Hydrogen Peroxide article - Part 1
GRADES OF HYDROGEN
Hydrogen peroxide is available in various strengths
3% Pharmaceutical Grade: This is the grade sold at
your local drugstore or supermarket. This product is not
recommended for internal use. It contains an assortment of
stabilizers which shouldn't be ingested. Various stabilizers
include: acetanilide, phenol, sodium stanate and tertrasodium
6% Beautician Grade: This is used in beauty shops to
color hair and is not recommended for internal use.
30% Reagent Grade: This is used for various scientific
experimentation and also contains stabilizers. It is also not for
30% to 32% Electronic Grade: This is used to clean
electronic parts and not for internal use.
35% Technical Grade: This is a more concentrated
product than the Reagent Grade and differs slightly in that
phosphorus is added to help neutralize any chlorine from the
water used to dilute it.
35% Food Grade: This is used in the production of
foods like cheese, eggs, and whey-containing products. It is also
sprayed on the foil lining of aseptic packages containing fruit
juices and milk products. THIS IS THE ONLY GRADE RECOMMENDED FOR
90%: This is used as an oxygen source for rocket
Only 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is recommended
for internal use. At this concentration, however, hydrogen
peroxide is a very strong oxidizer and if not diluted, it can be
extremely dangerous or even fatal. Any concentrations over 10%
can cause neurological reactions and damage to the upper
There have been two known fatalities in children who
ingested 27% and 40% concentrations of FG-H2O2.
Recently, a 26 month old female swallowed one mouthful
of 35% FG-H2O2. She immediately began vomiting, followed by fainting
and respiratory arrest. Fortunately, she was under emergency room
care and although she experienced erosion and bleeding of the
stomach and esophagus, she survived the incident. When she was
re-examined 12 days later, the areas involved had healed (J
Toxicol Clin Toxicol 90;28(1):95-100).
35% Food Grade FG-H2O2 must be 1) handled carefully
(direct contact will burn the skin--immediate flushing with water
is recommended). 2) diluted properly before use. 3) stored safely
and properly (after making a dilution the remainder should be
stored tightly sealed in the freezer).
One of the most convenient methods of dispensing 35%
FG-H2O2 is from a small glass eye dropper bottle. These can be
purchased at your local drugstore. Fill this with the 35% FG-H2O2
and store the larger container in the freezer compartment of your
refrigerator until more is needed. Store the eye dropper bottle
in the refrigerator.
The generally recommended dosage is outlined in the
chart below. The drops are mixed with 6 to 8 ounces of
distilled water for best results. Don't use chlorinated tap water to dilute the
peroxide. (One can use juice, milk or even Aloe Vera juice or gel if you cannot tolerate the plain water dosage, but this will reduce effectiveness and could make you stomach upset.)
The program outlined is only a suggestion, but it is
based on years of experience, and reports from thousands of
users. Those who choose to go at a slower pace can expect to
progress more slowly, but that certainly is an option. The
program is not carved in stone and keep in mind that it can be
adapted to fit individual needs.
Individuals who have had transplants should not
undertake an FG-H2O2 program. FG-H2O2 stimulates the immune system and
could possibly cause a rejection of the organ.