Hydrogen Peroxide is one of my main go-to household cleaning agents. It can be used for kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and other household and gardening purposes.
I am even loving hydrogen peroxide to help out with dental hygiene. It is so amazing and versatile. So here is a list of ways to use hydrogen peroxide around your home too.
Carpet stains are no fun to deal with at all. But if you do have to take on this type of challenge, some hydrogen peroxide and a bit of patience can help you with that.
Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stain on your carpet, and let it sit for some minutes. Pour some more hydrogen peroxide, and use a cloth to wipe the area.
If the stain isn’t too stubborn, you should see some improvement. However, you can repeat the process until the stain is removed.
Sanitize Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is used every day to clean and sanitize your mouth. But it too needs some sanitization as well. As often as you can, or at least once per week, use some hydrogen peroxide to cleanse your toothbrush.
How To Do It: Pour some hydrogen peroxide on your toothbrush, and let it sit for a few minutes. You can also choose to pour the hydrogen peroxide in a cup and submerge the toothbrush it. If you use a toothbrush case/holder, you can use hydrogen peroxide to sanitize it too.
When you buy vegetables and take them home, you most likely will need to sanitize them before using them. And even if you harvested them from your kitchen garden, you’ll still need to get them clean.
Put your veggies and fruits in the sink or in a bowl and pour hydrogen peroxide over them. Wash them clean, then give them another rinse with room temperature water.
Sanitize New Underwear
If you have new underwear, it’s always best to give them some extra cleansing. You really can’t tell where those new underwear have been before you brought them home. So you want to eliminate all the bacteria that is possibly on them.
Yes, you’ll most likely be washing them with laundry soap as usual. But I think it’s even better to give the cleansing a boost with some hydrogen.
Soak them in some hydrogen peroxide before doing your regular washing. But only for a few minutes, because hydrogen peroxide can cause fabric to whiten if left to soak in it for very long.
Sanitize Cleaning Sponges
If you have some well-used cleaning sponges but don’t want to throw them away, you can revive and refresh them with some hydrogen peroxide, and give them an extra lease on life.
Put the sponges in a bowl and pour hydrogen peroxide over them. Let it penetrate them for about fifteen minutes, then you can wash them with some dish soap. This should eliminate bad odors from them and help to fix discoloration from stains.
Clear A Blocked Shower Drain
If you have a blocked shower drain, or it is just running off too slowly, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide will come in handy. Also, get out some baking soda and white vinegar.
How To Do It: Pour some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide down the blocked shower drain and let it sit for about half of an hour. Next, pour in some hot vinegar to help clear up the blockage.
If you don’t get it cleared in one go, repeat the process until your drain is cleared. I really do love this method, as I have used it already to clear my blocked shower drain. It really does work!
To clear a blocked drain, pour in some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. You will want to use a generous amount of each product.
Let it soak for a while. Twenty minutes to half an hour should do. Do not use the tap while being soaked with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
You don't want water or any other liquid to wash away the baking soda and peroxide before the drain has been properly soaked.
The combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda should react with gunk and break it down.
After the twenty minutes or half-hour has passed, pour in some hot vinegar to finish clearing things up.
Cleanse Your Bath Rag/Body Scrub Sponge
The rag you use for showering or your body scrub sponge can take a little cleansing too. Sure, it somewhat gets cleaned every time you use it to cleanse yourself. But always make sure to give it some deeper cleansing.
Soak your bath or shower rag and your body scrub sponge with some hydrogen peroxide. Then wash it as usual with some laundry soap or some shower gel to finish cleaning it up.
You’ll always need to have a cleaning agent for cleaning counters. But you want to avoid the chemical-laden ones, especially in your kitchen, as those can be toxic to your home and environment.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great option for cleaning your counters. You don’t even need to mix it with anything. Just apply some to your counters, and use a sponge to clean the area.
Refresh Bathroom Sink
Sometimes, your bathroom sink is what makes your bathroom smell unpleasant. It gets filthy with all the washing of mouth and all the stuff that gets poured into it.
You don’t have to buy an expensive cleaner to freshen up your bathroom sink. Pour some hydrogen peroxide down that sink and let it sit for a few minutes, and it will help to get rid of any bad odors.
Sanitize Makeup Sponges
Makeup brushes are sometimes responsible for acne problems. You use them repeatedly and it normally takes a while before sanitizing them, because you know, life just gets too busy at times.
But it can be really easy to sanitize your makeup sponges with hydrogen peroxide. Just soak the sponges with hydrogen peroxide, then rinse them with hot water, and any bacteria hiding in them should be eliminated.
Clean Your Kitchen Sink
Your kitchen sink will get funky from time to time. After all, it has to encounter with all sorts of grease, grime and food particles every day.
Pour some hydrogen peroxide down your sink drain to give it a cleanse. Just make sure you don’t turn on the tap until you are through soaking the drain.
The deodorant you use can cause a bit of a problem on the armpits of your clothing. That can be disturbing when you have a really nice piece of clothing you can’t get to wear because of the discoloration on the armpit.
Apply some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to the area, let it soak for a few minutes. Then add more hydrogen peroxide and use a brush to gently scrub the area.
For stained armpits, wet the area with hydrogen peroxide. You'll want to make sure you properly wet the area and not just dampen.
Apply some baking soda to the wet area. Let this sit and soak for about twenty minutes.
After allowing the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the stain, wet the area with some more hydrogen peroxide.
You can now use a brush to do some scouring to help remove what is left of the stain.
Make Pans Shiny
When your baking pans and your favorite cookware start looking dull, it’s not always time to throw them out and start looking out for a new set.
