The many uses of hydrogen peroxide

April 13, 2021


Hydrogen peroxide can be found at any grocery store, drug store, or dollar store. It’s a staple in every household, any everyone uses it in a different way. But, have you ever wondered what all of the uses of hydrogen peroxide are?

What exactly is it?

Hydrogen peroxide may seem old-fashioned in its dowdy brown bottle — but it’s definitely not a natural home remedy. It’s a household chemical.

It differs from water only by the addition of one extra oxygen molecule. But that extra molecule turns it into a powerful oxidizer. It’s the reason hydrogen peroxide is such a versatile cleanser, and it’s also the reason you need to use it cautiously on people and pets. In fact, it’s so corrosive that most bottles of hydrogen peroxide are only made with 3-10% hydrogen peroxide. The rest is water used to dilute the hydrogen peroxide and make it less dangerous.

Hydrogen peroxide breaks down quickly and easily when it comes into contact with air or water, so it’s considered safer than chlorine chemicals.

Can it be used safely and clean effectively?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hydrogen peroxide kills yeasts, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and mold spores.

The CDC lists specific concentrations you need and how long you need to let them sit to kill different organisms.

Here’s how to use this common chemical to cleanse your body and your home safely.

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