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2X4: Four Cool Hydrogen Peroxide Tricks

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Jessica
07.29.13

Your hydrogen peroxide probably lives in your first aid kit, just waiting for the day that someone scrapes their knee. And that’s a shame. Bring the brown-bottled staple out of hiding and into your daily routine with one of these clever uses.

Note: These tips work with a solution that’s 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. Always keep your peroxide in its original, opaque bottle. Sunlight breaks hydrogen peroxide down and reduces its effectiveness.  

Erase Armpit Stains. Everyone – even Kate Middleton – sweats. And where there’s sweat, it’s only a matter of time until there’s also pit stains. Don’t leave your favorite clothes to the mercy of the yellow beast! To prevent a permanent pit-stain issue, mix 1-part dishwashing liquid with 2-parts hydrogen peroxide. Pour the mixture onto the stained area and let it sit for a full hour, and then rinse it away with cold water. If your stains are really bad, repeat the process. If not, toss the item into the wash.

Clean Cutting Boards. Wooden cutting boards look awesome, but they can be a pain to disinfect and clean. Use hydrogen peroxide to keep your cutting board salmonella- and bacteria-free. After you chop veggies or meat, rinse your wooden board under warm water, and then liberally pour the hydrogen peroxide onto it, which will kill salmonella and other bacteria. Note: Just be sure to dry the board completely before storing it to prevent any mold or mildew growth.

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Detox a Toothbrush. This is unpleasant. Did you know that when you flush, the – ahem – waste items (read: fecal particles) in your toilet get distributed around the room and can hit your toothbrush? Kinda gross, right? Hydrogen peroxide to the rescue! If your toothbrush is in the line of fire, dip it in an equal mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to kill any lingering bacteria. Note: It may be tempting to just keep a cup of peroxide in your bathroom, but remember hydrogen peroxide must be kept in its bottle to remain effective. 

Make Toilet Cleaner. If your toilet bowl is super stained, then this cleaning technique isn’t for you – it’s about killing bacteria, not erasing stains. BUT if your toilet is ready for a regular cleaning sesh (and you don’t feel like scrubbing) grab the hydrogen peroxide. Pour ½ a cup into the toilet bowl and let it sit for half an hour. Then, flush. Your toilet will be bacteria-free! For tips on a deep-clean, read: Clean Your Toilet

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