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Can I just use hydrogen peroxide (the stuff I use to clean cuts and gargle with) in the laundry, rather than buying yet another container of something for the laundry? How much would I need to use per load?

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Peroxide can lighten fabrics the same way bleach does.
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I use hydrogen peroxide in the wash, but usually just in the white loads since it will lighten colors. I'm pretty sure it's the same as the "oxygen" bleaches only stronger. Hydrogen peroxide is a 3% solution & I think the bleaches are like 1% or less. I looked it up at one point (actually emailed one of the companies) and decided it was equivalent to a bottle of H2O2 in a large jug (half gallon maybe) of water. To me, that meant put a couple "glugs" of peroxide in the washer as it fills with water.
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ok, so the hydrogen peroxide is actually stronger than the stuff sold for laundry? That's good to know!

I'd still like to know why I can't get those darned stains out of dd's polyester skirt!

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I havent had H2O2 lighten laundry and I have used it for years.

Dont use it on wool or silk as it will ruin them
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No no no no. They are both Hydrogen Peroxide, just in different concentrations.

The non-chlorine bleach is MUCH stronger concentration than the Hydrogen Peroxide sold at the drug store. That is 3% and the NCB is about 10%.

You can wash your mouth out with HP from the drugstore but you don't even want to get NCB on your hands for more than a minute before they start to burn. The bottles of NCB say to wear gloves when cleaning with it.

Occasionally, drug stores sell two different concentrations of HP but the one you usually find in the brown bottle is 3%.

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Hmmm. Well, sorry I was passing on incorrect info. That's what I remembered from looking it up a couple years ago. But I'm not going to argue with a chemist.
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No problem. I love whipping out that info when posting about chemistry-related issues.

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OK, so the hydrogen peroxide from the drug store is about 1/3 the strength of non chlorine bleach? That makes more sense to me!

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We Midwives use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood spots on carpet or bedding or clothing all the time. It works instantly like magic!
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