Using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) to purify water

Using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) to purify water

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) may be used in water treatment process for creating purified water in emergency disaster situations.

Medicinal Hydrogen Peroxide

How to get clean water is a high priority in preparing for any emergency. The h20 structure is changed with the addition of Hydrogen Peroxide.

Hydrogen Peroxide sold over the counter for medicinal purposes is generally a 3 – 10% diluted solution.

Adding Hydrogen Peroxide to water produces oxygenated water and can be considered safer than the use of chlorine bleach in a water treatment process. Eliminating the factor of water borne diseases and illnesses by removing harmful contaminants such as bacteria, chemicals, and reintroducing oxygen to create safe drinking water.

Hydrogen Peroxide has been introduced as a first aid and household cleaning staple for many years. It’s uses are many and the effects of using vary from health and wellness applications to urban myths. See Snopes: Hydrogen Peroxide.

This is a specialized formula of peroxide but you get the idea:

Take extreme caution when working with any

chemical process or hazardous materials.

Use good, safe directions and

follow instructions thoroughly!

The EPA has not approved this method of water purification.


Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is rarely used in drinking water treatment as a stand-alone treatment process. H2O2 is a weak mirobiocide compared to chlorine, ozone, and other commonly used disinfectants. Consequently, it is not approved by regulatory agencies as a stand-alone disinfection treatment process.

However, there are a number of technologies where H2O2 is used as part of the treatment program. (more…)

Trusted sources recommend adding 1/8 c of Hydrogen Peroxide to 1 gallon of h20. This process eliminates many of the contaminants that can be found in untreated water. It is suggested that you let the purified water sit for at least 24 hours. Allowing treated,  purified water to sit overnight is a common practice.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide to purify water has been shown to create a higher level of oxygen in water which in turn is healthier for the body. Hydrogen Peroxide has been known to be a cleansing agent for eleminating toxins in the body’s system. Added in small amounts to water, Hydrogen Peroxide’s benefits can be a healthy alternative to bleaching water for safe clean water.

Large water treatment plants use (H2O2) for treating sewage water in water treatment plants. Their usage of Hydrogen Peroxide leads however to complaints of noxious odors around these facilities.

Eliminate the possible harmful effects of chlorine bleach in water by seeking other sources such as Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) for treating and creating purified water in emergency disaster situations.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. […] danger, then drink as normal, the water can be stored up to 6 months is in sealed jars. (more info here & […]


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  3. You wrote “… a higher level of oxygen in water which in turn is healthier for the body.” The oxygen (O) it is one of free radicals so it is not healthier for body. Under stress our body produces H2O2, which is toxic.


    • There are links at the bottom of the article which support the idea. Chlorine is in no way healthier for water sanitizing nor is it a naturally occurring substance. There are health studies which recommend using 3-4 drops of a diluted solution of 35% peroxide to help flush toxins from the body.


  4. […] Using Hydrogen Peroxide To Sanitize Water There are many methods to processing water and making it pure enough to drink. The Hydrogen Peroxide method may be another way to treat water. […]


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