Hydrogen peroxide (H202) is a chemical compound. It’s the only germicidal agent (an agent that destroys pathogenic microorganisms and germs) which consists only of water and oxygen. It is colorless liquid, just a little more viscous that water.
Hydrogen peroxide destroys microorganisms and germs through the process of oxidation. When it comes in touch with organic materials it breaks down into oxygen and water which means it’s not toxic and it’s good for general use. Because of that, it is called world’s safest natural sanitizer.
These powerful oxidizing properties allow hydrogen peroxide to act as a bleacher (used in the saloons for bleaching your hair or in the industry for bleaching clothes). It is also used for cleaning, healing wounds, hygiene and much more.
Here are some of the medicinal uses of hydrogen peroxide:
1. Clean and disinfect minor wounds
If you have minor cuts you should buy 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply it directly on the wound to clean away dead tissue. It will halt minor bleeding, clean up infections or prevent infections from setting in.
2. Help you get rid of acne and boils
If you have problems with acne and boils try using hydrogen peroxide to get rid of them. Take a cotton ball and apply a little peroxide directly on the acne or the boils. It will have the same effect as on wounds, killing bad bacteria and leaving the area clean.
Apply it once or twice a day the most and you’ll assure yourself that you won’t kill the good bacteria as well by overusing it.
3. Hydrogen peroxide will help you cure canker sores
If you have canker sores in your mouth, mix 2 parts of hydrogen peroxide and 1 part of water and swish this mixture in your mouth for half a minute. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with fresh water.
4. Help you get rid of bad breath
You wash your teeth regularly and still you can’t get rid of that awful smell that comes from your mouth. Don’t worry. Here is an alternative for a great mouthwash which won’t cost you much but it will give great results.
Use hydrogen peroxide diluted with some water. It will kill unhealthy organisms in your mouth which cause the bad breath. Swish this mixture in your mouth as you would swish your normal mouthwash and enjoy in your fresh breath.
If you just have a minor bad breath from time to time, it’s sufficient to use this mixture just once a week. Make sure that you don’t overuse it, because it can kill good bacteria in your mouth too.
5. Help you fight foot fungus
Hydrogen peroxide can be very useful in fighting foot fungus since it has antifungal properties. If you’re tired from the awful itching, spray your feet, especially your toes, with 50/50 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide every night before going to bed and let it for a while to dry. Soon you’ll notice that the itching will stop.
Note: Even if you don’t suffer from this problem, you could soak your feet in water where you will add a little hydrogen peroxide as prevention.
6. Help you treat colds
Especially this period of the year, boring colds are very present around us. Sneezing, runny nose, fever are just some of the early symptoms of a cold. Once you feel them, there is a simple thing that you can do to prevent the cold.
- Take an eye dropper and fill it with hydrogen peroxide.
- Then tilt your head on one side and fill your ear with it.
- After one or two minutes you’ll hear bubbling.
- That means that the peroxide has found something that shouldn’t be there.
- Wait until the bubbling stops and drain the peroxide out.
- Repeat the procedure with the other ear too.
This will only work if you really nip it in the bud and do this when the first symptoms appear, if not this procedure probably won’t work.
7. Help you get rid of an ear infection
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a cure for some ear infections. Put just a few drops in each ear and get rid of the infection. You should be careful though. If the infection is more serious you should definitely see your doctor.
8. Help you clear out ear wax
Ear wax is not an infection, but certainly it can drive you crazy when it blocks your canals and even impairs your hearing. A few drops of hydrogen peroxide can be very useful if you have this problem. First you should add a few drops of olive oil and then follow it up with a couple of hydrogen peroxide. Keep your head tilted for a minute, and then tilt it back the other way so the mixture will drain out. Wash your ears with some warm water.
This way you will dissolve ear wax and your ears will be clean and free of disease causing pathogens
9. Help you deal with a sinus infection
Mix one cup of non- chlorinated water and a tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and put it into a nasal spray container. Spray it into your nostrils, keep it in for a moment and then blow it back. This mixture will kill the sinus infection.
10. Help you tackle a toothache
Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. It was proved very efficient in treating infections that cause pain.
