What is Hydrogen Peroxide Used For?


Medical Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide
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First, what is Hydrogen Peroxide?

“Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid. It’s a combination of hydrogen and oxygen and is available in many strengths (indicated by the percentage of dilution with water).

One dilution of hydrogen peroxide is 35 percent H2O2 and 65 percent water. Food producers use 35 percent H2O2 for a variety of purposes, including processing cheese and bleaching wheat flour. It’s also used to kill microorganisms in food packaging materials.

This 35 percent dilution is called “food grade” in part because it doesn’t contain certain stabilizers:

These stabilizers are found in most other commercially available hydrogen peroxide and should not be ingested.

No matter the dilution — even if food grade 35 percent H2O2 — you should never drink any hydrogen peroxide.

Types of hydrogen peroxide

Beyond food-grade, hydrogen peroxide is available in a number of dilutions:

  • 3 percent H2O2 (“household” hydrogen peroxide): available in supermarkets and drugstores, typically in brown bottles
  • 6 to 10 percent H2O2 (hair-bleaching hydrogen peroxide)
  • 90 percent H2O2 (“industrial” hydrogen peroxide): available in various strengths and used for bleaching paper and textiles, producing foam rubber, and as an ingredient in rocket fuel” – By healthline
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There are multiple ways in which you can use Hydrogen Peroxide

There are also multiple places.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a better choice when it comes to cleaning because the smell is not toxic nor is it poisonous unless you ingest large amounts.

This is just one example of how you can use this clear but effective liquid. Read on to find out more ways in which you can use Hydrogen Peroxide, a more natural approach, in your home and for your health.

Top Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Disinfectant

Have you ever poured peroxide on a cut and watched it fizz? Kind of cool to watch, but more than that it helps clean.

Cleaning a cut with soap and water will do just as well of a job and can be less of an irritant to the skin. Peroxide, however, is a great backup and something you should keep in or by your first aid kit or where soap and water are not available.

Removing Earwax

Wax in your ears can build up over time leaving them clogged. If you prefer to take care of the problem at home, simply apply a few drops and leave in for a day, then rinse out with warm water.

You can also have someone pour hydrogen peroxide in your ear with you lying on your side. The canal will start to bubble as it cleans, so keep a paper towel on hand to catch any loose wax, or when you have sat for a few minutes and are going to drain the side, you are cleaning.

Swollen Gums

Using Hydrogen Peroxide For Swollen Gums.
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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 half hydrogen peroxide (3%) and half 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.

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Canker Sores

Canker Sores can get very sore. One way to help get rid of them sooner is to apply peroxide on a cotton ball and dab on the sores. You can also swish peroxide in your mouth for 1 to 2 minutes and then spit it out. Rinse your mouth out afterward.

Helps to Whiten Teeth

You can buy multiple types of toothpaste which have either baking soda or peroxide in them. However, you can also swish straight peroxide or apply a paste of baking soda and water directly to your teeth. The main thing to consider when using these methods is how often you do them.

As these products are great, they can also cause your teeth to be sensitive or eat the protective coating which you don’t want to do. To prevent this, use twice a week, three times at the most. If you feel your teeth getting sensitive, cut back on the amount per week.

Old Time Hair Dye

Using Hydrogen Peroxide to lighten your hair.
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My husband and I were talking tonight about how his sisters either used lemon juice, lime juice or peroxide to lighten their hair. You can apply lemon or lime juice and then sit in the sun causing a natural bleaching effect, or read the bottle and follow directions to apply peroxide.

However, just like too much use of peroxide on your teeth can cause them to be brittle, the same goes for your hair. Use a conditioner or coconut oil to help restore dry hair.

Acne

I talked about using witch-hazel to help clear up acne a couple of weeks ago; well, peroxide is another clear liquid you can use. After washing your face, use the peroxide as a toner by squirting some on a cotton ball and then applying to face and neck. Avoid eye area and do not ingest it in your mouth or through your nose. Be sure to use a light moisturizer afterward as it can be a little harsh on the skin.

This treatment will work well and has proven to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide which is found in multiple acne treatment creams and face washes.

Disinfectant

Hospitals use it because it’s especially good at killing a parasite called cryptosporidiosis (crypto) that spreads in human poop. Even bleach can’t seem to easily get rid of these stubborn pathogens. Hydrogen peroxide may also work against the norovirus, which is both hard to kill and very contagious. More research is needed to know how well it works as a decontaminant.

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Other Uses Include

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Ending Notes

Although there are multiple ways to use food grade hydrogen peroxide, do not ingest it and be careful when handling it.

-Heather Earles

Book Giveaway

“To Know Her Calling” is a Christian-Fiction-Romance that deals with self-doubt, releasing one’s fears, and listening to God.  This book will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful.  It’s also a perfect read for those of you who like to stay intrigued to the very end.


Join the adventure as two hearts from two different countries find each other.  Will they be torn apart by differences, or will they trust in God to heal past pains and move forward, removing all masks? Find out through the pages of To Know Her Calling.

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Proclamation of Thanksgiving by President George Washington, 1789


In these changing times, let us be reminded of the beliefs held by our Founding Fathers, and remember them on Thanksgiving Day.


George Washington and the Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

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Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be;

that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation;

for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war;

for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;

for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious livery with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;

and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

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And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our nation, and other transgressions;

to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually;

to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;

to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord;

to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us;

and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.”

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Happy Thanksgiving

– Heather Earles

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Achieving Success Through Habits and Goal Setting


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What Is A Goal?

The dictionary states that a goal is: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

Now, we know each person has different ambitions, but how different people get to each aspiration is almost always the same.

There is a formula for almost anything in life, including that of achieving success through habits and goal setting. Read this list to see what is NOT in the formula and the reason most people do not complete their goal.

A Bad Formula

  1. Lack of ambition or drive
  2. Gets discouraged easily
  3. Tries to take the easy route
  4. They do not have a plan because they do not see the importance of one.
  5. Has no patients
  6. Falls apart when something does not go according to what they had planned.
  7. Fear of rejection
  8. Fear of failure

According to the University of Scranton, a whopping 92 percent of people who set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them. That leaves 8 percent of us in a very elite category of goal-achievers.

By Marcel Schwantes

Elite group, alright. This percentage is huge. So what is it that 8% are doing differently? Let’s talk about it.

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Why Are Some People Successful While Others Are Not?

Saying you’re going to do something and then not doing it is a common thing but why? Is it the society we live in and the short attention span, or I don’t want to do it if I don’t get instant gratification syndrome?

I think it’s both. People have so much at their fingertips that rarely do they need to be patient with anything anymore. Hate to tell you this, but success, unless it was handed down to you, doesn’t come instantly.

The turtle and the rabbit are the perfect illustration or picture one should paint in their mind when they think of success through habits and goal setting. Success and reaching your goals is the turtle who gets there in months sometimes years. Not the rabbit who runs a little then gets lazy and decides to run again.

Unlike 92%, 8% have different habits and a formula they follow to make their success happen. Want to know what it is, or what you should be doing to be in the elite group? I thought so.

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Habits of the Elite Group

  1. Know what the end goal looks like. You need a clear vision and a starting plan to get you from A-Z. Successful people have that. They know how they want to start, plan a path that includes resources or items needed to obtain small victories or mini-goals along the way, and ultimately see the end in their mind or on the paper.
  2. Have confidence in your abilities. You are not going to find people who lack confidence in the 8% bracket. Success through goal setting is hard enough without doubting yourself every step of the way. Know your worth, or there’s no worth in starting.
  3. Create a team of successful people. Surrounding yourself with like-minded and ambitious people is a must if you want to succeed. A team not only helps in keeping you motivated, but they can help with breakthroughs and offer sound advice or opinions on your project.
  4. Be consistent. I cannot stress this one enough. This one right here will break you more than any other and send your goals back to the starting line. You must be consistent and form the habits needed to reach ANY achievement. Think about an Olympic athlete, and you will understand that consistency is critical.
  5. Stay Focused. Yes, it’s easy to go in five different directions, especially if you are working on a computer. However, if you can’t remain focused slowly but surely the work required to achieve the small or big steps needed will not get done setting you back or keeping you under that lazy tree where the rabbit is while someone else works their way to the finish line.
  6. Use affirmations. Telling yourself you can do it, or writing yourself a little script is like taking in oxygen before you suffocate. Affirmations are needed every day sometimes multiple times a day and could be the difference from you giving up before you crest the hill you’re climbing.
  7. Put in to place good habits. A habit is something that’s done repeatedly/consistently for a long period of time. Choosing good habits will propel your success and keep you on track with your goals.

What do These Steps Have in Common?

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All of these are action steps. Without action, no philosophy, or idea will ever take root. Here is a long quote from one of my favorite books, but one worth paying attention too.

What is the Magic Formula?

“I could show you exactly what I did to create four different, separate, independent multimillion-dollar organizations—and teach you how to do the exact same thing. In twenty minutes. 

And chances are, it wouldn’t work for you. Why not? Because how to do it is not the issue. Because, if we don’t change the way you think, then you’ll have rearranged what I said by the time you leave the room. You’ll have reinvented it by the time you go to bed that night, and in the morning, you won’t even recognize it as the same information.

