I love old school remedies for health and wellness when it comes to my family and inexpensive > all-ready in my pantry, simple solutions for things around the house that are safe, effective and sure to save money.
So after a day outside, unprepared, sitting in the hot sun, for hours, wearing a white outfit over my sunless tanned body covered in brown Banana Boat Summer Color self-tanning lotion, my white outfit was looking a bit on the dingy side but being mom and a grandmother, I know dingy so in the wash my outfit went along with some detergent and peroxide and BAM! Good as new!
Try this on some of your old whites and let me know how it turns out for you.
I actually put peroxide in every load of white clothes that I do. I don’t use bleach because it damages my whites and often times, doesn’t get the stain or yuck out.
Here are some quick facts about hydrogen peroxide:
- The chemical element is: H202
- It’s made of water and oxygen, with an extra oxygen atom.
- Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide.
- Fruits & Vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide Uses:
- Acne – to help clear up skin, dab pimples with peroxide using a cotton ball. I talked about this in a previous post titled “The Acne Antidote”
- Finger Nails – to whiten, soak a cotton ball with peroxide and rub it on your nails.
- Hair – to gradually give your hair highlights, mix equal parts peroxide and water and spray on wet hair. Comb the solution through your hair and dry.
- Mouthwash – instead of purchasing expensive mouthwashes, try using peroxide instead.
- Teeth – to whiten, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes daily.
- Toothpaste – to make your own, make a paste using peroxide and baking soda.
- Boils – to heal, pour ½ a bottle of peroxide in your bath water.
- Canker Sores – to prevent, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.
- Colds – to cure in 24 hours, put a few drops of peroxide in your ear, when the bubbling stops (5-10 minutes), drain onto a tissue. Repeat for the other ear.
- Colonic – to make your own, add 1 cup of peroxide to 5 gallons of warm water.
- Corns and Calluses – to soften, soak feet in a solution made of equal parts water and peroxide.
- Cuts – to keep from getting infected, clean the cut with peroxide.
- Detox Bath – to rejuvenate, add 2 quarts of peroxide to your bath water. Soak for at least a ½ hour (Be careful not to get your hair wet here as peroxide will lighten your hair color).
- Ear Infections – to relieve, place 6-8 drops in the affected ear.
- Ear Wax – to remove, add a couple of drops of warm olive oil followed by a couple of drops of peroxide. Sit with head tilted for several minutes and then flush the ear with warm water.
- Enema – to make your own, add 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of water.
- Foot Fungus – to cure, spray a solution made of equal parts peroxide and water to your feet every night.
- Infections – to heal, soak the infected area in peroxide for 5-10 minutes several times a day.
- Sinus Infection – to relieve, add one tablespoon of peroxide to non-chlorinated water to be used as a nasal spray.
- Toothache – to relieve pain, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.
- Yeast Infections – to control, add 2 capfuls of peroxide to your douche 1-2 time per week.
- Bathroom – to disinfect, fill a spray bottle with equal parts peroxide and water.
- Counter tops – to kill germs, spray the counter tops with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
- Grout – to whiten, make sure the grout is dry, and then spray a generous amount of peroxide on the grout. Let it sit for 1-2 hours and scrub the area with an old toothbrush and some warm soapy water.
- Mirrors – for a no steak clean, spray mirrors with peroxide and wipe with a paper towel or newspaper.
- Mold – to control, clean the area with peroxide.
- Tile – to remove stains, make a thick paste using flour and peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. Rinse clean.
- Toothbrush – to kill germs, soak your toothbrush in peroxide.
- Cutting Board – to kill germs, after rinsing off your cutting board, spray it with peroxide.
- Dishrags and sponges – to clean, soak them for 15-30 minutes in a solution using equal parts peroxide and warm water. Rinse.
- Fruits & Vegetables – to clean, spray them with peroxide (food grade) and let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
- Fruits & Vegetables – for a non-toxic sanitizer, pour peroxide (food grade) into a dark colored spray bottle (light destroys peroxide) and fill another spray bottle with vinegar. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the peroxide and then repeat using the vinegar.
- Fruits & Vegetables – to neutralize chemicals and prolong freshness, add ¼ cup of peroxide (food grade) to a sink full of cold water. Soak vegetables for 20-30 minutes. Rinse, drain and let dry.
- Refrigerator – to disinfect, spray the interior with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
- Salad – to prolong freshness, lightly spray with a solution of ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of peroxide (food grade).
- Blood Stains – to remove, pour peroxide on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rub and rinse with cold water.
- Clothes – to whiten, add a cup of peroxide to your wash. Peroxide is milder than bleach and will keep your clothes from wearing out as fast.
- Wine Stain – to remove, mix together equal parts peroxide and liquid detergent. Pour the mixture over the stain. With a clean cloth blot the stain and wash with warm water.
- Wring Around the Collar – to remove, spray the area with a mixture of 2 parts peroxide and 1 part liquid detergent. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing. *Works great on armpit stains too.
- Mites – to kill, spray with area with peroxide.
- Plants – to improve their root system, water them with a mixture of 32 parts water and 1 part peroxide.
- Seeds – to sprout, soak seeds overnight in a mixture of 1 ounce peroxide and 2 cups water.
Do you know of any other ways to use peroxide?