Posted December 18, 2014
Hydrogen peroxide has been a staple in first aid kits for years. Often tucked away in the medicine cabinet or bathroom drawer, it was used to clean and disinfect scrapes and wounds. But experts say hydrogen peroxide is not just for first-aid care. It has many other excellent applications. Here are several ideas provided by Huffington Post.
- Whitens and cleans teeth – Create an inexpensive toothpaste and whitener by mixing together equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. This mix helps remove oral bacteria and whitens teeth.
- Removes blood stains – A few drops of hydrogen peroxide can remove blood stains from fabrics. Apply peroxide to the stain and rinse with cool water before washing. Since peroxide can lighten color, test it in an inconspicuous area to avoid an unexpected tie-dye look.
- Kills mold and mildew – Pour one part hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle with two parts water and watch it wipe out mold and mildew bacteria.
- Eliminates stains – It effectively disinfects and lifts stains from floors and tile grout. Another option is to mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together for deep cleaning.
- Sanitizes vegetables and fruits – Instead of just washing off vegetables and fruits before using, spray on food-grade hydrogen peroxide to remove hidden germs and sanitize produce. Make sure to rinse foods before eating.
- Cleans carpet stains and deodorizes – Use a solution of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean stains or remove odors. Test the solution in a hidden location to make sure it won’t bleach the carpet color.