Top 10 uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

The all purpose peroxide

Remember as a kid when you got scraped and brused and how your mom or dad got the bottle of peroxide out and poured some on the open wound? This may sound crazy, but I liked seeing it foam up. Anybody else do that? Well guess what, there was more to what was in that brown bottle than I ever dreamed of, and here they are.

1. Produce - Remove the waxy film, chemicals and bacteria off fruit and veggies using a peroxide solution. Water alone will not do the trick. Fill a large bowl with cold water and add 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak the fruit and veggies for about 1 minute, then rinse with running water. According to scientific research, this process kills E. coli and bacteria effectively.

2.Blisters - Use peroxide to keep foot blisters from becoming infected. Fill a large bowl with room temperature water and add 2 cups of peroxide. Soak feet for about 30 minutes before bedtime. During this will not only kill germs and bacteria, but also regulate the oxygen supply to the damaged or injured skin. In essence this will speed healing due to quick cell renewal.

3.Stain removal - To remove hard stains like blood from clothing, mix equal parts of water and peroxide. Pour directly on the stain. Let it stay on the affected area for about 30 minutes. Unlike bleach, which eventually can turn white clothing gray, peroxide breaks down the protein in blood through oxidation. This results in no damage of darkening of the clothing.

4.Teeth brightener - peroxide will remove stains between the teeth which is caused by coffee,cola, fruit juices and teas. To clear this up, pour 3% peroxide into a shallow bowl and dip regular dental floss in it. Floss as usual. If you need to spit while flossing, please do, to avoid swallowing. When finished, rinse with water and spit out.

5. Natural nails - For the perfect french manicure,remove the yellow tinge on your nails left behind from the red nail polish. All you need to do is put just enough peroxide in a bowl to cover the nail tips when submerged.Use a q-tip to wipe under the nail tips that has been dipped in peroxide. Oxidation occurs bringing the nails back to their natural color.

6. Save Plants - Root rot in house plants can lead to their demise. if you notice yellowing if leaves, then root rot may be the cause. What you have to do is fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water and 1 ounce of peroxide. Water plant as usual with solution. Afterwards store any remaining water-peroxide mix out of the sun because peroxide will breakdown in sunlight.

7. Contact lenses - Remove all germs on contact lens with peroxide. The daily cleaning solutions used only remove deposits, but it doesn't kill germs. Soak lens in peroxide for about 1 hour. Then you must rinse with a neutralizing solution before wearing again. This only needs to be done if your contacts are dropped on the floor or other ssurface that might harbor germs. Needlessto say this is not a routine procedure.

8.Remove Tanning streaks - Remove the colored splotch on your leg or anke by taking a cotton swab and applying a small amount ot peroxide to the area. Leave on for a minute and wipe area with a warm damp washcloth.The natural bleach of the peroxide will lighten excess pigment and therefore evening out the complexion.

9.Cutting board bacteria - Did you know that cutting boards can contain about 200% more fecal bacteria than your toilet seat? Disgusting, isn't it? In order for this not to happen, keep it clean by soaking a paper towel or damp cloth in peroxide. Next,j ust wipe the wood or plastic board. Again the oxidizing agents kills salmonella and other organisms which can make you sick.

10.Skunk Odor - If your pooch gets sprayed while chasing a skunk and you used the last tomato juice making yourself a bloody mary last night, then grab the hydrogen peroxide. Next get a large plastic container and fill it with 1 gallon of water. Add 1 quart of peroxide, 2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Use rubber gloves and apply to your pets fur with a washcloth. DO NOT get into your animals eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with water. All skunk odor will be gone. Carefully throw away any solution remaining.

Note: All hydrogen peroxide referred to in this Hub for use is 3%, when not stated and avoid getting peroxide directly on skin.

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KCC Big Country profile image

KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

We clean our kitchen scrubber and toothbrushes with it. It was also recommended in something I read about a temporary fix for a toothache by gargling with diluted peroxide.

Great hub!


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

You can use it to track a blood trail that has gone dry.

Peroxide is an awesome "invention".


Amy G 7 years ago

good suggestions! I never thought about the produce one... I'll have to try it. And yes, I did like watching it foam up on my cuts!!!

Thanks for the read.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Thanks laringo - I use it a lot at home but never thought to use it for veggies - I use potassium permanganate. It's really great for getting rid of musty smells as well!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I just purchased a bottle over the weekend. Didn't think of using on the cutting board which I am picky about, thanks for the good tips!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

KCC, Thanks for the tip on the kitchen scrubber.

Pest, thanks for your comments too. Peroxide is an all-purpose cleaner.

