Hydrogen Peroxide Uses for Natural Body Care
There are lots of different hydrogen peroxide uses for natural body care. Have you heard of some of these?
Hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash
Hydrogen peroxide uses for hand cleaning
Hydrogen peroxide can be used for sanitizing your hands. You can use it on a regular basis after washing your hands, or just on "especially high-pathogen occasions" (such as after cleaning the cat’s litter box, after caring for sick family members, or after cleaning the gross items out of the fridge.)
One way to sanitize your hands is to wash your hands in soap and water, as usual, then spray some 3% hydrogen peroxide on your hands. You can rub it over your hands and wrists and let it dry, or dry it off with a towel.
Another option is to keep a container of 3% hydrogen peroxide near the sink, and dip your hands in it. Again, you can let your hands dry, or dry them on a towel.
Finally, you can soak your hands in 1% to 3% hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes. Peroxide takes time to do its work of killing germs, so soaking your hands is a good option after handling blood, feces, vomit, etc.
What about antibacterial soaps?
I’ve heard that the antibacterial soaps are becoming very popular. That’s too bad, as they contain all kinds of bad chemicals, and may even contribute to bacteria becoming more resistant to chemicals and even to antibiotics. Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, and also viruses, by exposing them to oxygen – it is the oxygen that kills them. (This is called oxidation.) Bacteria and viruses are anaerobic, and can’t live in the high oxygen environment that hydrogen peroxide creates. As far as I know, bacteria and viruses can’t become resistant to oxygen – it’s their basic nature to be anaerobic. (By the way, antibacterial soaps kill bacteria but not viruses. Hydrogen peroxide kills both.)
Is it good to kill all the bacteria and germs?
Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, viruses, and mold. Is killing off all these pathogens a good thing? Maybe not always, and not completely. A sterile environment has its own hazards. For instance, kids may need to be around some bacteria and viruses in order to develop immunity. And maybe we need some viruses around us to keep our immunity up? I’m not sure about finding the ideal balance, but I’m glad to have hydrogen peroxide as a non-toxic and effective way to kill germs. Hydrogen peroxide’s many uses for body care can certainly be a great option to reduce germs. (Most people are not too worried about having too few germs, but I suppose it is possible to go overboard....)
Is hydrogen peroxide really a deodorant?
Did you notice that my list of hydrogen peroxide uses says that spraying peroxide on skin is "oxygen supplement, deodorant, disinfectant"?
Yep, some people use 3% hydrogen peroxide as a deodorant. It is not an antiperspirant, but it kills germs. Since germs are the major cause of body odors in sweat, killing germs can reduce odor in sweat.
If you want to give it a try, just dab or spray some 3% hydrogen peroxide under your arms.
Also some of the other hydrogen peroxide uses that were already listed might also reduce odors. I'm talking about things like using peroxide in foot baths, soaking in the bathtub with peroxide, and using hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash. These may reduce body odors and mouth odors – because all of these kill germs, and germs are a big cause of odors. So, taking a bath with some hydrogen peroxide added may have some mild deodorant effect, even if that is not your motivation in using it this way. And the same for mouthwash.
Hydrogen Peroxide uses for natural animal care
There's a lot of similarity between the uses of hydrogen peroxide for natural body care and hydrogen peroxide uses for animal care. Makes sense -- taking care of ourselves and taking care of other animals, too.