People everywhere are clamoring for the formula, the secret, the path to improving their lives. Tell me how you did this, so I can do it, too. Give me the definitive plan. Tell me how to be healthy. How to be rich. Tell me how to be happy. Tell me, tell me, tell me… 

If you’re one of the millions looking for cookie-cutter answers to the great questions in life, you can call off the search right now! How to do it is not the issue.

Why not? Because the answer is only the answer— it isn’t actually doing the thing. It isn’t applying the answer, living the answer. It’s only information.” –The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson.

The Power of Your Mind

You see, although there is not a secret ingredient there is a secret, or not so secret, formula to achieving success through habits and goal setting. Your mind controls everything you do and therefore if you control that you control everything. Change the way you think and you change your life.

Your thoughts propel your actions and your actions are the tools to get you money, success, and a relationship. Don’t be fooled; however, you need continued action to keep these things, make them grow, or become long-lasting and healthy.

Be Consistent

Remember our turtle? He kept going, always putting one step in front of the other. He is our action, man. The lazy rabbit, on the other hand, ultimately lost the race because he is our in a hurry man, with no plan, who got tired and lost the race.

You don’t need to push yourself to the brink of no sleep and craziness, just diligently work hard towards your goals.

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Have a Clear and Vivid Dream

“People who live with huge, vivid, clearly articulated dreams are pulled along towards those dreams with such force, they become practically unstoppable.

What made people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi or Mother Teresa, Edison or IBM’s Thomas Watson, Wilberforce, or Lincoln such forces of nature that nothing could stand in their way, no matter what the odds or obstacles? It was not some magic in their character, though they certainly became people of unusual character along the way. It was the power of their dreams.

The vision each of these men and women held created a magnetic force against which no opposition could stand.” -The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson.

Evaluate Your Habits

Remember though, you not only need a vision but the habits and heart to go along with it. Habits you form and repeat each day determine your outcome.

For instance, if you write every day you would become a writer, if you swim, you would be a swimmer. Your actions and habits form what person you become in the future.

Building Good Habits In Four Simple Steps

  1. “First, there is the Cue. The cue triggers your brain to initiate a behavior. It is a bit of information that predicts a reward. Because the cue is the first indication that we’re close to a reward it naturally leads to a craving. Every person is different though so cues are meaningless until they are interpreted. The thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the observer are what transform a cue into a craving.
  2. Cravings are the second step, and they are the motivational force behind every habit. Without some level of motivation or desire–without craving a change–we have no reason to act. What you crave is not the habit itself but the change in state in delivers. You do not crave smoking a cigarette, you crave the feeling of relief it provides. You are not motivated by brushing your teeth but rather by the feeling of a clean mouth. Every craving is linked to a desire to change your internal state.
  3. The third step is the Response. The response is the actual habit you perform, which can take the form of a thought or an action. Whether a response occurs depends on how motivated you are and how much friction is associated with the behavior. If a particular action requires more physical or mental effort than you are willing to expend, then you won’t do it. Your response also depends on your ability. It sounds simple, but a habit can occur only if you are capable of doing it. If you want to dunk a basketball but can’t jump high enough to reach the hoop, well, you’re out of luck.
  4. Finally, the response delivers a Reward. Rewards are the end goal of every habit. The cue is about noticing the reward. The craving is about wanting the reward. The response is about obtaining the reward. We chase rewards because they serve two purposes: (1) they satisfy us and (2) they teach us.” –Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Are Habits Really That Important?

The ability to form good habits will help you achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Now you understand why only 8% of people are considered to be in the elite group. It’s not that the elite group is unattainable or even hard, it’s that our society lacks ambition and the drive to follow through on something that takes longer than a week or few months to achieve.

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Bad Habits

Bad habits are learned behaviors that we need to unlearn before continuing down a forward path. That’s not always easy, but critical to your achieving success through habits and goal setting.

If it doesn’t move you forward, then you need to replace it.

No amount of justifying a bad habit will help you succeed.

Well, that’s it. To achieve success through good habits and goal setting you must be willing to put aside your old self and create a new improved, consistent, habit driven, you.

Enjoy your week, friends.

-Heather Earles

Getting Your Home Ready For the Holidays


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Last week, we talked about my top Holiday Shopping tips, which will help reduce your stress this season.

Preparing your home for the holidays and making your space your own is another way to help reduce stress.

Your home represents a welcoming atmosphere for yourself, your family, and friends. Welcoming doesn’t mean jammed full of stuff, nor does it suggest, no one can touch anything. There’s a happy medium when it comes to having your home feel welcoming, yet not cluttered, or bare.

