Many Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2. Peroxide is available as an over-the-counter purchase and is usually 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. It breaks down quickly when exposed to light so it generally comes in brown bottles that filter out the sun's rays. (Always store peroxide in the original bottle so it does not break down). There are also 30%-35% high-strength solutions usually found in health food stores.

Note: In 2006, the FDA issued a warning about the high-strength hydrogen peroxides, saying they could lead to serious health risks and even death.

Peroxide in the kitchen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved hydrogen peroxide as a sanitizer.

Did you know you can use peroxide to clean your counter and tables? Peroxide will kill germs and leave a fresh smell. You can spray it on counters or put a little on a rag and wipe.

After rinsing your wooden cutting board, wipe it with peroxide to kill bacteria and germs.

You can use peroxide to clean fruits and vegetables. Fill your sink with cold water. Then, add ¼ cup peroxide and some salt. Scrub the vegetables and rinse them. This kills any lingering viruses or bacteria. It also keeps the food fresh longer. Research published by the Journal of Food and Science in 2003 showed effective results of using hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate apples and melons that were infected with strains of E.coli.

In a publication about "Healthy Homes," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) listed hydrogen peroxide as among the substances that can be used against mold. HUD also said there had not been enough research to recommend its use.

Since hydrogen peroxide is a bleach, be careful where you use it. You don't want to destroy colors around your home.

Peroxide in the bathroom

Peroxide can be used as an alternative to mouthwash. It disinfects the mouth, freshens the breath, and whitens the teeth. Use it every day right after each brushing and flossing. All you need is about a capful. Swish it around for 30 seconds, just like mouthwash. Don't rinse your mouth out afterwards. Don't swallow! No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive whitners.

I've heard people say that they soak their toothbrushes in peroxide to keep them germ free. Instead of soaking, simply pour a little peroxide over your toothbrush. If you put peroxide in a glass, the light starts breaking down the peroxide immediately and it loses its effectiveness.

Peroxide cleans bathroom mirrors without leaving smears.

Peroxide cleans and disinfects toilets without harming your septic system.

Put half a bottle of peroxide into your bathwater to help rid fungus and other skin infections.

If you have a toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen.

Do you have a cut or an infection? Don't soak it in peroxide. The Mayo Clinic says not to use peroxide on a cut ( ); however honey might help ( ) .

Peroxide is effective against some molds, but it doesn't kill germs from all of them. Apply it in areas of your bathroom that are prone to mold, such as the cracks in the caulking of the bathtub and shower.

Use peroxide to treat acne. It's the main ingredient in most acne medicines. Just apply it to the affected area once or twice a day and watch how quickly the acne disappears.

Peroxide in the laundry room

Add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to the whites in your laundry.

If there is blood on clothing, pour peroxide directly on the spot. Let it set for a minute, rub it in and rinse with water. ***NEVER use peroxide on wool, silk or dry-clean only clothing. *** If you are worried about color fastness, test on a little spot inside the hem of the garment where it won't show.

Use it instead of those Oxy-cleaners you can buy.

I'd like to hear how others use peroxide. If you have any more uses, leave us a comment.

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