Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Green Zone: Uses for Peroxide

I am a peroxide junkie.  I’m not sure why, but I have been this way since I can remember.  People would always tell me that doing the things I did (and still do) with peroxide would hurt me, but I have found articles online that prove otherwise. 

Use #1: Mouthwash
Every morning when I brush my teeth, I put a capful of peroxide in my mouth and swish it around.  I can see the areas I need to brush thoroughly (like between my teeth) because of the bubbles, and it helps to keep my teeth nice and white.  I have been doing this since I was in middle school.  (Don’t swallow it though – yuck!)
Use #2: Blemishes
If I have a pimple, I put peroxide on it before I go to bed and in the morning when I wake up.  When you put it on a blemish, it will turn white for a few minutes, but it will then go away.  The peroxide seems to dry up the blemish much quicker than if I were to let it be.

Use #3: Ear Cleanser
I put a few drops in my ears every week.  At first, it feels weird with the bubbles, and then it gets to be enjoyable.  I let the bubbles rise in my ear for a few minutes, then turn over and empty it out in a wash cloth.  I then use a q-tip (I know you’re not supposed to, but I do) to get the remaining liquid out.  It has gotten to the point that my ears are so clean, sometimes they don’t even bubble anymore. 

I have read that doing this helps to prevent colds which would explain why I don’t generally get sick very often (except for last month).  I have been doing this since before high school.

Use #4: Congestion
About a month ago, I got the horrible sinus/head cold that everyone in the office passed around (thanks guys!).  I was so stuffed up that I couldn’t breathe out of my nose.  I read online that you can put peroxide up your nose to help clear your sinuses.  I don’t really know how to pour peroxide up my nose without choking on it, and I wasn’t willing to try it, so I put peroxide on a q-tip and swabbed my nose with it.  I wasn’t decongested for very long, but I was able to breathe for about an hour by doing this!  I reapplied every time I’d get stuffy again. Some articles state that this is fiction; however, it worked for me!

Use #5: Cleaning Agent
I haven’t done this, but I read online that peroxide is a great cleaning agent for the house.  It is non-toxic and cleans wonderfully.  You can clean any surface to get rid of bacteria and germs.  It was also mentioned that it is great as a produce wash!

Do you use peroxide for anything other than what is listed here?
If so, I want to hear about it!

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