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9 Truly Unbelievable Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide isn't just for cleaning up cuts and disinfecting cell phones. It turns out that it can also be used as a beauty treatment as well. Here are a few ways to use the bottle in the back of your medicine cabinet that you keep around "just in case."

Teeth whitener

Hydrogen peroxide makes an excellent teeth whitener and is an affordable alternative to expensive professional treatments.


Mixed with water, hydrogen peroxide helps to refresh the breath by killing off odor-causing bacteria. Some people mix it with mint oils to create their own refreshing mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide may also help to alleviate pain from canker sores and toothache when used as a rinse.

Whitening Nails

If you've ever worn dark nail polish and have yellowed nails, hydrogen peroxide can get rid of the stains.

Acne Treatment

Hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial properties, so it can be used as a treatment for acne and other skin issues, like boils. Dilute it with water if you have sensitive skin and swipe it over your face as a toner.

Clearing Wax From Your Ears (Cautiously)

Doctors don't typically recommend sticking anything in your ears, but some people swear that using a few drops of hydrogen peroxide can dislodge excess wax and help an ear infection heal. There's even rumors that putting hydrogen peroxide in the ears can treat a cold.


If you're looking for a more natural solution to underarm odor, try rubbing some hydrogen peroxide in your armpit for a deodorizer.

Soften Your Feet

Corns and calluses soften up with a soak in a combination of hydrogen peroxide and warm water.

Clean Brushes

Makeup brushes, tooth brushes, and even hairbrushes can all benefit from being cleaned in a hydrogen peroxide solution.

Bleach alternative

Using bleach is pretty harsh, so you can substitute hydrogen peroxide in your laundry as a way to whiten your whites without destroying them. Some people have also been known to spritz hydrogen peroxide onto hair for a chemical-free way to lighten up locks.

*If you use hydrogen peroxide for internal use, as a mouthwash or toothpaste, buy food-grade peroxide. You can find it at natural health stores. The drugstore kind can be filled with heavy metals that might actually be unsafe but are fine for cleaning stuff that you won't somehow internalize.

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