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Hydrogen Peroxide has so many unconventional uses today. When I was a child, it was for cleaning cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. I swear my mom was the hydrogen peroxide queen, it was her answer to everything. I still remember that horrible burning feeling, it haunts me in my dreams and I swore I would never use it on my kids. According to WebMD, peroxide actually is bad for wounds, as it can harm the tissue and delay healing. As a child, I wish I knew this.
Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
I am always painting my nails, typically dark reds, and plum colors. One downfall of this is that it leaves my natural nail with a yellowish hue to them when I remove the nail polish. One way I combat this is by using peroxide. I simply pour a little bit into a bowl and soak my nails for a few minutes. This typically will bring my nail tips back to a beautiful bright white. As long as I do not have any open wounds, I use this all the time.
Also, if you happen to have any funky nail fungus growing, peroxide used over a period of time may help. It is not an instant fix to killing the fungus. I say may because I am not a medical professional. All topics that I write about are from personal experience. My husband had a toenail fungus, that he went to his doctor about many times. Prescription after prescription, nothing worked. So, I did some research online and sure enough, peroxide did cure his nail fungus. All he did was apply a few drops on a cotton ball, and rub it on the affected toenails.
It is never a good idea to pick at your acne. This opens your body up to infections and scars. So I do not recommend peroxide if you have picked a pimple open, see above… It burns! If a pimple is not open, I will simply take a cotton ball or Q-tip with a few drops of peroxide and carefully dab it on the pimple. Usually, this will help a pimple dry our faster and go away quicker.
When I was a teenager, my mom never let me be like the cool kids and dye my hair. No color, no highlights, no Sun-In, nothing, so I would have to come up with creative ways to change my hair. This way she would not notice. All I would do is take an old hairspray bottle that I washed out and add peroxide to the bottle and spray my hair down, after my shower and let it dry. Over time, it lightened up my hair just enough to make me happy, and not enough that mom would notice (or so I thought). You can also do smaller sections of hair for like a highlighted look. Also, I would only do this in the spring and summer, this way I could play off the slightly lighter hair as the “sun’s natural work.”
Little did I know, my mom figured it out back then, and never brought it up. How did she find out? All the peroxide in the house would be gone. Now, if you are a teenager reading this, I do not recommend going against your parent’s wishes. They will most likely find out, and you could be in trouble.
There are two different ways that you can use hydrogen peroxide in your mouth. One method is using a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mix on your toothbrush. This will help whiten your teeth. Be careful with this method, and always talk to your dentist though before you try home remedies on your mouth. One reason I love doing this is my mouth feels so much cleaner than normal toothpaste. You will notice whiter teeth in no time at all, and not have to spend money on expensive strips and specialized toothpaste.
If I had an earache growing up, it was typically from an ear wax buildup. Luckily I never had any major ear issues. So if your child does have ear issues, talk to your doctor first. My mom would take peroxide and pour it in my ears as I laid on my side. I can say the bubbling felt pretty cool. There was one time, that my mom was doing this, and I had a huge ball of wax in my ear. I mean big, like the size of a pencil eraser. After a few minutes of peroxide and her massaging the ear, it came up with the bubbles. I had instant relief. If I would not have seen it with my own eyes I would not believe it was that big.
If you are going to use peroxide in your ears, follow up with a good slightly warm olive oil so you do not dry out the ear too much. Afterward, put a cotton ball in your ear for a bit, to collect any extra oil.
Hydrogen peroxide has many uses today. What are your favorite ways to use peroxide? Check back with us, as I go over some ways that I use hydrogen peroxide around my house to help me clean as well. In other words, hydrogen peroxide is like Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only is it good for the body, it is great for cleaning too.
As with anything new you are going to try always check with your doctor first.
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