If you have a terrible toothache, but you can’t go to your dentist’s right away do this trick and the pain will disappear.
Mix some water and hydrogen peroxide and rinse your mouth with this mixture several times a day
11. Help you have a detoxifying bath
There is nothing better than a relaxing bath after a long day at work. Prepare yourself a bath by adding 2 quarts of hydrogen peroxide in it. Soak in the tub and enjoy for at least half an hour. Add some hot water if you need to maintain comfortable temperature.
You can also prepare yourself this bath if you are sick and get rid of the germs in a relaxing way.
- Help you treat a yeast infection
Although, hydrogen peroxide is already present in your vagina and it’s doing its part in keeping the infections away from your body, sometimes it fails to do the job and that awful yeast infections comes along.
But don’t panic. Yeast infections are a very common condition with women and are easily curable. Just run to the nearest market or a pharmacy and buy 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen and a cup of water and use this mixture as a douche once or two times a day. You’ll notice that this controls or even cures your yeast infection.
Here are some of the beauty uses of hydrogen peroxide
13. Whiten your teeth
Hydrogen peroxide is also very useful as a beauty product. One way to use it is for whitening your teeth. Add one cup of hydrogen peroxide into a cup of distilled water. Swish this mixture into your mouth for half a minute spit it out and rinse your mouth with warm water. Do this once a week and feel free to show your smile to everyone.
14. Make toothpaste
If you are tired of your everyday toothpaste and you want to try something different try this. Put a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide into a teaspoon of baking soda and stir them until it becomes paste. Use this paste as you would use your normal paste and notice the difference. You’ll have much more brighter teeth without having a whitening treatment.
15. Use it as a deodorant
Mix hydrogen peroxide and dish soap in 1:2 ratio and use this mixture as a deodorant. This is a cheaper and healthier option than the deodorant you use every day. Leave it for half an hour to react on your skin and then rinse it off. You’re now good to go.
16. Help you clean your contact lenses
Since hydrogen peroxide is already present in many lens cleaners, you don’t have to run to the store every time when you’re out of it. Just put your lenses in hydrogen for a while to accumulate a buildup of proteins that’s gathered over time.
- Help you cover your grown roots
If you didn’t have time to dye your hair and your dark roots are showing up, do this trick and don’t worry no one will notice that you aren’t a natural blonde. Put a little hydrogen peroxide on the roots and let it sit for about half an hour, and then wash your hair.
Here are some of the household uses of hydrogen peroxide
- All-Purpose cleaner
Use pure hydrogen peroxide, or use it as a solution mixed with some water as an all purpose cleaner. This way you’ll not only have spotless house you’ll also save up a lot of money.
- Dishwasher detergent
If you are doing the washing up by hand use some hydrogen peroxide with your regular dishwasher or use it on its own. Either way you’ll get great results.
- Mold remover
If you have a problem with mold into your house, put some hydrogen peroxide directly on it, and then wipe it clean. It can help you get rid of different types of mold on a variety of surfaces.
- Water purifier
By adding 1/8 of hydrogen peroxide into a gallon of water you’ll make sure that you have eliminated many of the contaminants found in untreated water. Leave the purified water to sit for at least 24 hours before using it. This way you’ll have water with higher level of oxygen and this water is much healthier for you.
- Toilet bowl cleaner
Pour a cup of hydrogen peroxide in your toilet bowl. Leave it for 20 minutes to react then scrub the toilet with bowl brush as you normally would. You can also douse the toilet brush in some hydrogen peroxide. You now have clean and disinfected toilet bowl.
- Fridge cleaner
Empty your fridge and first put some baking soda to eliminate the bad smell. Then wipe everything with hydrogen peroxide solution and your fridge will be clean and odorless.
- Sponge extender
Clean your sponges with hydrogen peroxide. Soak them in for a while, rinse them off and you are free to use them again.
- Countertop care
Kill germs and leave a fresh smell into your kitchen just by using hydrogen peroxide. Wipe your cutting boards and the countertop with it to remove bacteria and eliminate stains. Hydrogen peroxide will also kill E. coli and salmonella on these surfaces.
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