Have you ever brought out the best tablecloth for Grandma’s visit, only to find that it’s become yellowed with age? You won’t need to run out and buy a brand new one, but you might need some hydrogen peroxide. If there are yellow areas, wipe them down with some hydrogen peroxide and then rinse them out.
Or, throw it into the washer with all your other whites and put some hydrogen peroxide in instead of bleach to get everything bright again. This also works with white curtains and other white pieces of fabric.
Reduce the Power of the Common Cold
There's no cure for the common cold, not even hydrogen peroxide. One of the things that some people have said helps them is a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into their ears. This is the kind of thing you should ask your doctor about, but there is a little bit of science behind it – HP kills bacteria.
Now, the common cold is a virus, but bacteria can add to it. The ear canal is directly connected to the sinuses, which is where a lot of those fun cold symptoms take place. There are plenty who think it won't hurt, but it's all up to you.
Bust Up Caked-On Food
If you do a lot of cooking at home, you'll find that your pots and pans will accumulate caked-on food, even if you're quick washing them. Usually, a good bit of elbow grease can get it out, but if you're having issues, hydrogen peroxide is the key. Combine a little bit of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until it forms a paste, and then rub it onto the dirty spots. After it sits for a few minutes, scrub it away using warm water.
The baking soda is abrasive, and the hydrogen peroxide breaks the particles up. You shouldn't have any other issues.
Get Rid of Mites
Bed Bugs. Chiggers. Red dots. Whatever you call them or wherever they're showing up, mites are an incredible problem. They suck your blood, they infest your home, and they're basically impossible to see. But, if you know where some are hiding, then you have a way to fight against them. All you have to do is pour some hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and let loose.
Let it sit for a little while, and then wipe it up, and you won't have any more living mites where you sprayed. It won't get rid of the entire problem, but it will strike a blow against the little buggers.
Safely Transport Fish
No, not fish that are destined for the grill – these would be the fish that are colorful and fun and ready for a home in your aquarium. If you're moving them around in a plastic bag, you can add a little bit of hydrogen peroxide. HP is H2O2, and the extra oxygen keeps fish happy.
But watch out! This shouldn't be the liquid HP that the rest of this article is talking about. There are little tablets that dissolve in water for a controlled release of oxygen. It's even possible to save a fish by adding a handful of these tablets to water as a last resort.