This everyday household item is an inorganic compound and comprises of 2 hydrogen and 2 oxygen atoms.
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent oxidative agent and an effective disinfectant.
It is used in destroying all forms of germs such as fungi, viruses and bacteria.
Below is a list of the uses of hydrogen peroxide in your home.
1. For disinfection wounds
It can be used in disinfecting open wounds on your skin, which include cuts and lacerations prior to dressing and/or stitching. It is an excellent antiseptic because it will produce foam when it comes in contact with an enzyme known as catalase. This enzyme is released from damaged blood cells. When there is a reoccurrence of this foam on wound that is almost healed it signifies that there is a bacterial infection in the wound.
2. You can have your bath with it
You can use hydrogen peroxide to detoxify your body and to remove harmful toxins from your skin by adding it to your bath. Just mix 1 liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your bath of warm water and lay in the water for at least 30 minutes.
3. Get rid of athletes foot
You can dissolve some hydrogen peroxide in water in a 50:50 ratio and soak your feet in the evening when you get back from work and before bedtime.
4. Removal of ear wax
This is also known as cerumen it can accumulate in the external auditory canal and clog up the passage of sound to your tympanic membrane over time. If this occurs you should apply drops of 3% hydrogen solution in your ears this will be sufficient to unclog the wax buildup.
5. Use as a mouthwash
Just take one capful of hydrogen peroxide and swish it in your mouth for about10 minutes daily. Spit out don’t swallow. It is an inexpensive and effective mouthwash.
6. Use as a toothpaste
Add baking soda and 3% H2O2 to hydrogen peroxide to make effective toothpaste.
7. Use on your toothbrush
Just soak your toothbrush in 3% H2O2 and you can then brush. Soaking your toothbrush in Hydrogen peroxide will also keep it germ free.
8. Use to cure tooth ache
It will kill the bacteria that causes plaque, tooth cavity and decay. Though hydrogen peroxide cannot be called a pain killer by destroying these bacteria you will feel less aches and pains.
9. Use in whitening your teeth
Use 3% hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth and you don’t have to spend money doing it at home.
10. Douche with hydrogen peroxide
Just add about 2 cupfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide to warm distilled water make this once or twice a week use it to get rid of chronic yeast infections.
11. Use as an enema
To use as an enema just add about1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to about a quart of warm distilled water.
12. Lighten your hair
To lighten your hair dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide with water in a (50/50 ratio) you should then spray the mixture onto your wet hair usually after a shower and then you should comb your hair. The hydrogen peroxide will lighten your hair slowly and not suddenly so you will have natural highlights on your hair.
13. Use to disinfect your contact lenses
Use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your contact lense. It is effective because it will break down the proteins that tend to build up on your contact lense from your eye’s immune response, this will lead to an increased level of comfort for your sensitive eyes.
14. Use hydrogen peroxide in your dishwasher
To disinfect your dishwasher, just mix 2 oz of 3% Hydrogen peroxide with your washing recipe.
15. Clean your kitchen/ household surfaces
A mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and clean water will help in cleaning your kitchen counter tops and killing any microbial buildup. Just use a clean towel to wipe the surfaces with the solution.
16. Use in your humidifiers/steamers
Get a purified air in your home all you need to do is, mix about 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to about 1 gallon of water in your humidifier or steamer for excellent results.
17. Use in washing/laundry
Instead of using regular bleach just add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your white clothes and linen. You will get them looking white and bright in no time.
18. Use in laundry as a stain remover
Using 3% Hydrogen peroxide will help remove stains from your laundry.
If there are blood stains on your laundry and hydrogen peroxide is poured on it it will bubble because of its reaction with the enzyme – catalase found in blood. Leave it on for a few minutes then you can use a rag or paper towel to wipe off the excess liquid and the stain would have vanished.
19. Use hydrogen peroxide in food preparation/decontamination
Use a mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your cooking and food preparation areas.
It will destroy possible pathogens and it is more effective than bleach. It is effective against Shigella, Salmonella or E. coli microbes on contaminated food and surfaces.
20. Use to soak your vegetables
Kill microorganisms and neutralize harmful chemicals on your veggies by soaking them in a hydrogen peroxide and water solution. Just add 1/4 container of 3% H2O2 to a sink full of cold water. You can then soak your light skinned veggies (like lettuce) for about 20 minutes, for thicker skinned veggies (like cucumbers) soak for 30 minutes. Dry your veggies and then refrigerate. Your veggies will stay fresh longer.
21. Sanitise your meat
Before cooking your neat use hydrogen peroxide solution to rinse it so as to kill all microorganisms that may be on it.
22. Preserve your leftover salad
You can preserve your leftover salads by spraying them with a solution of about 1/2 a cup of water and about 1 Tbsp. Of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Just let them drain, then cover them and finally refrigerate.
23. Use it to marinade
Use a diluted solution of an equal part of clean water and 3% H202 pour in a casserole and dip your poultry, fish or meat in it, leave it covered and put in your fridge for about 30 minutes. Make sure you rinse before you cook though.
24. Use it to help in sprouting your seeds
Just add about 1 ounce of 3% Hydrogen peroxide to about 1 pint of clean water and then you should douse the seeds you intend planting overnight. Make sure any time you want to rinse your seeds you should add the same measure of hydrogen peroxide.
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