13 Surprising Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Pour it on a wound and watch the serious bubble action! It kills germs, but soap and warm water do the same job much more gently. Hydrogen peroxide may irritate the delicate tissue around cuts or sores and make you take longer to heal. Still, it might be a good thing to stash it in your first aid kit in case you’re not near clean water. Earwax Your doctor can tell for sure if your ear’s clogged with it. They may flush it or scoop it out with a special tool. At home, you may soften the wax with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide or baby oil from an eyedropper. Rinse gently after a day or two with warm water from a rubber ball syringe. Then tilt your head until all water drains and towel dry the outside of your ear. If this doesn’t work, call your doctor for advice.This may happen if you don’t brush and floss enough or if your mouth or gums get hit. It might help to treat it with a rinse of one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) and two parts water. Swish it for 30 seconds and then spit. Saltwater is another option. Call your doctor if your sore gums stick around for more than about 7 days. Canker SoresOver-the-counter rinses with hydrogen peroxide (Orajel, Peroxyl) may ease pain and speed healing of these roundish, light colored sores in your mouth. They’re not contagious, but they may hurt a lot. It’s not clear what causes them. Even without treatment, they usually go away in a week or so.