The Many Uses of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: A Guide to the Alchemy of H2O2
There are so many uses for Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide around your home. H2O2 can replace many different products that you currently use. Not only will it save you money by buying fewer products, hydrogen peroxide contains no toxic chemicals. The chemical composition is water with an extra atom of oxygen.
The most important thing to remember is dilution. You must dilute your 17.5% Hydrogen Peroxide. You cannot use 17.5% Hydrogen Peroxide full strength.
The most common household percentage is 3%. To make 3% add 1 ounce of 17.5% to 5 ounces of water.
For kitchen and bathroom: Add 5.5 ounces of 17.5% Hydrogen Peroxide and 26.5 ounces of water to a quart size spray bottle. This will give you a handy 3% spray. I like to add a drop or two of essential oil for a nice, subtle fragrance. Lemongrass is wonderful!
Use this spray for counter tops, tile, sinks and toilets, glass and mirrors (wipe with clean coffee filters for a lint free shine!) Inside your fridge, lunchboxes and coolers and cutting boards. Avoid using on marble and granite as it can wear away the polish.
Use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide in place of bleach for white laundry.
Spray 3% hydrogen peroxide onto light-colored carpets and rugs to remove stains from mud, food, etc. Just remember that hydrogen peroxide will bleach some fabrics. Test this technique in an inconspicuous area first!
As a mouthwash swish around your mouth before brushing. Some might find 3% too strong for a mouthwash. You can use 1.5% if you have discomfort with 3%. Not only is it antibacterial H2O2 is a great teeth whitener that many dentists use in their practices.
Give your toothbrush a 10 minute soak to disinfect.
For a great pedicure add equal parts 3% H2O2 and warm water. Soak for about 15 - 30 minutes. Rinse, then finish up with your favorite lotion!
H2O2 can also kill the bacteria that causes acne. Soak a cotton ball and apply to affected area one to two times a day.
The list is practically endless! Do you have a use for hydrogen peroxide not listed here. Let us know!