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Everyday Cheapskate: Amazing Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide Around the House

Mary Hunt on

Last week, I heard from one of my readers who wrote about hydrogen peroxide -- something I've written about in the past but not so much in the context of this reader's personal report.

I loved her story and outcome but needed to confirm that hydrogen peroxide is safe, reasonable and recommended as a mouthwash.

In the process, I ran into a whole lot more than I was looking for: multiple uses for hydrogen peroxide around the house -- some new, some not so new but perhaps forgotten.

KITCHEN COUNTERS

Clean your counters and tabletops with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

CUTTING BOARD

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After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour hydrogen peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved hydrogen peroxide as a sanitizer.

TEETH WHITENING

Mix salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing your teeth. Not only will this help reverse the early stages of gingivitis but if used regularly, it will also remove stains and whiten your teeth.

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