Kinds of Hydrogen Peroxide used by Preppers
Hydrogen peroxide has an impressive list of household and medicinal uses*! Preppers
who wish to reduce their toxic load of cleaning agents, can turn to hydrogen peroxide
as a non-toxic solution to hundreds of household cleaners and personal care products,
including reduction of phosphates, bleach, ammonia and petroleum products.
10+ Reasons for Preppers to Store Hydrogen Peroxide
Reason #1: Hydrogen Peroxide Purifies Water! In emergency situations, Hydrogen
Peroxide can oxidize water much the same way farmers use hydrogen peroxide to
purify water for their livestock. Often tutorials forget to tell you to use 35% food grade
hydrogen peroxide, which is an extremely important detail to omit. Also, the FDA warns
that "hydrogen peroxide taken orally can cause severe gastrointestinal irritation
leading to ulceration..."
So beware! Ingesting hydrogen peroxide poses potentially life-threatening allergic
reactions. Anything made from 35% Hydrogen Peroxide is dangerous to ingest. It's
highly corrosive and must be diluted! Avoid contact with eyes and keep out of reach of
children. In case of contact, immediately flush skin or eyes with plenty of water for 15
Reason #2: Hydrogen Peroxide Rinses Mouth. As an oral debriding agent, hydrogen
peroxide can aid in removing phlegm, mucus or other secretions associated with a
sore mouth. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to rinse your mouth.
Reason #3: Hydrogen Peroxide Cleans your Toothbrush. The FDA approves using a
3% solution of hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash, so naturally it's also an effective
method to clean your toothbrush. Hydrogen peroxide with baking soda is highly
effective as well. Hydrogen peroxide also whitens teeth! An important consideration,
however is not to soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide as the quality of the
product degrades with light. Just use hydrogen peroxide as a rinse!
Reason #4: Hydrogen Peroxide Helps you Wash Produce, Meat and Poultry.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural sanitizer for your food, but use food grade product
only! Hydrogen peroxide at 30-35% food grade is effective as a fruit and vegetable
bath, as well as a meat sanitizer and disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide also helps
prevent mold growth on strawberries.
Reason #5: Hydrogen Peroxide Replaces Chlorine Bleach as a Cleaning Agent.
Because the oxidizing capacity is so strong, hydrogen peroxide is as ideal for pools as
it is for laundry and everyday household cleaning. For example:
- Use hydrogen peroxide to clean cutting boards and countertops to kill
salmonella and bacteria.
- Use hydrogen peroxide to clean mold.
- Clean toilets.
Reason #6: Hydrogen Peroxide Soothes Insect Bites. Hydrogen peroxide helps
reduce the itch of mosquito bites when applied topically. This method works well in
conjunctin with baking soda to create a paste.
Reason #7: Hydrogen Peroxide Heals blemishes. Hydrogen peroxide helps gets rid
of pimples when applied topically. Hydrogen Peroxide in a 3% grade, is an acceptable
grade for applying to skin.
Reason #8: Hydrogen Peroxide Helps Plants. Did you know hydrogen peroxide is
lurking in rainwater? But this is not so of tap water! Hydrogen peroxide is in the
earth's atmosphere and waters. This naturally occurring compound occurs when water
and the ozone combine to make hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) in its simplest state.
Where water is H2O, Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2. Hydrogen peroxide is beneficial to
plants. Farmers routinely spray diluted hydrogen peroxide to counter the effects of
toxins in the air. Dr. David G. Williams explains also how you can make an insecticide
from hydrogen peroxide. Read his article, The Many Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide.
Reason #9: Hydrogen Peroxide Helps Remove Earwax and Helps Relieve
Swimmer's Ear. Pediatricians have recommended small droplets applied by ear swab
to help loosen earwax in children, allowing the wax to naturally move out of the ear.
Ask your physician if this method is appropriate for you.