Often our homes represent how we feel inside. For instance, when you feel out of control or no longer in control, you tend to collect things or go on buying binges. When you feel happy and satisfied, your home will reflect that. Decorated, yet not overdone.

The holidays can bring unexpected joy, but for some, all they see is what they need to get done. To avoid the latter, try to clean out a room each week before the holiday season approaches. Depending on your home, you may only need a touch up in each room. Or replace a decoration to make it fresh, or for some, a massive purging is in order.

All can be healthy as long as you do things in moderation. In other words, please don’t get rid of your dining room table, clean it off. But if you have extra items like knick-knacks, dishes, and clothes, then gather them up and take them to the second-hand store. If that won’t get done promptly, give them to goodwill.

Clean One Room at A Time

Cleaning one room at a time might sound like common sense, but you would be surprised by how many people skip from room to room and waste time. When you’re touching up, yes, but if you’re doing a deep cleaning, it’s a lot more productive to stick with one room at a time.

How to Set Goals for Each Room

A great way to determine what you want for each room is to find a picture online, in a magazine, and duplicate it.

Not everyone has created ideas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t borrow someone else’s. I love going on Pinterest or looking in a magazine, finding a room I love, and duplicating something about it. It might be an entire wall color, a piece of furniture, or merely a look of simplicity.

Do Not Let Guilt Clutter Your Home

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My best friend and I were talking tonight about how we haven’t gone shopping, yet there are still so many unnecessary things that float around in our houses. How is that possible when we seem to purge all of the time?

Well, if you’re married or have kids, that’s one reason, or you may be the person everyone loves to give things to. Being the go-to person can be good and bad. Good because you may need the gifted items. Bad because often, a person has a hard time giving something away they’ve received from someone they love, even if they don’t want it or won’t use it.

In the case of you not wanting something, you don’t need to feel bad. Items are just that, items. They don’t have a beating heart, and they can’t buy you happiness, so appreciate the gesture but regift it or get rid of it so your home can represent you and what you enjoy. In the long run, I promise you will feel better, and your home will feel more welcoming.

How to Change Your Decor for Each Season or Holiday

My mom is GREAT at redressing a room. That’s what I call it. Using neutrals for the wall colors, she changes the decorations for the seasons and holidays to not only freshen up each room but to get the mood of the seasons.

If your home smells like pumpkin pie and golden leaves hang over your door, you think of Thanksgiving and Fall. If you can smell simmering potpourri and see mini Christmas trees lit up, you think of Christmas. Mom has a way of decorating that is not only welcoming but creates an atmosphere of enjoyment and relaxation.

Again, neutral walls, so the decorations or decor can do the highlighting. I’m learning, Mom ;).

How Do I Know If My Space/Room is Welcoming?

To find out how your home or rooms feel, ask a friend. I have some incredible friends who give great advice and feedback when I ask them about a project I’m doing or a room I’ve decorated. Very thoughtful, but very precise, they offer honest feedback every time.

Which Room Should you Start With?

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Start in the room where you spend most of your time. By doing this, you make your atmosphere positive right away. For me, the kitchen is the go-to place where I spend most of my time, so I always like it when it’s clean and welcoming.

Guests also tend to hang around the kitchen or dining area so they can visit with the host while the meal is being prepared.

Once you’ve cleaned or decorated high traffic areas, branch out into bedrooms or your office space.

When in Doubt Keep Your Decorations Simple

When you have fewer decorations, they get noticed more. Choosing signature pieces is a smart way to keep within a budget and yet make your rooms look classy.

A signature piece can include a Christmas Tree made from license plates, a windmill wall clock, a Welcome Home sign made from galvanized tin, hanging pumpkins over your breakfast bar. It could even be an old photograph framed or a picture of a cow. You get the idea.

Ask a Friend to Decorate for You

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If you are still not feeling motivated or easy about the holidays approaching, ask a friend or family member who enjoys decorating or cleaning to come and help. In fact, you can give them total control over a room. It sounds scary, but you would be surprised what a different view or perspective can do for a room.

I have several friends who would drop everything to decorate or clean a space, crazy I know :). Good friends are always willing to help just be ready to repay the favor when they need advice or a hand.

Great Gift Ideas and Signature Pieces

I’m placing some links below for those of you who would like some more great gift ideas and signature piece ideas.

Gift Ideas

Signature Pieces

All that’s left is for you to start. Start cleaning, shopping, asking a friend for help and prepare your home for the holidays. Remember, any one of these items you can search out locally or in a second-hand store. Above all else, don’t overdo your decorating, keeping stress at a minimum.

Cheers, Friends and Happy Holidays.

Heather Earles