What is hydrogen peroxide used for?


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Hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleaching agent and an oxidizer. It is often found in toothpaste formulas. A solution is also used as a disinfectant in wound care even though some medical experts warn against this. Hydrogen peroxide is commonly employed to remove blood and other protein stains.

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It is used as a household cleanser to remove mold and mildew, especially around bathtubs, showers and the gaskets on refrigerator doors. It also cleans the grout between tile and is used to clean tile itself. Its bleaching properties make hydrogen peroxide useful as a bleach for both laundry and human hair.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are also excellent odor removers. The combination is especially useful when removing pet odors. Hydrogen peroxide can also be applied to fruits and vegetables to kill any pathogens that are on them. The food should then be rinsed with clean water before consumption.

Some people use hydrogen peroxide as an emetic for dogs and a softener for ear wax. When a cup is added to approximately two gallons of water, the mixture can support the root system of house plants. Hydrogen peroxide in a concentrated form is also regularly used for rocket propellant as well as explosives.

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