Its wide scale use has led to tremendous increase in the industrial production of H2O2. Some of the uses are listed below:
In daily life it is used as a hair bleach and as a mild disinfectant. As an antiseptic it is sold in the market as perhydrol.
It is used to manufacture chemicals like sodium perborate and per-carbonate, which are used in high quality detergents.
It is used in the synthesis of hydroquinone, tartaric acid and certain food products and pharmaceuticals (cephalosporin) etc.
It is employed in the industries as a bleaching agent for textiles, paper pulp, leather, oils, fats, etc.
Nowadays it is also used in Environmental (Green) Chemistry. For example, in pollution control treatment of domestic and industrial effluents, oxidation of cyanides, restoration of aerobic conditions to sewage wastes, etc.