Last Modified on Dec 08, 2015
Earth Clinic readers tell us that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is one of their favorite methods for quickly curing a sore throat. Sore throats are particularly common during winter and cold weather, but a sore throat can appear any time of the year. Whenever a sore throat strikes, people want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Learn about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide to cure your sore throat.
Here's what Shawn wrote to us about how he relieved his painful sore throat with hydrogen peroxide.
Posted by Shawn: [YEA] Hydrogen Peroxide: My throat has hurt for 2 days now and it feels like it's getting worse. I am on an antibiotic for sinus infection, but I have NEVER had such a sore throat. My DR. recommended throat spray which works for about 2 mins... ibubrofen, nope, cough drops, nope. I just found this remedy and actually have it in the house. I felt instantly better, still hurts but I will continue to gargle with it. It even says it on the bottle for oral rinse.
Here's another post from Martha explaining how she uses hydrogen peroxide as a gargle.
Posted by Martha: [YEA] The best way to completely heal a sore throat quick is with Hydrogen Peroxide. The regular brand from any store in the brown bottle. Just brush teeth and mouth and as far back throat as comfortably possible, then gargle about a capful or one tablespoon or even dilute it with a bit of water.
Beware of the fizz as your throat, tongue and gums are stripped of all the bad stuff! It will most likely make you gag from all the funk! Rinse and do it again! You will be amazed at the almost immediate relief! Since it is a natural remedy, you can do several times a day as needed but honestly one or two applications should do the trick! It's amazing that something so common and cheap can do such an amazing job! Best and cheapest cure out there!
What Causes a Sore Throat?
A sore throat is painful swelling or irritation in the throat that can be caused by a number of different things. Sore throats are often triggered by the common cold or a viral infection; however, laryngitis, mono, mumps, the flu and bacterial infections such as strep throat can also cause a sore throat. Other possible causes include infection or inflammation of the tonsils, irritation due to environmental factors such as smoke and allergies.
Does Hydrogen Peroxide Actually Help a Sore Throat?
No matter the cause of your sore throat, hydrogen peroxide can help. A natural remedy, hydrogen peroxide is safe and effective for treating sore throats.
How Does It Work?
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful germ fighting agent. When you use it to gargle, it kills off germs in the throat and the mouth that are causing the irritation. Likewise, hydrogen peroxide helps to eliminate inflammation, relieving pain.
How Do I Gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide?
- First, you have to create a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 4 tablespoons of water. Some people use mouthwash instead to disguise the taste.
- Use this solution to gargle several times a day.
Is It Safe?
As with any remedy, you must take care when using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment option. Be sure to dilute the hydrogen peroxide, and do not swallow even the diluted solution. You may want to cleanse the mouth with several gargles of fresh water following treatment as well.
Treating a sore throat can be difficult; however, with this natural remedy, you can treat your ailment safely, naturally, and quickly. Give this natural remedy a try, and let us know how it works for you.
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Hydrogen Peroxide Cure for a Sore Throat
- Hydrogen Peroxide - 1 Part (e.g., 1 Tablespoon)
- Water - 4 Parts (e.g., 4 Tablespoons)
Dilute one part hydrogen peroxide in four parts water and use this solution as a gargle. DO NOT SWALLOW! Repeat several times.
[YEA] I have tried just about everything you can imagine for a sore throat with nothing having any immdeiate results. The only thing I have found to work and work well is hydrogen peroxide. Thank you everyone for this useful and very much painless and no longer existing sore throat. :)
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Southern California, US
[YEA] Trust these posts... This really works! Just go to the drugstore and buy the brown bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide and gargle with it full strength... DO NOT SWALLOW. Rinse several times with plain tap water. NOT FOR CHILDREN since they could possibly swallow the peroxide. Note: The directions on the Hydrogen Peroxide bottle says it may be used as an oral rinse.
[YEA] I woke up 3 mornings gargling a sore throat. It was majorly sore, but I didn't want it to get any sorer. It was only sore on the right side. So, I came to my faithful and trusted site. I couldn't wait to try the peroxide in my ears. I poured a couple drops in the cap and drop it in my ear and went to bed. It did feel a little weird, but not painful at all. The next morning I got up and my throat wasn't sore AT ALL. It's been over a week now and I never got a cold. I shared this remedy with a cousin who was getting over a cold, but it was still lingering. She emailed me today and said "it worked like a charm"!!!! Thanks to EC and all of you for sharing and keeping us healthy!!
Hi there....was coming down with the sore throat and decided to mix 6% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) with regular water at a ratio of about 2:10 respectively (2 parts 6% Hydrogen Peroxide, with 10 parts water). Then gargled with the solution about 4 times (each time a clean solution) then spit it out after each 1 minute gargle.
