Remember when your best friend growing up scraped her knee and her mom poured a little bit of hydrogen peroxide over the cut to “clean it out?” While this used to be the go-to hydrogen peroxide use for moms everywhere, we now know that peroxide can damage skin tissue and that soap and water is actually the best way to wash minor scrapes and cuts.
But don’t let this finding take away from the common household product’s cleaning and disinfecting superpowers. Hydrogen peroxide is less toxic than many other chemicals you have under your kitchen sink right now, since it decomposes into water and oxygen. Plus, it’s sold at such a low concentration that it doesn’t even have to be mixed with water to be made safe for cleaning.
Can you tell that we’re huge fans of the little brown bottle that could? Below, find our seven go-to hydrogen peroxide uses.