Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fight Bad Breath with Hydrogen Peroxide?

“A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.”
-John Steinbeck
In our home we always keep a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide for cuts, especially cat scratches. Even after washing with soap & water, the cat scratches I get from our two furry friends will turn red and leave a scar unless I apply Hydrogen Peroxide (H.P.) because cats have really dirty toenails. It never occurred to me that H.P. could have other uses. The label on the bottle suggests using it as a mouth wash? Yuck!

H.P. is a powerful germ killer and whitener. BargainBabe.com lists many ways for putting this to use:
  1. Soak your toothbrush in H.P. to keep it germ free
  2. As a mouthwash it kills the germs that cause bad breath (but will my tongue forgive me?).  May also help against gingivitis (gum disease).
  3. Makes a toothpaste when mixed with salt and baking soda
  4. As a cleaner for kitchen counters, cutting boards, lunch boxes
  5. Dilute 1/4 cup of H.P. with a sink of cold water to wash fruits & vegetables
  6. Dilute it even more (1 part in 32) when watering plants to stop root rot
  7. Dab on pimples
  8. Soak feet in H.P. for calluses & corns & foot fungus
  9. Use 1 cup instead of beach to brighten white clothes when washing (it's a main ingredient of OxiClean)
  10. Spritz on hair to bring out natural highlights?
  11. Fights mold on the shower walls and curtain
Bottom Line

See more ideas at BargainBabe.com like killing fungi in your fish tank (without killing the fish I hope). Please try these at your own risk. I'll vouch for cuts but have yet to try out the other suggestions above.

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