Hydrogen peroxide (HP), or H2O2, is very chemically similar to water (H2O), except for it has an extra Oxygen atom. Hydrogen peroxide is able to disinfect and sanitize at the microbial level.

Here are 20 ways you can take advantage of hydrogen peroxide at home:

  • Kills viruses – Three drops in the ear will eliminate earwax and any viruses that like to fester such as “swimmer’s ear”. Drain afterward.
  • Elimination of pesticides – Soak fresh whole vegetables in ¼ cup of HP and 3 cups of water for 30 minutes.
  • Kills airborne germs – Mixing 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water in a humidifier will kill airborne germs and cleanse your air.
  • Clean toothbrush – Soak your toothbrush in HP.

  • Helps with foot fungus – Mix together a 1:1 ratio of HP and water in an amber bottle and keep away from sunlight, apply to fungus directly.
  • Remove organic stains – Anything like sweat, blood, wine, or food stains can be dissolved with HP and a little laundry detergent.
  • Protect from swimmer’s ear – Routinely clean your ear with HP if you swim often.
  • Treat calluses and corns – Mix equal parts HP and water then soak your feet to soften them.



  • Eliminate boils-Pour one cup of 35% HP into a bath and soak in the tub.
  • Skin cleanser – Anti-bacterial properties of HP can clean your face.
  • Mouth rinse – HP kills mouth bacteria causing bad breath.
  • Wound cleaning – Cuts and lacerations will heal faster and without infection.
  • Relieve a toothache – Gargle with a mixture of coconut oil and HP.
  • Sinus cleanser –  HP is safe enough to enter your nasal passages and clean your sinuses.



  • Body detoxification – 1 cup of 35% HP in a bath for a 30-minute soak.
  • Household cleaner – Use as a general, multi-surface cleaner.
  • Contact lenses cleaner – Leave your contact lenses to soak in HP overnight.
  • Refresh reusable shopping bags – Sanitize your bag using HP after carrying any leaking meats.
  • Glass cleaner – Allow HP to sit on the mirror and bubble and then wipe away.
  • Lunchbox disinfector – Leaking food can shock someone under the microscope.



*Article originally appeared at Minds.