7 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is no longer recommended for cleaning wounds, since it's been shown to slow healing time, but it still deserves a place in your home. Once you see all of these uses for it, you'll be eager to move that bottle from your first aid kit to your cleaning caddy:

Remove Blood Stains

Doctor's in Scrubs
Doctor's in Scrubs. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/OJO+/Getty Images

Apply full-strength hydrogen peroxide directly to a blood stain (the sooner the better), and let it sit until it stops fizzing. Then,dab at the stain with a clean cloth to lift it. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. Then, launder the garment like you normally would. If you aren't sure you got the stain out completely, be sure to check before you through your clothing in the dryer. Heat-set stains are difficult to remove.

Remove Wine, Chocolate, Grass and Arm Pit Stains

Grass Stains
Grass Stains. Sean Justice/Taxi/Getty Images

Combine two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dish liquid to create your own laundry spot remover. Apply it to the stain with a soft scrub brush, and allow it to sit for a bit. Then, rinse under cold water. If you can still see traces of the stain, apply more of your spot treatment, and scrub it again until the stain is no longer visible. Then, wash your garment as you would normally.

Note: This same spot remover can also be used to treat carpet and upholstery stains. Because hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach, it's best to test the treatment on an inconspicuous area first.

Use in Place of Bleach

Bottles of Bleach
Bottles of Bleach. Justin Sullivan/Staff/Getty Images News

Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your white wash loads to whiten and brighten fabric without the use of chlorine bleach. Since hydrogen peroxide is an anti-fungal, it's also great for removing that musty smell from towels.

Remove Stains from Marble

Stained Marble
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Unsealed marble is prone to staining (even water can stain it). Address stains, as soon as you notice them, by making a paste of flour and hydrogen peroxide, and applying it directly to the stained surface. Cover the area with plastic wrap, to keep the paste from drying out, and let it sit over night. Then, clean up the paste in the morning, and the stain should be gone, or at least greatly lightened. Repeat the process, if needed.

Consider sealing your marble once you get it cleaned, to protect it from future stains. It only takes a couple minutes to do.

Note: Test this stain solution in an inconspicuous area the first time you use it.

Kill Mold

Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Kill Mold
Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Kill Mold. Madzia71/E+/Getty Images

Eliminate mold from the bathroom and any other areas of your home, by treating it with full-strength hydrogen peroxide. Just apply it with a rag or a spray bottle, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, come back and clean the area.

Note: Hydrogen peroxide will kill mold, but it won't eliminate mold stains. You'll need to do a deep cleaning afterwards to make that happen.

Clean Toilets

Cleaning Toilet
Cleaning Toilet. Howard Shooter/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Pour a half-cup of hydrogen peroxide in your toilets to clean and sanitize them. Allow it sit for half and hour. Then, follow up with your toilet brush. It'll save you the trouble of buying a separate toilet bowl cleaner.

Sanitize Cutting Boards

Raw Meat on a Cutting Board
Raw Meat on a Cutting Board. ATU Images/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

Wipe down your cutting boards with hydrogen peroxide periodically, to eliminate any bacteria that may be lurking on the surface or in the cracks and crevices.

Then, apply a coat of mineral oil to your wooden cutting boards to extend their life.

A Final Note About Hydrogen Peroxide:

Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Hydrogen peroxide loses it's oomph quickly when it's exposed to air or sunlight, so keep it in the brown bottle it came in, until you're ready to use it. Many homemade cleaners can be made in advance, but unfortunately, that doesn't apply to cleaners made with hydrogen peroxide.