You can make them shiny again by soaking them with hydrogen peroxide. You can get even better results by making a paste with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and coating them. Let that sit for about one hour, then wash them as you normally would.
Toilet Brush Cleanser
It can very easy to clean up your toilet brush whenever you use it in the bowl. Just swish it around with some soap in the bowl, and your brush will be clean enough. But there are times when that brush will need a deeper cleaning.
When your brush calls for some real cleansing, pour hydrogen peroxide into the container in which the brush sits. Let it soak for a couple of minutes, before doing your regular washing.
Refresh Kitchen Towels
It’s not a nice thing when you just cannot get the funk out of your kitchen towels. You wash them with soap, and still that unpleasant funk from all the food and bacteria lingers.
Hydrogen peroxide will give those unpleasant-smelling kitchen towels a fix though. Let the towels soak up some hydrogen peroxide for about half of an hour, or even a few hours if their colors won’t easily fade. You can also add some baking soda for better results.
Bath Tub Cleaner
Are those dirty crevices and corners of your shower annoying you? Maybe you have tried cleaning them, but that awful color just won’t go away.
Spray some hydrogen peroxide in those corners of your shower with the stained appearance. After about an hour or so, you should see some improvements. But always be sure to repeat the process to get the results you want.
Plastic containers and Tupperware a guilty of holding bad odor, or the smell of whatever you put in there. But you can conquer those odors with the help of some toothpaste and hydrogen peroxide.
Lather Tupperware and plastic containers with toothpaste, then pour in some hydrogen peroxide and let them soak for about forty-five minutes to an hour. Wash with dish soap and warm water, and you should have fresh-smelling containers again.
Pour some toothpaste in smelly plastic containers and Tupperware. Use a sponge or your fingers to spread and lather the containers with the toothpaste.
Pour in some hydrogen peroxide. Use a generous amount and make sure the sides of the containers get covered with it.
Let the containers sit and soak for about forty-five minutes to an hour. You can cover them or leave them open.
Pour out the hydrogen peroxide, and rinse out the toothpaste with some warm water.
Wash with dish soap as usual, and then rinse again with warm water.
Clean Toilet Bowl
Want to get your toilet bowl looking bright and white again, but you don’t really want to use bleach? Put hydrogen peroxide to work in that toilet bowl of yours.
Turn off the toilet tank, and make sure you get rid of all water in the bowl. Pour in some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Use a toilet brush to swish things around.
Let it soak for about two hours, flush then pour in some hot vinegar and flush again. This should help to brighten your toilet bowl after doing it for about two or three times.
Clean Tile Grout
You might be wondering why your tile grout has changed color and won’t return to normal, even though you mop your floors quite frequently. Here is what’s causing that…
Dirt gets stuck in the grout which seems to hold dirt very well. So you’ll need to use a cleaning agent to break down the dirt. Hydrogen peroxide fits the bill in this case.
Soak the grout with some hydrogen peroxide for a couple of minutes, and you should start seeing the dirt loosening up. If you want to do a deeper cleaning, add some baking soda and use a brush to scour the grout.
Clean Cutting Board
You want to be careful about what cleaning agents you use on your cutting boards. Especially your wood cutting boards. You don’t want to use a cleaner that is too harsh and damaging the board, but you still want to get some sanitization done.
Wash your cutting boards with hydrogen peroxide. Do a second washing with some mild dish soap, or use some salt to finish up. After drying, use some olive oil to moisturize the cutting board.
If you don’t be careful, your fridge door will get some gunk and grime hiding someplace on it. And you have to be so very cautious with what you use to clean your fridge, as the material used to make these appliances are usually delicate.
You can safely use some hydrogen peroxide to clean your fridge doors though. Pour a little hydrogen peroxide in the areas where there are gunk and grime to loosen things up. You can also wet a sponge with hydrogen peroxide and use to clean your fridge door and inside of the fridge.
Sanitize Ziplock Bags
Ziplock bags are so handy in most households. But especially in the kitchen, where they used to store food and liquids, they can start having odors.
Don’t just throw them away though. Soak your ziplock bags with hydrogen peroxide to freshen them up. You can either submerge them in a container of hydrogen peroxide or pour the hydrogen peroxide into the bags and let it sit for a few minutes, then wash them with dish soap.
Shower Curtain Cleaner
Don’t you just want to have an effective no-wipe daily shower cleaner? Especially one that will reduce or prevent the growth of mold or the build-up of grime on your shower curtain?
Put a spray top onto a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Keep this handy in your bathroom as a daily no-wipe cleaner for your shower curtain. Just spritz your shower curtain with it, and that’s it- no wiping and no mold.
- Sanitize your toothbrush.
- Clean your kitchen sink.
- Clear a blocked shower drain.
- Wash fresh produce from the farmers market, store or your garden.
- Sanitize new underwear.
- Sanitize cleaning sponges and scouring pads.
- Freshen up bathroom sink.
- Cleanse bath rag and shower scrub sponge.
- Clean counters and surfaces.
- Remove carpet and rug stains.
- Sanitize dirty makeup sponges and brushes.
- Remove armpit stains from deodorant.
- Make pans and pot shiny.
- Deep clean a toilet brush.
- Refresh and cleanse kitchen towels.
- Clean crevices and corners of bathtub.
- Freshen up smelly Tupperware and plastic containers.
- Clean and whiten toilet bowl.
- Loosen and clean dirt in tile grout.
- Clean and sanitize wooden cutting boards.
- Clean and refresh refrigerator.
- Sanitize smelly Ziploc bags.
- Daily no-wipe shower curtain spray.