Friday, February 20, 2015

Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2 as referred to in chemistry, is often used as a household disinfectant. What most people do not know is that hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent that is composed of water and oxygen only. We bet that you have a bottle in the medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink.

Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used to sanitize small cuts or whiten delicate items, but it sure has a wide range of uses, and just a few people know how to fully use its power.

1. Disinfect small cuts
As a natural anti-septic, hydrogen peroxide is often used to prevent any infections in cases of small cuts.
2. Hair bleach
Hydrogen peroxide is more gentle than regular household bleach, and it is great if you want to lighten your hair.
3. Add highlights
For the classic ‘sun-bleached’ look, just spray some hydrogen peroxide on your dump hair. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes and rinse.
4. Whitening effect
Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a homemade toothpaste. It will help you remove any stains when used regularly.
5. Antiseptic mouth rinse
A cap full of hydrogen peroxide is a perfect mouth rinse. It whitens teeth and kills germs responsible for bad breath.
6. Disinfect your toothbrush
Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and other germs usually found in bathrooms.
7. Whiten your nails
Hydrogen peroxide can help you whiten your nails naturally. All you have to do is soak your fingertips and toes in.
8. Get rid of acne
Hydrogen peroxide is a nice face rinse. It kills bacteria that cause acne and contributes to a better skin complexion.
9. Heal Boils
To treat boils add 8 ounces, or half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath water and soak in.
Combine equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. This is the perfect foot soak that will soften corns and calluses naturally.
11. Remove ear wax
First, put a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ears. Wait for a minute or two, then put a couple of drops of olive oil. Wait for a minute, then drain the fluid from your ears. This will help you remove ear wax.
12. Prevent ‘Swimmer’s ear’
Combine equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a small bottle, and dropper bottle works perfectly as it enables easier application. After swimming, put several drops in each ear. This will prevent infections.
13. Relieve ear infections
To relieve ear infections put 6-8 drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear.
14. Get rid of sub-dermal parasites
Kill mites and other parasites naturally by applying hydrogen peroxide on the affected area.
15. Treat foot fungus
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water in a dark spray bottle, because light exposure reduces the effect of hydrogen peroxide. Apply the mixture on the skin area affected by foot fungus. Do this every night to prevent fungal growth.

Kitchen And Bath

16. Clean tile surfaces
Spray some hydrogen peroxide on tile to remove any stains or dirt.
17. Whiten grout 
Combine hydrogen peroide and white flour to get a thick paste. Apply the paste 
to grout and cover with a plastic wrap. Leave it overnight and rinse the next day.

18. Clean toilet bowls
Put half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes. This will clean and remove any stains.
19. Remove tub scum
Spray hydrogen peroxide in the bathtub to clean soap scum, dirt and stains. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Rinse to loosen grime and clean more easily.
20. Control mold and mildew
Spray hydrogen peroxide on the surfaces with mold and mildew to remove discoloration and prevent fungal growth.
21. Clean glass surfaces
Spray some hydrogen peroxide on mirrors and glass surfaces to loosen grime and dirt. Wipe with a clean and lint-free cloth.
22. Disinfect counter tops
Clean and disinfect kitchen and bathroom counter tops by spraying on some hydrogen peroxide.
23. Soak sponges and dishrags
Soak dirty rags and sponges into hydrogen peroxide for 15-30 minutes to disinfect.
24. Disinfect cutting boards
Disinfect your cutting board by spraying on some hydrogen peroxide. This will kill any bacteria and germs from meat and food that have soaked into the board.
25. Wash fruits and veggies
Spray hydrogen peroxide on fruits and vegetables. Let it soak for 1-2 minutes and rinse with clean water. This will remove dirt, wax and many other contaminants.
26. Clean the fridge
Spray hydrogen peroxide inside your fridge. Let it soak for a few minutes and wipe with a clean cloth. This will remove food remains and disinfect your fridge.

Other Household Uses

27. Whiten laundry
Add a cup of hydrogen peroide to the wash water. Soak your clothes in for 15-30 minutes. This will revitalize yellowed white fabrics.
28. Remove organic stains
Combine two parts of hydrogen peroxide and one part of dish detergent. Apply it to organic stains, for example coffee, wine, blood, sweat, etc.
However, you should remember that hydrogen peroxide will bleach any darker fabric. Pay special attention when using this technique!
29. De-Funk musty fabrics
Combine hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar. Soak musty fabrics in to remove any odors.
30. Clean rugs and carpets
Spray some hydrogen peroxide on light carpets and rugs. This will remove stains from food, mud, etc. Again, remember that hydrogen peroxide will bleach darker fabrics. You may want to test its effect on some inconspicuous area before applying the technique.
31. Refresh re-usable bags
Spray hydrogen peroxide in your re-usable cloth bags. This will clean, disinfect and remove any food odors.
32. Disinfect lunchboxes
Spray hydrogen peroxide in your lunchboxes, coolers, and cooler bags. Leave it on for a few minutes and wipe with a clean cloth. This will clean and disinfect your items.
33. Cleanse dehumidifiers
Add a pint of hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water. Run the solution though humidifiers and remove mold and mildew. This is also a perfect disinfection agent.
34. Improve seed germination

  • Hydrogen peroxide can remove fungal spores and increase germination rate. Just soak your seeds in.
  •  Use hydrogen peroxide with caution – especially when you use it in higher concentrations. The liquid vapors and it may burn skin and lungs.
  • Never swallow hydrogen peroxide when using it to cleanse your oral cavity.
  • When consumed, H2O2 is severely detrimental to health. It causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and even death if used in large quantities.
  • Remember, always use hydrogen peroxide externally!