USING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
More than just another
Using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is another way eliminate toxic chemicals from your home. H2O2 is basicly water and oxygen (how green is that!) yet it is a disinfectant, an antiseptic and oxidizer! Though the FDA has approved using H202 as a mouthwash you can use on anything you would normally use bleach for. And so much more!
Hydrogen peroxide is already inexpensive but you can find larger bottles of 3% H2O2 at warehouse stores. You can also buy food grade H2O2 at some drugstores and online. This solution is usually 35% hydrogen peroxide which is very strong and needs to be diluted and handled very carefully. Chemists say anything over 8% H2O2 is corrosive so you just need to take care. Keep your H2O2 stored in a dark bottle as light will destroy its beneficial properties.
With its strong anti-viral, antiseptic and disinfectant properties, hydrogen peroxide has many uses! Keep in mind that all of the following suggestions are using a 3% solution!!
The following information is for educational purposes and is not meant to treat or prescribe. Healing-from-home-remedies.com is sharing what others have told us has worked for them as they pursue health for themselves, their pets and their plants.
USING 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AROUND THE HOUSE
Add 1/4 cup to a sink of cold water to rid fruits and vegetables of bacteria and pesticides. This will also prolong freshness.
Spray leftover salad with a 50/50 solution of H2O2 and water to prolong freshness.
You can also use it to rinse raw meat before cooking.
For sprouting seeds, add 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and soak the seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the seeds.
Cutting board - pour full strength 3% over cutting board and let sit until it is done fizzing. You can even add vinegar to the board for an extra sanitizing boost but do not mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar together for storage.
Countertops - Mix a 50/50% (water & H2O2) solution in an opaque spray bottle. Great disinfectant to use anywhere!
Dishwasher - Add 2 ounces to your dishwasher or your dish water.
Oven Cleaner - Make a paste using hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and baking soda. Apply to your oven and let stand for a 1/2 hour. Scrub and rinse.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide in the Bathroom
Toothbrushes - Soak your toothbrush in H2O2 to disinfect. Remove when the fizzes has stopped completely.
Toilet - Put 1 cup in the toilet and let stand to sanitize and whiten.
Shower - Use your 50/50 spray bottle from the kitchen to spray down the shower. You can also use this on your skin after showering. Full strength 3% will kill any mold or mildew too!
Other Household Uses
Laundry - Add 1 cup to your wash to whiten and brighten! Soaking will also help to remove stains.
Humidifier - Add one pint to each gallon of water.
Plants - Add one ounce 3% H2O2 to 1 quart of water. You can use this as a mister and/or just water the plant. This gets oxygen down to the roots and is a fungicide and insecticide.
Fish - Add an ounce to your fish tank. The fish will thank you! This is also a great tip for you fisherpersons to prolong the life of your minnows.
Cut Flowers - Add an ounce to the vase water to prolong your beautiful bouquet.
Using hydrogen peroxide for health
Acne - Apply full strength 3% with a cottonball after washing. Let dry. Good toner whether you have acne or not.
Detoxifying bath - Add about 2 quarts to bath water and soak for 1/2 hour.
Mouthwash & Gargle - disinfect germs and whiten your teeth!
Foot Fungus - Spray your feet & toes with the 50/50 solution everyday. Better yet, soak your feet in this solution for 10-20 minutes at least once a day.
Skin infections - Soak skin several times a day. Use a cotton ball or piece of cotton.
Wounds and minor cuts - Disinfect with H2O2.
Sinus infections - Use 1 tablespoon 3% to one cup of distilled water. Use as a nasal spray or in your neti pot.
Oxygen therapy or Hydrogen Peroxide therapy - This are said to cure many diseases including cancer. I will work on finding a link with more information.
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