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5 Things To Do with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide isn’t just for hair-bleaching or teeth-whitening. It’s the perfect stain-remover, too.

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Did You Know?

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was discovered in 1818. The most common household use for it is as an antiseptic and bleaching agent.


Caution: Hydrogen peroxide is considered corrosive-even in the relatively weak 3 per cent solution sold as a household antiseptic. Never put it in or anywhere near your eyes or around your nose. And don’t ever swallow it or try to set it on fire, either.

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1. Remove Stains of an Unknown Origin

If you can’t tell what a stain is, but still want to try ­removing it, try this sure-fire mixture. Mix a teaspoon of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide with a ­little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth, then rinse. The stain should be gone.

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2. Remove Grass Stains

If grass stains are ruining your kids’ clothes, hydrogen peroxide may bring relief. Mix a few drops of ammonia with just 1 teaspoon of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Rub on the stain. As soon as it disappears, rinse and launder.

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3. Remove Mildew

Mildew is a bathroom’s enemy, and a sign that you need to bring out the tough ammunition-a bottle of 3 per cent hydrogen ­peroxide. Don’t water it down, just attack directly by pouring the peroxide on the offending area, then wipe it clean.

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4. Remove Fresh Bloodstains From Fabric

Apply 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide directly to the fresh bloodstain on your clothing, rinse with fresh water, then launder as usual.

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5. Sanitise Your Chopping Board

Hydrogen peroxide is a sure-fire bacteria-killer-just the ally you need to fight the proliferation of bacteria on your chopping board, especially after you’ve cut chicken or other meat. To kill the germs on a chopping board, use a paper towel to wipe the board down with vinegar, then use another paper towel to wipe it with hydrogen peroxide. Ordinary 3 per cent peroxide is fine.

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