Hydrogen Peroxide Proven Once Again the Safest, Most Effective Way to ‘Deconstruct’ Dangerous Toxic Chemicals

A gas mask can protect us from toxic fumes or gases but how do we clean it?

Gas masks can protect us from toxic chemicals or chemical weapons, but what do we do with them when their filters are full of toxic gases?

Hydrogen Peroxide Safely Eliminates Toxic Chemicals (Chemical Weapons) from Activated Carbon Filtering Materials.

We’ve been saying for years that h2o2 is capable of cleaning up just about anything, and solving just about any household cleaning problem, that is for sure. But now, a new research project out of Israel is proving us right in a way we hadn’t anticipated.

While we hope none of our readers ever has to deal with a toxin- laden gas mask, it turns out hydrogen peroxide can solve that problem too.

Researchers have found that hydrogen peroxide safely removes chemical weapons gases  sarin, VX and sulfur mustard trapped in the activated carbon filters of protective gas masks, breaking them down into harmless compounds. This provides a simple, inexpensive and readily available solution for decontamination of the activated carbon which is used to protect against such chemical weapons.  Hydrogen peroxide was found to effectively break down over 95% of the tested substances.

The implications of this research are considerable. You may recall a story we covered after hurricane Katrina, where scientists proved it was possible to remove toxins and contaminants from flood waters with a treatment using hydrogen peroxide and a copper catalyst. While this did not result in potable water, it did remove the dangerous toxins which could cause disease, infection and death by contact with the water.

So, while you could not drink the resulting water, it would not kill everything it touched; and could then presumably be properly filtered to produce clean drinking water.

Gas mask filters trap the toxins and then what? The filters can be removed from the masks, but burning them releases the toxins in the air. Washing them puts the toxins in the water and does not adequately remove them from the filters, either.

What to do? Soak them in a solution of hydrogen Peroxide. The job can be accomplished in one hour by using a 20% solution. The toxins will be oxidized into harmless components.

So there it is: hydrogen peroxide has been proven to safely deconstruct toxic chemical weapons.  It is beginning to make a lot more sense to be using hydrogen peroxide as a safe cleaning agent that can effectively eliminate risks of toxic exposure as well as removing pathogens.

Activated charcoal is an excellent adsorbant of toxins used all over the world for the capture of everything from nuclear radiation in large power plants to toxic waste in smoke stack emissions, gas masks, air and water filters and many other applications.  But cleaning those filtering devices is another logistical problem to be considered.  Simply removing the filtering material to another location, such as a storage dump or a landfill does not solve the problem.

Hydrogen peroxide has proven once again that it is the molecule of choice when it comes to clean up and contamination remediation. Now used in vaporous form for everything from hospital disinfection to laboratory clean up and potential anthrax and other chemical weapons attacks or spills, hydrogen peroxide has demonstrated its superior efficacy as a detoxifying agent in nearly every commercial, industrial and scienetific field.  Surely it is time for the general public to know about and take advantage of hydrogen peroxide.

Cheap, safe and easy to use, it is hands down, the cleaning agent of choice.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this is terrifically good news to me – because it demonstrates once again something I’ve surmised for decades: hydrogen peroxide is the ultimate fast, easy, safe and effective solution for cleaning even toxins from our homes. If it can break down these toxic gases, it’s no surprise it was proven effective at eliminating black mold and e-coli from contaminated surfaces.

So, the next time someone tells you that the only safe way to eliminate a mold, bacteria or other contaminant in your home is with chlorine bleach, remind them that while chlorine can kill lots of things, it is also toxic. It does not break down to simple water like hydrogen peroxide and in fact, while the ‘studies’ always show that it breaks down to ‘simple salts’ all these studies were done in clean laboratories.

In the natural environment of our homes or the world in genera, chlorine mixes with simple organisms in the environment and  produces ‘organochlorines’. While few people have heard of ‘organo-chlorines’ there is one that most people do know by name: Dioxin.

Don’t be persuaded away from using your trusted, safe and effective hydrogen peroxide by ignorance in the general population and marketplace.

Do remember that for most household cleaning jobs a simple 3% solution is all you need. For complete disinfection of food preparation surfaces you can alternate sprays of 3% hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar and achieve a 99.9% disinfection rate.

Always wear gloves and eye protection when handling concentrations higher than 3%.  All concentrations of hydrogen peroxide will dilute with water, so whenever you need to stop its oxidizing action, flushing with water will return hydrogen peroxide to a simple water (H2O) solution.

 

 

References:

De-gassing gas masks with hydrogen peroxide

Decontamination of Adsorbed Chemical Warfare Agents on Activated Carbon Using Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions


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