Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Peroxide...jack of all trades?

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, I've been super busy lately. Today I decided to post about something that most people have in their medicine cabinet. There are many uses for the common household item: Peroxide. Here are a few things that Peroxide can be used for,

• Revive your plants: As hydrogen peroxide breaks down, it releases oxygen that can help a plant’s root development, reverse root rot, and even deter pests. Mix 1 oz. hydrogen peroxide into 1 quart of water for regular watering and misting.
• Starting seeds: Soak seeds overnight in a solution of 1 oz. hydrogen peroxide and 1 pint of water.
• Deodorizer: As hydrogen peroxide oxidizes (breaks down) it can also help to break down natural odors, such as fish or rotten food, more quickly. Mix it with baking soda and place it in areas, such as refrigerators or dishwashing machines, where odors have accumulated. To remove skunk spray odor from skin, fur, or fabric, mix peroxide and baking soda into a tick paste, and add a small amount of hand soap. Reapply and scrub off this mixture until the smell is gone.
• Emetic: If your dog or cat swallows something harmful, like chocolate, you can induce vomiting by having them drink a small amount of hydrogen peroxide.
• Kitchen cleaner: Keep a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen to clean and disinfect counter tops, cutting boards, utensils, and appliances.
• Facial cleanser: Hydrogen peroxide can reduce facial oils and even treat mild acne. Rub a peroxide-soaked cotton ball over the face after washing with normal soap. Be careful to keep the peroxide out of your eyes and eyebrows.
• Fruit and vegetable cleaner: Spray fruits and vegetables with hydrogen peroxide. Let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and dry, to battle e-coli and other bacterial invaders.
• Toothpaste: Make natural toothpaste from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Add peroxide to the baking soda until it sticks together as a paste, then brush as normal. Peroxide dissolves plaque, promotes healthy gums, whitens teeth, and can eliminate bad breath.
• Oral rinse: To treat canker sores, injured gums, and other mouth wounds, rinse with hydrogen peroxide twice daily.
• Laundry and stain removal: Add one cup of peroxide to your laundry instead of bleach. For tough organic stains, such as blood or grass, pour peroxide directly onto the stain before it sets in, then wash as normal. Be careful, though, Peroxide can bleach out colors.
• Remove ear wax: Use an eyedropper to place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear canal twice a day two days. On the third day, gently squirt warm water into your ear canal, using a rubber-bulb syringe, to flush out the wax. If the wax remains, repeat the process over another three-day period.

See full article at http://www.farmersalmanac.com/health/2010/01/18/peroxide-cures-what/

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