Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Perfectly Practical #126 - Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

My Momma always a few things in her medicine cabinet that I always assumed that everyone had in theirs like rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.  I've been amazed though how many people don't have peroxide at the ready.

Here are a few reasons to keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide handy:

As a child, I remember liking peroxide on my scrapes because it fizzed.  The bubbles meant that it was cleaning out the grime from my cut; they lift the crud out of the wound making it easier to wash away.

Everyone's heard of the term "Peroxide Blonde" before and there's a reason for that.  Peroxide does indeed lighten hair over time.

If bitten by mosquitoes or fire ants, we dab some peroxide on the bite and it helps draw out the poison and the sting/itch.

Our dog Truffles has been known to jump on the table and eat an entire Hershey bar, packaging and all, when no one was looking.  In case you didn't know, chocolate is poisonous to pooches because their little bodies can't break it down and dispose of it.  When that happened, we called the after hours vet clinic and rushed her to the office where they promptly proceeded to force hydrogen peroxide down her throat so that she would regurgitate the chocolate.  Never before had I seen that.  Since then, I have heard that method used with lots of animals.

When I have a throat infection, I will gargle with peroxide and clean my toothbrush with it.

I occasionally brush my teeth with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.   It makes my mouth feel effervescent and taste sweet.  It is a tooth whitener as well.

That same combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide makes a great grout cleaner because it disinfects as well as bleaches.

It's not only the bathroom where peroxide is useful though.

I use it in my homemade stain remover.  My dentist friend says they use it when they get blood on their clothes.  They dab a bit of peroxide on a cotton ball and it gets the blood stain right out.

I have read that no cleaner on earth kills germs as effectively as a vinegar and water solution followed by a spray of peroxide.

It can be used with water as a vegetable wash.

Peroxide is the perfect cleaner for cutting boards.

How do you use peroxide?

This is part of Works for Me Wednesday.


6 comments:

  1. Definitely works on blood! Think horrible toddler nose bleed during the night discovered the next morning via the nearly covered Pooh bear. I didn't even try to treat it for a week. MIL soaked it in hydrogen peroxide overnight then washed as normal- came out like brand new!

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    1. Ooooh, sounds yucky but I'm so glad it worked out.

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  2. I'm going to put some on my bug bites. :) Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You are very welcome and I hope your bites feel better. :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips. I knew a few of them, but not all. And I love the name of your blog...very cute. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

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    1. Thanks Ms. Gail, I'm quite partial to it myself. Thanks for stopping by!

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