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8 Uses for Peroxide

July 26, 2016

Hydrogen peroxide is one of those items that just chills in our cabinet and it feels like the bottle lasts years. Many of us don’t realize how useful that little bottle of peroxide is. I’ve learned a few ways over the years how to use up that bottle and make it earn its keep in my cabinet. Below are 8 tips for using hydrogen peroxide as more than just a cabinet space filler.

  1. Clean and disinfect small wounds – Yep, this is probably what most of us are familiar with. When I was younger, my mom would always whip a bottle of peroxide out first thing and pour it over whatever boo boo I ended up getting. Yes, it burned like the dickens but it did the trick.
  2. Naturally whitens nails – Stop paying an expensive amount of money to keep your nails looking perfectly white. Just pour some peroxide in a bowl and soak your fingernails for a bit and it will do the trick.
  3. Prevent ear infections – I had a friend that always got a mixture of vinegar and peroxide put in her ears before and sometimes after swimming because she was always so susceptible to ear infections. If you mix half peroxide and half vinegar together and put 3-4 drops in each ear before swimming, ear infections are nonexistent.
  4. Clear up blemishes – Yes, your cheap little bottle of peroxide can clear up any acne problems you may be having. Simply use it like you would a face wash and it will do the trick!
  5. Get rid of bad breath – Having issues with bad breath even after brushing your teeth? This is often caused by bacteria in the mouth. No worries, swish with some hydrogen peroxide and voila, your bad breath is no longer. It is not advised that you swallow the peroxide though.
  6. Detoxify – If you want to get a great full body detoxification, trying pour hydrogen peroxide into your bath water. Again, it’s not advised that you ingest any of this as you are in the bath. The peroxide should pull the bad junk out of your body during your relaxing bath.
  7. Fight a cold or sinus infection – Some people mix equal parts water and peroxide and use it as a nasal spray in order to fight colds and sinus infections. If you do this, we suggest consulting your doctor first and definitely making sure you blow your nose shortly after to expel most of the peroxide.
  8. Deodorant – Yep, you heard right, you can use hydrogen peroxide as a deodorant. Sometimes deodorants can clog pores and actually make sweating or the smell worse.

Hydrogen peroxide is a great natural way to ward off any bad smells without clogging your pores and making matters worse. Plus, it’s much cheaper.
There are so many more uses for hydrogen peroxide but these were the few we loved the most. It has a wide variety of uses and is a great option for a more natural approach if one is desired.

8 Uses for Peroxide

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    Yum Yucky
    July 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Ooops. Mis-read tip #2 as Naturally whitens “snails”. Where mah glasses at!?
    The deodorant thing sounds interesting. May have to try it.

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    Bren Pace
    July 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I never realized there were so many uses! I’m with Josie, I think I might try it as deodorant, as I’ve been having issues finding one that holds up to my stench and keeps me dry. Passed it along!

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    July 27, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    This was a VERY interesting read. I already knew about its whitening properties and that it could freshen breath. I didn’t know it was a detoxifier, though.

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    July 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Great to know! I always have peroxide on hand. I never really use it for much but I’m glad to know there are many uses for it I had no idea!

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    Shirley Wood
    July 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    My hubby uses it to clean out his ears and prevent wax build up.

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    July 27, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    My mom swore by peroxide for cuts and scrapes. It seemed to serve her well.

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    Lindsey Paris
    July 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I love it for booboos and breakouts. It’s a fast healing item for me.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    July 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    This was a very informative post! I had no idea you could whiten your nails or get rid of your bad breath. How cool is that?!

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    July 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I had no idea there were so many great uses!! I have got to try some of these!

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    MJ. L
    July 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wow great list! I never knew what peroxide could be used for other than cleaning wounds!

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    July 28, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I had no idea there were so many uses for peroxide, I have heard that it helps with bad breath but I haven’t dared tried it. Glad to know I can use it for more than just boo-boos.

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    Liz Mays
    July 28, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Wow, I should really pick up a bottle or two! I didn’t actually know you could make a nasal spray with it.

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    July 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I always have peroxide on hand. The only ones I wasn’t familiar with were the last three. I also keep a bottle in my laundry room. It’s great to get blood stains out of clothes.

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    Amanda Love
    July 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I didn’t know that you could do this much with peroxide! Thanks for the amazing list, I’ll be sure to keep it in case we need it in the future!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    July 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I never thought that peroxide has so many uses! Saving this for future reference! Thanks for all the great tips!

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    July 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    These are all great uses for peroxide. I will have to try adding some to my bath tonight.

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    Meagen Brosius
    July 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Peroxide really is so much more versatile than we give it credit for! I love using it for various uses around the house!

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    Seattle Travel Blogger
    July 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    This is a neat list! There are some uses I have never heard of before. Thanks for the information.

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    Katherine G
    July 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I never knew there were so many uses for peroxide. I knew a few of these but others were totally new to me. Thank you for sharing.

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    July 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I’m finding the best household products are often things I already own. I had no idea you could use peroxide for such a variety.

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    July 29, 2016 at 1:09 am

    This is a good list. Wonder if I can give my co-worker some Peroxide and ask her to swish? hahahha Kidding…sort of. 😉

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    Nikki Wayne
    July 29, 2016 at 3:08 am

    This is very informative, I never know that peroxide is very useful. Nice post.

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    Chrystal | Nevermore Lane
    July 29, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I have used peroxide for all of these. When I get an ear infection, this is my go to. When I get a cut, same thing and it makes a wonderful all natural mouthwash!

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    christina aliperti
    July 30, 2016 at 8:38 am

    These are really good uses. I remember in junior high school me and a few of my friends used peroxide to lighten our hair. Our parents were sooooo mad, lol.

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