The first time I heard about hydrogen peroxide was in the 90s. A friend of mine mentioned that her mom used it after each time she plucked her eye brows and they never grew back after that. 😯 Scary, I know! But also cool. She never has to pluck her eyebrows again. 🤣
Fast forward to 2021 and I use it every single day. Not after shaving or plucking my eyebrows but for so many different reasons. Let me show you!
First of all, what is Hydrogen Peroxide?
Hydrogen Peroxide is a colorless liquid. A chemical. It is a peroxide and oxidizing agent that kills yeasts, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. It is found in many households but with a low concentrations of 3-9%. Typically used for medicinal applications or to bleach clothes and even hair. But in large quantities and concentrations, hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleach for textiles and paper, as a component of rocket fuels, and for producing foam rubber and organic chemicals (pubchem).
Now that you know a little bit more about the make up of hydrogen peroxide, let me tell you how and why I use it daily.
How and why do you use it?
I use HP for any cuts, scrapes or burns. And with kids, this happens often. It helps to prevent infections and stops the bleeding of small cuts.
I have used HP as a rinse for 20+ years now. Not every single day but at least 2 times a week. It helps relieve any small mouth irritation like canker or cold sores and helps prevent gingivitis.
But most of all, I use it as a teeth whitener. HP is one of the main ingredients in teeth whitening products so it’s only natural that I use it regularly to keep all of our teeth as white as possible. Especially the kids. Once a week, I ask them to brush their teeth with HP before their regular brushing and it makes a huge difference.
SOAP SCUM CLEANER
I mix it with baking soda and it’s magic for soap scum.
I mix about 4 tsps of HP in a pint of water and spray my plants. It helps get rid of any fungus.
MAKE UP BRUSHES
I wash my brushes with a little bit of soap first and then soak them in water with a splash of HP.
COUNTERTOPS & CUTTING BOARDS
I use undiluted HP to clean and disinfect my counter and cutting boards.
SINKS & DRAINS
If you pour a tablespoon of baking soda and a splash of HP down each drain, it will bubble up and clean plus disinfect the sinks and drains.
Next time you spill whine or have a little blood on your shirt or carpet, just spray HP on it and it will help clean it right up.
If you paint your nails and they turn yellow or you get a fungus, soak your feet or spray your toes with HP once every other day. It will help kill any bacteria and prevent it from spreading further.
Those are just some of the ways I personally use HP but a simple google search will lead you to so many more. This really is a very important item to have in every house. I get mine from Target (3%) but you can find them at any store. So, what are you waiting for, add to cart!