Hydrogen Peroxide Magic

Hydrogen Peroxide could also be labeled oxygen water, because it is close to the same chemical make up as water (H2O) but with one extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this, it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Every home should have at least one bottle of peroxide in your home … under the kitchen sink, under the bathroom sink; in the laundry room, the garage, etc.,  … It is unbelievably versatile!

We were surprised to learn what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It is safe, it is readily available, it’s inexpensive, and best of all, it WORKS! We found this impressive list of interesting facts and uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide, which we hope will have you as thrilled and surprised as we were!

I printed one and taped it to the inside of the cabinets in my laundry room!

Interesting Facts and Household Uses for H2O2

• It is in all living matter.

• Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.

• Fruit, vegetables, and all natural produce contain hydrogen peroxide. It’s one of the many reasons to eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily.

• It is in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.

• It is in rainwater because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.

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Uses

• Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

• Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

• In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle or dispenser.

• Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria responsible for halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

• Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth and help with early stages of gingivitis by killing the bacteria.

Note: Mixed with kosher salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as whitening toothpaste.

• Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

• Clean the cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.

• Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it is non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

• Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

• Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

• Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

• Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

• Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

• Whiten bathroom tile grout. First dry the area thoroughly, and then spray it liberally with 100% hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

• Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

• Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide is great as a pre-treat for stains — soak the stain in 3% hydrogen peroxide before doing the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. This is a wonderful green alternative to bleach, and does just as good of a job.

• Combine 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water. Use it to give your flooring a good washing. Because it’s so mild, it is safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

• Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

• Help your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle and spritz your plants when you water them.

• Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

• Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

• With a Q-tip, dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

• According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

• Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

• Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

• Use it to remove earwax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

• It will kill athletes’ foot and toe fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every morning and night. Make sure they are completely dry before putting socks or shoes on. Another relaxing choice would also be soaking your feet in a peroxide solution (½ cup + 1 Gal warm water) to help soften calluses and corns, as well as disinfect minor cuts.

• Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses. Also keeps grout white.

• Use 1 pint of 3% peroxide to 1 gal. of  filtered water to disinfect and clean humidifiers and steamers.

• Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1-cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

• Use for towels that have become musty smelling.  Mix 1/2 cup Peroxide with 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour the mixture in your washer with your musty towels. Allow it soak for 15 minutes and wash as normal.

• Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Not to worry, it will not hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

• Did you say SKUNK? First, hold your nose.  Then combine 1 quart 3% peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.

• Replace the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer and keep a couple around the home.

Thanks to solorama.com

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