Can you use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect surfaces?
Hydrogen peroxide is also good for cleaning walls, glass, doorknobs, countertops, sinks, and other hard surfaces. Use the three percent solution undiluted in a spray bottle and spray it on the surface to be cleaned. Some surfaces that can be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide are: Countertops.
In my humble opinion, hydrogen peroxide is one of the the more underrated items in any natural cleaning toolkit. You can use it to disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize hundreds of surfaces and items around your home. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer, making it useful for whitening and bleaching things, too.
- You can sterilize a needle by using chemicals. Soak in the mixture for at least 20 minutes, unless it's drinking alcohol. If you don't have bleach, use one of the following chemicals: ethanol (medical alcohol) 70%, isopropyl alcohol 70%, or hydrogen peroxide 6%.
- Using a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can whiten your teeth and soothe sore gums. Brush with the paste daily or use it a couple of times a week like a mask. Make sure you're using 2–3.5% hydrogen peroxide. Add a small amount of the peroxide and mix it with the baking soda.
- Cleaning your ears. Generally, your ears make just enough wax to protect the ear canal from water and infection. For example, many wax-removing eardrops or solutions are available. These solutions often use hydrogen peroxide to soften the earwax.
Using hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean an injury can actually harm the tissue and delay healing. The best way to clean a minor wound is with cool running water and mild soap. Rinse the wound for at least five minutes to remove dirt, debris, and bacteria.
- Fortunately, this issue has been investigated scientifically, and it is now conclusively demonstrated that a covered wound heals faster than an uncovered wound! This is because the scab, although it closes off the wound and protects it from infection, actually impedes the growth of new skin cells in to cover the wound.
- Bleaching hair penetrates the hair shaft and removes the natural pigment of the hair. The bleach we use to lighten hair is 'hydrogen peroxide'. Hence the phrase 'peroxide blonde'! Another colourant is normally used alongside the hydrogen peroxide, to introduce the desired colour to the hair.
- Due to the antiseptic properties of both rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, they are regularly used on cuts, scrapes and wounds. However, overuse of these disinfectants can be poisonous to the cells and may kill healthy tissue. Hydrogen peroxide can also help loosen debris in wounds with its bubbling action.
Updated: 17th October 2019