Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: Ingenious Uses and Benefits

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Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a powerful home remedy but it also has many uses around your home. You should be aware that hydrogen peroxide comes in a variety of grades but not all grades are the same. If you are looking for a hydrogen peroxide without additives, you should look for food grade hydrogen peroxide. In this article I’ll cover the benefits and uses of food grade hydrogen peroxide. I’ll also cover its uses as a home remedy for conditions such as toenail fungus, warts, skin tags and blocked nose.

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What is Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) comes in a variety of grades designed to address its different uses. Many of these grades are designed to address long-term storage properties which changes the composition of the peroxide.

Food grade Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is the best and safest form of the product to use at home. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is a specially purified form of H2O2 without additives.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide comes in different concentrations but the strength you should use at home should be a 3% grade.

Let’s look at the benefits and uses of food grade hydrogen peroxide.

What are the Benefits and Uses of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?

1. Alternative to Bleach to Whiten Clothes

Food grade hydrogen peroxide can act like bleach, which makes it a perfect alternative to keep your clothes white.

Clothes tend to wear out faster when using bleach, hydrogen peroxide won’t do that and it doesn’t leave the bad odor bleach does. Just add one cup of hydrogen peroxide into a washer load of whites. Don’t pour it directly on your clothes as it can fade the color just like bleach does. You can also find here more natural bleach alternatives.

2. Blood and Red Wine Stain Remover

You can use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood and red wine stains from your clothes or carpet if used fairly soon. But watch out, hydrogen peroxide can bleach out the fabric, so dab it on an invisible test spot first to see what happens.

Pour 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide directly on the spot to remove blood and red wine stains. Let it set and bubble for 1-2 minutes, rub and rinse with cold water and soap before throwing them in the washing machine. Repeat if necessary. Do not use warm water, this will ‘set‘ the stain permanently.

3. Keep Your Kitchen Germ and Stain-Free

Hydrogen peroxide can be used for many applications in your kitchen to lift stains and kill germs and some of them are:
• Deep floor cleaner, especially useful for grout.
• Table top cleaner
• Disinfect the inside of your fridge
• Clean windows with no smearing

Just add the 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray on the target surface and wipe off, just as a normal household cleaner.

If you want to sanitize, leave the hydrogen peroxide for a longer period before rinsing it off.

If you don’t like to clean the floor with cold hydrogen peroxide water from your spray, add 1 cup of food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide in 1 gallon of hot water to make a 3% dilution for the same result. But keep in mind to only use as much as you’ll use at one time.

Hydrogen peroxide is stored in a brown bottle, because light breaks it down. You can also find here how to make sanitizing natural household cleaner using essential oils. You can also create effective cleaning products using essential oils, and you can find all the information in the book Magical Aromatherapy.

4. Fights Mold and Mildew in Your Bathroom

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is very effective against mold and mildew. Same as for the kitchen cleaner, add 3% hydrogen peroxide to a spraying bottle and apply directly to the problem areas to remove mold and mildew. Let it set for a few minutes to kill the germs, mold and mildew and wipe them up for a clean and fresh smelling bathroom.

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5. Pesticides Removal For Fruit and Veggies

To remove bacteria and pesticides from your fruit or veggies, add ¼ cup 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a full sink and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse each piece with cold tap water and dry. If you don’t have the time to wait, spray your fruit or veggies with a 3% solution, let stand for a few minutes, rinse and dry. Make sure to use food-grade peroxide.

Washing your produce to remove pesticides is one of the 70 habits featured in the e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health

6. Remove Ear Wax Build-up

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is an effective home remedy for ear wax removal.

If you suffer from a painful or irritating wax build-up, you can use an eye dropper to put 2 drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear to soften the earwax. Let it set for a minute or so and then use a syringe and carefully flush out with warm water and dry your ear. Find more methods to remove earwax in the article on how to naturally get rid of clogged ears.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is also one of the home remedies for getting rid of ear infection.

7. Homemade Tooth Whitener

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is a natural oxidizer which kills mouth bacteria and helps you to whiten your teeth. You can use a 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash (you can always add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for a better and fresher taste) or make your own tooth paste.

Combine ¼ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with ½ cup baking soda and store in a darkened container. Use as normal tooth paste. Make sure to not swallow any peroxide. After the rinse, make sure to rinse out your mouth with water. Click here to find 13 natural methods for teeth whitening.

8. Treat Toenail Fungus, Warts and Skin Tags

Food grade hydrogen peroxide can cure toenail fungus, warts and skin tags.

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To treat toenail fungus soak toes or fingers in a 50/50 solution of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide and water every day and the fungus will be history in no time. You can always add some Epsom salts to enhance the effect. Read here my article about natural cure for toenail fungus.

If you suffer from warts or skin tags you can use over-the-counter products to treat warts, or visit a dermatologist that can perform wart or skin tag treatment and removal techniques, but you can also treat these two with hydrogen peroxide. You can find all the details and instructions in the article how to remove skin tags and warts with hydrogen peroxide.

You can also use hydrogen peroxide for treating an ingrown toenail.

