Household Hacks: Hydrogen Peroxide

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Chances are we all experienced the painful stinging sensation of hydrogen peroxide on a scraped up knee as children. However much we protested, our parents always forced the foaming stuff upon us. Turns out that we were right (duh)! Recent medical research has pointed out that hydrogen peroxide can actually inhibit the healing process and harm skin cells. So now we know that we shouldn't use hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect cuts, but how else can we use the mysterious substance? Here are a few ways you can utilize hydrogen peroxide around your house:

Clean your cutting board: Simply wipe down that wooden cutting board in your kitchen with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar for a quick and easy clean. If not cleaned properly, cutting boards are breeding grounds for bacteria — think of all the food you chop up on that thing!

Clean your sponges: Can't get rid of that musky damp smell coming from the kitchen sponge, even after running it through the dishwasher? Mix equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and let the sponge soak for fifteen minutes. It will come out smelling good again!

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Photo Credit: Woman's Day)

Red wine stain remover: Get rid of that little accident in the living room carpet with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and liquid detergent. Blot the stain with a towel, rinse with warm water and let it dry. Don't let red wine stains discourage you from unwinding for a little bit. Red wine has too many benefits, like anti-aging effects, to ignore.

Armpit stain remover: It seems that even the strongest deodorant can't prevent against embarrassing pit stains. Fear no more! Soaking those stains in two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dishwashing liquid for an hour can save the day.

Blood stain remover: Dump a little hydrogen peroxide on a blood stain and let it sit for five minutes. Blot and rinse with cold water to get rid of those pesky bloodstains. Be careful, though. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleach, and shouldn't be used on dark clothes.

Get rid of your cold: It may sound strange, but putting a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each of your ears can help you get over your cold a little faster. Just wait for the weird bubbling sensation to die down (takes about five minutes), and drain the hydrogen peroxide onto a tissue. You should be feeling better soon.

Whiten your teeth: Finally, an affordable teeth whitening plan! Use equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide as a daily mouthwash to get those pearly whites you've always wanted. Not only will the mixture brighten your smile, but it will also kill bacteria and germs. Just be careful not to swallow any and to rinse with water after spitting out the hydrogen peroxide mixture. For other quick ways to whiten your teeth, click here.

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Clean up mold: Hydrogen peroxide is perfect for getting rid of mold. Simply spray onto the mold, wait a few minutes and wipe it away.

Detox bath: If you're looking for a spa day without the hefty price, try mixing about two quarts of hydrogen peroxide into your bathtub with hot water. Soak in it for half an hour to rid your body of toxins, or if you simply want to live luxuriously for a while.

Pet odor eliminator: No matter how much we love our pets, we can't deny the fact that they're a little messy and stinky. To get rid of problem spots, mix some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and apply to the area. The baking soda will eliminate the odor while the hydrogen peroxide cleans up the carpet.

Looking for more household hacks? Check out how to use baking soda.