Hydrogen peroxide is an inorganic chemical compound composed of 2 hydrogen and 2 oxygen atoms. It is a strong oxidative agent which enables its main use as disinfectant.
When dissolved in water, hydrogen peroxide kills off bacteria, viruses, fungi and other germs.
Here are some of the most common practical applications of hydrogen peroxide.
1. Wound disinfectant
Hydrogen peroxide is often used in medicine to disinfect open wounds on the skin, such as cuts and lacerations before stitching and dressing. For this purpose, a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is prepared. An interesting thing about this antiseptic is the ability to create foam in contact with the enzyme called catalase.
By adding hydrogen peroxide to your hot body soak you can remove dangerous toxins and chemicals from your skin and body. Pour about a liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide into your bathtub and soak in for at least 30 minutes.
3. Fungal infections on feet
Fungal infections often affect moist regions such as tight spaces between toes and feet in general. The signs can be skin peeling and unusually bad odor of the feet. Dissolve hydrogen peroxide in water in 50:50 ratio and submerse your feet every evening before bed. It is important to keep your feet dry, in order to prevent reoccurrence of the fungal infection.
4. Ear wax removal
Ear wax, or cerumen, tends to accumulate in the external auditory canal. Eventually, this may seal the pathway of sound to the tympanic membrane. In such cases, some 3% hydrogen solution will do the trick. However, when it comes to severe cases, the treatment requires a water jet propulsion device that will take the clot out of the ear canal efficiently. Apply a few drops of the solution into your ear canal. You should feel a crackling sensation which means that the cerumen starts dissolving.
Unconventionally, people use hydrogen peroxide for other purposes, such as teeth whitening, enema, contact lenses cleansing, and hair lightening.
A lot of people do not know that hydrogen peroxide can make a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes every day, then spit it out. The result is that you will not have canker sores and your teeth will be whiter. You should utilize 3% H2O2 – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavoring if desired.
Combine some baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide to make yourself a super-cleaning and healthy toothpaste.
If you do not like all the fuss about making your own toothpaste, you can just soak your brush into 3% hydrogen peroxide and brush your teeth as you normally do. Soaking your toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide will keep you safe from germs.
Hydrogen peroxide is not a pain killer; notwithstanding, it is powerful at treating the pathogen that is creating the infection because it is anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. This example is from my own personal experience: My dentist wanted to give me a root canal sometime prior as one tooth was inflamed and, according to her opinion it would die. I felt some distress yet I told her that I would give it opportunity to heal. I washed with hydrogen peroxide (a few times each day) as well as coconut oil (once per day). The discomfort went away and I have had no further issues with the tooth.
If you have an unpleasant toothache and cannot get to a dentist immediately, put a capful of 3% Hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes a few times each day. The pain will diminish greatly.
9. Tooth whitening
Apply 3% hydrogen peroxide for a while and you will notice that your teeth have become whiter. You do not need fancy and expensive professional whitening. All you need is a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Pour 2 cupfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide into some warm distilled water once a week to treat yeast infections. If it works for you, you can do the treatment twice a week.
11. Colonic or enema
If you are using hydrogen peroxide as a colonic, add 8 oz of the solution to 5 gallons of warm water. If you are doing enema, add a tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a quart of warm distilled water.
12. Hair lightening
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective bleaching agent and it is great if you want to boost your hair volume with a few highlights. Make a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and spray it on your hair, preferably when it is wet. You can do this after taking a shower. Comb the solution through. This treatment will give you natural highlights if you have a light brown or dirty blond hair. However, do not expect any drastic change, because hydrogen peroxide lightens your hair gradually.
13. Contact lenses
Hydrogen peroxide is utilized as disinfectant in CIBA Vision’s Clear Care no rub contact lens cleaning solution, because of its capacity to break down the proteins that build up on the lense from the eye’s immune response, that is resulting in increased comfort for those sensitive eyes.
