Hydrogen Peroxide Hacks You’ll Wish You Had Known Sooner

Most people know hydrogen peroxide as the stinging, bubbling liquid your parents forced on your cuts when you were younger. The simplest peroxide, hydrogen peroxide is the chemical compound H202, which acts as a bleaching agent, antibacterial, and antiseptic. There’s plenty you can do with that untouched bottle in your home.

Since hydrogen peroxide is relatively safe, you can use it to whiten your teeth, clean your ears, and care for your skin. You can clean your entire house with hydrogen peroxide alone–if you know how to use it correctly. Here are the best hydrogen peroxide hacks that’ll make your life ten times easier.

Remove Ink Stains From Clothes

YouTuber demonstrates how to remove clothing stains with hydrogen peroxide
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It’s nearly impossible to rub ink out of clothing. At least, it would be if we didn’t have hydrogen peroxide. For light-colored clothing, you can soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the infected area. Then wash your clothes as normal.

If this doesn’t work, your fabric may need a heavy-duty recipe. Create a solution of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% ammonia. The ammonia catalyzes the peroxide to work better. Only use clear ammonia, and don’t use it on wool or silk since the ammonia will eat through the proteins on both fabrics.