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New Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Mary L Williams and Associates

New Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide. Do you have a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide* in your bathroom cabinet for medical emergencies? When was the last time you used it? Did you know that it only has a shelf-life of about six months, which turns into water? If it doesn’t fizz, you have a brown bottle of water – who knew?

However, it is a good idea to have a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide on hand because it’s quite a handy item for all sorts of household and personal tasks …

Sanitize Manicure and Pedicure Tools

Every time you use your tweezers, mani, and Pedi tools, dip or wipe them with hydrogen peroxide. This will sanitize them for the next time you use them.

Disinfect Toothbrushes

Soaking your toothbrushes or any sports guards and retainers in hydrogen peroxide will quickly keep them germ-free. You’ll want to rinse them in plain water before using them again.

Soaking Feet

Feet that are in shoes all day can get odor-causing bacteria. By mixing one party Hydrogen Peroxide with three parts of plain warm water, you’ll not only protect yourself from athletes’ foot fungus, but you will be softening calluses and corns.

Whiten Nails

Mix a paste with one part Hydrogen Peroxide with two parts household baking soda in a bowl. You might see a bit of “fizz” and foaming at first, but when that settles down, spread it on and under your nails. Waite three minutes and rinse with plain warm water.

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In the Kitchen

Disinfect Kitchen Sponges

We all know how grungy sponges can get in the kitchen, and they can harbor E.coli and Salmonella bacteria. Soak your sponges in 50% water and 50% Hydrogen Peroxide daily to freshen them up and kill the bacteria.

Spray on Kitchen Cutting Boards

Cutting boards, if not cleaned well, will also trap bacteria. Keep a spray bottle on hand to spritz the cutting board surfaces to keep them safe to use.

Freshen Reusable Grocery Bags

Ultimately, you should wash your reusable grocery bags, but spray the bag interiors with hydrogen peroxide to kill any harmful bacteria if you don’t have time.

Remove Stains from Marble

If your marble tables or countertops are unsealed, they ultimately will get stained. Combine flour and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste applying it directly to the stain. Cover the paste and surrounding area with plastic wrap, leaving it on for about 12 hours. The stain should be gone when you wipe the paste away. If it’s a stubborn stain, you may have to repeat the process several times.

*Hydrogen Peroxide is the compound chemical H202, two hydrogen atoms and 2 oxygen atoms. Hydrogen peroxide is sold in 3% to 12% concentrations in most drug and grocery stores. 3% concentrations is great for normal household cleaning purposes.

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