Reason #10: You'll find Dozens More Medical Reasons to Stock Hydrogen Peroxide
There are scientific findings of the effectiveness of oxidative therapies in treating heart
disease, cancer, herpes, HIV, hepatitis, and diabetes. The book by Nathaniel Altman,
"The Oxygen Prescription: The Miracle of Oxidative Therapies," available left, provides
oxidative therapies in the context of holistic health, including 52 mentions of the use of
hydrogen peroxide. Who knew that a prepper favorite, hydrogen peroxide, would
have so many uses?The Oxygen Prescription also shows how to enhance the
effectiveness of these treatments through diet and the use of minerals, herbs,
exercise, and visualization.
- WARNINGS: Always consult your physician for medical uses; and never put
hydrogen peroxide in your eyes, as it can cause permanent eye damage.
BONUS Reason to stock Hydrogen Peroxide: Have an itchy platinum ring? For
platinum rings that irritate skin make a 1/3 solution of hydrogen peroxide and a 2/3
solution of Braggs vinegar. Let it soak over night in a small bowl. (Set aside safely
away from the kitchen in your medicine cabinet.) In the morning your ring is sparkling
and fungus free.
Two kinds of Hydrogen Peroxide
There is talk about Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and the special uses Preppers have
discovered, but there is little talk of an important distinction of this naturally occurring
compound! There are two kinds of hydrogen peroxide: one is to be used only
externally, while the other is food grade and may be ingested, but only after dilution.
It's important to know the difference! It's also important to consult with a health
professional before using hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen Peroxide is an essential preppers tool, and high on the list of essentials in
your medicine cabinet. Learn the kinds of hydrogen peroxide used by Happy Preppers
and stock up.
Hydrogen peroxide, if stored properly, has a long shelf life making it an ideal product
for Preppers to stock; however, even hydrogen peroxide has an expiration date.
How many kinds of hydrogen peroxide exist?
There are two basic kinds of hydrogen peroxide available on the market: topical and
food grade. The food grade version has many Most Hydrogen Peroxide on the market
is for topical use (external use only, not for use orally). Hydrogen peroxide for topical
use guards against infection by decreasing germs in minor cuts, burns or abrasions.
The mix is typically 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. It is not an antiseptic;
however, it does aid in cleaning small wounds. Hydrogen peroxide is also not an
antibacterial; however, rubbing alcohol can be used as an antibacterial agent.
- NOTE about use on minor cuts: The reason hydrogen peroxide should not be
used on more serious scrapes is that while hydrogen peroxide cleans the
infection, it may also damage the healthy tissue and in this way prolong the
healing. Before using hydrogen peroxide, it's important to clean the affected
area with soap and water to remove debris. Of course hydrogen peroxide is
your best alternative if there is no access to clean water.
- Food grade 8% hydrogen peroxide solution is good for disinfecting water, a
foliar spray, chemical free cleaning and bleaching. 8% strength is ideal for
oxygen bathing, as a natural produce and poultry wash, and for use as a
mouthwash or ear drops. This oral rinse,
- Food grade 12% hydrogen peroxide should be diluted with water is taken
orally as an oxygen therapy regimen, but this is a highly controversial therapy,
which may cause death! Andrew Weil, M.D. on his Web site drweil.com warns
that "Drinking food grade hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting, severe burns
of the throat and stomach, and even death." Dr. Weil also writes that "Food
grade hydrogen peroxide is more than 10 times stronger than the solution
approved for use on the skin."
Why is 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide dangerous?
Food grade hydrogen peroxide (periodic element H2O2) comes in varying strengths
and is highly controversial with regards to treating diseases. While it's labeled as
"food grade" the FDA warns of the dangers of consumption. Being that it's food grade,
one would assume it's fit for human consumption; however, it's really a matter of
semantics. The definition of "food grade" is anything that touches food. One example
of a food grade hydrogen peroxide use is as a wash for poultry, fruits and vegetables.
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* For any health or dietary matter, consult your Doctor before using. This page is for
educational purposes only for how a Prepper might use hydrogen peroxide in a
disaster situation when a doctor is not available. It is not intended to prescribe or
offer a cure.
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