Peroxide versus Chlorine Bleach
This story made the rounds on the internet and is by and large useful. It’s credited to Becky Ransey of Indiana (reportedly a doctor’s wife). My comments are in [brackets] and I’ve deleted some parts that were not correct or unimportant. The email says…
“She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and counter tops. This is what she told me. ‘I would like to tell you of the benefits of that Plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?
My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, And most doctors don’t tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor’s office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor’s offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!
It’s chlorine, folks! [Chlorine is quite toxic. That’s why we don’t want to drink it in tap water. It also kills our friendly bacteria. Don’t forget your shower water because that vaporizes chlorine for you to breathe and we absorb it through our skin. I recommend filtration that also gets rid of many other toxins.]
Please think about this:
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. [Do spit it out as it is not for internal consumption.]
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. [Change your cloth often anyway and avoid sponges.]
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria. [Wooden cutting boards are actually more sanitary than plastic ones unless you have small ones that can go in the dishwasher.]
5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. [Organic gardening expert, Howard Garrett says cornmeal works well too as a soak or dry in socks. Toenail fungus is a clue you might have internal fungus (yeasts).]
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide. [If infections have been persistent, better think of working on your immune system and your blood sugar.]
7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue. [Those tissues are pretty tender. I think it would be much safer and more proven to use sea salt + baking soda and/or xylitol.]
9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly. [People tell me that a Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic has the same effect. Also, clove oil is a traditional remedy.]
10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.
11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections. [I wonder how that would work along with Epson salts which gives you magnesium through your skin and relaxes tight muscles.]
12. You can also 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 it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this. [Try newspapers instead of paper towels.]
14. Another place it is great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless & has peed on the floor around the toilet & it’s begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle & spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone & the bacteria eliminated!
I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I’m glad there’s a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!” [The least expensive source I’ve found is WalMart-in the pharmacy. A quart is pennies.]
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