Amy G, Your welcome, concerning how to clean fruits and veggies with peroxide. And I knew someone else would fess up to the foaming peroxide. lol...do you still do it?

Shaline Kagal, I never have used the potassium permanganate to clean produce. Thanks for sharing that.

Finally, Violet Sun, I am picky about the cutiing board also. I hope you find these tips useful.


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Juliet Christie 7 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

Lady your hub is great. I certainly appreciate this one


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Fairemaid....Just rinse your fruit and veggies well and you won't have to worry about bacteria and germs.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hello again Juliet, Thanks for the nice comment. I hope you find it really useful. Have a great day!


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deanoman777 7 years ago from Independence

I had no idea that there was fecal matter on my cutting board. I suppose it makes sense though. All the food particles decomposing. I will definitely soak the whole thing in peroxide. Thank you for the great hub.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

It is truly a wonderful product, but doesn't last really long...and is good also for toenail fungus...I actually use pure peroxide... Nice hub sweetie...Thanks...G-Ma "\:o) hugs & Peace


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

deanoman777, don't be too alarmed, but this is a possibility especially if it is used quite a lot and not cleaned properly.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

G-ma, thanks for stopping by and sharing the tip on use of pure peroxide for toe fungus.


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yxhuang 7 years ago from California

Very informative. I did not know you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to save plants. This sure helps someone like me who doesn't have green thumbs. Thanks!


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DarleneMarie 7 years ago from USA

Great Hub laringo. I use a peroxide rinse all the time. To keep from gagging, I cut it with a little bit of mouthwash. I works much better that way!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

yxhuang, now you'll have beautiful lush green plants surrounding you. There is nothing worst for a plant than root rot and it can be easily be avoided.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

DarleneMarie, that's a great idea to cut peroxide with mothwash. Thanks for adding info to this Hub.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Laringo, thanks for a great hub! Amazing how many uses this off-the-shelf product has.  Some I knew, but some I didn't. 

Had to laugh that G-ma Johnson uses it for toe fungus instead of the drug that manufacturer hawked on TV "forever" last year.  The one where the side effects were far worse than the fungus itself.  Bet they don't want us to know there's an inexpensive and "natural" alternative to their high-dollar product that "might" cause diarrhea, stomach cramps "or in some cases, death".  Always loved that part of the commercial!  Lemme see...do I want to get rid of the toe fungus that *won't* kill me or take a drug that *could*?  Hmmm.....  ;}


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AshleyVictoria 7 years ago from Los Angeles

Wow, that cutting board fact is super disgusting. Kind of makes me want to buy a new one every month. BUT WAIT, now I know to use peroxide...thanks!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

JamaGenee, I know exactly what you mean. There are so many natural ways to combat various health issues, but the medical industry just wants to make money with cures that have more side affects that cause sometimes very serious problems.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

AshleyVictoria, I didn't mean to gross you out but what is..is and for the most part we are just fine but precaution is always wise.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Great tip on saving plants...I'm going to give it a try. Peroxide has so many uses and it's so cheap to buy, Wow!


laringo profile image

laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Thanks Dottie1, thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be able to use one or more of these tips.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

WOW - and I thought my parents used the stuff simply because we were poor! According to your hub, they knew what they were doing - - - and I'm still alive!

Great information - thanks for sharing.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

jxb7076, your parents were smart people and also knew how to save money. What we find out later as adults is amazing sometimes. Have a good one.


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yash24 7 years ago from india

I know only one way to use Hydrogen Peroxide.  thanks for 10 great use.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Yash24, thanks again. It's always good to get new information and be able to put it to use.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

It is a wonderful liquid. When I moved to the hills and couldn't use clorox, because it kills the digestive bacteria in the septic system-- peroxide became a good friend.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Rochelle, I learned something today from you. I didn't know about clorox killing digestive bacteria if you're using a septic system. That's very interesting. Thank goodness for peroxide!


2C's 7 years ago

How'd I neglect to read this fab hub. good one laringo my pretty. I like to kill nasty stuff on my toenails with it too. great stuff it kills fungus other places as well, but reaally is good for the toes


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Maybe we can spary some on Pest and Toad to kill their nasty odours?


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

2C's, no worries about that, I'm just happy you dropped by again. Take care sweetie.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

cindyvine...I suppose that wouldn't be a bad idea if they need it. You are too funny.


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trimar7 7 years ago from New York

Great ideas, I'll use a few of these. Hope I do NOT get to try out the deskunker :)


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

lauringo - believe it or not i ran into a site (as one wanders into sites without really knowing how or why you got there) that suggested the health benefits of drinking food grade peroxide.it was some kind of cure all. ugh.


