Who’d have thought that “peroxide” could do so many useful things … Cleaning, disinfecting, laundering and even healing! Here are uses for that plain brown bottle of peroxide — under $1 on sale at any drug store.

  • Canker sores: Instead of mouthwash, hold a capful in your mouth for 10 seconds daily. No more sores and your teeth will be whiter!
  • Germicide: Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
  • Antiseptic: Soak any infections or cuts in peroxide for five to 10 minutes several times a day.
  • Sinus reliever: Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with 50-50 mixture of water and peroxide. Hold for a few minutes, then blow out.
  • Toothache: To lessen pain of a toothache, put a capful of peroxide into your mouth and hold for 10 minutes several times a day.
  • Disinfectant: To kill germs on your counters, clean them with a 50-50 mixture of peroxide and water in a spray bottle, and wipe dry.
  • Disinfectant: Peroxide kills salmonella and other bacteria on your kitchen cutting board.
  • Glass cleaner: Use peroxide to clean mirrors, wihout smearing.
  • Healing bath: Half a bottle of peroxide in your bathwater helps get rid of boils and fungus.
  • Laundry whitener: Add a cup of peroxide to a load of “no chlorine bleach” whites. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it bubble for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat, if necessary.


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