Written By Samantha Higgins / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Hydrogen peroxide has almost the same chemical equation as water. However, instead of a single oxygen molecule, it's got two of them. There are plenty of reasons to stock hydrogen peroxide at home. Here are a few of them that might convince you to start stocking up on it.
Inhibit Bacterial Growth
You can use hydrogen peroxide as an additive for soil whenever you grow plants. Just place a small capful near the plant's roots, and you'll help them grow.
When you put hydrogen peroxide in soil, it inhibits the growth of bacteria. Inhibiting the growth of bacteria can also prevent them from getting sick with a disease. Don't add too much hydrogen peroxide to the soil, though. You could cause your plans to dry out if you put too much of it into their soil.
Add Oxygen to the Soil
You can also use 35% H2O2 to add oxygen to the plant soil. Because of the extra oxygen molecule, hydrogen peroxide often loses one. This can exist as a free radical in the environment. However, most plants absorb them while neutralizing their free electrons.
Adding some hydrogen peroxide to the soil can promote the growth of their roots. The roots will try to chase after the additional source of oxygen whenever the plant grows.
Kill Root Molds
Another common pest that affects a lot of plants is mold. You shouldn't let molds begin to grow on your plant's roots. Usually, you'll notice them start developing as small splotches of color.
If you notice anything like that, add a little bit of hydrogen peroxide to their soil. Putting a little bit of it in there can help to sterilize molds, limiting their growth.
Most molds can't survive being exposed to hydrogen peroxide. So, you've just got to expose them to it once to save your plant's roots from an infestation
Use It as a Replacement for Mouthwash
You can also use high-strength peroxide as a disinfectant for your mouth. We'd recommend diluting it slightly. Add a spoonful of it to a cup of water before swishing it around inside of your mouth.
Diluting it first should help make it less painful when you've got it inside of your mouth. Either way, it's going to completely sterilize everything that's in there. Your mouth won't have any bacteria living inside of it by the time you're done swishing it around.
Remember to rinse out the hydrogen peroxide by gargling tap water afterwards. Forgetting to rinse it out could make you swallow a bit, upsetting your stomach. You shouldn't swallow any hydrogen peroxide whenever you're using it as a mouthwash.
Dilute It to Use as a Disinfectant
If you've got a ton of hydrogen peroxide, you'll never run out of cleaning supplies. Grab a spray bottle and fill it up with some H2O2. Mix it with some regular water, so it's a little diluted.
You can use this solution to spray down pretty much anything in your house. Be careful whenever you're spraying something made from fabric. Try testing a small spot of it somewhere that's out of sight. Sometimes, hydrogen peroxide cleaning solutions can cause fabrics to bleach.
If it doesn't discolor anything, it should be safe to use. You shouldn't have to worry about discoloration whenever you're cleaning kitchen appliances, either.
Treating Certain Ailments
Cleaning an ear infection isn't always something you can do easily at home. However, if you've got some hydrogen peroxide, you can make it happen. Don't dilute it at all for this, so it'll be as effective as possible.
Use a small funnel to pour a few drops of it into the ear canal. Leave it in there for a couple of minutes before turning over your head. Then, put a few drops of regular water in there to wash it all out. Do this a few times each day for a couple of weeks to help heal minor ear infections.
Why You've Got to Have Hydrogen Peroxide at Home
Hydrogen peroxide can be an incredibly versatile chemical, one you've got to have a home. We've just given you several reasons you should start stocking up on it now.
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Samantha Higgins is a professional writer with a passion for research, observation, and innovation. She is nurturing a growing family of twin boys in Portland, Oregon with her husband. She loves kayaking and reading creative non-fiction.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash