Hydrogen peroxide is most commonly known for its medical uses – disinfecting wounds. However, there are countless other things that hydrogen peroxide is used for outside of the first aid kit and some of them may surprise you.
- Wash Fresh Produce
Known for its disinfecting properties, this may not come as a surprise that hydrogen peroxide is used to wash things. However, it may come as a surprise that it is not harmful to rinse your food with. Huffington Post suggests that you rise your fruits and veggies with 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, then with vinegar and lastly with water so that your produce does not taste like either of the aforementioned products. This is a great way to kill bacteria and microbes and keep you safe!
- Clean Makeup Brushes
Again, it is no surprise that this magical product is used for cleaning. However, have you ever thought about using it to clean your makeup brushes? It is suggested to mix one part water with one part hydrogen peroxide and soak your synthetic brushes in the solution for five minutes. Once the five minutes is over, rinse them off. To ensure that your brushes stay clean and safe, repeat this process once a week.
- Add Highlights to Your Hair
Less harsh than bleach, hydrogen peroxide can be the perfect thing to give you beachy highlights. Natural Living Ideas suggests spraying hydrogen peroxide over damp hair and letting it soak in for 10-15 minutes. Then, rise!
- Prevent “Swimmer’s Ear”
If you or your children are prone to getting “Swimmer’s Ear” after a day of fun in the sun (and water), hydrogen peroxide can be just what you need to avoid infections and pain. It is suggested to mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and vinegar into a small dropper bottle. After swimming, put a few drops of the solution into each ear. It is that simple.
- Enhance Your Smile
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten your teeth as well as be used as a disinfecting mouth rinse. To create a whitening toothpaste, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together to create a paste. When used daily, this mixture will remove stains from those pearly whites. Using it as an antiseptic mouth rinse is just as easy. All you need to do is swoosh a capful of hydrogen peroxide around your mouth. The benefits are twofold. You will encourage the removal of stains while killing germs that cause bad breath!