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Hydrogen Peroxide Uses

March 19, 2015 3:13 pm | No Comments

Big Multi Usage Product for Preppers

After reading this I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!

But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.

Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.

Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.

It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.

Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

An Impressive List of Uses for Impressive List of Uses for 3% Hydrogen Peroxide:

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and counter top. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.


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What is H2O2?

Pure 35% Food Grade H2O2 does not contain the toxic stabilizers or preservatives that are found in “drugstore” peroxide. Food Grade has been approved by the FDA for a variety of food processing uses, the aseptic packaging process, and is found in a broad range of consumer products. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) consists of water (H2O) to which an extra molecule of oxygen (O) has been chemically bonded. Food Grade is bottled in a 35% dilution with a base of 65% water –10+ times more potent than “drugstore” peroxide.

H2O2 Facts!

  • H2o2 is very simply Water (h2o) plus an extra element of Oxygen (O).
  • 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural disinfectant.
  • 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide does not contain all the harmful additives and stabilizers as the technical grade (drug store variety).
  • 35% CAN NOT be taken on board ANY aircraft. Anything above 7% is classified by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as ‘hazardous material’ and therefore comes under a special shipping category and special handling requirements.
  • You must be certified to ship this product. Do not order this and try to ship to anyone else. It could result in huge fines and jail time for someone trying to do so.
  • The United States Postal Service DOES NOT permit this product in their system. The penalties are very stiff for trying to put this in their system and includes huge fines and jail time.
Encapsulate Your Own Potassium Iodate

By Christopher
With several Japanese reactors threatening to meltdown, knowing that I am downwind and would have less than a few days’ notice, I quickly did some research on how to protect my family. The choices for thyroid protection (apparently the most common disease) are either Potassium Iodate (KIO3) or Potassium Iodide (KI).

Potassium Iodide should be taken when exposure to radioactive iodine is imminent. Local Government and Health Officials will notify the public if this precaution becomes necessary.

Taking Potassium Iodide does not provide 100% protection against radioactive iodine. Factors include how soon prior to being exposed that Potassium Iodide was ingested, how fast it can absorb into your blood and the total amount of radioactive iodine the person is exposed to. In other words, it’s critical to take as soon as notification is issued, that you take it in a liquid form and that you take the proper dose. And, of course, that you limit your exposure to any kind of fallout as much as possible.

There are two typical forms of Potassium Iodide, liquid and tablet. The liquid form typically comes as a crystalline powder that you mix with water. Tablets come in 130 and 65 mg, the 130 mg are typically scored for easy cutting. The dosages are as follows:

  • Adults – 130 mg
  • Breastfeeding Women – 130 mg
  • Children 3-18 – 65 mg
  • Children over 150 lbs – 130 mg
  • Infants & Children 0-3 yrs – 32 mg
  • Newborn – 16mg

Taking a higher dose of Potassium Iodide or taking more than is recommended does not offer more protection and may cause severe illness or death!

These doses of Potassium Iodide are sufficient for 24 hours. Typical expectations of exposure risks are that if dosing is needed it will likely only be needed for 24 hours. However, it is possible that exposure risks will continue for several days. Local Government, Health Officials and Emergency Managers will notify you as to how long you should be taking it.

Potassium Iodide may be harmful to you if you are allergic to iodine or with certain skin disorders. There is minimal risk to taking Potassium Iodide unless it is taken for several days, you take more than the recommended dosage or you have a pre-existing thyroid disease.

I found an old SurvivalBlog article that showed that KIO3 has advantages to KI. So I placed an order for enough pills to cover our family, plus extras to give away. But while doing some additional research I happened upon the bulk form of KIO3 at I then found an article describing the process of capping your own supplements from powder.

I knew I’d need a capping machine, some caps, a precise scale and some filler to balance out the capsules. Without the filler it’s next to impossible to get a consistent dosage.

