101 Home Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

For most of us, hydrogen peroxide is that brown bottle we picked up at the local drugstore eons ago, and stuck in the back of the medicine cabinet.

Let’s keep this simple. First, the three major areas of household and consumer uses of hydrogen peroxide are:

Hydrogen Peroxide Home Uses

Hydrogen Peroxide in the Garden

Hydrogen Peroxide for Pools and Spas

Home uses of hydrogen peroxide literally run the gamut from the kitchen, laundry, bath, and all through the house, right out into the garden.

Replacing toxic abrasive and environmentally persistent chemicals as they go; these 2 H’s and 2 O’s join together to create a cleaner clean and a safe, healthy environment in and around the home.

In recent decades hydrogen peroxide has replaced chlorine in major industry applications from paper mills to fabric production. This replacement has been a direct result of the discovery of the dioxin class of chemicals which result from industrial uses of chlorine and are extremely toxic. Isn’t it time we did the same thing at home?

Perhaps, hydrogen peroxide’s diverse and varied uses from water purification to rocket fuel have led to the seemingly endless misunderstandings about this simple chemical compound. These diverse uses have led to the production of many different classes of hydrogen peroxide. These classes of hydrogen peroxide are determined by their ability to maintain stable high concentrations for specific purposes. Many of these industrial purposes have led to the use of toxic-to-human stabilizing chemicals in their production.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide has the highest standard for non-toxicity to humans. This does not mean that Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is designed or designated as a food or a food product or for human consumption; it does mean that the stabilizers in it are not the toxic stabilizers used in industrial and pharmaceutical grades of hydrogen peroxide.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is prepared for use in the food preparation and packaging industry. It is regulated for its ability to safely sanitize food preparation and packaging facilities. At its 35% solution strength it will kill bacteria, pathogens, fungi and other microbial organisms within 20 seconds of contact. Yet it breaks down into oxygen and water upon release of its oxidizing properties.

While certainly there is no useful application for rocket fuel grades of hydrogen peroxide outside of very strict and controlled environments; there are hundreds and thousands of applications for its less concentrated varieties.   Because industrial uses do not require a non-toxic or “food safe” stabilizer in most cases, they are unsuitable for use in and around our homes and kitchens.

If you are truly serious about hydrogen peroxide uses be sure to check out our book “101 Home Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide


One Response to “101 Home Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide”

  1. Donald says:

    This is truly a great reference book, a must have for every household. Easy step by step instructions, extensive background information on hydrogen peroxide, and it’s a fun read too! You’ve done a great job with this one, thanks!

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