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Very good tips here! Thanks.


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

I drink a lot of coffee, tea, occasional red wine and occasional cigar ... noticed my teeth getting very stained no matter what I did. Peroxide took care of it. Great hub!


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punkfairy53 7 years ago from Boston

I lovvveee hydrogen peroxide! i use it for everything!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

trimar7, Dolores Monet, Dink96, BDazzler and punkfairy53, thank you all for your comments and how peroxide has helped some of you already. Take care all.


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

Lots of info I didn't know about peroxide. I'll try these!! I did not know about the produce rinse!!


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Socio-Image 7 years ago

I also just discovered how useful it is and I now soak my toothbrush in peroxide.


laringo profile image

laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

marisuewrites, yes peroxide is kinda like the wonder remedy for many things. And it's cheap.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Socio-Image, you're right another use for peroxide. I only list some but it is a wonder in a bottle.


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Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

It is great for flushing maggots out of infected wounds on sheep too! But you probably knew that already. Thanks. Great hub.


laringo profile image

laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hello Peter, no I didn't know that for a fact but it sounds very logical. I thank you for stopping by my Hub.


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, plenty of tips. Thanks.


Madame X 7 years ago

Wonderful info - again! I'm going to run and do my cutting right now.


laringo profile image

laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Chris Eddy 111, thanks for stopping by and commetning on my Hub.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

thanks for share


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Dorrene R 7 years ago

Good information. I appreciate it.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I found a new use for peroxide this week. I wrote a hub about it called "Peroxide Could Save Your Dog's Life". It was recommended by a vet to induce vomiting on a dog who had ingested rat poison. I watched it work just this week.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hi KCC, thanks for the information.The more the better. I will place your Hub link onto mine. Have a great one!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

There is a link to your hub on mine as well, Laringo...Thanks! Peroxide really is an inexpensive 'wonder' product!


laringo profile image

laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

KCC, thanks and I keep at least 2 bottles of peroxide on hand at all times. Have a great one!


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tdarby 7 years ago

that is a very cool hub. My mom uses peroxide as a mouthwash? I have heard it is good but haven't given it a try myself.


laringo profile image

laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

yes tdarby, peroxide is very good as a mouthwash and very cost saving also.


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RedSonja94 7 years ago from Michigan

Wonderful hub. Thanks for the great tips!


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

Wow!! I'm going to start keeping peroxide on hand by the case!! A miracle liquid. I remember in high school spraying it on my arms and legs as we'd soak up the sun at Myrtle Beach.LOL!! But your tips are much more practical. The teeth whitening with peroxide works quite well in fact. Thank you!!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

RedSonja94...All info to help one another out is always good. Thanks for stopping by.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Yes this one was worth reviving-- (I even forgot I commented 6 months ago), it was worth re-reading. I think my houseplants could use a little boost, and I forgot about that use.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hi Rochelle...thanks for stopping by. I always new peroxide was a wonder solution and I'm glad so many folks like yourself can benefit fromall of it's uses.


Jane 6 years ago

This hub is very informative about the uses of hydrogen peroxide, I really don't think people really know just how great this product really is.


cyrus 6 years ago

I am new and want to know,is the regular 3% H2O2 safe or do I have to purchase H2O2 for internal use?


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

The first one. I don't know anything about the other one you mentioned.


Watty 5 years ago

I could only find 10% Peroxyde, can I use it as recommended instead of 3&peroxyde? Would I need to dilute it? Thanks


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laringo 5 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Watty I don't want to guess because I only can speak on the 3%.


ed77burns 5 years ago

Wow. I hadn't heard of this.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Great tips thanks, just off to treat my cutting boards!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Good tips here. Thanks for the well written hub. A safe multipurpose product it is.


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tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

thank you so much for this article. i always keep hydrogen peroxide around for cuts and scrapes, but i didn't realize that it had so many other handy household uses! blessings!


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laringo 3 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Tiffany it is really amazing how many uses it has. It can save money by not having to buy a whole lot of stuff that you'll probably use only once.


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greencha 3 years ago from UK

Laringo ,very interesting,thanks. I did hear many years ago about using peroxide for internal bodily health probs,but not sure about that.. it sounds it can be very toxic in high strengths.. reagards


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laringo 3 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

The basic over the counter bottle is very low Percent. If you have concerns add a small amount of purified water to dilute just a little or it won't be effective.


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greencha 3 years ago from UK

Thankyou!


KersFOose 3 years ago

I accustomed to find high on life although of late We have built up the resistance.


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laringo 3 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

KersFOose I approved your comment but It's not clear what you are trying to say. I hope you can come back to explain.

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