There are lots of different hydrogen peroxide uses for natural body care. This makes sense, since hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic (it breaks down to water and oxygen), and is extremely effective as a disinfectant. Have you heard of some of these uses for body care?
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.
Antibacterial soaps and gels have become 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.)
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.
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, and hydrogen peroxide will generally get rid of odors, as well.
If you want to give it a try as a deoderant, just dab or spray some 3% hydrogen peroxide under your arms.
Also some of the other uses for peroxide, that were already listed above, may reduce body odors. Such as using peroxide in foot baths, in the bathtub, and 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.
There are lots of other applications of hydrogen peroxide for removing odors, too. Odors from urine in a carpet, or odors in shoes, for example, can be removed with hydrogen peroxide.
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.
In body cases, hydrogen peroxide is useful for disinfection and for removing odors.