When I was younger, my mother used to treat my cuts and scratches with alcohol if I was injured after she told me not to do something and with hydrogen peroxide if neither of us saw the fall or scrape coming. That’s because both are germicidal, but alcohol burns, which I think was the point of using it.
Hydrogen peroxide kills germs and microorganisms by oxidation. It’s one of the safest sanitizers you can use, but extremely useful. When it oxidizes the micro-organism, it liberates on oxygen atom and changes from H2O2 to H2O, which is water.
It does the same with any organic material. The oxidizing action makes it useful for many household tasks.
Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Bleach
It’s no secret that hydrogen peroxide is good to whiten clothes; you see products with Oxyclean everywhere. You can use straight peroxide in your laundry to brighten clothes or use it on spots to remove blood from them or carpets.
Pour it directly on the blood, let it sit for a minute, scrub the fabric together and then rinse with cold water. You may have to repeat if it’s stubborn.
You may be getting peroxide in a bottle, but your body also makes it to help fight infection. Your immune system has various parts that all work together to fight bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes. It produces Leukosites, which is a large class containing white blood cells.
One of the sub-classes is Neutrophils, which are the cells that produce the H2O2 to fight toxins, viruses and all the microscopic entities that will harm your body.
Rejuvenating Detoxifying Bath:
You can add two quarts of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a tub of bathwater for a detoxifying bath that will rejuvenate you. You’ll need to soak in the tub for at least a half hour to maximize the benefits. If the water cools too much, just add more warm water.
Kill Foot Fungus:
A spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent hydrogen peroxide can be your friend if you have a foot fungus. Just spray it on your feet, making certain you get on and between the toes, every night allowing it to air dry. You can use this as a preventative measure if athlete’s foot is rampant at the gym or school.
Create Your Own Gentle Antiseptic Douche:
It doesn’t take much 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to create an effective douche that even helps yeast infections. Just mix 2 capfuls with distilled water and use it once or twice a week.
Colonic or Enema:
If you’re doing an H2O2 enema, you’ll only need one tablespoon of 3% percent hydrogen peroxide added to a quart warm distilled water. A colonic requires a cup (8 oz) added to five gallons of warm water—at the maximum.
Soaking cuts and infected areas in the solution for 5-10 minutes several times a day can help keep them clean as it kills microbes that cause infection. Some people have been known to heal gangrene by soaking the affected area with hydrogen peroxide. You can even put a half bottle in your bath if you have skin infections or boils.
Bird Mites Infections:
If you thought bed bugs were bad, being infested with bird mites is worse. You can kill these tiny pests by spraying your skin with hydrogen peroxide several times a day. Of course, you also have to eliminate the source of the mites.
Eliminate that Sinus Infection:
If you have a nasal spray bottle or netti pot, you can combine a cup of distilled water with a tablespoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for an effective treatment. You may have to use a bit more if the infection is really bad.
First Aid Use to Clean Wounds:
As noted before, peroxide helps deep clean wounds with the bubbly action removing dead tissue. You can use it orally debriding agent, which is something that you can use for oral wound cleansing. It slows the oozing and bleeding of the wound.
If the infection is bad, soak it for five to ten minutes in hydrogen peroxide daily. Don’t do it any longer than that because it can cause tissue damage after extended periods of exposure to the skin. In most cases, you simply need to wash the area and apply it.
USING PEROXIDE FOR PERSONAL CARE:
Freshen Your Breath and Protect Your Teeth:
Just swishing a small capful throughout your mouth for ten minutes, then spitting it out will help prevent canker sores and whiten teeth.
Peroxide can be helpful in lessening pain from a toothache until you can make it to the dentist. Follow the same procedure using a capful, but doing it more frequently as necessary for pain.
Even though you might like the minty freshness of mouthwash, hydrogen peroxide will do just as well, but is very inexpensive. If you want flavoring, add a bit of chlorophyll that will also freshen your breath as well as make it tasty.
Create toothpaste by dipping your toothbrush in H2O2 or pouring a bit on the brush then dip it in a bit of baking soda. You can also make a paste of the baking soda and H2O2 or just use the peroxide to brush your teeth if baking soda becomes too abrasive. You can soak your toothbrush in it too, to prevent germs from growing.
Soaking your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide will help keep them free of harmful germs.
Stop the pain in your mouth with hydrogen peroxide and kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. You can treat toothache pain with cloves or use H2O2 to help stop the infection by killing the pathogens that cause the problem in the first place.
No tooth needs to be pulled if you can keep the infection at bay and allow your body to remineralize the tooth surface. Rinsing several times a day with H2O2, plus using oil pulling with virgin coconut oil can help save a tooth.
Make sure you have plenty of vitamin D and calcium when you’re doing this to rebuild the tooth. Bone broth is a good source.
Whiten your teeth without buying an expensive kit. Since hydrogen peroxide is well-known as a bleach that’s safe to put in your mouth, it’s been used for tooth whitening for quite a while. You don’t have to pay a lot or wear a tray in your mouth, just rinse with H2O2 and you’ll see a difference.
NOTE: Do not swallow any peroxide. When the peroxide rinse is done, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water.
Lighten your hair naturally with H2O2. Three percent hydrogen peroxide diluted with water (50/50) can be combed through your hair after you wash it. It slowly lightens the hair, making it look like it’s sun bleached rather than bottle bleached and is far more attractive, bringing out highlights and gradually changing the color.
Clean your contact lenses with hydrogen peroxide. If you read the bottle of CIBA Vision’s Clear Care solution, you’ll notice hydrogen peroxide is the disinfectant. It breaks down the proteins that often build up on contact lenses and can cause eye irritation.
