Common uses for H202 Hydrogen Peroxide
You may already know, hydrogen peroxide (H202) is used naturally by the environment as an effective sanitizer. Every time there is a thunderstorm and it rains, traces of hydrogen peroxide are released into the rain droplets. The small traces of H202 in rainwater essentially help to cleanse the soil, assist in plant growth and prevent fungi and harmful bacterial growth.
Did you know that our bodies naturally produce H202 as well?
The bodies natural defense mechanism produces hydrogen peroxide via Vitamin C to help fight infection. When a persons body becomes weak or the immune system is not working normally, their body is unable to produce enough H202 to fight off infection, and disease results. For the most part, harmful bacteria are considered anaerobic, meaning harmful bacteria will not survive in a highly oxygenated environment. For this reason, just as rainwater is essential for keeping our environment healthy, H202 can be considered vital for maintaining your bodies health. It has even been noted that the effectiveness of penicillin treatment is related to it's ability to rejuvenate the level of H202 in the body. In essence, penicillin, much like Vitamin C, assists the body in it's creation of H202 to help fight off bacteria and viruses.
Some Doctors even have regimens in place for ingesting small quantities of diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide to help prevent disease and stay healthy. More on that HERE
Hydrogen peroxide can have many sanitizing benefits when used around the house as well.
Common uses for H202 around the house:
- To clean and sanitize the kitchen – use a 3% h202 solution to clean countertops and sanitize lunch boxes.
- To clean vegetables and fruits and prolong the freshness and taste – Add 1/4 cup of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Add vegetables and fruits wash, then rinse with cool water.
- Cut and Wound care – Misting a wound with hydrogen peroxide will help clean it while speeding the healing process.
- For your toothbrush – Soaking your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses can help keep it clean and prevent transfer of germs. Particularly useful when you or someone in your household has a cold.
- As an astringent – Dabbing 3% hydrogen peroxide on pimples can help promote clearer skin.
- Fresh blood stains – use 3% H202 to remove fresh blood stains in clothing. Then rinse fabric with soap/water. Also works for most other stains.
- For canker sores and toothaches – use 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to kill germs and allow any sores to heal.
- Athlete's foot, toenail fungus, and skin infections – Soak the affected area in 3% hydrogen peroxide once or twice daily.
- Sinus infections – Mix one tablespoon of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide with one cup of distilled water for use as a sinus spray to kill and prevent sinus infection.
- Window and mirror cleaning – Hydrogen peroxide provides a streak free shine on glass surfaces. Simply use a spray bottle to wet the surface with 3% hydrogen peroxide, and wipe with a lint free cloth. This can also help disinfect, which is important in homes with children who like to put their mouths on the glass.
- Shower disinfectant – Keep a spray bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the shower for spraying down the shower to kill bacteria and viruses.
- Humidifier disinfectant – Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water.
- Laundry Bleach replacement – Add 8 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your wash.
- Pets – For dogs and cats, use 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart water for their drinking and bath water.
- Home & Garden Plants – Use 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide per quart of water.
- Bathtub detox – Add one pint or quart bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to warm bath water and soak for 20-25 min.
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