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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.