I still remember how much I hated getting cuts and scrapes as a kid...because they meant my mom would douse the spots with hydrogen peroxide and that arguably hurt more!
But it also always did the trick. Since hydrogen peroxide does expire -- you should get rid of it six months after opening -- it can be tough to use the entire bottle up on just bumps and cuts. Then again, if you know all of these awesome uses for the fizzy liquid, you'll find yourself going through bottle after bottle. This stuff is so useful!
First, for easy application, consider getting a spray bottle top for your hydrogen peroxide.
Well there you have it -- stop just using it on your cuts and start using it all around your home!
In a cool science video, see exactly what happens when blood comes into contact with more concentrated hydrogen peroxide!
We've all used hydrogen peroxide on a cut or scrape at some point in our lives. That burning sensation paired with the foam it creates when it hits the blood is reassurance that our cut won't get infected by anything nasty. But why does it do that?
Well, you've got to understand one thing first...
Most over-the-counter hydrogen peroxides are a solution of the chemical and water. Typically, they don't contain more than three percent hydrogen peroxide. Why so little, you ask? Well, I'll let the video below do the talking...
This is what happens when blood comes into contact with 30% hydrogen peroxide.
What you're seeing is the chemical reaction between the enzyme catalase (which is found in our blood cells) and the hydrogen peroxide itself. When they come into contract with each other, the hydrogen peroxide turns into oxygen and water.
The bubbles you see are pure oxygen being released as a result of the combination. The reaction is also extremely efficient at burning up (so to speak) any bacteria that may have made its way into your cut. Now just imagine pouring that 30% solution on it...yeah, that would have some devastating consequences.