Hydrogen peroxide, a colorless and odorless chemical first synthesized in 1818 by a French scientist Jacques Thenard, has many uses today: from disinfecting wounds, relieving ear infections and killing harmful bacteria on skin, hydrogen peroxide’s applications seem endless. But besides the obvious uses, there are other, less-known but equally effective ways to use H2O2. Here are four of them.
Want to gently whiten your teeth and improve your oral health? Try using H2O2 as a mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide can kill odor-causing bacteria usually found on the tongue, gently clean and whiten teeth and disinfect gums.
Usage: dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts of water and use as a regular mouth rinse – after brushing your teeth, swish around the H2O2 mixture in your mouth and spit out.
2. Fruits and Veggie Soak
To naturally, gently but thoroughly wash your produce, use hydrogen peroxide. With its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, H2O2 can help you thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables and even remove pesticides.
Usage: get the 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide (in health stores or online), take one tablespoon of it and pour it into a sink full of cold water. Soak your produce for about 15 minutes, drain the sink and rinse your food with water.
3. Dish Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide can help you get sparkling clean dishes, but because it doesn’t have suds, it’s recommended you use it as a booster, rather than a detergent on its own.
Usage: Use your dish detergent as usual but add one drop of the 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide to the mix to sanitize your dishes and make them fresh and sparkly.
4. Laundry Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties so it can help you make your white clothes super-white and clean. It can also help you remove stains from tablecloths, curtains and other white materials.
Usage: add one cup of regular 3% hydrogen peroxide to a load of whites to brighten your clothes, remove stains and eliminate musty smell from towels.