Hydrogen Peroxide For Teeth Whitening, Hair And More

Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading publisher of daily alternative health tips that I personally read every day…

By Katherine Marko, TheAlternativeDaily.com

When I was a teen, hydrogen peroxide was my go-to teeth-whitener, and something I would spray on my hair to get that “sun kissed” look. Years later, you can still find a bottle in my medicine cabinet as an inexpensive way to whiten teeth, and disinfect cuts and scrapes.

What is hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a pale blue liquid, which appears colorless, and is slightly more viscous than water. It’s a weak acid made up of hydrogen and oxygen and a strong oxidizer often used as a cleaning agent. When used topically, hydrogen peroxide foams and fizzes due to the enzyme catalase, according to Medical Daily. This reaction has a bleaching and disinfecting effect that works for several applications.

Remove earwax

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All humans and other mammals have earwax. It consists of shed skin cells, hair and the secretions from glands of the outside ear canal. Although gross, it serves its purpose. Namely, protecting the ear canal against bacteria, fungi and water. But, too much earwax and your ears may feel full, affecting your hearing.

Although most experts agree that removing earwax is not entirely necessary, you may still want to clean your ears time and again. The problem is, rooting around your ear canal with a Q-tip can actually push wax further inside. So, instead of cleaning your ear out, the wax gets stuck. As a result, wax builds up on top of it, creating a dangerous blockage or “impaction,” according to NYU Otologist Dr. Erich Voigt, for businessinsider.com.

Hydrogen peroxide can safely remove earwax buildup, according to PubChem. Most over-the-counter wax removal drops basically contain oil and peroxide solutions. Hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen in the ear and foams, causing ear wax to soften and loosen. To use hydrogen peroxide at home, simply lie down on your side, with one ear facing up, says Healthline. Use an eyedropper to drop one or two drops of peroxide into your ear. Keep still for five minutes and then sit up. Blot the outer ear with a tissue to absorb any liquid that comes out. And then, repeat the process on the other ear.

A method that I prefer is using a Q-tip — soaked in hydrogen peroxide — to administer it into my ear. I don’t push it into the ear canal, but merely let it sit in the ear opening, and allow it to gently drip in. After about a minute or so, I dry my ear with a tissue.

Lighten hair

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Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent that has been used to lighten hair for years. Peroxide penetrates the hair shaft and removes the natural pigment of the hair — hence the expression “peroxide blonde.”

Here’s what I used to do to lighten my locks. Simply dilute one part of three percent hydrogen peroxide with one part water, and pour it into a spray bottle. Wet your hair, and then spray the solution on your entire head or just the strands you want to lighten. Then, comb it through. Blow-drying your hair will accelerate the effect. Follow by washing your hair and deep conditioning it to prevent drying. This won’t give you a peroxide blonde look, but it will give you more natural highlights. You can also use this solution as a gradual lightener, over time.

Healing wounds

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Unlike using alcohol to disinfect a wound, using peroxide will definitely remove the “ouch” factor from the equation. Hydrogen peroxide cleans wounds by moistening and loosening dried blood and any dirt in the wound. It also removes dead tissue. Peroxide foams on contact, and the fizz produced helps to mechanically clean the wound. It’s for this reason that you should keep a bottle in your first-aid kit to clean a wound when no clean water is available.

But, here’s the thing: according to Sciencing, it can also destroy the cells called fibroblasts, which rebuild the connective tissue to heal the wound. So, for this reason, it’s not recommended for long-term use. In addition, although hydrogen peroxide is widely used as an antibacterial agent, it’s effectiveness is up for debate. Certain types of bacteria, such as staphylococci, have an enzyme called catalase, which breaks hydrogen peroxide down to water and oxygen, actually diluting it.

Research published in PLOS looked at the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide on wound healing. In agreement with previous studies, researchers found that wounds display a positive effect when treated topically with peroxide. But only when in lower concentrations were used. Subsequently, higher concentrations actually delayed healing. So, to clean and promote healing in wounds, stick to lower (three percent) solutions, generally found at the drugstore.

Whiten your teeth

The most important thing people want to change about their smile is the whiteness of their teeth, suggests a survey conducted by Kelton Global for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). And almost 100 percent of those surveyed believe a great smile is one of their most important “social assets.” But why pay hundreds of dollars to whiten your teeth when you can have the same results for pennies? In fact, even professionally applied tooth bleaching products used by dentists contain hydrogen peroxide.

However, those peroxide concentrations range from 25 to 40 percent and are sometimes used together with a light or laser, which are supposed to accelerate or activate the whitening process. But, according to the American Dental Association, most studies report there is no additional long-term benefit with light-activated systems.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda teeth whitener

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Create a simple whitening solution with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to gently remove stains. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda

Equipment

  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Toothbrush

Instructions

  1. Add the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda into a small bowl. Stir to combine into a paste.
  2. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and start brushing.
  3. Allow the paste to stay on your teeth for about a minute, and then rinse thoroughly.

I personally use this homemade whitening paste, but only once or twice a month. If you have very bad stains on your teeth, you could use it initially once a week until you notice an improvement. More often, however, and the baking soda could break down the enamel over time, causing sensitivity. And of course, make sure to maintain your regular oral care regimen.

