The Uses and Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has disinfecting, bleaching, and antiseptic properties that are great for your home, health, and beauty.
The Uses and Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide

Last update: 04 April, 2019

There are many health uses and benefits of hydrogen peroxide. Just remember that you shouldn’t use it in large quantities because it can be toxic. But you should still take advantage of its amazing cleaning and disinfecting properties.

Hydrogen peroxide has a number of different uses in the home and beauty industry, especially for hair products.

Let’s take a look at some of its benefits, and what you can do with it.

11 uses and benefits of hydrogen peroxide

Cleaning wounds

You can use hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect small wounds. In this case, it’s best to use 5% or less hydrogen peroxide.

For small cuts, softly pat a cotton ball soaked in the solution to the affected area.

Whitening clothes

whiten clothes: one of the many uses and benefits of hydrogen peroxide

You can use hydrogen peroxide to whiten clothing by adding one cup of peroxide to clothes while they soak. It’s great for removing tough, set in stains. If you just apply it directly onto the clothes, the stain will come out instantly!

It’s a great alternative for bleach.

Foot fungus

For frequent problems with fungi on the feet and nails, it’s best to use a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water. 

Soak feet for several minutes at night, then dry well.

Mouth sores and ulcers


Another one of the amazing uses and benefits of hydrogen peroxide is that it makes a great mouth rinse. It’s effective, economical, and not very well-known.

It’s a good mouth cleanser because it doesn’t cause internal irritation. In addition, it’s great for treating inflammation like sores in the mouth or throat.

To heal these, you should use it undiluted and apply it directly to the source of the pain/infection. But it can also be effective if you mix it with 50% water and gargle for a few seconds, then spit it out.

Teeth whitening

If you use peroxide as an alternative mouth rinse, over time you’ll notice that it’s also an effective teeth whitener! 

Colon cleansing

It’s best to use 8 ounces of peroxide with 5 gallons of hot water; never go beyond that amount of peroxide.


For an enema, it’s best to use a tablespoon of 3% peroxide with 1 liter of hot, distilled water.

Skin discoloration

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It’s great for clearing up skin discolorations and scarring. When used consistently, you can see results in just two weeks! It’s best to apply with a cotton ball over the affected area, avoiding the eyes, because it can cause irritation.

Clean your underarms

Hydrogen peroxide is a simple, natural way to clean and whiten your underarms, which are damaged and stained by deodorants. It can also help combat unpleasant odors.

Household cleaner

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Dissolve 2 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide into dish soap for a cleanliness boost, leaving your dishes shinier! To clean cutting boards and kill all the bacteria they harbor, you can mix 3% peroxide with equal parts of vinegar. Lastly, to disinfect bathrooms, sinks, floors, etc- use a 50/50 mix of warm water and 3% peroxide

Hair highlights

Many hair products and dyes use hydrogen peroxide. At home, you can also use it in moderation as a natural lightener for your hair. Dilute 3% peroxide with equal parts of water in a spray bottle. Wet your hair and apply in desired areas, combing through and blow-drying when finished.  Over time, this will create gradual highlights that also look much more natural.

So, now that you’ve learned about some of the uses and benefits of hydrogen peroxide, how about giving them a try? It’s simple, natural, cheap, and it can help in so many ways!

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