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I remember coming home from grade school with a cut or scrape. My mom would pull out the big brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide and poor a generous amount on my affliction. It would get to bubbling and sizzling and I thought, for sure, that this had to be the coolest thing in the world. Fast forward to today, the advent of the internet has given us better access to information. I discovered that hydrogen peroxide isn’t the best thing to use on “boo-boos”. Apparently it kills the good germs that help the cut heal. Soap and water are best. Who knew?!

I didn’t want to chuck that bottle of bubbly goodness though. Having it around still felt necessary; but I was unsure of what for. I just knew that there had to be other uses for it that didn’t involve cuts and scrapes. I got to researching and discovered some interesting things.

Hydrogen peroxide (or H2O2 for my science nerds) is a super powerful oxidizer that’s only slightly thicker than water. Its strong oxidizing capabilities make it perfect for bleaching and cleaning; and it boasts of being the only germ killing agent composed of only hydrogen and water. You’ve gotta love the stuff!

Here’s a little science lesson that explains what makes this compound so powerful: It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them. You can liken it to a controlled burning. And what’s up with the brown plastic bottle it always comes in? Well, if hydrogen peroxide is exposed to even a bit of metal, it turns into water or oxygen. Glass bottles sometimes have small amounts of alkali metal ions dissolved in it which is why plastic bottles are generally used; And the brown tint prevents light from being absorbed by the solution. Light can start the hydrogen peroxide to oxidize prematurely.

Neat right?!

Enough of the science junk, and on to the good stuff. I discovered that there are, in fact, loads of benefits to having one of those tacky brown bottles of peroxide hanging around as there are tons of wonderful uses.

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Use it to clear up acne...

Use it to clear up acne...

Have a mild case of acne and aren't sure what to do? Grab your bottle of hydrogen peroxide!

Wash your face as you would normally. Pat dry and wait a few minutes to make sure your face is completely dry. (The peroxide is a whole lot more effective on a dry face.) Grab a clean cotton ball, pour on a bit of peroxide and swipe it across your face. After about a week of this, you should see some awesome results.

Use it to clean and whiten your teeth...

Use it to clean and whiten your teeth...

Add a bit of 3% hydrogen peroxide to some baking soda to make an effective and inexpensive toothpaste; or you can use the hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. I've heard tell of people clearing up the need for a root canal by rinsing with peroxide regularly.

Use it to clean your children's toys...

Use it to clean your children's toys...

Hydrogen peroxide has fantastic cleaning and sanitizing properties. Put one part peroxide and two parts water in a dark spray bottle and spray down your children's toys. Wipe them with a clean cloth and your disinfecting duties are done quickly, easily, and inexpensively.

Use it to clear up infections...

Use it to clear up infections...

Saturate a clean dry cloth in 3% hydrogen peroxide and place on any infected wound for five to ten minutes several times of day. Even gangrene, that wouldn't respond to over-the-counter treatment, has been cleared with the use of peroxide.

Use it as a bath soak...

Use it as a bath soak...

Add about 2 quarts of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a tub of bath water. Soak for at least 1/2 hour and you'll get out feeling clean, detoxified and rejuvenated.

Use it to get stains out of the carpet...

Use it to get stains out of the carpet...

Place equal parts hydrogen peroxide and liquid detergent on your stubborn carpet stain. Blot with warm water and let dry.

TIP: Don't forget the warm water step as hydrogen peroxide is so effective that you'll bleach your carpet if you leave it on for too long.

Use it to whiten your nails...

Use it to whiten your nails...

Make a paste with 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Use a brush to get the paste underneath and around nails. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse with warm water. You'll have whiter, brighter nails in no time.

[Find full instructions at the link below.]

Use it to whiten your nails...
Use it to get to stubborn earwax....

Use it to get to stubborn earwax....

I swear by this one. Disgusting as it is, I tend to produce earwax in excess. Each month I use a bulb dropper to place a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in each ear. I sit and let it bubble for a few minutes and then I gently flush with warm water. It works wonders.

 


Do you have a way that you use hydrogen peroxide that has made your life easier? Let me see it in the comments!


 

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  4. July 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Great information. I knew that it was great for treat acne and it is an active ingredient in some acne medications.

    • July 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm — Reply

      I had no clue about that one! I guess I was just one of those lucky individuals who never really had to worry about acne treatments; but for those out there who DO have that problem, I think that the hydrogen peroxide regime sounds like an awesome inexpensive alternative! 🙂

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