For about $75 I bought the following items, enough to give the recommended adult dose of one 170 mg pill for fourteen days to at least thirty people:

1 – Potassium Iodate 100g (KIO3-00100)
1 – EDTA Calcium Disodium 250g (EDTAC00250)
1 – Scale, Digital Gram, Blade Series, 0.01g x 100g (BLADE)
1 – The Capsule Machine & Tamper (0) + 500 Gel Caps (CAPMC0+500GEL)

On the plus side, I’ll have the machine and scale and experience for capping my other supplements. I’m on quite a few supplements so this will save even more money.

Alternatively to EDTA, you can use Dextrose for a filler, though I couldn’t find any on EDTA is very harmless (found even in baby food) and has the added advantage of chelation which is the process of removing heavy metals from your body, something which could potentially be found in the fallout. The amount of EDTA per pill should be 330 milligrams, or one twentieth the daily maximum of a person weighing 200 lbs; check your other medications for EDTA before you proceed, to make sure you’re not getting too much.

I plan on keeping the bulk powder in the refrigerator until needed, though I will produce a practice batch first — I don’t want the moment of panic to be the first time I attempt this.

Follow the procedure to get precise measurements. There are some YouTube videos which also show some of the procedures.

Summing it up:
In my opinion, the easiest way to figure out how much Potassium Iodide to store is to calculate the maximum adult dosage (not the lower children’s dosage) for each member of your family and multiply it by 7 (1 week).

Bee & Wasp Sting Remedy

August 3, 2010 12:16 pm | No Comments

Here is a natural remedy for neutralizing the venom of a bee or wasp sting:

make a little paste by combining meat tenderizer and water and spread it on about a 2-3 inch area over the sting.
It will stop the pain and itch immediately and reduce swelling.

A School Nurse has written the info below — good enough to share — and it really works!

“I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.”

“Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently, and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.”

“Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say,
“It worked!”

This is a very useful tip.

We went to our friends’ house for breakfast and sat on the patio beside the house to eat.   We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall.  The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut.  Naturally we were curious!  Our friends told us that these baggies kept the flies away!  So naturally we were even more curious!  We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again.  And there were no flies in the eating area!  This morning I checked this out on Google.  Below are comments on this fly control idea.  I’m now a believer!

Danielle Martin Says:

Fill a Ziploc bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Ever since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

DJ Says:

Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these “hillbillies” were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long.

High Marks for Clean Water

June 14, 2010 1:45 pm | No Comments

Water is disinfected using the sun’s energy in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Sven Torfinn, Panos

Retrieve a discarded water bottle. Tear off the label and fill with any water that’s not too murky from a creek, standpipe, or puddle. Place the bottle on a piece of metal in full sun. In six hours the UVA radiation will kill viruses, bacteria, and parasites in the water, making it safe to drink. SODIS, the acronym for this Swiss-pioneered water-disinfection program, is now being used all over the world to provide drinking water for some four million people. “It’s simple, it’s free, and it’s effective,” says Ibelatha Mhelela, principal of the Ndolela Primary School in Tanzania. In 2006 her school started using SODIS to disinfect its contaminated tap water, placing bottles on the building’s corrugated metal roof. The result? Absenteeism due to diarrhea dropped considerably, and examination scores soared. “Before we started SODIS, only 10 to 15 percent of the children passed the national sixth-grade exams,” says Mhelela. “Now 90 to 95 percent of the students pass.” —Mark Jenkins

ALL BOTTLED UP Continuous, strong sunlight does all the hard work of SODIS. But the following tips help the process along.

1. Use bottles of clear PET plastic rather than glass. Studies show water from sun-warmed PET is safe to drink.
2. Do not disturb bottles while they sit in the sun.
3. Store water in bottle to prevent recontamination.

National Geographic Magazine,  April 2010

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Make Your Own Laundry Soap

May 28, 2010 7:46 am | No Comments

This can save you a lot of money over the long run.




April 25, 2010 11:21 am | No Comments

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