9. Nasal Spray

Food grade hydrogen peroxide can be used as a home remedy to relieve a blocked nose. Make a 50/50 solution of 3% food grade peroxide and distilled water. Rest your head back and spray or drop the hydrogen peroxide mixture into the blocked nose. Wait for a moment and blow your nose.

10. Hair Lightening

Hydrogen peroxide is not only used to bleach clothing, it can be used to lighten your hair as well. Again dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide with water (50/50) and spray it on wet hair and comb it through to lighten your hair gradually and without the use of harsh chemicals. You can read here my article on how to make natural hair dye products.

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11. Improve Root System of Plants

Hydrogen peroxides adds more oxygen to the soil, which allows plants to take up more nutrients and water to boost the plant’s growth and encourages the development of a healthy and strong root system. It also kills harmful bacteria and fungus presented in the soil. Just mix 2 teaspoons of 35% food grade peroxide in 1 gallon of water to water your plants. Or use a 3% solution to spray your plants.

12. Natural home remedy for bacterial vaginosis (BV)

Food grade hydrogen peroxide (3%) can help to eliminate bacterial vaginosis. It helps to eliminate the bad bacteria by causing it to oxidize. According to doctors, there are no bacteria or fungi that can develop resistance to hydrogen peroxide.

A study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that hydrogen peroxide was able to cure just over 60% of women who had bacterial vaginosis.1

You can mix equal parts of water with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Either soak a tampon in the liquid and insert in your vagina for 20-30 minutes or use a douche to help treat bacterial vaginosis and reduce itching. For more information please read the article about the best home remedies for bacterial vaginosis.

13. Home remedy for the removal of red moles (cherry angiomas)

Hydrogen peroxide may be helpful in removing cherry angiomas (red moles). Hydrogen peroxide can be used to help get rid of skin tags and warts naturally because it is a natural bleaching agent. But before using it, make sure to visit your doctor to have the mole checked.

For more information, read the article on how to get rid of red moles on skin.

What Are the Dangers of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?

Before I did some research on this topic, I used food grade hydrogen peroxide to treat cuts and wounds. I thought that the foaming action signifies the killing of bacteria.

The foaming comes from an enzyme called catalase found in blood and cells. When it comes in contact with hydrogen peroxide it turns it into water and oxygen. So the bubbles you see are actually pure oxygen created by catalase and not a bacteria killing process.

Mayo Clinic Researchers agree that hydrogen peroxides can damage the delicate tissue and even impede the wound healing process. So although food grade hydrogen peroxide possess strong antiseptic properties and can kill bacteria, it mustn’t be applied on wounds. Clean water is a far better option to clean cuts and scrapes.

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AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogini and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website http://www.body-in-balance.org  and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bodyinbalance.org

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13 Responses to Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: Ingenious Uses and Benefits

  1. Malina S. says:

    Thank you for this information! It is so useful! Do you know that H2O2 can be accepted orally for detoxification? I’ve read a prescription from a professor that says to use it 10 days. On the first day you add a drop of it to a glass of water and drink it half a hour before feeding. You need to drink 3 glasses of water before each meal(and every glass with a drop of H2O2). On the second day every of these 3 glasses of water-you add to them 2 drops. On the third day-3 drops and so on to day 10th. I’ve already use H2O2 orally in water but only in the morning. You feel good and refreshed. There are many articles that investigate the link between cancer reduction and H2O2. It’s so easy and useful! Have a nice day!

    • Norma says:

      Keep in mind that you can only use “food grade hydrogen peroxide” for consuming it internally and it has to be diluted with distilled water. Be careful and do your research before you ingest peroxide.

  2. Terry Barcavage says:

    H202 can be used for deodorizing areas where pets may have an accident. Take a 1/2 cup of H202 2 drops of dish soap 3 TBLS of baking soda, put all three in a spray bottle and add water. Spray on the smelly urine area where patches made a mistake. Wait a while and Odor is gone!

  3. Judy Villont says:

    I just had a new toilette put in. The orevios owner must have used a lot of chemicals as it was very hard to keep clean for the new one I just spray in and around with peroxide, a little brushing and flush. Love it!

  4. mahdokht says:

    your posts are very beneficial thank you very much for this great job….good luck!

  5. Balram B says:

    Great recipe for each home

  6. Colleen says:

    Research food grade hydrogen peroxide for internal health benefits..it’s pretty amazing 😉

  7. grace says:

    once you mix your food grade 29% and distilled water.. to get your hydrogen peroxide mix to 3% can you store it in the fridge for a number of days and it still be effective for disinfecting?
    how long does the solution last in the spray bottle at full effectiveness and how do you store it properly.. fridge?
    before it being mixed can it be stored in a freezer when 29% food grade

    • Jenny Hills says:

      From what I’ve read, hydrogen peroxide in any concentration needs to be kept in a dry place away from light and heat. It will not freeze in a regular freezer because its freezing temperature is minus 2 degrees Celsius although it can still be kept there for slower breakdown and longer shelf life. You can also store it in the refrigerator, but since it might be mistaken for a beverage and can be toxic if ingested, clear labeling of it is very important. I couldn’t find the exact shelf life of hydrogen peroxide but read that if it remains unopened and sealed then it will last until the date on the bottle. Once its opened and air gets to it, it starts to breakdown, but I’m not sure how fast.

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