Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2). To the few people who don’t know what this is, it pretty much sounds like an intimidating chemical used in science laboratories.
Well, it may be. But hydrogen peroxide could be your home’s best friend. It has to be! It has plenty of amazing uses, after all!
So, what is hydrogen peroxide? How useful is it?
Hydrogen peroxide is just 3% solution. It is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation!
Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water.
So, how can it be used?
Note: Always be sure to use proper doses. Be careful not to overdose on hydrogen peroxide. Use 3% solution hydrogen peroxide that can be purchased at any drugstore.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten clothes (alternative to bleach).
Here’s what you need to do:
- Add a cup of peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them.
- Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour it directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute;
- Then rub and rinse with cold water.
- Repeat if necessary.
Your body produces its own hydrogen peroxide to ward off elements that can make you sick.
Did you know that your body makes hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be present for our immune system to function correctly? Yes, our body does!
White blood cells are known as Leukocytes. A subclass of Leukocytes called Neutrophils produce hydrogen peroxide as the first line of defense against toxins, parasites, bacteria, viruses and yeast.
It can also be used as a rejuvenating bath.
Here’s what to do:
- Use about 2 quarts 3% hydrogen peroxide to a tub of warm water.
- Soak for at least a 1/2 hour.
- Add hot water as needed to maintain a comfortable water temperature.
Hydrogen peroxide can help you sold foot fungus problem.
While studies have yet to have been done to show this works for everyone, it is a quick home remedy that is worth a try.
Here’s what to do:
- Spray a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
Just that. Simple.
It can be used as a douche.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Add 2 capfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide into warm distilled water one to two times a week to remove even chronic yeast infections.
… or as an enema.
- Add 1 cup (8 oz.) of 3% H202 to 5 gallons warm water. (Do not exceed this amount) For an enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to a quart of warm distilled water.
REMINDER: Some research indicated that using this solution can result in damage of colonic mucosa and therefore this solution is not recommended although some still prescribe it. Please do your research before trying this one in particular.
Hydrogen peroxide can prevent infection.
Did you know that even gangrene that would not heal with any medicine has been healed by soaking in hydrogen peroxide? Yes, so here’s how to use hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant:
- Soak any infections or cuts in 3% for five to ten minutes several times a day.
- Put half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus or other skin infections.
.. yeah, including bird mite infections.
Patients infected by tiny mites report that hydrogen peroxide effectively kills the mites on their skins. Just spray it on the skin a couple of times (with a few minutes between the applications).
… and sinus infections.
A tablespoon of 3% Hydrogen peroxide added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used.
Hydrogen peroxide is excellent for wound care.
A 3% H2O2 is used medically for cleaning wounds, removing dead tissue, and as an oral debriding agent. Peroxide stops slow (small vessel) wound bleeding/oozing, as well.
Some sources recommend soaking infections or cuts for five to ten minutes several times a day. However, washing and rinsing action is sufficient. You shouldn’t leave the solution on open tissue for extended periods of time as, like many oxidative antiseptics, hydrogen peroxide causes mild damage to tissue in open wounds. Therefore it is important to use with caution.
If you run out of toothpaste or mouthwash, hydrogen peroxide is also an excellent alternative.
Here’s how to make a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash:
Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. You will not have canker sores and your teeth will be whiter. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% Hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
Many people don’t realize that hydrogen peroxide makes a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Use 3% H202 – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavouring if desired.
Here’s how to make a hydrogen peroxide toothpaste:
Use baking soda and add enough 3% H202 to make a paste.
You can also clean your toothbrush with it!
Just dip your brush in 3% H202 and brush. Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
And it can help you ease your toothaches.
Hydrogen peroxide is not a pain-killer; however, as an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent, it is effective at treating the pathogen that is causing the infection. The following is from my own personal experience: My dentist wanted to give me a root canal some time ago as one tooth was inflamed and, in her opinion, would die. I felt some discomfort but told her that I would give it a chance to heal. I rinsed with hydrogen peroxide (several times a day) as well as coconut oil (once a day). The discomfort went away and I have had no further problems with the tooth.
…. or whiten your teeth.
Having used 3% Hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash for sometime, I am thrilled to note that my teeth have been beautifully and effortlessly whitened. I used to pay so much for professional whitening, those silly strips and uncomfortable trays. Live and learn.
NOTE: Do not swallow any peroxide. When the peroxide rinse is done, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water.
Hydrogen peroxide can lighten your hair (if you want lighter hair).
Peroxide is a bleaching agent and is used for lightened hair. Dilute 3% Hydrogen peroxide with water (50 / 50) and spray the solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it’s not a drastic change.
Hydrogen peroxide can help clean and disinfect your contact lens.
Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in CIBA Vision’s Clear Care no rub contact lens cleaning solution, due to its ability to break down the proteins that build up on the lens from the eye’s immune response, resulting in increased comfort for those with sensitive eyes.
Hydrogen peroxide is the ultimate cleaning buddy.
Clean your counters and table tops 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. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean glass and mirrors with no smearing.
Keep a spray bottle of 3% (straight) to disinfect the interior of the refrigerator and kids’ school lunch boxes.
Use it for the dishwasher.
Add 2 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
Use it to get rid of molds.
Clean with hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage.
General Cleaning Guidelines When Using Hydrogen Peroxide
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour or spray hydrogen peroxide (and then vinegar) on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
Combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide make a cheap, effective, and non-toxic disinfectant agent and is said to be more effective at killing pathogens than bleach.
As it is non-toxic, you can use it to disinfect fruits and vegetables, as well as pet toys, equipment and cages.
In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mists, kills virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces.
- You need TWO spray bottles. DO NOT MIX the solutions together. Put straight vinegar in one and straight Hydrogen peroxide in the other spray bottle.
NOTE: Light destroys peroxide rather quickly. It’s best to leave it in its original bottle and screw in a spray head. DO NOT DILUTE THEM.
- Remember for any sanitizer to work properly, the surface has to be clean before you use it.
- When you want to sanitize a surface (vegetables, cutting board, counters, sink, cages, toys. toilets, floors, etc.), spray one (it doesn’t matter which one you use first) on the surface, then you spray on the other. When they mix, for a brief time the chemical action of the two make a very powerful sanitizer.
- You can rinse off the surface afterwards, if you want, but the result is non-toxic.
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