Home Remedies using Hydrogen Peroxide

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First discovered in 1818, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) skyrocketed into becoming one of the most common household agents used in antiseptic and bleaching products. Hydrogen peroxide is found in most teeth-whitening kits and plays a role in all-fabric oxygen bleaches. In your household, there are plenty of home remedies using hydrogen peroxide to explore.

Hydrogen Peroxide Home Remedies

Cleaning products can really add up. You often feel compelled to buy separate cleaners for the bathroom, kitchen and other places in your house. Sometimes, the harsh chemicals added to make these products effective do more harm than good. Packed with sanitizing power and the ability to address common household issues, you may want to consider making a switch and using some of the following home remedies using hydrogen peroxide:

a) Clean Countertops:

To keep utensils clean and free of germs, use a small amount of peroxide when wiping down your dishes. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to keep countertops and table surfaces clean.

b) Ease Tooth Pain:

Holding 3% peroxide for 10 minutes inside your mouth can help ease the pain of tooth issues. Repeat throughout the day for the best results.

c) Glass and Mirror Cleaner:

To add a sparkling shine to glass and mirrors, wipe down with a paper towel dampened with hydrogen peroxide.

d) Treat Freckles and Age Spots [1]:

To remove signs of aging and overexposure to the sun, combine one tablespoon each of hydrogen peroxide and whole milk to create a foamy treatment. Apply to spots and let sit for 15 minutes. Repeat the process three times if you have time.

e) Save Poisoned Dog’s Life:

If you suspect your dog has swallowed poison (such as rat killer), administer one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide immediately and you can save Fido’s life. The peroxide will induce vomiting, which will remove the poison from their body.

f) Treat Wine Stains:

If you’ve spilled a glass of wine on your carpet, reach for the hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain.

g) Grass Stain Removal:

When your kids come home with grass-stained knees in their jeans, rub in a mixture consisting of a few drops of ammonia and one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. The stain should start to disappear, which you then quickly rinse and toss in the laundry.

h) Mildew Remover:

The sight and smell of mildew is not a welcomed guest in a bathroom. Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide on mildewed spots, and wipe clean.

i) Freshen Breath:

When a canker sore, gum disease, or another kind of infection strikes the mouth, using hydrogen peroxide and water as a mouth rinse will deliver instant relief. Peroxide is more effective in killing bacteria than the minty commercial products that you buy.

j) Whiten Teeth:

Some people have held a capful of hydrogen peroxide inside of their mouth for 10 minutes to promote whiter teeth.

k) Unblock Ears [2]:

When wax is blocking your ear, fill an eyedropper with room-temperature hydrogen peroxide. In a lying down position or with your head tilt, squeeze the dropper so that the blocked ear is facing the sky and the peroxide can drip down the ear canal to loosen the ear wax. Tilt your head into a towel after three minutes have passed. Let the peroxide drain out, and then repeat the process – but this time with warm water instead of peroxide.

l) Clean Toothbrush:

To make sure your toothbrush isn’t full of germs, soak it in a cup of peroxide on occasion.

m) Hair Bleacher:

As a regular hair dyer, you may want to say ‘goodbye’ to expensive products and ‘hello’ to hydrogen peroxide, which can lighten or bleach hair. Some people even use hydrogen peroxide to bleach unwanted body hair by mixing with a lotion and applying to desired areas.

n) Skin Lightener:

Mixing hydrogen peroxide with water can help lighten some of the body parts that have darkened over time, such as your knees and elbows.

o) Overall Stain Remover:

When you find a stain on your clothing that you have no idea where it came from, mix one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of cream of tartar (or non-gel toothpaste). Rub the paste on the stain using a soft cloth, and then rinse. In most cases, the stain will disappear.

p) Get Rid of Blood Stains:

To treat fresh blood stains before they set in, apply 3% hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain, and then rinse with fresh water. Wash in the laundry as usual.

q) Sanitize a Cutting Board [3]:

Before you prepare your next meal, use hydrogen peroxide to kill lingering bacteria on your cutting board. Use a paper towel to wipe down with vinegar, and then follow up with a wipe down of hydrogen peroxide. This is an especially helpful remedy to use after preparing chicken and other meat.

r) Treat Infected Wounds:

When a fresh wound is showing the signs of grit, grime and debris, use hydrogen peroxide to clean. The substance is also good at removing dead or diseased tissue, which can accelerate the healing process. However, do not use hydrogen peroxide to clean a wound that is already healing because it will actually destroy new skin cells.

s) Deodorize Strong Smells:

When you need something strong to get rid of strong scents, such as cat urine and skunk spray – reach for a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap.

t) Fight Fungal Infections:

To prevent a fungal disease (such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, or a yeast infection) from passing onto another member of your family, wash your socks and underwear in a hydrogen peroxide and water mix.


[1] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 145.
[2] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 346-47.
[3] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 183.