Hydrogen Peroxide is a common household item. It was always my preferred method of treatment on my cuts and scrapes as a child over alcohol or iodine. Although there would occasionally be a slight stinging feeling when applied, peroxide generally was the pain free option. This is because Hydrogen Peroxide is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. Oxidation is what occurs when you see it bubble. It breaks down bacteria, viruses and fungus to name a few, naturally. There are many ways to use hydrogen peroxide beside on cuts and scrapes. If your bottle has been collecting dusty in the back of the medicine cabinet, pull it out and try using it for something new.
Here are ten alternate ways to use hydrogen peroxide
- Household Cleaner
- Combine a 50/50 mixture of water and peroxide in a spray bottle and use to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters, doorknobs, the toilet as well as sinks and tubs.
- Once done using a cutting board wash and rinse but then pour some peroxide on the board to ensure that there are no traces of salmonella or germs left.
- Soak your toothbrushes in a small cup of peroxide to rid them of germs and bacteria.
- Hair Lightener
- Spray a 50/50 solution of peroxide and water to gently bring natural highlights to you hair.
- Teeth Whitener & Mouthwash
- Rinse your mouth daily with one to two capfuls of peroxide and rinse well. DO NOT SWALLOW. It will kills germs and the oxidation that takes place will lighten your teeth gradually.
- Feminine Health
- Many OB/GYN’s do not recommend douching but I have read that adding two capfuls of peroxide to a douche with help maintain feminine hygiene by ridding the vaginal cavity of yeast and bacteria.
- Peroxide mixed with water can be sprayed up each nostril to help each sinus congestion and blockages.
- Alternative to Bleach
- Pour a cup of peroxide into a load of whites instead of bleach to whiten.
- Pour directly on stains such as blood. Let it sit for a couple minutes and rinse with water.
- Ear Wax
- Pour a capful of peroxide into the ear while laying on ones side and let it penetrate for 20 minutes. Have a towel handy to place on the ear gently as you sit up. Gently wipe the ear clean and then repeat on the opposite side.
- Colon Cleansing
- For every 5 gallons of water add a cup of peroxide for use during a colonic.
- Athlete’s Foot
- Spray a 50/50 solution of peroxide and water on feet daily.
Harper, Andrea. 2012 The Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide and its Many Uses. Retrieved from http://docakilah.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/the-benefits-of-hydrogen-peroxide-and-its-many-uses/
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Baking Soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate or nahcolite. Most use this white powder to keep odors out of the refrigerator and freeze BUT there are PLENTY other uses that I have research. Far too many for this post. Here I will list ten other ways to use baking soda. You have to go do the knowledge to find the rest yourself.
- Cleaning a microwave
- Mix baking soda in a microwave safe bowl with warm water. Place in microwave and turn it on for 1-1 1/2 minutes on high. After remove the bowl and discard water. Get a sponge or clothes and wipe the insides clean. The baking soda helps to remove caked on food as well as remove lingering odors from the inside.
- Cleaning the inside of an oven
- Create a baking soda and water paste and use a scrub sponge to apply and scrub the inside of the oven.
- Removing crayon marks from vinyl floors
- Create a paste and use a cloth to apply and scrub crayon marks.
- Wash vegetables and fruits
- Add baking soda to a bowl of water and let fruits and vegetable soak for five to ten minutes then rinse. It helps remove dirt, wax and pesticide residue.
- Clean silver, stainless steel and chrome
- Create a paste and use a soft cloth or a soft toothbrush to apply and get into crevices. Rinse well and use a dry cloth to remove remaining water as well as to shine a bit.
- Soaking beans
- Add baking soda to water while soaking beans to help speed up the softening process as well as lessen chances of excess gas once ingested.
- Add to shampoo
- Mix a small amount to shampoo to help remove product buildup from follicles as well as to help remove dead skin from the scalp.
- Create paste to remove dirt and stains from clothes
- This works particularly well on dirty collar, wrist cuffs and underarm stains. Once the paste is applied let it sit for about 20 minutes before washing.
- Remove venom of bee and jelly fish stings
- Apply paste directly onto bee and jelly fish stings to draw out the venom.
- Puts out small kitchen fires
- In the instance of a grease fire in the kitchen, use baking soda to quickly put the fire out.
Raguett. 2012. Over 100 Ways to Use Baking Soda. Retrieved from http://raguett.hubpages.com/hub/Over-100-ways-to-use-baking-soda
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