Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a simple hydrogen and oxygen compound with a great variety of uses.
I’m excited for this to be the first post! This information is rarely distributed, but extremely beneficial in everyone’s life. Hydrogen peroxide can replace so many expensive products that are harsh, unhealthy, or just offensive to the senses.
It can replace even the most common household cleaners that you would never imagine. To keep it simple, here is a list for easy reference:
- MOUTHWASH: use hydrogen peroxide in place of name brand mouthwashes to kill bacteria and help whiten teeth. This can replace those expensive whitening products like toothpastes as well. DO NOT SWALLOW. A little fact, mouthwashes contain so many ingredients and the flavored washes, even mint flavored, contain sugars! Is that what you want to swish around on your squeaky clean teeth? It is also great to use for relieving toothache pains. Hold a cap-full of 3% peroxide in your mouth for about 10 minutes several times a day. **You can also soak your toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
- SURFACE CLEANER: use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to clean counter tops, kitchen or bathroom, and any non-porous surfaces, like stainless steel. Cleans and kills bacteria without the smell of bleach or other store-bought cleaners. Septic safe. **It also kills the smell of urine! Super plus for pet owners or mothers of boys!
- WOUNDS: we all know you can flush bacteria out of cuts and scrapes with hydrogen peroxide. Soak cuts and abrasions in 3% peroxide for 5-10 minutes several times a day. Ask your doctor before using hydrogen peroxide on incisions or wounds that require sutures for closure.
- LAUNDRY: use hydrogen peroxide in place of bleach in your laundry to help whiten whites and achieve a “better clean”.
- STAIN REMOVAL: using a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to remove blood stains and, for those it applies to, iodine stains from clothing and hair. In general, it is great for removing dried stains from carpets, car upholstery, and other materials as well, but I have not confirmed all of the types of stains it will remove and from which materials. Use caution when trying on new fabrics since there is always a chance that it could ruin the integrity of the fabric. Best method is to spot test on an area that is not readily seen to evaluate the impact the mixture has on the material.
- WOODEN CUTTING BOARDS: after rinsing your wooden cutting board, pour hydrogen peroxide on it and let sit for a minute, then rinse again. This helps kill salmonella and other food-borne bacteria that sneaks its way into the grain of the wood.
- MIRRORS AND GLASS: use hydrogen peroxide to clean mirrors and glass surfaces on furniture or windows for a no-smear, streak-free shine.
- FUNGUS: spray a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water mixture on feet and toes and allow to dry to kill fungi. You can also pour about half of a bottle of peroxide into your bath water to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
- SINUSES: tilt your head back and spray nostrils whenever you have a cold or plugged sinuses. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue. The peroxide bubbles and kills the bacteria in your sinuses. DO NOT INHALE INTO LUNGS.
These are only a few of the many wonderful uses of hydrogen peroxide. Remember to always do your research before using new products. This helps prevent issues occurring during the switch from one method to another.