Hydrogen peroxide is a type of inorganic compound composed of 2 hydrogen and 2 oxygen atoms. It has powerful oxidative properties which is why it’s often used as a disinfecting agent. If you add it to water, it will eliminate all bacteria, viruses and fungi in it.
Here are some practical uses for hydrogen peroxide:
- Wound disinfectant
The compound is often used as a wound disinfectant in medicine and can treat everything from simple cuts to big lacerations before closing them with stitches. Usually, doctors use a 3% solution which foams when it comes in contact with the catalase enzyme that’s released by damaged blood cells. If a healed wound foams when coated with hydrogen peroxide, it is a sure sign of an infection.
Adding hydrogen peroxide to a hot bath can remove toxins and chemicals from your skin – just pour a 3% hydrogen solution into your bathtub and soak your body for half an hour.
- Fungal infections on the feet
Fungal infections on the feet usually affect the part between your fingers, but fungi can grow all over your feet. Peeling skin and odor are some of the signs of fungal infections which can be cured by soaking your feet in a 50-50% hydrogen peroxide-water solution. Always keep your feet dry afterwards in order to prevent further infections.
- Ear wax removal
Ear wax (cerumen) accumulates in the external auditory canal and seals the way to the tympanic membrane. In order to resolve the problem, put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide (3%) in your ears and you will be relieved. For extreme cases, you’ll need a treatment with water jet propulsion.
Besides these uses, hydrogen peroxide can also be used to whiten your teeth, lighten your hair and clean contact lenses.
You may not have thought of it, but hydrogen peroxide is a great mouthwash. Use a bottle cap for single use, and hold the solution in your mouth for 10 minutes. Making this a daily habit will get rid of canker sores and make your teeth whiter than ever.
Mix some baking soda and some 3% hydrogen solution to create a powerful natural toothpaste.
If you don’t want a hydrogen toothpaste, soak your toothbrush in 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and proceed to brush your teeth as usual.
Due to its powerful antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, hydrogen peroxide can treat toothache, although it’s not a painkiller. It can, however, destroy the pathogens that caused the infection and it can even save a tooth that needs a root canal! Try oil pulling with some coconut oil for the same problem as well. If you’re having an extremely painful toothache, but aren’t able to visit the dentist, pour a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide in your mouth several times a day and swish it for 10 minutes to reduce the pain.
- Tooth whitening
As we mentioned before, hydrogen peroxide can give you that Hollywood smile. Just apply some of the solution on your teeth and you will notice them gradually whitening day after day.
Mix 2 capfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide and some warm distilled water and use the solution to treat yeast infections. Repeat the treatment twice a week.
- Colonic or enema
If you’re using it as a colonic, mix 3% hydrogen peroxide in 5 gallons of warm water. If you’re preparing an enema, add hydrogen peroxide in a quart of warm distilled water.
- Hair lightening
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful bleaching agent which can highlight parts of your hair. Make a 50-50% water-hydrogen peroxide solution and spray it on wet hair then comb it through. The treatment works on dark hair colors only.
- Contact lenses
Hydrogen peroxide is often added to cleaning solutions for contact lenses due to its powerful disinfectant role. It breaks down protein build-up on the lenses which is great for sensitive eyes.
Add 2 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to regular washing products to disinfect your dishwashing machine.
- Kitchen\household surfaces
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent cleaner for kitchen counters and tops – it will eliminate all bacteria and leave a fresh scent behind. Just put a drop of the solution on a rag and wipe the surface clean. You can also make a 50-50% of hydrogen peroxide and keep it in a spray bottle. Use it to clean your wooden cutting board to destroy leftover bacteria and spray some vinegar in the end.
Use the 3% solution to clear the inside of your fridge and your kids’ lunch boxes, and use it to clean mirrors or glass easily. You can clean and disinfect your toilet bowl, floors and other surfaces as well.
Always use 2 separate bottles and never mix the solutions. Keep straight vinegar in one bottle and 3% hydrogen peroxide in another. Clean any surface with hydrogen first, then use the vinegar in the end. This will cause a chemical reaction that will sanitize the surface easily.
Pour a pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a gallon of water and add it to your humidifier or steamer.
- Washing and laundry
Add a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to white clothes to bleach them, or put it directly on hard stains to remove them easily. Leave the solution to work for a minute, then rub well and clean with cold water in the end.
- Laundry and stain removal
If used on time, 3% hydrogen peroxide can easily remove stains. Even 2-day old blood stains can be removed with the solution – just put some on the stain directly and it will start foaming. Once the reaction stops, remove the excess liquid with a cloth. Apply hydrogen peroxide on the stain before wetting it with hot water, and always use cold water in the end.
Warning: 3% hydrogen peroxide discolors fabrics.
- Food preparation\decontamination
Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide both are efficient non-toxic disinfectants. They can destroy pathogens effectively and can safely be used on cooking and food prep surfaces. According to experts from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the combination of both ingredients eliminated Salmonella, Shigella and E. Coli on highly contaminated surfaces.
- Veggie soak
Washing your vegetables in 3% hydrogen peroxide and cold water solution will safely remove all germs from them. Soak lettuce in for 20 minutes, and thicker vegetables for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry them in the end. If you don’t have the time for soaking, spray your fresh produce with the solution, then rinse with water after a couple of minutes.
- Meat sanitizing
Rinse meat with 3% hydrogen peroxide before cooking it.
- Leftover tossed salad
Mix half a cup of water and a tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide, then drain, cover and keep the leftover salad in the fridge.
Put your preferred piece of meat in a casserole, then pour a mixture of equal parts water and 3% hydrogen peroxide over the meat. Keep the container in the fridge and rinse with water well before cooking.
- Sprouting seeds
Douse your seeds with a mixture of an ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a pint of water and add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse off the seeds.