Hydrogen peroxide is an alternative dirt-cheap product and it works compared to expensive cleaning products – and it works perfectly fine!
It is a common product that has far too many uses than its being credited for, from cleaning wounds to being used as a deodorant. It’s actually a great product, but before trying it out, please make sure you….
Know your Hydrogen Peroxide
Before using any of the applications below, please ensure you know what hydrogen peroxide you are working with. In this article, we will be referring to the common household hydrogen peroxide.
Usually, unrecognizable from others, it is the kind you are likely to pick up at drug stores in a brown bottle.
It should be described as a three percent dilution, which is usually safe, even for consumption at minimal levels.
However, try to avoid swallowing it, as it can cause stomach upset. It will also cause frothy bubbles, which you might cough up if you happen to ingest any portion of it.
For some people, even low concentrations can cause skin or eye irritation, on noticing these symptoms, you might want to avoid using hydrogen peroxide altogether.
Three percent hydrogen peroxide dilution is considered generally safe, stronger dilution should only be used as intended.
Hair bleach and food grade hydrogen peroxide, which is usually from six to ten percent and 35 percent dilution respectively, should never be ingested.
These levels of concentrations will cause severe internal burns not just skin and eyes irritation.
1. Clean Wounds
This is quite common among certain countries of the world, but those of you who are not aware; prepare to have your mind blown!
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean wounds. It can be used as an iodine solution by applying it directly to the injured spot and surrounding area.
However, Doctors suggest it should only be used once on the same wound, as repetitive use can slow healing time.
2. Wash Fresh Produce
Have you ever had trouble cleaning fruits and veggies?
Hydrogen peroxide comes in handy here, as it can be used to wash off dirt, bugs, and pesticides.
Pour a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide into a sink-full of water, allow the veggies about six to ten minutes to soak.
Thereafter, rinse the produce a second time to remove the hydrogen peroxide.
3. Make Deodorant
Okay, this is a little odd, but trust me it works. Mix hydrogen peroxide with dish soap at a ratio of 1:2.
Apply to desired areas such as armpit and wait for half an hour before washing it off.
It is more laborious to apply than commercial deodorant, but It is very effective and gets the job done. So keep this in mind when next you run out of deodorant.
4. Clean Countertops
Hydrogen peroxide makes cleaning kitchen countertops easy.
Mix with an equal part of water and pour into a spray bottle, apply to the countertop, then wipe down as usual.
It will give you a glistening fresh countertop to work with!
5. Scrub grout
Cleaning of grout can be a nightmare. The whitish mortal between tiles commonly found in bathrooms, around pool areas and tiles floors.
If you have a gunky grout, spray with hydrogen peroxide.
Ensure it is dry before application and allow plenty of time for the hydrogen peroxide to soak in for few hours.
Then wash with a toothbrush and soapy water, the grout will come out whiter than it has been for years.
6. Clean Mold
Mold does not stand a chance against hydrogen peroxide.
Apply directly to the moldy surface, and scrub.
worried mold may return? Don’t be, apply a little extra spray to the area afterward.
This method is effective in eradicating molds; however, it can discolor some paints.
To be sure you won’t be ruining your paints, give it a test on a small, inconspicuous area first.