10 Amazing Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Health

Uses for hydrogen peroxide
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If you are looking for an effective and inexpensive way to deal with a variety of common health challenges, then hydrogen peroxide may be an answer. When used properly, hydrogen peroxide can support your health and well-being while also saving you money.

What is hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is a substance composed of two molecules of hydrogen and two of oxygen (H2O2). Water is H2O, and the extra molecule of oxygen in hydrogen peroxide makes it a powerful oxidizer. Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased at drug stores and the health section of grocery and department stores.

The concentration recommended for health use is 3% or 3.5%: that is, the majority is water and the small percentage is hydrogen peroxide. This is known as low-grade or pharmaceutical grade, and it contains various stabilizers which should not be ingested.

How to use hydrogen peroxide for your health
Hydrogen peroxide degrades quickly when exposed to light (which is why it is sold in brown bottles). Therefore, when using hydrogen peroxide, be sure to keep it in its bottle until you use it and always recap it immediately.

Ear wax: To soften and loosen earwax, combine an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide and water, warm to room temperature, and place 2 drops in the affected ear twice a day for up to 5 days. The wax should loosen so it can be removed easily with an ear bulb syringe.

Clean produce: You can help ensure your fruits and veggie are clean if you wash them with hydrogen peroxide. Add 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to several gallons of water in which you wash your fruits and vegetables to help neutralize pesticides and rid them of germs.

Let the produce soak for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse, dry, and refrigerate. If you are cleaning the veggies for a meal, spray them with 3% hydrogen peroxide, let it stay on for a few minutes, then rinse and use the produce.

Kill bathroom germs: Combine 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water in a spray bottle. Spray your toilet, shower stall, and other areas, then wipe with a clean rag for a chemical-free way to kill bathroom germs.

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Clean your toothbrush: You put your toothbrush into your mouth, so you want it to be free of germs every time. You can soak your toothbrush in an equal amount of water and hydrogen peroxide for a just a few minutes after use to kill germs.

Clean and disinfect wounds: Mild to moderate cuts and scrapes can be treated with 3% hydrogen peroxide. When you use a cotton ball or clean cloth to put hydrogen peroxide on a cut, you will see foam because blood and cells contain catalase, an enzyme that stimulates the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen and protects cells from damage.

The foam is made up of pure oxygen bubbles. Some people say that hydrogen peroxide “is working” when they see the foam. Do not leave hydrogen peroxide on an open wound for several minutes, because it can cause mild tissue damage.

Degerm cutting boards: Provide extra protection against dangerous germs on your cutting boards. Always wash your cutting board after use, then apply some hydrogen peroxide to a clean cloth and wipe down the board again. Also so the same for your kitchen counters.

Support oral hygiene: You can use 3% hydrogen peroxide alone or mix it with an equal amount of water. Swish and then spit out all of the liquid: do not swallow hydrogen peroxide. Rinse your mouth with water after using this mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide can also help whiten your teeth.

Attack foot fungus: If you are fighting athlete's foot, try a mixture of equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and water. Put in a spray bottle and spritz your feet every night and let them air dry.

Remedy sinus infections: A remedy for sinus problems may be a tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed in 8 ounces of non-chlorinated water. Use in a nasal spray bottle or neti pot to flush out your sinus cavities.

Soften calluses and corns: Before you take a pumice stone to your calluses and corns, soak your feet in an equal amount of warm water and hydrogen peroxide for about 5 minutes.

Hydrogen peroxide is one of nature’s little secrets. (Did you know your body naturally produces it as well?) So be sure your medicine cabinet contains a brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide for your health needs.

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