you walk into your bathroom you will think it’s spring it will smell so fresh in there.

6. Rescue Your Laundry

Did you know that Hydrogen Peroxide is an excellent bleach. What! You declare who heard of using Hydrogen Peroxide to whiten clothes. Come on Hydrogen Peroxide is a good cleaning agent but to use it as bleach I don’t think so. Well, supposedly Hydrogen Peroxide has mild bleaching properties that will do a fabulous job of whitening clothes. Just add one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide to the load of clothes and wash them as you normally would. Hydrogen Peroxide is also non-toxic and biodegrades quickly.

It works well on fading blood stains on white fabric as well. Pour Hydrogen Peroxide directly on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse the stain out with cold water. These steps may have to be repeated but the Hydrogen Peroxide should get the bloodstain out. It works best on blood stains that are on white fabrics. You can pour Hydrogen Peroxide on just about any blood stained fabric and it will remove the blood stains. If you choose to you can let the Hydrogen Peroxide sit on the stain just right before you throw the laundry into be washed. The blood stain will still come out.

Whew! What about the smell and stains under the armpits of shirts? Hydrogen Peroxide is the answer there too. It will remove those tough ground in stains from the armpits. Pour one part dawn dish liquid soap and two parts Hydrogen Peroxide directly on the stain. Let it sit then for a while then rinse thoroughly. It will kill the perspiration smell. Those perspiration stains developed overtime under the armpits will be a thing of the past as well. It is believed that Hydrogen Peroxide can remove generally any ground in stain from clothing. Just mix Hydrogen Peroxide with dawn dish soap and pour the mixture directly on the stain. It is a much more cost effective solution than buying stain remover sprays from the store.

7. Terrific Curtain Mold Stain Remover

Instead of buying a new shower curtain every time mold shows up or the shower curtain starts to stink. Add one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide to the washer. Throw the shower curtain in the washer and wash normally. You will have a clean smelling and fresh-looking shower curtain. You may also save some money not buying a new shower curtain every time the old one gets to smelly or dirty.

8. Wine Stains are Gone    

You are sad about the big wine stain that is prominently featured on your brand new tablecloth. No need to despair just add one part Hydrogen Peroxide with one part of laundry soap and pour the mixture right on the stain. Rinse out with warm water and the tablecloth will look as good as new.

9. Heal Minor cuts

Heal Minor cuts

You can apply 3% Hydrogen Peroxide you buy from the store right to the cut. Pour it on the cut and clean out the wound with the Hydrogen Peroxide. It will remove the dead tissue allowing new tissue to grow in its place. Use  the Hydrogen Peroxide only once on the cut. If you use it more then once it may kill good bacteria that will help in the healing process.

10. Oh No that Horrible Skunk Smell

Yes, you read the title above right it will get rid of the skunk smell sprayed on your pet. Your pet comes cowering home with stinking with skunk spray smell. Mix Hydrogen peroxide, dawn dish soap & baking soda together and apply it to the pet. The mixture will remove skunk stink from the pet.

11. Powerful Earwax Remover

Put a couple drops of Hydrogen Peroxide into each ear. Wait a couple of minutes then follow that up with a couple drops of olive oil. Thoroughly rinse all the dirt and wax out of the ears.

12. A Clear Reflection

Who wants to look into a mirror or glass a see streaks and smudges? No one wants to. So get some pure Hydrogen Peroxide and wipe it over the glass or mirror and you will be seeing a clear reflection in the mirror and glass in no time. It will be nice to see clearly through the glass again. The Hydrogen Peroxide will remove all streaks, smudges and dirt from the mirror and glass.

13. Whew ! those Pet Cages      

We all know how grimy, hairy and smelly pet cages can become. But there is a solution to getting those pet cages clean. Get two separate spray bottles and add Hydrogen Peroxide to one and vinegar to the other. Spray the vinegar all through the pet cage first then follow that with a thorough spraying of the Hydrogen Peroxide. Let the solution sit for a while then wipe the pet cage down. It will be clean, hairless and sweet smelling.

14. Vegetables Anyone         

This may be one of the most creative ways you can use Hydrogen Peroxide. Probably a way you would never think of using it. So, you make a trip to the grocery store and bring home a bundle of your favorite vegetables. You tear open that grocery bag to admire your treasures. To your horror, you find mud and dirt on the celery, bugs crawling in the broccoli, and who knows what on the tomatoes. Great you just wasted $50.00 on your favorite edibles. So, now you have to throw away all those vegetables. Stop! No you don’t because Hydrogen Peroxide will save the day. Fill your sink full of water and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and let the vegetables sit in the solution for about 30 minutes. The Hydrogen Peroxide will disinfect, clean, and prolong the freshness of the vegetables. Store them they are now ready to be enjoyed.

15. Stay Healthy and Beautiful

Hydrogen Peroxide can support in the areas of health and beauty as well. Do you need to chill out in the bathtub. Well, fill your bathtub with hot water and 2 cups of Hydrogen Peroxide. (Yes you read right Hydrogen Peroxide) Soak in the bathtub for about an hour but make sure you keep adding hot water to the tub so the water temperature stays consistent. The soak will also detox the body and relax all your muscles. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep in the bathtub. This will feel like a genuine spa treatment for you.

This one sounds very unique and there is no clinical support to authenticate this use of Hydrogen Peroxide. If you are battling foot fungus and you cannot afford the regular foot fungus medicine. Then this may work for you. Let’s face reality no one wants to deal with foot fungus problems. Mix 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide and water in a spray bottle. Spray the feet every night and eventually you will see marked improvement with the foot fungus. It would be advisable to contact a medical professional about the merits of this type of foot fungus treatment.

These may be far fetched uses for Hydrogen Peroxide but you can make a toothpaste out of hydrogen Peroxide and Baking soda. Mix the two into a paste and brush your teeth with it as you normally would. Be warned though it will leave your breath smelling sour and a very bad taste in your mouth. You may want to really think about using Hydrogen Peroxide to brush your teeth with. It has been suggested that you can disinfect your toothbrush with Hydrogen Peroxide. But there is one little problem with this suggestion. The Hydrogen Peroxide may not do so well disinfecting the toothbrush. It degrades when it’s exposed to light.

The End

We have brought you 15+ creative ways to use Hydrogen Peroxide. Some may work for you and others you may not find practical. All but a few of the uses suggested above will work. There are a few that haven’t really been proven to be effective. Such as gargling with Hydrogen Peroxide as a mouthwash and brushing the teeth with the combination baking soda/Hydrogen Peroxide toothpaste. Also, disinfecting the toothbrush by soaking it in Hydrogen Peroxide may be questionable.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.