At the first sign of a sore throat, be proactive to prevent a "tickle" in your throat from turning into a nasty cold. One effective way to take preventative action is by gargling with hydrogen peroxide. It works as an antiseptic and contains extra oxygen that kills germs that cause sore throats and cold viruses.
Understand hydrogen peroxide grades
Most drugstores sell three percent pharmaceutical grade hydrogen peroxide solutions in brown bottles to minimize light exposure that breaks down its properties. Made up of two atoms of hydrogen and two atoms of oxygen (H202), it's often used as a bleaching agent in toothpaste and as an ingredient in mouthwashes. Food grade 35 percent hydrogen peroxide can also be used; however, it must be diluted down to three percent by adding 11 ounces of water to every one ounce of peroxide.
About your mouth
Germs cannot live in an environment rich in oxygen. No one likes to think about the helpful, let alone the harmful bacteria that actually live inside the mouth. The food that you eat comes in contact with many things before it makes its way into your mouth. Any time you touch your hands to your mouth, those germs are also transferred. Even airborne germs make their way into your mouth and can cause sickness.
Gargling with peroxide
Don't wait until you are sick to gargle with peroxide. You can use it daily to keep your mouth and throat healthy and free from dangerous bacteria that cause illness. To gargle safely, use the following directions:
Also aids other mouth conditions
In addition to preventing sore throats and as a cold remedy, gargling with peroxide is also helpful for the following conditions:
Always be careful to measure carefully before gargling with peroxide. While using it can be helpful, overuse can harm tooth enamel and can make your teeth feel overly sensitive.