SANITIZING /DISINFECTANT / CLEANING
Straight or Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide:
You can use peroxide diluted or simply use it straight when you want to sanitize counters. It will leave both table tops and counters clean, smelling fresh and germ-free.
Put a bit on a rag when you wipe it or add some to a spray bottle, then spray and wipe. You can also use it to clean your mirrors or glass effectively without causing smearing.
Clean a stinky fridge or the kids’ lunch box with hydrogen peroxide
Spray it out and wipe it down to disinfect the area. You can also use it on cutting boards to disinfect them. First douse it or spray it with H2O2 then use vinegar to kill bacteria.
In the Dishwasher:
You can use peroxide in your dishwasher to boost your normal dishwasher detergent. Hydrogen peroxide is such a powerful cleaner that keeping a mixture of fifty percent water and fifty percent peroxide in the kitchen and bathroom is a must. Unlike bleach, it won’t harm your septic system.
Add 2 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
Want to ensure your food is safe, but you don’t want to wash with toxic chemicals? A combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (50/50) is one of the most efficient methods of killing germs, even better than bleach.
You can use it on everything from children’s toys and pet toys to your fruits and vegetables. One study from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University used the combo of H2O2 and vinegar and found it killed even E. coli and salmonella on foods and surfaces that were heavily contaminated.
You can make your mixture by using two spray bottles, one containing H2O2 and one containing distilled—white—vinegar. Spray first one, then the other on surfaces already wiped clean.
You can use it on almost any type of surface from the toilet to cutting boards and fruits or vegetables. When they mix it creates a powerful sanitizer that is not just effective, it’s also non-toxic.
You don’t even have to rinse the surface if you prefer. This combination is great for cleaning the inside of the toilet. Let the vinegar set for a while as the acid in it eats away at the build up calcium and residue, and you can quickly scrub it away.
SANITIZING DRINKING WATER
Keep mold at bay with H2O2. Hydrogen peroxide can kill toxic mold that is a health hazard in any home where it grows. The mold can come from water damage from a leaky roof or around the tub surround.
Keep your humidifier and steamer germ free by adding one pint of H2O2 to a gallon of water.
LAUNDRY / STAIN REMOVER :
As a stain remover, hydrogen peroxide is one of the best, particularly if you use it immediately. However, you will get results for blood stains that are as old as a few days. You can pour it directly onto the stain and watch it bubble as it reacts with the catalase in the blood.
Wipe off the excess when it ceases bubbling, and the stain should be gone. You need to apply it before you wash the clothing. Hot water will set the stain, so use only cold water for blood.
Put hydrogen peroxide with your whites instead of bleach, and you’ll be pleased with the results. If you have a blood stain, rub it into the stain first and allow it to sit for a minute, and then rinse it with cold water repeating if necessary.
It’s a great alternative to bleach since bleach can wear clothes out more quickly, yet gets the same results as chlorinated bleach.
FOOD PREPARATION :
Use it as a vegetable soak or wash to kill bacteria and help neutralize toxic chemicals. Fill your sink with cold water and add a 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Soaking green light skinned veggies, such as lettuce only requires 20 minutes, thicker skinned vegetable, such as cucumbers will take 30 minutes.
After you soak them, drain them, dry them and refrigerate the veggies. Do this when you first bring them home to prolong the vegetable’s freshness.
You can also put H2O2 in a spray bottle and spray your vegetables then rinse and dry them.
Sanitize meat by rinsing it first with hydrogen peroxide and then rinsing it off in water before you cook it.
Marinade meat, fish and poultry in hydrogen peroxide.
Use a glass casserole dish to do this and avoid aluminum pans when marinating. Cover your meat with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and water using equal parts of each. Store it in the refrigerator with a loose cover on the dish for a half hour. Rinse it thoroughly and cook.
Leftover tossed salad:
If you have leftover tossed lettuce salad, combine ½ cup of water with a tablespoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and spray it. Then drain it, cover it and refrigerate it for a longer usable life.
Preventing mold on seed sprouts can be a problem unless you use hydrogen peroxide in the water. Just add an ounce of H2O2 to 1 pint of water when you soak the seeds overnight. Continue to add the peroxide every time you rinse them.
Grades of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 3.5% Pharmaceutical Grade: This is the grade sold at your local drugstore or supermarket. This product is not recommended for internal use. It contains an assortment of stabilizers which shouldn’t be ingested. Various stabilizers include: acetanilide, phenol, sodium stanate and tertrasodium phosphate.
- 6% Beautician Grade: This is used in beauty shops to color hair and is not recommended for internal use.
- 30% Reagent Grade: This is used for various scientific experimentation and also contains stabilizers. It is also not for internal use.
- 30% to 32% Electronic Grade: This is used to clean electronic parts and not for internal use.
- 35% Technical Grade: This is a more concentrated product than the Reagent Grade and differs slightly in that phosphorus is added to help neutralize any chlorine from the water used to dilute it.
- 35% Food Grade: This is used in the production of foods like cheese, eggs, and whey-containing products. It is also sprayed on the foil lining of aseptic packages containing fruit juices and milk products. THIS IS THE ONLY GRADE RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNAL USE.
- 90%: This is used as an oxygen source for rocket fuel.
Only 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is recommended for internal use. At this concentration, however, hydrogen peroxide is a very strong oxidizer, and if not diluted, it can be extremely dangerous or even fatal.
Any concentrations over 10% can cause neurological reactions and damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract.