Hydrogen Peroxide Uses: 17 Ways to Fix Things With Hydrogen Peroxide

Keep a bottle in every room of your house to whiten teeth, clean mirrors, prevent stains, and more.

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Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse


Save money on mouthwash by mixing equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and swish it around your mouth. Bonus: It’ll help naturally whiten your teeth in the process. Check out these other ways you can whiten your teeth naturally at home.

Disinfect toothbrushes and dental appliances


Though toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or after you have a cold, you may not always have time to run to the drugstore to buy a new one. In the meantime, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to kill the germs. It works for retainers and mouth guards, too. (Make sure to avoid these tooth-brushing mistakes.)

Clean your fruit and veggies


If you’re looking for an alternative to expensive fruit and vegetable washes, spritz a little food-grade hydrogen peroxide on them instead to help clean bacteria away. Rinse thoroughly before consuming. Try these ways to keep fruit and veggies fresh longer.

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Clean your grubby sponges


Have some funky sponges in the kitchen or bathroom? Soak in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water, then rinse thoroughly. Read these smart uses for your kitchen sponge you haven’t tried.

Get out that stubborn bloodstain


Hydrogen peroxide is a kind of bleach, so it’ll do wonders on stained white fabrics. Pour some directly onto a stain and let it sit, then blot it out and rinse it in cold water. These other items can help get rid of blood stains.

Whiten your nails naturally

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Take one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts baking soda to form a paste, and gently massage the paste over your nail beds. Let it sit for two to three minutes then rinse away the dingy yellowness. (These tricks can help you get healthy and gorgeous nails.)

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Clean your fridge and dishwasher


Spritz hydrogen peroxide in an empty dishwasher or cleaned out fridge. After letting it sit for a while, you’ll be able to wipe the mess cleanly away.

Get softer, cleaner feet


A one-to-one ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water added to a soaking bowl will not only help ward off any foot fungus, it’ll soften your calluses too. Read other ways to get pretty, healthy feet.

Clean musty towels


Instead of tossing musty, old towels, add a half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of vinegar to your wash cycle as a pre-soak, then wash as normal. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell won’t linger. Check out these 95+ household uses for vinegar.

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Whiten your clothes without bleach


Just like with the bloodstains, hydrogen peroxide can be used as a general bleach for whites in your wash. Instead of bleach, add half a cup to your wash cycle. Check out these eight weird things that can remove stains.

Get rid of mildew in your humidifier


A moldy, mildewy humidifier helps no one. Clean it with soap and water and then disinfect it with a hydrogen peroxide and water solution.

Remove sweat stains


One part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide applied to the sweat stain for about an hour should do the trick; scrub with baking soda if it’s a particularly tough stain. Stubborn stain? Read more ways to clean sweat stains.

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Get streak-free mirrors

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Spray the hydrogen peroxide onto a paper towel and then wipe down your mirrors for a streak-free, disinfected, and clean finish.

Add it to your dishwasher or dish soap


For an antibacterial boost, add a drop or two to your dishwasher or your regular dish soap.

Clean your kids’ toys


Instead of buying fancy wipes, just spray your kids’ toys with hydrogen peroxide. It’s non-toxic, making it safer for you and your child.

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Get rid of shower curtain grime


If you can’t put your shower curtain in the washing machine, use hydrogen peroxide to wipe it down instead. (Related: Make sure you don't make these bathroom cleaning mistakes.)

Banish dust mites from your mattress

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Dust mites are almost inevitable, but they don’t have to build up. Spray hydrogen peroxide on your bare mattress to rid it of any invisible critters. Here are other tips for dust-proofing your home.

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