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What is Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide and How is it Used?

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Let’s start with the basics: hydrogen peroxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless liquid that looks similar to water and can easily be mistaken for it. But unlike water (H₂O), hydrogen peroxide has two molecules of oxygen (H₂O₂), and this is what provides its super power for cleaning, disinfection, whitening, brightening and first aid. The extra molecule of oxygen oxidizes - chemically breaks apart -many substances it comes in contact with, especially organic substances. This action makes it a powerful cleaner, germ killer, bleaching agent, anti-fungal and antibacterial substance.

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide is a highly purified form of hydrogen peroxide safe to use around food or on surfaces that come into contact with food because it does not contain toxic stabilizers. Brown bottle hydrogen peroxide, commonly sold at drug stores, is typically not food grade and usually contains industrial-grade, toxic stabilizers, unless otherwise specified. 

3% or below Hydrogen Peroxide dilutions are safe to use and do not cause burning like higher solution levels. For this reason, this level of dilution is used in personal care and household products, including mouthwashes, toothpastes, laundry, multi-purpose cleaners and food wash. It is best to choose products that contain Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, rather than industrial grade, to avoid toxic stabilizers absorbing through the skin and into the body.

How To Use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Natural Disinfectant

It can help eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi without leaving toxic residues behind. Safe alternative to bleach, especially if you have children or pets in your home. Try Essential Oxygen’s HP | 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Spray.

Powerful Non-Toxic Cleaning Solution

Unlike many harsh chemical cleaners, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide breaks down only into water and oxygen after use, making it an environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning solution. It can be used to safely clean almost any surface in your home.

Oral Healthcare

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, the cornerstone of Essential Oxygen products, is safe for use as a mouthwash or toothpaste to promote oral hygiene. It reduces germs that cause bad breath, whitens teeth and keeps infections and abscesses clean. For these benefits, use our top-rated and bestselling BR | Organic Mouthwash + Brushing RinseOrganic Low Abrasion Toothpaste, and On-Demand Tooth Polish.

Clean Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts

Soaking produce in our Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide solution to help remove surface contaminants, pesticides, chemicals, and harmful microorganisms. Reducing surface bacteria on produce helps to improve storage life. Try Essential Oxygen’s HP | 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.


H₂O₂ is commonly used in hand sanitizers, hair dyes, teeth whitening products, antiperspirants + deodorants, liquid hand soap, facial moisturizers and many other products.

Water Purification

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to purify water by breaking down harmful contaminants, bacteria, and parasites. However, this should be done with proper guidance and precautions to ensure safe drinking water.

First Aid + Healthcare

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to clean minor cuts and wounds. It helps prevent infection and promotes healing. It can also be added to diffusers for a healthier mist, gargled for sore throats, used as an ear wash for wax buildup and other ailments.


Alternative health practitioners frequently suggest using diluted Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide as part of detoxification protocols. This involves adding small amounts to a glass of water and drinking it. However, the safety and effectiveness of this practice are debated, nor are they condoned by the FDA. Medical guidance is highly recommended.

Hand + Foot Soak

Adding a small amount of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to warm water for a foot or hand soak helps to soften calluses and soothe skin irritations.


Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be used in hydroponic gardening systems to provide oxygen to plant roots and prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms. It's also used to clean gardening tools and wipe down plant leaves.

Stain Removal

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural bleaching agent. It is effective for removing many types of stains from fabrics and surfaces such as those caused by food, blood, wine and ink.


Adding a small amount of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to your laundry can help brighten whites and remove stains. It can also be used to remove mold and mildew from fabrics and the washing machine. We recommend Essential Oxygen’s HP | 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Gallon.

Let's wrap it up - while Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide offers numerous benefits, superior to industrial grade hydrogen peroxide, it's important to use it safely and according to instructions, as higher concentrations can be caustic and irritating to your skin, eyes and internal organs if ingested. Always check labels and follow recommended dilution ratios for your intended use.

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