I remember hydrogen peroxide as something my mother would always use to clean a cut before bandaging me up as a kid, so I guess I always assumed that was it’s sole purpose. I could not have been more wrong. Hydrogen peroxide is more or less a miracle solution, able to do so many more things than I ever would have anticipated! If you’re looking for a household remedy, check hydrogen peroxide’s list of accomplishments below – you may have just found your answer.

  1. Remove Stains From Clothing

    You know those gross, yellow underarm stains on your white t-shirts? Don’t lie, everyone gets them. Banish your unsightly stains by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide before the wash.

  2. Brighten Dingy Floors

    My kitchen could use this especially. Combine hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of hot water and say hello to your sparkling new floors.

  3. Help Your Plants Grow

    Ward off fungus by adding a little hydrogen peroxide to your plant’s diet. Add a touch to the water the next time you’re feeding them.

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  4. Add Natural Highlights

    Yes way. Combine 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water, then spritz the solution on your hair and comb through for soft, natural highlights.

  5. Get Pesticides Off Food

    To get dirt and chemicals off your fruits, add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink of cold water. Make sure to rinse your veggies in just cold water afterwards.

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  6. Clean Your Countertop

    A perfect germ killer (especially right after you’ve used, say, raw meat) hydrogen peroxide cleans cooking surfaces wonderfully.

  7. Get Perfect Pearly Whites

    You’ve probably heard you can use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash – it’s a handy trick! Combine 50% hydrogen peroxide to 50% water and you’ve got cheap mouthwash to get your teeth nice and white.

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  8. Wipe Down Your Fridge or Dishwasher

    Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is the perfect thing to use on those sticky messes around your food.

  9. Whiten Bathtub Grout

    Make sure the tub is dry, then spray a good helping of hydrogen peroxide on all your gross grout. Let it bubble and sit for a while, then scrub it away with an old toothbrush for a sparkling clean shower!

  10. Get Rid of Pimples

    Breaking out? Dab some hydrogen peroxide on your acne or pimples and let it clear away your blemishes!

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  11. Remove Ear Wax

    Banish that gross earwax with hydrogen peroxide. Mix a solution of 3% with olive oil or almond oil and put a few drops in your clogged ears. Make sure to add the hydrogen peroxide second. After a few minutes, tilt your head to clear the wax.

  12. Perfect Your Feet

    Looking to ward off foot fungus? Soaking your feet in a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water will not only prevent fungus, but it will soften calluses as well

  13. Clean Musty Towels

    Everyone has those perfectly good towels that have acquired that gross, musty smell. Don’t throw them away! Add 1/2 cup of peroxide and 1/2 cup of vinegar to your wash, let the towels sit in the solution for 15 minutes, then clean as usual for lovely smelling towels.

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  14. Clean Aquariums

    No, it won’t hurt the fish! Using peroxide will help control the fungus in your fish tank, but you should only use the solution periodically for this purpose.

  15. De-Skunk Solution

    Got sprayed? Yikes. Luckily, there is a peroxide solution! Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon dish detergent, and 2 quarts warm water to get rid of that nasty smell.

Do you use hydrogen peroxide for something brilliant? Share your idea in the comments section below!