Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing cure-all, on par with apple cider vinegar. It’s a naturally occurring substance in the human body, and is composed of only water and oxygen making it completely natural and safe in the right dilution.
Hydrogen peroxide is simply a water atom with an extra oxygen atom attached to it with a single bond. Because of this it has an oxidising effect which kills bacteria and revitalises cells.
Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, germicide and will kill harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and mold and mildew spores – especially when used in combination with vinegar.
A few important points:
1. SUPER IMPORTANT! Make sure you only buy 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide – not the kind in the brown bottle from the drug store. You then dilute the 35% solution down to 3% and use in any of the ways below.
2. How to dilute 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a 3% solution
Mix 11 parts distilled water to 1 part 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. It’s very important to use distilled water to dilute the HP with, as water with fluoride or chlorine (which is in most tap water) will mess with the extra oxygen atom that makes HP so special.
3. Practical tip: Get yourself 3 – 5 spray bottles for different dilutions of hydrogen peroxide, and also one for vinegar. I recommend keeping a few spray bottles of 3% solution for cleaning and a bottle of 50/50 3% and water for other uses.
Where to buy 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide
Here are just 37 of the endless uses for hydrogen peroxide!
UPDATE: Thank you to reader Kaylee for bringing this to my attention. Even though internal use isn’t listed here in the uses for hydrogen peroxide, it’s a good place to let people interested in HP and it’s uses know about this. Please use extreme caution with any internal use, including the hydrogen peroxide cleanses that are becoming popular. Hydrogen peroxide is powerful stuff, and will release long held toxins in the body that you’re body will need to find a way to get rid of. If you have poor liver function or low ability to methylate this could cause problems. Coffee enemas are a great way to help the liver along with any cleanse you do. Like anything, too much of a good thing easily turns into a bad thing, and what works wonders for one person will not have the same effect on another.
1. General health improvement
According to Charlotte Gerson in The Gerson Therapy, “Oxygen therapies, including hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and ozone therapy, boost serum oxygen levels to revitalize normals cells while damaging viruses and other pathogens.” This means it is useful in treating cancer.
She then advises on how to use it: “It may be absorbed through the skin by bathing in it ( 4 to 5 pints of 3 percent H2O2 in a standard-size bathtub), applied topically, or insufflated rectally.”
The best way: Rub the 3% solution into your skin after a hot shower or bath, and it will be absorbed by the skin and go directly into the blood stream (as does every thing we put on our skin).
2. Heal the flu / cold
Lay down, pour a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide into one ear. Leave it for 5 – 10 minutes, it will bubble and fizzle. Grab a towel, pop it up against your ear and drain it out – gently use a tissue to wipe the ear out. Repeat on the other ear.
3. Treat ear infections
5 drops of 3% H2O2 into the ear.
4. Cure foot fungus and athletes foot
For foot fungus, spray a mixture of 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water onto toes and leave to dry. A foot bath 1 cup hydrogen peroxide will soften corns and calluses.
5. Poison remedy for pets
You can use hydrogen peroxide to cause immediate vomiting in pets if they swallow something poisonous like rat poison or chocolate in dogs.
6. Canker sores
Use as a mouthwash (info below) and heal them faster.
7. Sinus Infections
One tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide combined with 1 cup distilled water can be used as a nasal spray.
8. Treating Infections
Soak infected area for 5 – 10 minutes a day with a 3% solution. If the infection is on your body, boils for example, you can soak in a bathtub. Rinse off after. Some caution against this soaking and recommend only spraying on and rinsing – use common sense and caution.
Beauty & Personal Care
9. Hair Lightening
My favourite use! In a spray bottle, add 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water. Spray onto towel dry hair after washing it and comb it through. It will bring out natural highlights in your hair.
10. Acne and blackheads
It clears up acne, and it also helps get rid of blackheads. I have found it also reduces the size of large pores. Use a cotton ball or finger tips to dab onto face or the problem spot.
11. Reduce stretch marks
There are murmurings around the internet that hydrogen peroxide can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. I will be trying this and give an update.
