Hydrogen peroxide is often used for first aid, as it is essential when it comes to disinfecting wounds and staving off infections. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material, it breaks down into oxygen and water, meaning it is non-toxic for general use. It is an inexpensive product that has much more benefits than one would think.
This solution is often described as being “water but with one more oxygen atom,” a description which can give the incorrect impression that there is a great deal of similarity between the two compounds. Pure hydrogen peroxide will explode if heated to boiling, will cause severe contact burns to the skin and can set materials alight on contact. For these reasons, it is usually handled as a dilute solution (household grades are typically 3-6%).
It kills microorganisms, including germs, by oxidizing them and it can even get rid of infections entirely, such as yeast infections, foot infections, sinus infections and more.
Hydrogen peroxide can be found at about any store, including the dollar store, making it cheaper to buy and stockpile. The most common type that is used is the pharmaceutical grade one. Hydrogen peroxide that is over 3.5% solution should be used cautiously.
Maine uses and benefits
Hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant
This is one of the most common uses for this solution since it can kill the majority of germs. It can be used safely in the bathroom and kitchen for disinfecting items such as brushes, counters, tables, cutting boards, buckets, etc.
It can be used as a disinfectant all over your home, making it a useful item to have on hand. Some people use it to sanitize meat after it’s taken out of the packaging, while others use it to disinfect vegetables.
If you use it to sanitize your meat or vegetables make sure they are rinsed thoroughly. Although it is safe and it won’t cause any issue, it’s always good to be cautious.
Hydrogen peroxide as a stain removal
This solution is often used as a stain combatant since it’s much cheaper than stain fighting products. It will fight all sorts of stains from clothes, rugs, table clothes or anything else and it’s easy to use.
It can also be used to remove blood stains and here’s what you have to do:
- pour hydrogen peroxide onto the blood stain and cover the entire area
- once it hits blood, it will fizz white and you should let it sit for 5 minutes
- after five minutes use a scrub brush to scrub it off
- repeat the process if the blood persists and rinse only after all of the blood is gone
Hydrogen peroxide as insect bites cure
Once again, hydrogen peroxide it’s an inexpensive solution that helps you during a time of need when the itching caused by insects’ bites is becoming a nuisance. It will help you ease bug bites and take away the swelling and itching that comes from ant bites, bee stings, wasp stings or mosquito bites.
In order to cure these bites, you should rub the area with a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide or you can mix a little baking soda with the solution until you obtain a paste and apply it on the insect bite.
Related reading: Spider bites guide.
Hydrogen peroxide to fight off fungus
Many over the counter medications that cure fungus are quite expensive and it’s better if you have an alternative that doesn’t feed the pharmaceutical industry. Hydrogen peroxide can work for nail fungus, toenail fungus or even athlete’s foot.
When you notice a white or yellow dot on the underside of your nail, it’s better to take action as that dot is a nail fungus. For mild cases, you can use a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide and rub it all over the area.
If the fungus infection has persisted longer, you will have to soak your nails or feet in a hydrogen peroxide solution regularly. Fill a soaking tub with water and pour three capfuls into the water, mixing the solution thoroughly before soaking your nails.
You should soak the affected areas for thirty minutes. Do not use it on spider bites as those can be venomous and a different approach must be considered.
Hydrogen peroxide for killing infections
Hydrogen peroxide can help to get rid of germs or it can prevent an infection from starting when applied to the wound directly when it happens. It is an excellent way to keep an injury from decaying and it will take away some of the sting sensations.
Hydrogen peroxide is good for sinus infections, skin infections or staph infections. It is entirely safe for cleaning out or killing an infection and you should only use a 3% grade solution, anything above that can become harmful. If the infection persists or worsens, you should seek medical aid.
Hydrogen peroxide for oral hygiene
It’s most commonly used for oral hygiene as mouthwash since it’s known to help you get rid of bad breath by killing the germs causing it. You should gargle with hydrogen peroxide, once a day, in the morning. You can also soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide as it will kill the germs that are forming on it.
Related article: How to make toothpaste and mouthwash at home.
Hydrogen peroxide for killing mold and mildew
Products for killing mold and mildew are costly, not to mention that they contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals are dangerous if inhaled, especially for asthmatics. Hydrogen peroxide is a safer option to get rid of this fungal growth.
Mold and mildew can be found throughout your entire house and it is essential to take care of it immediately as they can cause allergies and various illnesses.
Use a spray bottle with a 3% solution without adding water. Saturate the area entirely with it and let it sit on the area for 20 minutes. Use a rag or a scrub brush to scrub the area until all of the molds are gone. Wipe the area down with a damp rag and let it air dry. Some people suggest applying a solution made from half vinegar and half hydrogen peroxide to prevent mold from growing back.
Hydrogen peroxide for feminine hygiene
Hydrogen peroxide it’s being used by women to keep down yeast infections. Women could douche with it if only two capfuls were added to the water and no more than that. Add a little and go from there as it’s safer for you.
Douching with it rids the vaginal area of unnecessary yeast and bacteria. This will also keep feminine odor down or eliminate it entirely. You have to do it once a week for proper feminine hygiene, but doing it at least once every two weeks will do the trick for most women.
Depending on how far along the infection is you’ll need to seek help from a medical professional as hydrogen peroxide will not work for extended infections.
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Hydrogen peroxide as a gardening aid
Hydrogen peroxide is used by many people to keep their plants healthy and their garden is running efficiently. You can add a teaspoon to every cup of water for sickly plants.
Watering the plants with this solution will help the plants grow strong. Some spray it on tree cuts to keep them from getting infected while others use it as fertilizer. Some farmers use a 10% hydrogen peroxide solution in a spray bottle to kill weeds.
However, if you decide to use this method, make sure you don’t spray all your plants with the solution as it will kill them, caution is recommended.
Hydrogen peroxide as an emetic for pets and farm animals
Animal emetics should be used if something needs immediate attention and cannot wait for the care of a vet. You should use it when your animal has ingested something that can become fatal (like chocolate for dogs).
Call your vet before administrating hydrogen peroxide as an emetic since the amount needed can vary from animal to animal. Even if you don’t have time to get the animal to the vet, the vet can instruct you on how much hydrogen peroxide can safely be given to your animal.
Depending on the type of animals you own, you can even ask your vet beforehand about how much hydrogen peroxide you should give your pets in case of an emergency.
Safety tips you should know:
- Keep hydrogen peroxide out of the reach of children
- The 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is the safest grade to keep and use in your home
- Keep the cap on hydrogen peroxide at all times
- Keep it away from your eyes and mouth when disinfecting items.
- Wash it out immediately if it’s gotten into your eye
- Use a face mask when cleaning molds with it. In some cases, it can form small spores that can cause allergies once inhaled
- Store hydrogen peroxide in plastic bottles, away from sunlight and heat
Of course, this isn’t the entire list of uses for hydrogen peroxide and it can go on. The list is much more extensive and many more applications can be found if you look them up on the internet. One thing remains certain, this is the type of item you need in your household. It can make your life easier in an emergency situation.
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