Hydrogen Peroxide is a renowned medical cleaning agent that resides in first aid kits across the world. But you might be under-utilizing and under-appreciating your FP Hydrogen Peroxide by only using it for first aid purposes. Find out how you can stretch your dollar by trying out these hacks. Some of them might surprise you.
Here’s a preview of all the uses. Scroll through to the one you want to see
- Disinfecting Toothbrushes
- Whiten Nails
- Lighten Hair
- Cleaning Dishwashing Sponges
- Removing Armpit Stains
- Removing Blood Stains
Beauty and Hygiene Hacks
When you think of hydrogen peroxide hacks, you might think of it as a cleaning alternative. But you might want to consider incorporating FP Hydrogen Peroxide into your beauty and oral hygiene routine.
We love the cool, clean, minty blast that store-bought mouthwash gives us. Unfortunately, that feeling is cut by the dry feeling it leaves behind. The drying effect is caused by the presence of alcohol – one of the primary ingredients in mouthwash. To go out of your way to find an alcohol-free formulation may be a bit more expensive. A cheaper alternative would be to:
Mix 2 parts water and 1 part 6% FP Hydrogen Peroxide
Swish the mixture in your mouth like you normally would mouthwash and rinse. Ensure not to swallow the mixture.
Disinfecting your Toothbrush
What do you use to clean your teeth?
What do you use to clean the thing that cleans your teeth?
If you answered, “Water” to the 2nd question, water isn’t enough. If you wouldn’t use just water to clean your teeth, then why just use water to clean the tool responsible for cleaning your mouth. It’s time to clean that brush by:
Soaking your brush in a solution of 1 part water: 1 part hydrogen peroxide. After soaking for about 30 minutes, rinse your toothbrush with pure water.
Hydrogen peroxide with gently yet effectively kill all the bacteria being harboured in the bristles of the brush.
For the girl who loves to try new colours with every salon visit, you understand that nails can become stained overtime. You may even feel a little embarrassed to wear your bare nails because of these stains. You love getting your nails done too much to wait to grow out a new whiter set of nails. Again here is hydrogen peroxide to the rescue! Because the liquid acts as a mild bleach, it is capable of removing stains left by past manicures.
Use the same solution in the previous hack and soak 2-3 times a week for 15 minutes. Do this for 2-3 weeks and you should see a considerable difference in the whites of the nails.
Please Note: This technique may dry the nails. Therefore it is important that you follow up each treatment with a moisturizer/lotion and/or body oil to restore moisture balance.
If you’ve ever wanted to change up your hair colour without using dyes containing harmful chemicals or having to pay for an overpriced salon visit, you should try lightening your hair with hydrogen peroxide. This is made possible by the bleach-like qualities of the liquid. If you want something subtle:
Apply FP Hydrogen Peroxide to clean hair, let sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse. For an even more subtle approach, dilute the solution with equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide.
Now for the more traditional hacks/uses. We know that hydrogen peroxide is a cleaning alternative but what exactly can it clean.
Most of us rely on sponges and Scotch-Brites to scour dishes, cars and baths and they often gunk up a bit faster than we would like. This makes them prone to harbouring all kinds of bacteria that circulates on the surface they’re supposed to be cleaning.
To help get your sponges’ act together, soak in pure hydrogen peroxide for at least 20 minutes then rinse in pure water.
Removing Armpit Stains from Clothing
When clothing is worn hard-core, sweat stains are likely to form in areas that undergo the most friction. Regular washing is often insufficient in removing the somewhat greasy stain that develops under the arm. Whites are particularly vulnerable to showing this form of discolouration. Simply:
Mix 2 parts detergent and 1 part FP Hydrogen Peroxide. Let that sit on the stain for one hour and wash the whole garment as usual.
Please Note: Because hydrogen peroxide has mild bleach characteristics, it is advised that caution be taken when applying this method to darker colours.
Disinfecting Cutting Board
Some persons prefer using wooden cutting boards over plastic and that is understandable. This could be for a number of reasons: the aesthetics, the feeling of a more satisfying chop, durability, etc. However, that aesthetic cutting board is much more difficult to clean than the plastic equivalents. Using a mixture of:
(You guessed it) Equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide is sufficient to kill the germs that regular dishwashing liquid may have left behind.
Removing Blood stains
Every now and again, we get cuts and scrapes and end up getting blood stains on our clothing. Sometimes, regular washing is inadequate to wholly remove the stain. Instead a discoloured area is often left behind even after several washes.
A solution of 2 parts detergent and 1 part FP Hydrogen Peroxide should be left to sit on the stain for about 30 minutes. Then wash the garment as usual.
This method works particularly well on whites.
Please Note: As stated before, hydrogen peroxide acts as a mild bleach and caution should be taken when using this mixture on dark coloured clothing.
So which of these hacks surprised you and which of these beauty/hygiene or cleaning hacks are you going to try out with FP Hydrogen Peroxide?