The foaming comes from an enzyme called catalase found in blood and cells. When it comes in contact with hydrogen peroxide it turns it into water and oxygen. So the bubbles you see is actually pure oxygen created by catalase and not a bacteria killing process.
Mayo Clinic Researchers agree that hydrogen peroxides can damage the delicate tissue and even impede the wound healing process. So although hydrogen peroxide possess strong antiseptic properties and can kill bacteria, it mustn’t be applied on wounds. Clean water is a far better option to clean cuts and scrapes.
As you can see, no use for hydrogen peroxide in your first aid kit. So let us all take it out and put it to a better use. The strength you use at home should be a 3% grade.
1. Alternative to Bleach to Whiten ClothesHydrogen peroxide can act like bleach, which makes it a perfect alternative to keep your clothes white. Clothes tend to wear out faster when using bleach, hydrogen peroxide won’t do that and doesn’t leave the bad odor bleach does. Just add one cup of hydrogen peroxide into a washer load of whites. Don’t pour it directly on your clothes as it can fade the color just like bleach does.
2. Blood and Red Wine Stain RemoverNot only will hydrogen peroxide whiten your clothes, it is one of the best solutions to remove blood and red wine stains from your clothes or carpet if used fairly soon. But watch out, hydrogen peroxide can bleach out the fabric, so dab it on an invisible test spot first to see what happens. Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on the spot, let it set and bubble for 1-2 minutes, rub and rinse with cold water and soap before throwing them in the washing machine. Repeat if necessary. Do not use warm water, this will ‘set‘ the stain permanently.
3. Keep Your Kitchen Germ and Stain-FreeHydrogen peroxide can be used for many application in your kitchen to lift stains and kill germs.
• Deep floor cleaner, especially useful for grout.
• Table top cleaner
• Disinfect the inside of your fridge
• Clean windows with no smearing
Just add the 3% hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray on the target surface and wipe off, just as a normal household cleaner. If you want to sanitize, leave the hydrogen peroxide for a longer period before rinsing it off. If you don’t like to clean the floor with cold hydrogen peroxide water from your spray, add 1 cup of 35% hydrogen peroxide in 1 gallon of hot water to make a 3% dilution for the same result. But keep in mind to only use as much as you’ll use at one time. Hydrogen peroxide is stored in a brown bottle, because light breaks it down. You can also find here how to make sanitizing natural household cleaner using essential oils. You can also create effective cleaning products using essential oils, and you can find all the information in my book Magical Aromatherapy.