Hydrogen Peroxide: 12 Reasons to Have It at Home

Aside from being a good disinfectant for wounds, hydrogen peroxide is a very useful product for cleaning your home.
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Hydrogen peroxide is a germicide that’s considered one of the most effective and safe disinfectants. This product has the ability to eliminate microorganisms by oxidation, which means it performs a sort of controlled burning.

But these properties mean that it’s also one of your best options for cleaning your home. What’s even better, it’s relatively inexpensive and has no other side effects, such as extra chemicals to remove.

Before we tell you about all the great ways you can use hydrogen peroxide in your home, remember that most solutions you can buy are 3% strength. With that in mind, get ready to learn 12 reasons why you should never do without hydrogen peroxide at home.

Using hydrogen peroxide on tables and wooden cutting boards

Tables and cutting boards made of wood create a perfect environment for the proliferation of lots of germs, like salmonella, which is present in raw meat. Just spray these surfaces thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect them.

Fruits and vegetables

Wash tomatoes

The fruits and vegetables you buy in the market today are covered with all kinds of germs and chemicals that can adversely affect your health. To get rid of them, just mix ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl of water, and rinse your produce in this mixture.

Refrigerator and sink

We frequently use the refrigerator and sink to store or wash food and other cooking utensils. Because they can accumulate thousands of different kinds of germs, it’s a good idea to make a spray of hydrogen peroxide and periodically coat the inside and outside of both your fridge and your sink. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping with a damp cloth.



Sponges used in your kitchen also harbor all manner of bacteria thanks to being used to clean up leftover food. To clean and disinfect your sponges, make a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water, and simply dip your sponges in it.

Whiten clothing

Hydrogen peroxide is excellent for getting stains out of white clothing, or removing bloodstains on carpet or fabric. Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your load of whites in the washing machine, or treat bloodstains directly with this powerful disinfectant.

Rejuvenating and detoxifying bath

Bubble bathTo take a rejuvenating, refreshing, and detoxifying bath, mix two quarts of 3% hydrogen peroxide in your hot bathtub and soak for at least half an hour.

Foot fungus

Hydrogen peroxide is also very helpful in fighting foot fungus. All you need is a solution of half hydrogen peroxide and half water to soak your feet in every evening.


foot bathHydrogen peroxide can aid in the fight against fungal and other skin infections. You can apply it directly to the area that’s troubling you several times a day.


Mites can accumulate in areas where you least expect or notice them, and they can cause your health to really deteriorate. To rid your home of mites, make a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water, and spray any spots where you think you might have mites.


brush teethYour toothbrush can harbor all kinds of germs that can eventually harm your health. To clean it, all you need to do is soak it in a little hydrogen peroxide.


There’s no pain relieving property to hydrogen peroxide, but it is antiviral, an antibiotic, and has antifungal properties. These can all help fight infections of the mouth.

Hair rinse

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If you want your hair to lighten a shade or two, mix 3% hydrogen with equal part water and spray onto your hair after your shower. The change isn’t too drastic, and it will look natural.