It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.
Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!
There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.
I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!
Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.
In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.
Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.
Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.
Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)
Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.
Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.
Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.
Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.
Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.
Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.
According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!
Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.
Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.
Dab hydrogen peroxide on ****les or acne to help clear skin.
Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.
Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.
Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.
Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.
Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.
Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.
Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.
Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.
Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.
De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.
I did not write this, just wanted to pass the information along, I don't know who compiled it.
I've started using it to clean pots. I didn't know about the other uses. Interesting! I will use it next time I clean my refrigerator (which should have been yesterday but probably won't be today either!)
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An article that says something is good for just about everything makes me leary. So I did some reading and found that some of these things are unproven and some of them are disputed.
Not that I am anti -peroxide (always have some on hand) but I suggest you do some research before using it for everything that is listed in the article that Spanish Revival quoted.
As with anything in life, common sense is essential!
Several years ago when DH and I volunteered at a county park in Iowa, we used two different solutions of hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. The 1% solution was for counters and mirrors. The 3% solution was for the toilets. They were required to use it because it was non-toxic. Worked just fine.
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One thing I will use is to use it diluted to was the outside of muskmelons and the like. I had not heard that before.
I keep some in a dark colored eye dropper bottle.
We have one dog that likes to lick itself (creating lick granulomas)and drip some on the spots and they bubble and turn white without discomfort. Antibiotic creams work better for germ fighting, but it is good for drying up oozing, raw sores like these.
And DM always used it directly on cold sores too.
The latest information that first aid experts are giving is to not use peroxide on cuts and scrapes because it destroys skin cells.
When there’s a cut, says dermatologist Robert Kirsner, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, full-strength iodine, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol can be toxic to skin cells, impeding healing. The chemical reaction (and bubbling) that occurs when hydrogen peroxide hits the skin isn’t only cleaning the wound—it’s killing healthy cells.
With that said, I do like using peroxide for mild infections of cuts, ingrown toenails, and the like. The peroxide slightly stings to use, but the soreness of the infected wound is gone shortly afterward. Antibiotic ointment just doesn't work as well for me. And last year, I had a virus which caused the most terrible sore throat I think I've ever had. I mixed peroxide with water 50/50 and gargled with it. It was a miracle pain reliever for that.
My understanding is that you initially use iodine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, etc. immediately to disinfect the wound. But you do not continue to use it once it is clean, treated with an antibiotic ointment, and bandaged. That is what I was told when first husband had an open wound on his back - to not use any of those at home. (Radiation burn from a medical procedure gone bad. The burn was the size of a man's hand.)
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3% hydrogen peroxide is too dilute to kill any but the weakest germs. Diluted its even worse. Save your money, stick to soap or detergent, water, and agitation.
Germs and cells are very similar. If peroxide did kill germs it would also kill skin cells.
The anti-skunk treatment does work, I've used it. But the skunk shampoo the groomers at PetSmart use is better.
I've used higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide as an industrial sterilizing agent. 30% works. 3% does not kill germs.
Good information that everyone has posted, sounds like there is a lot of information out there regarding Hydrogen Peroxide, the good and the bad, thanks all for sharing your knowledge!!
Would love to hear other pros and cons of H202!
For many of those uses--plain white vinegar will do the trick and not kill skin or destroy clothing. My dentist said that peroxide is great for removing blood right away (a drop on the spot of blood on your color or shirt.
BUT be careful because as they said PEROXIDE does not kill germs (most germs) and it can cause much skin irritation.
IT is not a cure all. I had horrible smelling afghans (see how to deodorize dryer), I just put some white vinegar into washer detergent AND fabric softener cup and they came out smelling great! (After dryer was vacuumed!)
I also read it helps to relieve the itch of mosquito bites.
I swish it in my mouth briefly before brushing my teeth with my regular toothpaste. That has done a tremendous job of whitening my teeth.
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