Germs are everywhere and if you should forget for a minute, then the media will remind you ~ yet many of the anti-bacterial products are expensive and many are toxic ~ so I’d like to share some tips for the many uses of that old standby ~ 3% Peroxide ~ courtesy of Becky Ransey of Indiana.
1. Take one capful and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily ~ then spit it out – Becky suggests doing this while taking your shower. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. Actually the small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the bottle.
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. 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 Toe Fungus ~ spray a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on your toes and then let air dry ~ you should do this at least twice a day.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. Becky’s husband ~ a doctor ~ 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, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue. You could also use a 50/50 mixture in your Netti Pot ~ check my April 30, 2009 post on Nasal irrigation.
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.
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 ~ whites only ~ this will whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot ~ let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
13. You can use peroxide to clean mirrors, and there is no smearing. This is especially important in bathrooms where the mirrors seem to collect germs.
* Please note that there is an expiration date on the bottle ~ replace if expired.
***Please write in and let me know if you have other uses for Peroxide.