12. Mouthwash and breath freshener
It kills the bacteria that causes bad breath and halitosis. DO NOT do this if you have mercury fillings.
13. Teeth whitening
Use as above for mouthwash, hold for 10 minutes. Don’t swallow any, spit it out and rinse mouth out with water.
Mix with baking soda to make a paste, and brush teeth as normal.
15. Clean your toothbrush
Dip in 3% hydrogen peroxide to sanitise your toothbrush.
16. Tooth aches
Hydrogen peroxide will help kill whatever is causing the infection. Swish in your mouth for 10 minutes, spit it out and rinse mouth out. I do this any time my wisdom teeth flare up. You can also add a few drops of Lugol’s iodine.
17. Remove ear wax
Spray/dip cotton earbud with hydrogen peroxide then use as normal.
18. Whiten finger nails
If your going for that french nail look, or you just find yourself with beet stained hand a little to often (guilty), soak in hydrogen peroxide, or spray onto nails.
19. Fruit and vegetable cleaner
It will kill any bacteria on the surface. It is also said to prolong the life of fruit and veg. You can use that spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide to spray vegetables, let them sit for a few minutes then rinse them and leave to dry. Or you can soak them in a sink/bowl with about 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide for half an hour, rinse and lay out to dry.
20. Clean cutting boards
It will kill any bacteria (even salmonella or E. coli) and will also remove any smells. Spray onto the board after washing.
21. Spray n’ wipe
Clean kitchen counter with a spray bottle of 3% solution, or put some on your cloth when you wipe the benches.
House hold Cleaning
Pro tip: Using both hydrogen peroxide and vinegar (separately – 2 different spray bottles) creates a more effective cleaning agent.
22. Clean bathroom
Keep a spray bottle in the bathroom to sanitise every surface – the shower, sink, bench, floors, bathtub and toilet.
23. Clean toilet
Combine 2 quarts / 2 litres of water with 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide and use a cloth to wipe solution over the toilet seat, use a brush to scrub the bowl. Leave the solution on the toilet for 30 minutes, then scrub again and wipe down. You could also spray and wipe off a vinegar solution before or after this for an extra clean finish.
24. Remove mildew and soap scum
For example, on shower curtains.
25. Mold and mildew
Use hydrogen peroxide on any area that you have a mold problem. Use in the shower to treat or prevent mold.
26. Glass & mirror cleaner
Doesn’t leave streaks. 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water.
27. Whiten clothes & remove yellowing from age
Add one cup of hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in the washing machine to whiten them.
28. Remove smell from towels
Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar to the washing machine and wash as normal.
29. Clean the refrigerator
Disinfect the refrigerator and get rid of any harmful bacteria.
30. Clean the dishwasher
Add 1/4 cup to the cycle.
31. Cleaning mouldy grout
Spray hydrogen peroxide on dry grout and tiles. Let it sit for a few hours then scrub with hot water.
32. Stain remover from clothes
H2O2 is good at removing blood, grass and wine stains. It works best on fresh stains so get to it quickly – and remember that blood stains set with hot water. It does have a bleaching, lightening effect so use with caution. For a blood stain, pour hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and let it sit for a minute, it will start to bubble. Then rub it and rinse with cold water. For other stains, dab a small amount onto the stain and then wash as normal.
33. Stain remover from carpet
Works well for dark stains on light carpet. It does have a bleaching, lightening effect so use with caution. Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain, then pour a small amount of water and dab dry with a cloth.
34. Clean humidifiers and steamers
Use 2 cups (1 pint) 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon water.
35. Clean pet toys and cages
It is non-toxic and antibacterial, making it perfect for this use.
36. Clean childrens toys
Depending on the type of toy, you could use any of the different methods mentioned above: soaking, spraying, wiping or washing to safely disinfect you childs toys.
37. Plants: improve root system and get rid of rotting
Mix 1 Tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide with 2 cups distilled water.
What do you use hydrogen peroxide for? Share your tips in the comments below!
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