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About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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28 comments

  1. Thank you fir the helpful information

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  3. Black Seed Oil….. better to consume or massage with?

  4. I’ve been brushing my teeth with baking soda and a half drop of toothpaste on my brush for more than 2 decades. And a final rinse with 50/50 peroxide solution.

    My tooth enamel is ‘perfect’, my teeth are ‘pearly’, not a cavity, and my gums are nice a pink.
    I get my teeth ‘cleaned’ every two years and the dental office is always amazed at how little work is required…

    Conclusion: don’t be afraid of baking soda or peroxide.

  5. We’ve used hydrogen peroxide daily as an oral swish for years at the suggestion of our dentist. However, we recently were told by my husband’s endocrinologist that he should not use hydrogen peroxide at all. He has a hypothyroid disease called Hashimoto. To those who suffer from hypothyroidism of any kind, hydrogen peroxide is toxic. They already experience difficulty ridding their body of it so to add it, even topically, is unwise.

    • Penny Arnold - retired school teacher, now health researcher and Sir Malcolm Arnold's niece. (one of Britain's greatest composers.) Music is food for the soul - especially 528 frequency.

      Any problem with the thyroid could be due to heavy metal toxicity that harms the pituitary gland and the vagus nerve. So, it is a good idea to have a mercury de-tox by taking ‘TOXAPREVENT,’ which is a volcanic mineral and recommended by Dr. John Roberts in Huddersfield. (Mercury free, holistic dentist.) Now, if you do not have mercury dental fillings (or have never had any,) if your mother or grandmother did, then you will have inherited the mercury.
      This info. is available to read on line if you check out the report by the EU in 2006 after one year of research into mercury in the ‘environment.’ https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2006-0044_EN.html?redirect
      Copied from this report :- ‘B. whereas mercury is persistent and can change in the environment into methylmercury, the most toxic form, which readily passes both the placental barrier and the blood-brain barrier and may cause damage to the developing brain,’ Mmmmm!!
      The poisoning of children and women of child bearing age with mercury amalgam restorations was only stopped in the UK in 2018!!! (This didn’t make main stream media…) The EU ‘recommended’ it was not placed in teeth and Sweden banned it straight away followed by Germany and other European countries, but not the UK….. After reading a super, small book called ‘Honey as Medicine’ by Ruth Tan, I learned that ingesting raw honey is able to help the pituitary gland recover. (I was third generation mercury toxic when I was born, but the poison has all gone now and I am much healthier – thank goodness. Knowledge sure is power.

  6. Stephen Scaggs, R.Ph. (retired)

    Mike! I’m a retired pharmacist, who spent most of my career in the “heavy propaganda area” of pharmaceutical companies, and in the real know of drugs, bugs, nutrition and REAL HEALTHCARE
    You’re writing and publication is refreshing, medically valid and accurate..
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  7. Hydrogen Peroxide is TERRIBLE for CLEANING WOUNDS!
    It will kill germs, because it kills tissue. That means it also kills the skin/tissue around the wound. It kills your good, living tissue. To kill germs, use another antiseptic that doesn’t destroy good tissue. Or flush with plain old water, then put on an antibiotic ointment. But never pour hydrogen peroxide on tissue you do not want damaged.
    This also makes me wonder what it is doing to do your delicate eardrum, and the skin in your ear, while it is removing the wax. I don’t think I will be experimenting on my own ears to find out.
    I don’t know what it will do to teeth, but gums are sensitive tissue. Nope, not getting it near my gums either.

    What will it do in addition to killing good tissue?
    It definitely will lighten hair. Dries it out too.
    In the ER, we use it to take blood out of our clothes. Pour it on and watch it bubble that blood right outta there. Just keep it away from skin!

  8. I am going to try the teeth and ear canal remedies.
    Thank you and may God richly bless you.

  9. Where can I buy Foodgrade Hydrogen Peroxide from? I live in Uganda, East Africa.

  10. Very good information.

  11. Informative and Interesting article

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  13. Is hydrogen peroxide safe to use on the ear? I thought it was corrosive.

  14. I use hydrogen peroxide, 3%, straight or with a bit of distilled water in a nebulizer to prevent colds and sinus infections. I discovered this when I had Covid and often wonder if I could have prevented the infection if I had been doing it before I was exposed! I also now use it at a half and half ratio during high pollen season for allergies.

    If using frequently (more than twice a week) or with a child, a weaker solution is recommended. If the H2O2 is too irritating, increase the dilution. If using for allergies, saline solution could be effective on its own but I like the double-duty effect!

  15. Thank you!

  16. For the teeth whitening it did not specify if it has to be food grade or what percent hydrogen peroxide?

  17. Hydrogen Peroxide when applied to a mole so the mole can be saturated will remove the mole. The size of the mole will determine the length of time.

  18. CanJ the combination of peroxide and baking soda be used for cleaning dentures?

  19. I’d like to learn more

  20. I have dentures, Does this work on whitening them and would it be the same ratio as used for brushing regular teeth?? I remember growing up as a small girl, Mom always had a remedy that hydrogen peroxide was used. I’m still alive so I’d say it is safe. My Mom would say, “if there is a method that works, it’s one less high dollar product we would have to buy.”

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