Monday, May 9, 2011

Hydrogen Peroxide

With everything so expensive these days, it’s nice to find something that costs less money and has many varied uses. Do you have hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) in your home? If you do are you using it often or are you like me, it sits on the shelf and I hardly ever open it. Here are some great ideas that might make you grab an extra bottle or two for storage next time you shop. I’ve tried several of these and they worked great.

The many benefits and uses of Hydrogen Peroxide
Ideas from Becky Ransey and Linda Cobb
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. (Small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the bottle).
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of "Peroxide" to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
5. One man reports, “I had a fungus on my feet for years - until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. All gone.”
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. A nurse reports that she has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
8. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
9. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.
10. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
11. If you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change.
12. Put half of a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
13. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there are protein stains on clothing, pour it directly on the spot, let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.
14. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there is no smearing which is why I love it so much for this. I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner.
15. Use 3% Hydrogen peroxide for removing blood stains – especially if they are fairly fresh. Pour directly on the soiled spot, let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary. It is a great bleaching agent for stubborn stains on white clothes. Combine ½ c. hydrogen peroxide and 1 t. ammonia for a great stain removal combination.
16. Use hydrogen peroxide to bleach delicate items such as wool or wool blends. Soak them overnight in a solution of one part 3% hydrogen peroxide to eight parts cold water. Launder according to care instructions.
17. Always use 3% hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. The other one – that you use to bleach your hair – will remove the color from carpets or clothing.


abbyful said...

If you need to induce vomiting for your dog, give a few teaspoons of peroxide at a time, about 5 minutes in between, until they vomit. Very helpful if they get into chocolate and you catch them soon afterwards!

Lynn Nappari said...

I use 50/50 peroxide & water in a small glass to soak my denture partial. It cleans *much* better than the "effervescent" tablets and costs a fraction of the price.

Scotttennis09 said...

As a dental hygienist, I am concerned about this posting. Rinsing long term with hydrogen peroxide has been found to cause precancerous cells in the soft tissue.

chelle6791 said...

Nurses and doctors now say NOT to use peroxide on wounds it causes damage to healthy cells.

My dentist agrees with Scotttennis09. DO NOT use it as a rinse. Baking soda for toothpaste is too abrasive too.

I did find the other day peroxide makes a pretty good drain cleaner! It cleared all the gunk out of my drain. I only poured an ounce or two down a dry drain.

wild4mn said...

Just FYI, I got all excited and had to do further research. Here is just one page of what I found...there are some truths and fictions.

Luvs2Teach64 said...

I have used a quick peroxide swish followed by a dab of the original Listerine to heal canker sores for years. It's the best treatment I have found.

Dave and Whitney said...

I've been an RN for almost three decades. We USED to use peroxide in wound care, but no longer. Think about it; it removes protein stains, esp. blood stains. Now think about pouring that chemical, even diluted, onto an open wound. I also agree with the commenters saying not to use it as a mouth rinse. My dentist advised me that it will destroy the beneficial bacteria as well as the disease-causing ones. (Again, think of what it's doing to blood cells and other proteins--it doesn't pick and choose).

Bre said...

I use it-very carefully-to kill the red yeast infections that often live beneath the eyes of white or light colored dogs.

Patsy said...

HP looses it's strength when exposed to light so if you put it in a cleaning mixture make sure the bottle you store it in is dark so no light affects the HP.

Anonymous said...

I've been baking soda /HP for 26 years on my teeth, and I have never had a cavity.

shelly brown said...

Very nice tips...Thanks for sharing...Definitely I will try it.
I generally use the same method to clean my kitchen sink using 3% hydrogen peroxide and 8 parts of water add in a spray bottle and then apply on the sink, after using it sink will be shiny and fresh...

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s.allard said...

I have used it on spots, cold sores, & mouth ulcers by dipping a cotton bud in peroxide then dabbing it on spot etc It helped dry them up. I also used it when I had my belly button pierced to make sure it was always clean it didn't do harm

Patty said...

The problem is that drs, dentists, and pharmaceutical companies loose money if you believe a natural product does harm. It naturally occurs in our body and in rain. I use it in my garden on my plants. Does it kill them. No will it harm me no. I would never use a product that says may cause suicide would you? Yet you trust these drs? Really!

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