11 Household Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Use this natural sanitizer in every room in your home.

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In the Kitchen: Sanitize the Cutting Board

Hydrogen peroxide sanitizes and removes stains from wood and plastic cutting boards. To sanitize, pour hydrogen peroxide directly onto cutting board. Scrub with a clean sponge, and let it sit until it fizzes. Rinse thoroughly.

In the Kitchen: Wash Produce

Add one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of cold water. Add produce, and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

In the Kitchen: Whiten Grout

Make a 3:1 mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste. Scrub grout with a clean, stiff-bristle brush. Let sit for a few minutes, and wipe off with a wet rag.

In the Kitchen: Sanitize Sponges

Sanitize and remove odor from sponges. Soak the sponge in a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.

In the Bathroom: Remove Soap Scum

Make a 2:1 mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste. Scrub with a brush, and rinse thoroughly.

In the Bathroom: Clean Toilets

Pour one cup hydrogen peroxide directly into the toilet. Let sit for at least 15 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

In the Laundry Room: Whiten Whites + Remove Stains

To whiten whites, pour hydrogen peroxide directly into the washer. To remove tough stains, make a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide, water and baking soda. Rub on the stain with a brush. Let sit for 10 minutes, then wash the garment in the regular wash cycle.

In Living Areas: Remove Carpet Stains

Hydrogen peroxide can remove the toughest of stains from carpet. Pour directly onto the stain, and let sit for a few minutes (or longer for tougher stains). Rub and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.

In Living Areas: Prevent Mold

Clean your humidifier and prevent mold in your home by pouring hydrogen peroxide directly into a humidifier.

In Living Areas: Sanitize Toys

Safely sanitize toys by placing them in a bin filled with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Rinse thoroughly. Another option is to spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto the toys, and rinse or wipe with a cloth.

In the Garden: Remove Powdery Mildew

If your plants look like this, they're covered in powdery mildew. This limits the plant's ability to nourish itself and flower or produce fruit. Hydrogen peroxide is an organic solution to this. Add one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide per half cup water to a spray bottle. Spray thoroughly once a week.