10 uses for the unsung hero of your medicine cabinet!

You likely have a trusty bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide in your medicine cabinet, for treatment of minor cuts. But there are far more uses for this unassuming product than you could possibly imagine! Here is a list of 10 reasons to stock up:

  • Clean tile and grout – Mix a half cup of baking soda with a quarter cup of Hydrogen Peroxide in a sealable container. Add a teaspoon of liquid dish soap, close the lid and then shake until combined. Apply the mixture to tile and grout, let sit for five minutes and then rinse clean with water.
  • Wash your fresh produce – Remove dirt and pesticides by adding a quarter cup of Hydrogen Peroxide to a sink of cold water, then washing your produce in it. Afterward, rinse your produce thoroughly with cool, clean water.
  • Remove grime in your bathtub – For a safer solution than your typical tub and tile cleaners, make a paste of 2/3 baking soda to 1/3 Hydrogen Peroxide. Apply to your tub and shower area and wait for 30 minutes, then rinse.
  • Banish rust – Add equal parts cream of tartar and baking soda to a bowl. Add a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide to the mixture to form a paste and rub the paste onto your rusty objects. Wait an hour, then wash off with water.
  • Get rid of skunk smell – If your dog or someone you know has a run in with a skunk, combine one quart of Hydrogen Peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda, one teaspoon of dish soap and two quarts of warm water. Apply to the person or animal and work into a lather before rinsing.
  • Perk up your plants – The extra oxygen atom in Hydrogen Peroxide can benefit the plant growth process and treat conditions like pests, root rot and fungus. For houseplants, mix one tablespoon of Hydrogen Peroxide and one cup of water in a spray bottle and soak the soil with the solution once or twice a week.
  • Erase water marks on granite – Get rid of pesky water marks by mixing a half cup of baking soda in a bowl with a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide to form a paste. Spread over the water marks, let sit for five to 10 minutes, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Clean your toothbrush – Soak your toothbrush in Hydrogen Peroxide between uses to keep it clean. This can be particularly beneficial if someone in your house is sick.
  • Sanitize your kitchen sponge – Combine equal parts Hydrogen Peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish, then soak your sponge in the solution for about 10 minutes. Rinse the sponge thoroughly afterward and let air dry.
  • Keep salad greens fresh – Before covering and refrigerating your greens, spray them with a solution of a half cup of water and one tablespoon of Hydrogen Peroxide to keep them fresher, longer.