Hydrogen peroxide is commonly available for consumer use. Found in drugstores and supermarkets, it is most often sold in solutions of 1% and 3%. These two choices are virtually interchangeable for household use. In case you are wondering what those inexpensive brown bottles of H2O2 are used for, here are several ways to use over the counter 3% variety.
Bleaching Agent and Stain Remover
Its bleaching ability comes in handy in the laundry room. Instead of using chlorine bleach the next time you’re washing a white load, toss in half a cup of H2O2 (3%) straight out of the bottle along with your usual laundry detergent. You’ll save money each time you do this. In fact, it is one of the main ingredients in the popular laundry product, Oxiclean. H2O2 especially works well when used for treating stains such as grass, blood and red wine. For a more cost-effective carpet stain treatment, fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Saturate the stain, wait a few minutes, then blot with a clean white cloth until the stain is lifted and the carpet is dry. On colored carpet, test first in a discreet location to avoid any damage..
Hydrogen peroxide 3% or 1% makes a great mouthwash. It is lot cheaper than commercial mouthwashes on the market. If used regularly, it will inhibit bacterial growth. The oxygenating action helps remove oral debris. It has antimicrobial properties that make it effective on the beginning stages of gingivitis. One early symptom of gingivitis is a receding gum line. To treat, pour a small amount into a disposable cup. Dip one end of a cotton swap in the solution and rub along the gum where it meets the bottom of the tooth. There will be some foaming but let the solution work for a minute before rinsing thoroughly with water. Try not to swallow; but if you do, it’s harmless (but distasteful!) in such a small amount. Over a period of several weeks, you should notice your gum line starting to improve.
For Your Garden
Hydroponic gardeners, who grow plants without soil, mix this into their watering system to enhance the health of the plant’s root system. You can use the same in your own backyard garden to achieve similar results. Make a weak solution by mixing 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water. It is convenient to use a garden hose sprayer attachment that holds the solution. Hydrate as usual.
Hydrogen peroxide therapies, also known as oxidation therapies, are very controversial, as far as main stream medical practitioners are concerned. Although H2O2 has been in use over a century, there are few special doctors, M.D.s and N.D.s who practice this. Doctors have infused diluted amounts of medical grade solution into their patient’s arteries, veins, noses, ears and mouths. It is a miracle food that provides oxygen to our sick cells in the body. It is not recommended to attempt any internal hydrogen peroxide therapy without the supervision of a doctor.
Here is a quote from Dr William Campbell Douglass, M.D.
“Hydrogen peroxide is involved in all of life’s vital processes. It must be present for the immune system to function properly. It is truly a wonder molecule.”
William Campbell Douglass, M.D. Author of “Hydrogen Peroxide Medical Miracle”
Hydrogen peroxide is NOT a synthesized drug created in a laboratory. It is NOT a medicine. It is a naturally occurring substance that is made by Mother Nature. It is interesting to note that our digestive system produces this. The baby gets a dose of hydrogen peroxide from colostrum from the first breastfeeding. The falling raindrops contain H2O2. It has recently been discovered that a systemic build-up of H2O2 is one of the causes of gray hair. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent, so your hair is being bleached from the inside. (“FASB Journal, online edition,” February 23, 2009).