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Which Medical Miracle is Sitting Right in Your Own Bathroom?
One of the best household remedies around is hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This is truly a miraculous substance. It’s available everywhere, super inexpensive, completely safe, and perhaps best of all, it works…well, miracles!
Hydrogen peroxide has been used at least as far back as the early part of the 19th century, when many bacterial diseases were killed by H2O2, including syphilis, asthma, ulcers, cholera, and whooping cough. As pharmaceutical drugs became more abundant, hydrogen peroxide increasingly became to be something that was pushed to the side, and finally, virtually discarded as a viable treatment option.
In your body’s immune system, hydrogen peroxide is released by T-cells to kill off fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide stimulates cells that are natural killers which attack cancer cells as they attempt to move and spread through your body. Inside your colon, healthy bacteria called acidophilus lactobacillus produces hydrogen peroxide, which keeps candida yeast from becoming overgrown.
An important factor to remember is that the normal hydrogen peroxide you get at your local drug store, which is normally marked 3% hydrogen peroxide, should never be taken internally. There is a food grade version of hydrogen peroxide that you can take, which should be marked 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide that you will dilute with water. This version is a bit harder to find, but you can ask for it at your local health food store or find it online.
Hydrogen peroxide has hundreds of uses, but take a look at the top 20 ways you can use this little miracle in a brown bottle all over your house.
1. Kills Foot and Nail Fungus
If you have ugly toenail fungus or athlete’s foot, hydrogen peroxide is an excellent way to kill it off quickly. Make a spray with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, then spray your feet (and toenails) every night before bed. Allow your feet to thoroughly air dry before putting on socks or slippers.
2. Kills Infections
If you have a cut, boil, or other type of skin infection, soak it for at least 5 minutes, several times per day. Even stubborn infections can’t stand up to regular doses of hydrogen peroxide. Read also about herbs that heal yeast infections.
3. Whiten Teeth Naturally
Don’t pay your dentist that outrageous price for white teeth, and throw out those awful tasting plastic strips and trays. Simply take the small white cap off your bottle of H2O2, fill it with hydrogen peroxide, then swish the liquid in your mouth for 5 or 10 minutes after brushing. Watch how much whiter your teeth will be in a matter of days.
NOTE: Don’t ever swallow peroxide. Spit it out, and then rinse your mouth with plain water.
4. Cleans Contact Lenses
Hydrogen Peroxide can break down the proteins that tend to accumulate on contact lenses. You don’t need to buy those expensive soaking solutions. Simply use hydrogen peroxide.
5. Perfect All-Around Cleaner
Mix up a spray bottle with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water. You can use this mixture to clean kitchen counters, kitchen tables, refrigerators, microwaves, blenders, and even your kid’s toys and lunchboxes. Germs don’t stand a chance when it comes to hydrogen peroxide!
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6. Perfect for the Dishwasher
If you want truly sparkling dishes that are guaranteed to not have germs or spots, then add 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to your favorite dishwashing soap. Hydrogen peroxide won’t hurt your septic tank like bleach or other chemical cleaners will.
7. Kills Mold
If your house is a virtual biohazard area due to mold, all you need is a little hydrogen peroxide! Use it directly from the bottle, or dilute it a bit with water. Spray it on (or pour as the case may be) and allow to dry.
8. Terrific Stain Remover
You can pour hydrogen peroxide directly on your laundry stains before washing and watch them disappear. Test it on a small area first as some dyes are sensitive to hydrogen peroxide and it might discolor or even bleach some fabric, so do a small test before you use it. Always wash with cold water afterwards to avoid allowing the stain set.
9. Produce Cleaner
If you want to be certain that your fruits and vegetables don’t have any bacteria or viruses on them, simply add ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Soak simple, thin skinned foods, such as lettuce or peaches, for about 20 minutes. Produce with thicker skins such as cucumbers can soak for 30 minutes. Drain, allow to air dry, and refrigerate as you normally would. This method will also neutralize chemicals and prolongs the freshness of your produce.
10. Whitens Clothes Naturally
Instead of bleach, which is toxic, add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to your laundry. This is a great way to not only whiten whites but remove stains and sanitize clothes at the same time, without any harmful chemicals.
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11. Terrific in the Bath
Add about 2 quarts of H2O2 to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes to help kill germs on the skin and detoxify the body.
12. Kills Sinus Infections
Add one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of distilled water and use as a nasal spray or use in your Neti pot to kill most sinus infections. Use twice per day until the infection is gone.
13. Kills Canker Sores
Just one mouthful (use the little white cap on the bottle) swished in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes per day will kill canker sores quickly as well as whiten your teeth naturally.
14. Make Your Own Whitening Toothpaste
Mix baking soda with just enough hydrogen peroxide so that it makes a paste. Brush your teeth as you normally would.
15. Lighten Your Hair Naturally
Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and can be used to lighten hair naturally. Make a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent hydrogen peroxide and spray it on your wet hair after you shower. Comb it though. You will have more natural looking highlights and if your hair is already a light brown or dirty blonde, you will have brighter, more beautiful highlights. This works gradually so it’s not a drastic change. Simply stop using it whenever you have received the desired look.
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16. Safely Cleans Toothbrushes
Allow your toothbrush to soak overnight in a straight hydrogen peroxide to kill germs naturally.
17. Clean and Sanitize Your Cutting Board
Kitchen cutting boards are like little playgrounds for bacteria. They love to play hide and seek in those cuts and grooves. Banish them by pouring hydrogen peroxide directly over the cutting board, and then allow to dry.
18. Cleans Kitchen Sponges
Everyone knows that ugly things lurk in your kitchen sponge, but you can kill those bugs easily by putting them in a bowl filled with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Allow to soak for 15 or 20 minutes, then rinse. Instant clean!
19. Removes Wine Stains
It never fails: every time you serve wine, especially red wine, it spills somewhere, doesn’t it? No worries, simply combine equal parts of liquid detergent and hydrogen peroxide and pour over the stain. Wait a minute and then blot, don’t scrub, with a dry rag.
20. Removes Stains on Tile and Stone
Regardless of what the culprit was, you can remove stains from your tile or stone floors or countertops by using hydrogen peroxide. Mix hydrogen peroxide with some flour to make a paste. Rub it lightly into the stain and cover it with some plastic wrap. Leave overnight. Carefully remove the plastic in the morning and rinse off with warm water and a sponge. Works like magic!
Again, never take hydrogen peroxide internally! Even food grade must be properly diluted with wate