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7 facts about hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a clear, colorless, noncombustible liquid that is commonly used in households and hospitals. Here are a few facts to help you understand its uses:
- Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is water (H2O) with an extra oxygen molecule (O) which enhances the oxidation power of hydrogen peroxide and helps kill germs.
- The medical-grade hydrogen peroxide with a strength of 3% (3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water) is the most effective and is commonly used in households.
- Hydrogen peroxide should be used in well-ventilated areas and the handler should wear gloves as it has toxic effects if inhaled and can cause irritation if it comes in contact with eyes and skin.
- Hydrogen peroxide is effective in removing germs and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. It can also be used to clean and disinfect kitchens and bathrooms.
- Hydrogen peroxide should not be used on open wounds as it can cause skin irritation and inflammation which may interfere with wound healing.
- Hydrogen peroxide should not be used on acne or acne-prone skin as it exacerbates acne and may interfere with the therapeutic effects of acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide.
- Hydrogen peroxide should not be used beyond its expiration date. If you find that the solution is no longer producing foam or bubbles, discard it and purchase a new one.