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Hydrogen Peroxide - an Excellent Sore Throat Remedy

Nov 26, 2016

Effective sore throat remedies

Earth Clinic readers tell us that 3% 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 3% 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 3% hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle from the pharmacy) 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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Posted by Robin (Birmingham, Alabama ) on 07/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Just tried my first throat cleansing using the 3% hydrogen peroxide gargle remedy and I'm already feeling the ease of my pain and irritation. Thank you so very much!


Posted by Steve (Canandaigua, New York Usa) on 03/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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 3% hydrogen peroxide. Thank you everyone for this useful and very much painless and no longer existing sore throat. :)

Replied by Earthday78
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
03/08/2011

Virgin Coconut Oil and Honey works everytime!

Replied by Lisa
Orlando, Fl
09/02/2012
1 out of 5 stars

I woke up with an awful sore throat today and have been trying to kick it but nothing had seemed to work. I tried the salt water, lozenges, and decongestants with no results. I decided to give this hydrogen peroxide thing a try. As soon as I started to gargle it made me vomit into the sink. (gross! ) Needless to say I won't be trying that again...ever!


Posted by K Brown (Greenfield, In) on 02/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Posted by Dawn (Atlanta, Ga) on 02/10/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up 3 mornings gargling 3% hydrogen peroxide fo 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 3% hydrogen 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!!


Posted by Chrissy (Akron, Ohio) on 01/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!


Posted by Shaeness (Denver, CO) on 06/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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 3% hydrogen 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.


Posted by Hakeem (Aberdeen, Maryland) on 03/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

The Half 3% Hydrogen Peroxide And Mouthwash work for me. Sure it took action over night but my throat does not hurt anymore. :)


Posted by Shawn (Louisburg, KS) on 10/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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 3% hydrogen peroxide gargle 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.


Posted by Leslie (Jamestown, NC) on 10/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hydrogen Peroxide worked great for my sore throat. I gargled a mixture of half mouthwash, half 3% 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!

Replied by Ralph
Moore, South Carolina
02/28/2009

The 1/2 hydr peroxide and 1/2 mouthwash is what Colgate sells for $6 for 8-oz -- as Peroxyl. Replaced it with drugstore peroxide and dollar store mouthwash for less than 25cts.


Posted by Martha Martinez (El Centro, CA) on 10/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!


Posted by Bob (New York, USA) on 09/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

3% 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:)

Replied by Cat
Vancouver, Bc Canada
02/28/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Tried both ways, 3% straight and 3% mixed with an equal part of water, and they work! 3% straight works the best overall but tastes aweful. I got instant relief from the soreness, I began sneezing, my nose started to run, and I started coughing up the infection. I'm definitely putting this natural remedy onto my list of treatments!


Posted by Matthew (Wellton, Arizona) on 08/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I recently tried the 3% 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.

Replied by Heather
Ontario
06/19/2016

3% Hydrogen peroxide is not advised for deep cuts, because it will cause healing of the top layers of skin before the lower levels heal, which can lead to serious infection. However, as a remedy for a bacterial infection like tonsillitis or a superficial lesion or scratch it is a very cheap and effective remedy that will speed healing. It is a form of oxygen, and bacteria is anaerobic, which means it does not 'like' oxygen. So, putting hydrogen peroxide on bacteria 'cuts off it's ability to breathe, ' so to speak, thereby killing it.

Replied by Victoria
N J
10/19/2016
5 out of 5 stars

When I had sore throat I went to doctor and she is the one who suggested 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. I m glad we have doctors like her.


Posted by Hazel (Lake Havasu City, Arizona) on 03/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

The best remedy I have found for a sore throat is to gargle with 3% 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.


Posted by Marie (Baton Rouge, LA) on 09/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have gargled 3% 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.


Posted by Nathan (Auburn, MA) on 01/04/2007
5 out of 5 stars

If you feel a sore throat coming gargle with 3% hydrogen peroxide. I know it sounds crazy but it works. It's ok to swallow just a little bit but don't drink it. Do this a couple times about 5 minutes apart and wait about an hour and it will start to go away. I've been doing this for years and shared it with other people and they are amazed how well it works!



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