1 green thing: Starting the New Year using peroxide

By Jan Herbert

Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Have not used all of these (some come from a list from Becky Ransey of Indiana), but most make good sense.

1. Use peroxide instead of mouthwash (many dentists agree this is sometimes good for periodontal disease).

2. Let your toothbrush soak in a cup of peroxide to keep it germ-free (this makes good sense, if you think about where you keep your toothbrush).

3. Create a “peroxide spray bottle” (50/50 mix with water) to use on your countertops, wooden cutting board and in bathrooms. There is no damage to your septic tank like bleach and other bleach-containing cleaners.

4. We all know to use peroxide on cuts and abrasions, but did you know it works on cats and dogs? Just rinse well after using it, especially with cats because of their propensity for licking. Animals, dogs in particular, should not ingest peroxide as it induces vomitting.

5. Becky’s list suggests using it to clean mirrors to avoid smearing.

6. Most women know you can mix up a 50/50 batch and comb it through your hair for “highlights.” The more you do it, the lighter your hair becomes. It does not do a darn thing with gray hair, however (somebody had to tell me that because, of course, I do not have any gray yet). If you know me, you are laughing now.

7. Becky says another use for 50/50 mix is to spray into your nostrils when you have a cold or plugged sinuses to help kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose.

8. She also dumps half of a bottle into bath water to help get rid of “boils, fungus, or other skin infections.” I hope not to have to try it.

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the Dec. 30, 2009 – Jan. 5, 2010 issue

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