Everyday Life

Peroxide not Bleach

This post is for those of you who enjoy healthier alternatives instead of harsh chemicals in cleaning supplies. I was talking with my Aunt Becky last week about all the uses for White Vinegar in the home, but I mentioned to her that I had not found a suitable disinfectant that was made from non toxic ingredients. I am super picky about things being "disinfected", but hate the thought of Titus crawling around on a floor I just bleached...or taking a bath in a tub that was recently scrubbed out with bleach. Maybe many of you think I am nuts, but I have been enjoying the experimentation process...and enjoying the ease on my pocket book...now that I am making my own cleaning supplies. I received this e-mail today and thought I would post it for those of you who enjoy healthier alternatives. Some of these ideas I already use, but I had never thought to use peroxide instead of bleach. (I must say that I do disagree with #6...Peroxide is not the best to use on open wounds due to its effect on the layers of tissue...and even though it hurts, Rubbing Alcohol will clean a wound without damaging any of the layers of tissue.)


This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife), and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and countertops. This is what she told me...
I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost? My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a
doctor's office? NO!!!
Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!
Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine, Folks! And it was used to kill our troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this.

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when bathing.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair,spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this. I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!


Beth and Jason said...

Wow, Anne. Thanks for sharing. Great tips. I guess I didn't know you were such a huge fan of "clean"! I HATE dirty beds, but other than that there's a lot of dirt around here! A bottle of bleach can last a year in this house. My fav quote is "a little bit of dirt never hurt!" I didn't mean for this to turn into confession, but I think I'm getting a guilty conscience about spending time blogging instead of cleaning... oops, gotta go! :)

S&s said...

Good ideas Annie! And. . .I thought the same thing about my music going along with the "brain post"!!! Great minds think alike;)

Mark and Anne Brumbaugh said...

Oh Beth...don't get me wrong! There is plenty of dirt around here as well...and my philosophy about a little dirt is the same as yours. But...I do like to use disinfectants in my kitchen and bathrooms...hence my need of bleach. Peroxide is technically bleach, but the 3% peroxide you buy in the stores is not as potent as the household bleach we all use.

Kara said...

as a dental hygienist I would like you to know that swishing with peroxide daily will lead to Black Hairy Tongue! Seriously! It is OK if you dilute it half and half with water, though.

Mark and Anne Brumbaugh said...

thanks for the tidbit of information! I usually only use the peroxide in my mouth when I have sores...but I'll limit my usage for sure!!!

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