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. Hydrogen peroxide solution is a very powerful chemical for killing all kinds of germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Here are some of the most common practical applications of hydrogen peroxide.
1. Wound Disinfection
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. Catalase is released from damaged cells, especially blood cells. Reappearing of foam on almost healed wounds when treated with hydrogen peroxide can be a sign of bacterial infection of the wound.
2. Making a Bath
Using hydrogen peroxide, you can make a detoxifying bath in order to soak your body and remove harmful toxins from your skin and body. Add about 1 liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your bath with warm water and spend at least half an hour in the bathtub.
3. Curing Fungi on Your 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 is also called cerumen and over time it can accumulate in external auditory canal and clot the passage of sound to the tympanic membrane. In this case, 3% hydrogen solution is sometimes enough to dissolve the clot, but in severe cases, water jet propulsion device is used to get the clot out of the ear canal. After applying a few drops of hydrogen peroxide solution into the ear canal, you will feel crackles in your ear which are caused by dissolving of cerumen.
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.
In order to make paste you should use baking soda and 3% H2O2.
Another way is to dig your brush in3% H2O2 and then brush. Soak your toothbrush in Hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
8. Tooth Ache
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
I have been using 3% hydrogen peroxide, and after some time my teeth have become whitened. Do not pay for professional whitening just use 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Add 2 cupfuls of 3% Hydrogen peroxide in warm distilled water once to twice a week to remove even chronic yeast infections.
11. Colonic or enema
For a colonic, add 1 cup (8 ozs.) 3% H202 to 5 gallons warm water. For enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to a quart of warm distilled water.
12. Hair lightening
Peroxide is a bleaching agent and it is utilized for lightened hair. You should dilute 3% Hydrogen peroxide with water (50/50) and then spray the solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will have natural highlights if your hair is light brown or dirty blonde. It is not a drastic change because it lightens 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 / DISINFECTANT / CLEANING
14. In the dishwasher
If you want to disinfect your dishwasher, add 2 oz of 3% Hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
15. Kitchen/ Household surfaces
Clean your counters and table topics with hydrogen peroxide to destroy germs and leave a fresh smell. You just have to put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. Fill a shower bottle with a 50/50 blend of 3% Hydrogen peroxide and water and keep it in each bathroom to clean without destroying your septic system like blench or most different disinfectants will. After you have rinsed off your wooden cutting board, pour or spray hydrogen peroxide (and afterward vinegar) on it to kill salmonella and other microbes.
Keep a spray bottle of 3% (straight) to clean the inside of the fridge and kids’ school lunch boxes. You can likewise utilize hydrogen peroxide to clean glass and mirrors with no smearing. Use it in the bathroom to disinfect the counters, toilets, floors, and so on.
It is best to utilize two spray bottles instead of blending the solutions together. Put straight vinegar in one and straight Hydrogen peroxide in the other spray bottle. When you need to clean a surface (cutting board, counters, sink, confines, toys, toilets, floors, and so forth.) you should spray one mixture on the surface, then the other. When the ingredients are mixed, for a short time the chemical action of the two will make an effective sanitizer. You can rinse off the surface subsequently. This applies for kitchen surfaces and also vegetable and food decontamination.
To clear the air, use 1 pint 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water in a humidifier or steamer.
You can likewise add a cup of hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach to a load of whites in your clothing to whiten them. In the event that there is blood on clothing, pour straightforwardly on the dirty spot. Leave it to stay for a minute, then rub it and wash with cool water. Rehash if it is necessary.
Peroxide is an excellent alternate solution to keep those garments white. Likewise, when chlorinating clothes, they tend to wear out faster – peroxide will not do that.
18. Laundry / Stain Removing
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.
3% H2O2 must be applied to clothing before blood stains can be unintentionally “set” with warm water. Cold water and cleanser are then used to remove the peroxide treated blood.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide will bleach or discolor many fabrics.
19. Food preparation/decontamination
A mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide make cheap, viable and non-poisonous disinfectant agent and is said to be more viable at destroying pathogens than bleach. Because it is non-toxic, you can utilize it to cleanse cooking and food preparation areas. In tests that were made at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, matching Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mists, executes basically all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli microbes on intensely contaminated food and surfaces.
20. Vegetable soak
Use as a vegetable wash or soak to destroy microorganisms and neutralize chemicals. You should add 1/4 container 3% H2O2 to a full sink of cold water. Soak light skinned (light lettuce) 20 minutes, thicker skinned (like cucumbers) 30 minutes. Dry, dry and refrigerate. It prolongs freshness.
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.