4 Surprising Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

2 Materials
2 Minutes

Hydrogen Peroxide has many uses. It's a great cleaner, it's a good beauty product, and it also helps in gardening. I'm serious! It's like a miracle potion. Here are some things I use it for in my house that you might be surprised by.

Surprise 1: Clean Dirty Pots and Pans

Older pots often get a burnt stain that seems like it would require a lot of scrubbing to get off. Have you ever tried it? I did, and after five minutes of deep scrubbing, I still couldn't get it off.

With just a bit of Hydrogen Peroxide, and some baking soda as a gentle abrasive, those stains come off super quick. See how shiny my pot is now?

Surprise 2: Remove Residue from Produce

Have you ever picked fruit from an apple tree? It's not nearly as shiny as the stuff you find in the store. That's because veggies and fruits come with all sorts of wax on them to make them look more appealing, and they still have pesticides on them from the growing process.

After I buy my groceries, I just fill a clean sink up with water and add a few teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. Then let them sit for about 15 minutes, and all that stuff comes right off.

Surprise 3: Sanitize Toothbrushes

We change our toothbrushes every 3 months (do you know how much bacteria is on there?). But in between that time I like to disinfect the brushes, so they don’t get gross.

I put each toothbrush in their own cup and add at least enough Hydrogen peroxide to cover all the bristles. Then I let it sit for a minute or two and they come out bacteria free.

Surprise 4: Germinate Seeds

This was actually a new tip for me. If you soak your seeds in about a cup of water with a teaspoon of Hydrogen Peroxide, it helps with germination. Since I have a green-thumb, I was thrilled to learn about this.

It will kill any fungus that might be lying dormant on the seed (which is good because that fungus will either kill the seed or slow down it’s germination). So using this method helps seeds germinate faster.

Really cool tips, right? Please comment if you have any more useful home and garden tips with H2O2, I'd love to hear them.

This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630)

Resources for this project:

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Amazing Ways To Get Your Patio All Ready For Summer
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
17 DIY Decor Ideas To Get The Party Started
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
18 Easy DIY Projects That You Can Do This Weekend!
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home

Have a question about this project?

3 of 145 questions
  • Judy Coleman
    on Jun 10, 2019

    How can you get the stain off your purse when you wear blue jeans like it fades on the purse

  • Sharon Eskut Lowstetter
    on Jul 12, 2019

    Love all the ideas. I have tried and failed at getting sweat stains out of my teenagers tshirts, any help out there???

    • Marina Camper
      on Jul 31, 2019

      Oxyclean powdered. I get a Wholesale Costco. Soak up for couple days with a cup or two of Oxyclean, it always do its job but be patient and soak up as needed.

  • Kimberly Capps Gautier
    on Aug 25, 2019

    It can save your Fur Babies life. I have had my dogs eat things that are not good for them. If you need to make your doggie vomit? It works wonders. Just open their mouth, and pour some in. It doesn't take a whole lot. So give them about 10 mins. If they haven't up chucked yet, pour some more down em! And wait again. Check vomit after to see if you can tell if they vomited up what they're suppose to. And then Love on them alot after. They'll be scared & feeling guilty. 😘🐶❤

Join the conversation

2 of 942 comments
  • Cindy
    on Dec 20, 2019

    Cats don't like the smell. Was using peroxide to clean blood off couch. Noticed cat didn't use that spot any longer so I tried it some where else. Cat stayed away.


  • Susan M. Roth
    19 minutes ago

    I use peroxide to remove certain stubborn stains from clothing, clean Jewelry, soak earrings before & after wearing, Windows, pet stains in carpet, furniture, (especially IOS devices) & a great antiseptic. I actually purchase by the gallon.

    However, it isn’t the answer for everything & always use conservately.

Your comment...