Peroxide Does Better & Safer Job than Bleach

Save money and help the environment - do not buy bleach

Save money and help the environment - do not buy bleach

Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Bleach – this was the subject of a recent email I received from a friend of mine and I have found a few other places where this list appears as well.

I have used peroxide in the past to get out ground in dirt, blood and other hard to clean stains from clothes and fabrics, but I didn’t realize its other benefits. So what’s good for one person, is good for the crowd.

I wanted to share more tips on saving money, greening your cleaning and creating a safer environment.

Here are 13 uses for using Peroxide instead of Bleach:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.  e.g. Arm & Hammer baking soda & PEROXIDE

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

Choose Peroxide for Safer Cleaning

Choose Peroxide for Safer Cleaning

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell.  Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. One woman’s husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. Use peroxide to clean mirrors. There is no smearing.

Do you have more uses not on this list? If so, please leave your suggestion and experience; I’d love to hear from you!

UPDATE: I came across a similar article on Green Living Tips, which supports the many uses I have included in this blog post. Sign up for their newsletter and the owner will plant a tree in your honor!
Orginal post: Jan. 19, 2009

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4 Responses to Peroxide Does Better & Safer Job than Bleach

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I follow your posts for quite a long time and must tell that your articles are always valuable to readers.

  3. davinryan says:

    Hydrogen peroxide as in H2O2 (not other organic peroxides?)

    and oh. err where would you get such chemicals anyway?

    • Alicia Young says:

      This hydrogen peroxide is sold as a first aid/antiseptic in the U.S. It cleans wounds, disinfects, etc. Perfectly legal, it is used in all hospitals and physcians’ offices around the world. I can only buy in 16 oz bottles at a time.

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