Hydrogen Peroxide Warnings!
It is very important for home users to understand that hydrogen peroxide sold for home use is available in diluted form, usually at 3 percent with water making up the remainder of the product. Another concern is the use of high-grade concentrations of 30 percent or greater. These solutions are designed for industrial use, such as for submarine fuel and should never be used in the home!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned consumers about companies advertising 35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide as a medicinal aid. Such companies have claimed that drinking these high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can cure various cancers, AIDS and other serious conditions. According to the FDA, consuming this high concentration can lead to life threatening complications or even death, additionally; the FDA has not approved any internal uses of hydrogen peroxide.
For food grade hydrogen peroxide uses in the home include personal care, food and home cleaning. If 35 percent food grade peroxide cleaners are used in the home, they must be kept refrigerated (or in the freezer), be sure to take precautions so the product will not be mistaken for water and consumed. Due to the risk of accidental ingestion, high concentrations of food grade peroxide are not usually recommended for use in homes with young children. Before use, the product will need to be diluted down to the standard 3 percent concentration. To dilute, wear gloves when handling and take care not to spill the product as it can burn the skin.
At any strength, large amounts of hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous when the liquid comes into contact with the eyes or lungs. If spilled in the eyes or on the skin, the area can be flushed with cool water for several minutes. If significant amounts of hydrogen peroxide are swallowed, immediate medical attention is likely necessary.