Cleaning and Camping First Aid – The Many Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide
December 5, 2013
There are many items that go into assembling a complete first aid kit for camping. We’re going to talk about one item in particular here: hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2. This is a multi-purpose liquid that has many useful applications.
There are quite a few good purposes for hydrogen peroxide when camping. Here are a few:
In the Kitchen
Clean and disinfect flatware and cutting boards. Be sure to rinse off the H2O2 completely before using the items with food
Clean surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom, as the liquid kills any lingering bacteria
Clean your sponges by soaking them for 15 minutes in a solution of equal parts peroxide and warm water
Also great for removing baked-on food from pots and pans; make a paste with baking soda and apply to pots. Allow to stand for a bit before cleaning.
Clean and disinfect cuts and scrapes with its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties
When applied to a wound the liquid will turn white and bubble. This shows it is killing any infection present
Hydrogen peroxide can also ease allergic reactions. It’s common to accidentally touch or brush up against a poisonous plant while hiking or at the campsite
Remove stains from clothing. Don’t have access to a laundry room? No worries! H2O2 is an excellent stain remover
Dilute the liquid with water to bleach white clothing that’s been stained.
Did you get a little too close to a skunk? Mix hydrogen peroxide with equal parts soap and baking soda to soak clothing before washing as usual. Don’t try this on the dog, however.
Clean children’s toys that have been left out at the campsite