The sore throat was nearly gone by the evening of the same day, as the H2O2 gargle was done earlier.
TIP: Try to gargle in such a way that the H2O2/water solution gets deep inside the throat. But Do NOT Swallow solution.
TIP: Gargle with the H2O2/water solution directly after it is mixed, as the H2O2 deteriorates/decomposes quickly when left in the open, which could reduce the effectiveness of the process
There was some Very slight discomfort from the Little bubbly feeling of the H2O2....but the gargle is still worth it
Thanks EC, and hope this helps, bye
[YEA] I have had a sore throat for a week now. I put the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (no mix)onto some Qtips and then rubbed it onto my tonsils. It completely got rid of the white pus sacs on my tonsils and was foaming. The Qtips actually had pus all over them..Kinda gross but it worked!! I IMMEDIATELY felt better and am able to swallow now without pain..What a miracle that stuff is! I would rate the pain before using the peroxide, a 10, after using it a 1. Slight discomfort but not really noticeable. I also did it until I saw no more pus on my tonsil or on the qtips. Use a clean qtip each time. Also, this can cause you to gag..so be careful with that. Thanks so much for this website!
[YEA] I have been in terrible sore throat pain for 4 days now. Been to the the Doctors 2xs and was negative to strep. The size of my tonsils measure to golf balls and the are now covered with white pus! This afternoon my mother suggested that I try her old wives tale of gargling with peroxide! I poured a small amount into a cup, approx the amount that would be used to gargle with and instantly It foamed, i began to gag as huge amounts of mucus and began to pour out! I then rinsed with water a few times. As the afternoon has passes I still continue to have to spit out mucus but it seems to be doing the trick.
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[YEA] The Half Hydrogen Peroxide And Mouthwash work for me. Sure it took action over night but my throat does not hurt anymore. :)
[YEA] Hydrogen Peroxide: My throat has hurt for 2 days now and it feels like it's getting worse. I am on an antibiotic for sinus infection, but I have NEVER had such a sore throat. My DR. recommended throat spray which works for about 2 mins... ibubrofen, nope, cough drops, nope. I just found this remedy and actually have it in the house. I felt instantly better, still hurts but I will continue to gargle with it. It even says it on the bottle for oral rinse.
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[YEA] Hydrogen Peroxide worked great for my sore throat. I gargled a mixture of half mouthwash, half hydrogen peroxide. This definitely cut the icky taste of the peroxide. It didn't give immediate relief, but my sore throat was cured overnight. I will definitely be using this again!
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Moore, South Carolina
[YEA] The best way to completely heal a sore throat quick is with Hydrogen Peroxide. The regular brand from any store in the brown bottle. Just brush teeth and mouth and as far back throat as comfortably possible, then gargle about a capful or one tablespoon or even dilute it with a bit of water.
Beware of the fizz as your throat, tongue and gums are stripped of all the bad stuff! It will most likely make you gag from all the funk! Rinse and do it again! You will be amazed at the almost immediate releif! Since it is a natural remedy, you can do several times a day as needed but honestly one or two applications should do the trick! It's amazing that something so common and cheap can do such an amazing job! Best and cheapest cure out there!
[YEA] I have used food grade hydrogen peroxide, with great success for the bad sore throat. Can anyone help me to rid myself of gallstones, without the surgery?
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[YEA] Hydrogen Peroxide: I have tried many of these remedies that are supposed to work and they didn't. This one really worked. Just gargle it a few times and it will instantly stop the burning and scratching in your throat. Hope this works for you as much as it worked for me:)
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Vancouver, Bc Canada
[YEA] I recently tried the Hydrogen Peroxide gargle to cure my soar throat. Although there is a bad taste, it is effective. Just make sure you do it a couple of times until the pain is gone. It takes only minutes if you use pure peroxide, but if you can't stand the taste mix half water, half peroxide, it will take longer but it will work just as well.
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[YEA] The best remedy I have found for a sore throat is to gargle with hydrogen peroxide. If you can't stand it full strength, then mix with a half cup of warm water. You can gargle with a mouthwash afterwards if you don't like the taste. I used to have throat problems all the time, now all I do when I feel the least bit of discomfort is gargle with the hydrogen peroxide. Relief in only minutes. Cured in a day or two depending on the severity of the problem.
[YEA] I have gargled hydrogen peroxide for sore throats/laryngitis for years. I get sinus congestion that ends up wrapped around my vocal cords. As soon as I start to lose my voice, I gargle with hydrogen peroxide. The bubbling breaks up the crud immediately which I'm able to cough up.