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Peroxide vs. Bleach

December 13, 2009

(who knew?)

hydrogen-peroxide This was written by Becky Ramsey of Indiana (a doctor’s wife).  She was visiting a friend, and smelled the bleach her hostess was using to clean her toilet and counter tops. This is what she said:

"I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ol’ bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store.  What does bleach cost?  My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don’t tell you about peroxide.  Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor’s office? NO! Why?  Because it smells, and it is not healthy!  Ask the nurses who work in the doctor’s offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home.  They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40’s?  It’s chlorine, folks!  And it was used to kill our troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI.  It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.” 

  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.
  2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
  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. For fungus on feet spray 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. “My 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 to 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. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
  11. 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.
  12. Use peroxide to clean mirrors.  There is no smearing.
  13. Keep it out of direct sunlight and in a cool place, as exposure to the sun and heat will quickly break it down into oxygen and water; rendering it ineffective. Store it in a dark bottle and remember to keep it out of reach of children.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2009 10:10 am

    i was thinkin it could whitin my pooch…
    will make her Caucasian yet!lol

  2. December 13, 2009 9:26 pm

    When I saw the title on my blogroll I thought this was about hair! I never knew the uses for peroxide, what a great little chemical!

  3. December 14, 2009 1:04 am

    How great is this post! I know it works great for cuts that get sore, it takes the soreness out right away. There are some uses I’ve never heard of. I also didn’t know it worked as a disinfectant. Thanks for the tip!

  4. MrDifficult permalink
    January 17, 2010 10:46 pm

    uh… bleach is about a buck-fitty for a WHOLE GALLON and you only need a capful in a whole other gallon of water. When properly diluted its odor dissapates very quickly. How do I know? I’m a hospital custodian, and bleach is the ONLY thing that can properly and fully disinfect appropriate surfaces. Obviously it is not for cleaning wounds and the like, that is just silly. My wife is a chef, and is horrified at the prospect of people cleaning cutting boards used for raw poultry with peroxide. So too would the health department be.

  5. Sumgeye permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:55 am

    Like many oxidative antiseptics, hydrogen peroxide causes mild damage to tissue in open wounds, but it also is effective at rapidly stopping capillary bleeding (slow blood oozing from small vessels in abrasions), and is sometimes used sparingly for this purpose, as well as cleaning.

    Exposure to hydrogen peroxide takes place through inhalation of damp or mist, through food uptake and through skin or eye contact. Hydrogen peroxide can irritate the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Exposure of the eyes to concentrations of 5% or more can result in permanent eye damage.

    Tests with laboratory animals from the American International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) show that hydrogen peroxide can be carcinogenic to animals. Laboratory tests with bacteria show that hydrogen peroxide is mutagenic; it changes and damages DNA.

    When humans inhale hydrogen peroxide, it causes lung irritation. Skin exposure causes painful blisters, burns and skin whitening. Organs that are extra susceptive to hydrogen peroxide exposure are the lungs, the intestines, the thymus, the liver and the kidneys. The effects of chronic exposure on humans are unknown. Effects on reproduction and development are not demonstrated so far.

    The article in Prevention Magazine recommends you “rinse the cut with clear water – soap and rubbing alcohol can be irritating”. If you can’t remove any remaining debris or dirt with tweezers sterilized with alcohol, see your doctor. The thorough wound cleaning reduces the risk of infection and scarring.

    Walk into an emergency room with a dirty cut or abrasion and they will use plain old soap and water. You don’t even need anti-bacterial soap as regular old soap is naturally anti-bacterial.

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