50 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide


Hydrogen peroxide is one of those things we all have in our cabinet, but may not realize the power it holds.  There are so many different things it can do!  Here are 50 different ways you can use hydrogen peroxide around the house!

  1. Cleaning wounds is the most commonly known use for hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Clean your cutting board to get rid of germs and bacteria.
  3. Clean your vegetables with 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.
  4. Clean your sponges by mixing 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part warm water to get rid of that funky smell.
  5. Get rid of red wine stains by cleaning with 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part liquid laundry soap.  Pour on the stain, blot with a towel then wash with warm water.
  6. Remove armpit stains by mixing 1 part liquid laundry detergent to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide.  Apply to clothing and allow to sit for one hour before washing.
  7. Remove blood stains by applying directly to the stain.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes before rinsing with cold water.  *Warning: this works like bleach, so beware on clothing that isn’t fully white*
  8. Clean counters and grout with hydrogen peroxide to whiten and brighten.
  9. Get rid of a headcold or stuffy ears by putting a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ears.  They will bubble out the infection.  Lay on your side until bubbling slows down, then drain ear.
  10. Use as mouthwash mixed 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water.  This will help to kill bacteria and some say helps toothaches and cancer sores.
  11. Sterilize counter tops by spraying with hydrogen peroxide, allow to sit for a few minutes when wipe clean.
  12. Clean your toilets by pouring into the bowl and allowing it sit for 20-30 minutes prior to scrubbing.
  13. Clean your fridge by spraying, allowing to soak then wiping clean.  This will sanitize and kill bacteria.
  14. Clean your dishwasher by spraying and allowing to soak.  Run the dishwasher through one cycle prior to adding dishes.
  15. Clean mold by applying then wiping clean.
  16. Whiten clothing by pouring some into your white laundry.  It works like a bleach.
  17. Detoxifying bath by pouring 2 quarts of 3% hydrogen peroxide into warm bath water.  Soak for 20 minutes.
  18. Cure athlete’s foot by spraying feet with a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water.  Pay close attention between the toes.
  19. Use as a toothpaste by mixing enough hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to create a paste.
  20. Kill germs on your toothbrush by dipping in 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  21. Whiten your teeth by rinsing with 3% hydrogen peroxide each day.  Be careful not to swallow any, and rinse your mouth after spitting it out!
  22. Lighten your hair by mixing 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water.  Apply to hair with a spray bottle after washing hair.
  23. Use as a douche to cure reoccuring yeast infections.  Mix 2 capfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide with distilled water once or twice a week.
  24. Use as an enema by mixing 1 Tbs into a quart of warm distilled water.
  25. Get rid of bird mites by spraying on your skin several times.
  26. Get rid of a sinus infection by using as a nasal spray.  Mix 1 Tbs 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup non-clorinated water.
  27. Sooth a tooth ache by rinsing with hydrogen peroxide twice a day.
  28. Sanitize your dishes by adding 2oz of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher each cycle.
  29. Clean your windows by mixing a solution of half water, half 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  30. Get rid of smells in your home by spraying the walls with a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  Be careful of the carpet or it will get bleached out!
  31. Clean your ears and remove wax by putting several drops in your ear.  Allow to sit for a few minutes then allow to drain.
  32. Clean your sponges with a 50/50 mixture.  Place the sponge in the mixture for 10 minutes to get rid of germs and bacteria. Rinse thoroughly after soaking.
  33. Sanitize the kids toys by spraying them down and allowing to dry.
  34. Help your plants by mixing 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 gallon of water and spritzing the plants. 
  35. Sanitize public water fountains by splashing some hydrogen peroxide on the spout.  Allow it to sit for for a few seconds then run the water (counting to 5) before taking a drink.
  36. Kill fingernail fungus by soaking your nails in a 50/50 solution for 10 minutes a day.
  37. Clear up acne by using a cotton ball to rub hydrogen peroxide over the face two to three times a day. 
  38. Germinate seeds faster by letting them soak in a mixture of 1 cup water and 1.5 tsp hydrogen peroxide.
  39. Increase the power of your dish washing liquid by adding 2oz of hydrogen peroxide to the bottle.
  40. Clean your pots and pans by mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to create a mix.  Rub onto the pan and allow to sit for a while.  Come back later and scrub off, your pans will look shiny and clean.
  41. Clean dingy floors by mixing 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 gallon hot water.  Clean the floors and no need to rinse!
  42. Sanitize your kids lunchbox/bag by spraying down and wiping with a 50/50 solution.
  43. Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.
  44. Clean your humidifier/steamer by mixing 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of water.  Run through the humidifier/steamer.
  45. Clean shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum.  Place curtains in machine, wash with 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide and normal detergent.
  46. Clean aquariums with hydrogen peroxide to get rid of fungi.  The peroxide won’t hurt the fish.
  47. Get rid of skunk smells by combining 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.
  48. Clean your mirrors by spraying on a 50/50 mixture.
  49. Clean your stamper by cleaning with peroxide to remove the old ink.
  50. Help to get rid of mattress stains by spraying a 50/50 mixture on the dirty area.  Stains will lighten.


  1. Friend says

    3% Hydrogen Peroxide (Brown Bottle) contains other chemicals and preservatives added to prevent explosion and should not be used for enemas or dousing. Food grade 35% could be used for this purpose. (Follow manufacturing guidelines).

  2. Kristen says

    Do not use for cleaning wounds! It will kill bacteria, yes, but it will make you scar very badly. Use rubbing alcohol or a mild in scented soap like Dial.

    • Jenn says

      Rubbing alcohol kills every thing and is a terrible idea on wounds it kills good and bad warm salt water mixture is better

  3. stephanie says

    As Kristen posted above, do not use to cleanse wounds. It kills the good cells around the wound. Cleanse with soap and water.

  4. Barbara says

    Actually, I have used Hydrogen Peroxide on a deep wound that had gotten very infected…. I mean a deep infection. If someone needs me to post before and after pictures I would be happy to do so. I was unemployed and couldn’t afford to go in for medical care, but had pushed the kitchen garbage down into the garbage can, forgetting that earlier in the day I had put a can in there with a jagged edge. It punctured my hand. Two days later my hand was swelling into my wrist and starting to abcess out the other side. I used hydrogen peroxide on it first with a cotton ball and let it foam and then poured it on there. I did this for two days. The infection cleared up. During this time also my cat got an abcess on his ear, again couldn’t afford to take him to the vet. It was really swollen and the layers of skin had separated. It was like an inflated balloon. I touched it with a sterilized scissor end and it broke open. With a cotton ball I put hydrogen peroxide on it. He sat there while I cleaned it out and when the infection part was out he flinched a little bit and I quit. It healed up with minimal scarring. Yes, not all wounds should have hydrogen peroxide on them but in some instances and when that’s all there is hydrogen peroxide works great. It was a bad year that year, but I swear by hydrogen peroxide and would use it again even when times are better.

  5. Concerned says

    I reeeeeally wouldn’t recommend using it as an enema or a douche, it would upset the natural flora down there to no end and do more harm than help on fragile mucous membranes.


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