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Being one of the most versatile chemicals, hydrogen peroxide is one of the most common household items in the world. Odds are high that you might already be using it to clean cuts or even as a disinfectant.
But do you know that this non-toxic chemical has many uses other than just as a disinfectant? Its uses are so varied that it can be used almost everywhere in your house, plus it’s super cheap too!
Here are some hydrogen peroxide hacks and tips that’ll make your life easier and save you time and money. So check out these amazing uses for hydrogen peroxide and let us know what you think!
9 Brilliant Hydrogen Peroxide Hacks Your Home Needs
1. Glass Cleaner
Hydrogen peroxide is a perfect alternative to conventional glass cleaners which contain ammonia. Those who don’t know ammonia is irritating and corrosive and harmful to human health.
And cleaning glass with hydrogen peroxide is quite easy too. All you have to do is put any grocery store hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and wipe away for sparkling clean mirrors and windows. It’s quite cheaper than the commercially available glass cleaners too.
2. Contact Lens Cleaner
If you wear contact lenses, you might know that they can accumulate a build-up of proteins and other debris over time. You may already be using a commercial contact lens cleaner but they are expensive and a money-saving alternative is to use hydrogen peroxide. How? Because most commercial cleaners contain hydrogen peroxide as one of the active ingredients.
So, using hydrogen peroxide is less expensive and it can clean the lens easily and quickly.
Never let hydrogen peroxide come directly into contact with your eyes as it can cause stinging, burning, and temporary corneal damage and you must follow the disinfecting process with a Neutralizer. US FDA has a great article regarding the same.
3. Clean Your Ears Out
Like our body, ears also need regular cleaning. While most people produce enough ear wax to protect the ear canal from water and infection but sometimes, your ears may produce more wax than necessary. And over time, it may get hard and block the ear.
Now, most people use cotton swabs, bobby pins, or other objects to clean wax from the ear canal which is the wrong way to clear as it can accidentally push wax deeper, creating a blockage. So, the solution is either expensive ear drops or hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective way to remove ear wax as it softens the wax and allows it to dispel on its own. Instructables has a full step-by-step tutorial for this.
Note: If you have an ear infection or an existing ear condition, just visit your doctor for removal and do not try this.
4. Homemade Toilet Cleaner
If you don’t like to use a chemically loaded cleaner or want to make sure you’re using toxin-free products, then you must try this easy to make Homemade Toilet cleaner. All the ingredients you need to make this homemade cleaner might already be present in your kitchen. And the ingredients used to make this cleaner are inexpensive like baking soda, castile soap, and hydrogen peroxide too.
Making this is easy. First, take a large bowl and mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup castile soap, and 1/2 cup warm water. Squeeze lemon juice from a lemon in them. Stir them until foaming stops. Now, add 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil (it’s also anti-bacterial) for fragrance. Done! Your homemade toilet cleaner is ready.
Carefully transfer the mixture to a squeeze top bottle. Now when you need to clean the toilet, just squeeze the cleaner under the rim of your commode, and let it do its job for 5 to 10 minutes. Give a quick scrub with a toilet bowl brush, and flush. Your toilet will be sparkling clean without using chemicals.
5. Carpet Cleaner
Don’t just throw away a stained old carpet, use hydrogen peroxide to clean it. How? Just mix ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup of water and 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. Pour the mixture into a dark-colored bottle and shake lightly.
All you need to do is to spray a generous amount of mixture on the carpet and wait for a min or two to let it set. After the mix has been set, give it a little scrub with the help of a scrub brush. Wipe the carpet dry and repeat if needed.
6. All-natural Bleach
Most commercial bathroom cleaners contain bleach and other harsh chemicals which are hazardous for health. But, there is an alternative for these cleaners in the form of hydrogen peroxide. Plus, it costs a few dollars and is cheaper than most chemical cleaners. This is a must-try if you want to get rid of toxic chemicals.
7. Disinfect and Clean Your Toothbrush
If you are germaphobic, then you should clean your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide. Everyone should clean their toothbrush with it once a month or two for a thorough cleaning.
Your brush just looks clean but it does attract a lot of germs. So, it’s a good idea to get rid of these germs once in a while.
8. Give a New Look to Old Baking Sheets
It’s very hard to clean baking sheets when they get covered with burnt food, etc over time. But this cleaning hack using peroxide and baking soda will make your cleaning easy and also help you to do it quickly. Who thought that two simple ingredients available in your home can have so much power when combined?
9. Say Bye to Pests
Worried about perpetual attacks from pests to your garden or plants? Say goodbye to these pests by saying yes to hydrogen peroxide (3%).
All you need to do is, mix an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide and water to prepare the anti-pest mixture. Spray it over your plants and keep them free from pests as it kills the pest and their eggs. Why buy chemically loaded pesticides when you have hydrogen peroxide!
Did I mention that it’s also highly effective against fungus as well?
Bonus: Speed Up Your Cleaning with Spray Cap
Yes, I know the list was for 9 hacks, but consider this as a bonus as it will ease your cleaning by making it faster and easier. Just attach a spray cap to a hydrogen peroxide bottle and you are good to go.
Sometimes you don’t need to spend money to do certain things, you just have to look around your house and use the ingredients you already have as it will save you money as well as time.
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