Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Amazing the stuff that lands in my inbox...

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana -

parenthetical comments are mine. Fergawdsake use your head and make sure you follow the directions on the bottle.

"I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars."

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. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

(I do this when I shower - I also gargle. I've nipped many a sore throat in the bud by doing this. This is actually one of the approved uses found in the small print right on the bottle. I've used it to treat gum disease for years. I use it full strength, but the directions usually say to mix with water. By all means follow the directions.)

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of "Peroxide" to keep them free of germs.

(Makes sense.)

3. Clean your counters, 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.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

(I normally use bleach for this purpose.)

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.

(I might give this one a try. Just got over a bout of athlete's foot. OTC treatments ain't cheap.)

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.

(Between peroxide, merthiolate, mercurochrome and iodine I looked like a multicolored mutant some days when I was a kid. I always thought peroxide was cool when it bubbled up. I had little regard for pain or safety when I was a young'un. I'd had something like 236 stitches by the time I was 21. I crashed a bike one day - mild concussion and a few hours of picking gravel out of my skin - and wrecked a go-cart the next day - cuts and scrapes and a nasty burn where I'd been pinned against the exhaust system. Dumped a bike again the next day, but no injuries worth mentioning.)

8. 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.

9. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.

(Snorting peroxide? THAT would make the ol' sinuses perk up! I'm going to try this one next time I get a sinus infection. Which should be around November.)

10. 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.

(I'll vouch for this one.)

11. 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, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change.

(My hair is naturally grey. Peroxide ain't gonna help.)

12. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

(I imagine you could do the all over spray with 50/50 and get the same effect. I haven't taken a bath in years.)

13. 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 directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

(I own nothing that can't be washed in one load. If it wasn't for the wife's laundry I wouldn't even bother to sort before washing. I don't care what color my - sorta whitey - tighties are. I'm not allowed to touch the wife's clothing anymore.)

14. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there is no smearing which is why I love it so much for this.

(Windex ain't cheap enough?)

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."

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