We all have remedy kits at home. One of the most common ingredients in them is hydrogen peroxide. As a chemical compound it is called H2O2. It’s in the form of liquid which is without odor and color. The combination of oxygen and hydrogen can be found in different types of strength which comes because of the percentage it is used to be diluted with some water.
There is a dilution of which combines 65% of water with 35% of H2O2. 35% of H2O2 is used in the food industry by producers which use it to bleach wheat flour and process cheese. Others use it to have cleaner food packaging materials by destroying microorganisms.
This kind of a dilution goes under the name of “food grade” and there aren’t any stabilizers in it. The most used stabilizers are tetrasodium pyrophosphate, phenol, acetanilide and sodium stannate.
They should never be consumed and they’re a part of most bottles of hydrogen peroxide which are available on the market.
Hydrogen peroxide is a very powerful antimicrobial agent that you can use at home for a variety of uses. The first and most well-known is as a part of the medicine cabinet, as we have already said.
It can help you particularly in these cases:
- to treat acne
- to treat scrapes and disinfect small cuts
- against a sore throat
- against foot fungus
- to soak boils
- to soften corns and calluses
- to kill skin mites
- to whiten your nails
But, hydrogen peroxide is especially useful to help you prevent ear infections as it eliminates the earwax present in your ears in excessive amounts.
Cerumen is the other name of earwax which is a natural substance that our body secretes so that our ears are without bacteria and always moisturized. There is a possibility that this earwax gathers too much in our ears, so we need to make sure we keep it soft in order to clean it.
Take a 3% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) and drop from 1 to 3 ml in a dropper or you can also use a syringe. Tilt your head on one side and put several drops of the hydrogen in your ear. Use your fingers to press a bit. Don’t be afraid in case you hear a noise that resembles bubbling.
Drain the hydrogen by tilting your head on the other side. It should go out of your ear. Use a cotton swab to eliminate anything left from your ear. The same procedure should be repeated with your other ear.
You can use this kind of hydrogen peroxide (3%) to eliminate any kind of ear infection that appears externally. One of those infections is called swimmer’s ear or Otitis externa. It causes redness, itching, pain, clear fluid from the ear etc.
For this problem, you should put your head on one side and drop several drops in your ear. Let it stay inside for 15 seconds. Then, it should be left to drain well. Use a cotton swab to eliminate everything else from the ear. This can be repeated 3 times a day.
Make sure you only use “food-grade” hydrogen peroxide because it’s well-tested and safe.
Don’t ingest it! It can cause abdominal pain, burning or vomiting! In case you have punctured or perforated eardrums or an inner ear infection, you mustn’t use it!