Naturally Healthful Hints: A Household and Hygiene Hero

At Hippocrates we teach you to avoid toxins in cleaning and personal-care products. This leads many to wonder what they can use for household and hygiene tasks. Natural substitutes do not always have to be expensive. Simple substances like hydrogen peroxide (H2o2) have a multitude of uses. The team at Hippocrates Health Institute did a little internet research and discovered many reasons for keeping hydrogen peroxide at hand, including some we had not thought of Consider these:

Take one cupful (the little cap that comes on the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, avoiding swallowing, then spit it out. This will help to keep you free of germs and canker sores. Your teeth will be whiter without expensive and toxic whitening products. Use it instead of mouthwash.

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Soak toothbrushes in peroxide to keep them free of germs.

Clean kitchen counters, table tops and bathrooms with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply mix it 50/50 with pure water and spray it on surfaces.
Some have used a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water in a spray bottle to treat feet with fungus. Just spray it on every night and let it dry.

Use peroxide for first aid. Soak any infections or cuts in 3 percent peroxide for five to 10 minutes several times a day.

If you have a toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a cupful of 3 percent peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day until you see your dentist. The pain will lessen greatly.

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

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You can 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 directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

Use peroxide to clean mirrors without streaking.

Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Rinse them well afterward.

Disinfect your dishwasher (½ cup per load) or refrigerator (spray and wipe).

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Use it on trees and plants as a natural fungicide, insecticide, and as a weed killer.

To make a good hand wash, use 1 ounce per 1 pint (2 cups) of 35 percent H2o2 (available at health stores). You also may add hand soap to this solution and put it in a pump bottle. Now you not only are washing your hands, you also are using a powerful antiseptic.

Plants like H2o2, and it benefits them in two ways. First, it oxygenates the soil. Second, it kills microorganisms, fungus and bacteria harmful to plants. It will not harm worms. House plants and gardens thrive with H2o2 supplementation, and increasing numbers of commercial farmers have added H2o2 to their crop inventories for this reason. Dilution ration: Use ½ ounce of 35 percent food-grade peroxide (from a health store) per 1 gallon of water for plant watering and to soak seeds for sprouting.

DO NOT use drugstore 2-3 percent hydrogen peroxide (h2o2) for any purposes related to food or any potential internal consumption. Choose the food grade type from the health food store. Hippocrates does not recommend hydrogen peroxide for internal use since there may be counter-indications when it is taken internally.

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