Sanitizing / Disinfection / Cleaning
If you want to disinfect your dishwasher, add 2 oz of 3% Hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
15. Kitchen/ Household surfaces
se hydrogen peroxide to clean kitchen counter tops and tables. It will destroy bacteria and leave a fresh scent behind. Put a tiny bit of the solution on your dishrag and wipe or spray it on the surface. Make a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and keep it in a shower bottle. Store a bottle in every bathroom and clean it without affecting the septic system as is the case with blench and other disinfectants. After you clean well your wooden cutting board, spray it with hydrogen peroxide to destroy salmonella or other microbes. In the final phase of the cleaning process, spray over some vinegar.
Always have a spray bottle of 3% (straight) hydrogen peroxide nearby and use it to clean the inside of your fridge and your kids’ lunch boxes. Hydrogen peroxide also aids in cleaning glass or mirrors. You can use it in your bathroom as well to clean and disinfect counters, toilets, floors and other surfaces.
Extra tips: Always use 2 spray bottles and do not blend the solutions. Keep straight vinegar in one bottle and straight hydrogen peroxide in other spray bottle. When cleaning a surface, regardless of whether it is your cutting board, counter, sink, confines, toys, toilets, or floors, spray one mixture on the surface you are cleaning, then use the other. The mixture of both ingredients causes chemical reaction in short time and they create a potent sanitizer. Wash off the surface subsequently. The same applies for vegetable and food decontamination.
16. Humidifiers / steamers
Pour a pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water and pour the solution in your humidifier and steamer.
17. Washing and laundry
Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your white clothes to get them even whiter. Use it instead of your regular bleach. If you need to clean blood stains, put hydrogen peroxide on the dirty spot directly. Leave it on for a minute, rub well and rinse off with cool water. You can always rehash if necessary.
Hydrogen peroxide will keep your garments white, and it is an amazing alternate solution. If you chlorinate clothes, they wear out much faster, but that is not the case with peroxide.
18. Laundry and removing of stains
3% Hydrogen peroxide is a compelling stain uproot in the event that it is utilized decently not long after a spill – despite the fact that blood stains as old as 2 days have been effectively lifted with Hydrogen Peroxide. In the event that a little peroxide is poured onto the stain it will bubble up in the area of the blood, because of a reaction with catalase. After a couple of minutes the excess liquid will be wiped up with a fabric or paper towel and the stain will be gone.
Apply 3% of hydrogen peroxide onto the blood stain before you ‘seal’ it in with warm water. In the next phase use cold water and cleanser to remove peroxide treated stains.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide bleaches and discolors fabrics.
19. Food preparation / decontamination
Both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are cheap, viable and non-poisonous disinfectants. They destroy pathogens more effective than bleach. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic, so you can use it to clean cooking and food prep surfaces. Experts at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University did some testing and matched vinegar and hydrogen peroxide mists. This combination worked well in eliminating Salmonella, Shigella, and E. Coli on excessively contaminated food products and surfaces.
20. Veggie soak
Veggie wash or soak destroys microorganisms and neutralizes harmful chemicals. Add a quarter container of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your sink that you have previously filled with cold water. Soak light skinned vegetable, like lettuce, for 20 minutes. For thicker skinned veggies, like cucumbers, you need about half an hour. Rinse, dry and store in the fridge. This technique preserves the freshness of your veggies.
In the event that time is an issue, you can spray vegetables (and fruits) with a solution of 3%. Leave it to stay for a couple of minutes, rinse and dry.
21. Meat sanitizing
You can likewise utilize it to rinse off your meat before cooking.
22. Leftover tossed salad
In order to keep the leftover salads, spray with a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp. 5%. Drain, cover and refrigerate.
Put meat, fish or poultry in a casserole (you should not utilize aluminum pans). Cover with a dilute solution of an equal part of water and 3% H202. Put it covered in fridge for 1/2 hour. Rinse and cook.
24. Sprouting seeds
Add 1 ounce 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and douse the seeds overnight. Then you should add the same measure of hydrogen peroxide every time you rinse the seeds.