There are many alternative uses for hydrogen peroxide other than the common injury cleaning. Some of the alternative uses are better known than others. Many of the known alternative uses are myths or unproven but the uses listed below have been proven effective. These hydrogen peroxide uses may even save money or be a solution to common household occurrences.
Alternative Use #1
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a whitening mouth wash, eliminating the need to buy whitening pastes and mouth washes. It is recommended to use the cap on the peroxide bottle full on peroxide once a day. Hold the peroxide in your mouth for ten minutes. This is usually the easiest to do while showering. This technique can also prevent and treat canker sores. Even though this alternative use has been proven effective, use should be limited.
Alternative Use #2
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a cleaning product and disinfectant reducing the need for other cleaning products. When applied to a rag and wiped over counter tops, tables, and cutting boards it kills germs and bacteria. Peroxide use has even been proven to kill salmonella.
Alternative Use #3
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to easily add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair simply creating natural highlights. This is not a way to produce drastic highlights but naturally lighter highlights in the hair. The lightening is gradual and does not produce a drastic change.
Alternative Use #4
Use hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach when doing a load of laundry. Use on cup of peroxide in a load of white laundry. It can even be used as a stain remover. Pour the peroxide directly on the stain and let it sit for a minute. After the clothing has soaked, simply rinse in cold water and wash regularly.
Alternative Use #5
Use hydrogen peroxide to easily clean vegetables. Wash or even soak the vegetables in peroxide to disinfect and clean them easily making them safe to eat. Hydrogen peroxide has shown to reduce the chemicals on the vegetables and kill stubborn bacteria.
Many of these alternative uses for hydrogen peroxide are simple to use. Using hydrogen peroxide for these common household occurrences can save money by possibly eliminating the need for bleach, whitening pastes, and cleaning products.
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“Household Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide H2O2” 2006