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Hydrogen Peroxide in Ears for the Flu

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Posted by Michael (Chapel Hill, N.C.) on 09/12/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I learned along time ago, that when you feel the 1st sign of a Cold or the Flu, take 1/2 capful of Peroxide, put in your ear, leave in for 2 minutes, empty into a tissue, do the other ear, your chances of getting either is greatly reduced, and if you do get sick, it will be shorter.

I am 71 yrs old, haven't had the Flu since I was 21yrs old. Never had a Flu shot, don't plan on ever having one, people I know get one every year, every year they get the Flu.

Replied by Jj

Are you laying down to put peroxide in or do you put it in tissue then apply tissue to ear?

(Saskatchewan, Canada)

I am now lying down on my side after spraying 2% hydrogen peroxide in my ear! It's been fizzing a long time!!

I tried making 3% but poured too much so once I balanced it out I estimate it's about 2%.

it feels a bit of a burn. I hope this is ok since I know it can be a neurotoxin at higher doses.

I heard it can heal scarring. I have scarring in my ears from childhood ear infections, so I hope it heals it. Can it?

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Posted by June (Nyc) on 01/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, it works! I also used hydrogen peroxide in my ears when I felt flu symptoms last Friday. I really had the sense that the virus was in my ears! A capful of 3% peroxide emptied slowly into one ear... lay on the carpet and and held the peroxide in that ear until it stopped bubbling. Then shook it out onto a towel and applied to the other ear. Slept beautifully that night and woke up without any virus symptoms.

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Posted by Bee (Florida) on 03/23/2017
3 out of 5 stars


Yesterday I woke up with early symptoms of the flu. I had chills, body aches, and a headache. I went to work and by mid-day I could no longer stand the feeling so I went home. I read about the hydrogen peroxide cure so I put a few drops in each ear and went to sleep. I woke up about 5 hours later with my headache and chills totally gone and the body ache had reduced about 75%. Wow, I was impressed. So I did a few more drops in each ear hoping to completely kill the virus.

Unfortunately several hours later I experienced the same thing as another reviewer. My right ear began to ache pretty badly. I'm not sure if the peroxide ruptured my ear drum or what but the throbbing was quite bothersome. So I made myself a heat-pack with rice (rice in a sock and microwaved for 25 seconds). I put some cotton in my ear and placed the rice-pack just below my ear lob, as placing it directly onto my ear initially caused pain. After about 30 minutes the heavy throbbing stopped. I fell asleep and the next morning my ear is 95% back to normal. Will try it again tonight. Even though I was impressed with how fast the peroxide significantly subsided my flu symptoms, I will hesitate to use this cure again due to the ear ache it caused. But if this does happen to you, a heat pack will fix the issue.

Replied by Wb
0 out of 5 stars


Wanted to report an ear infection after using hydrogen peroxide in my ears. I can never recall having an ear infection but developed a nasty one after using hydrogen peroxide in my ears to cure a cold.

Replied by Dee
(Chicago, Il)
0 out of 5 stars

The pain happened to me as well. What alleviated the pain was rinsing out my ears with filtered water after draining the peroxide. No more pain for me.

Replied by Ben
(Wasilla AK)

You're not supposed to leave it in your ear for too long, usually about 5 minutes is enough.

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Posted by Elyn From Milwaukee (Oklahoma City, Ok, U.s.a.) on 12/18/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Peroxide in Ears for Flu

I put a half a dropper of peroxide in one ear at a time for 15-20 minutes. I have a washcloth next to my head to catch the drips once I tilt my head to drain, and then I do the other ear. Peroxide DOES NOT STAIN the pillowcases! I've fallen asleep with peroxide in my ears frequently-- doesn't do any harm. :)

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Posted by Jennifer (Henderson, NV) on 08/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

In 2006, I worked in an office where a few women would literally be sick with colds, flu, etc. like every other week. No Joke! Well, they had small children at home and I'm sure this is where they were continuing to pick up viruses from. But they would keep coming to work -they wouldn't call in sick, so they would be coughing, sneezing using the phones, touching fax/copy machines, spreading their germs around continuously on the equipment that we ALL used. SICK of catching their viruses, my friend looked up remedies for the common cold. She found something about peroxide in your ears could stop a cold before it could develop.

Well I tried it, and I have been doing it for the past year and a half every time I feel one coming on. If I feel a sore throat, runny nose, etc coming on I just use a small eye dropper and put about 4-5 drops of 3% peroxide (bought at any drug store) in one ear, (tilt head over the sink) and wait about 2-3 mins until you feel the peroxide stop bubbling and get thru the ear wax. Repeat in other ear. This has saved me so much time, money and kept me side-effect free, that I can't be grateful enough for finding out about it.

This past winter I worked in another office where mostly women worked, and once again kept getting and bringing to work all the winter time viruses for colds and flu. If I felt anything coming on, I just did the peroxide remedy and am happy to say I remained healthy all winter long while surrounded by repeatedly sick co-workers. I told them all about the peroxide in the ear remedy, but they were skeptical and I don't think any of them tried it. Even when I challenged them to the fact that I was the only one in the office who had not been sick at all and had missed no work~

There should be a LAW :)

Replied by Teresa
(Kenedy, Texas)
5 out of 5 stars

If my sinues are congested, putting hydrogen peroixde in my ears helps my sinuses to drain.

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Posted by Regina (Seoul, South Korea) on 06/09/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I really can't believe this. But I'm an insulin dependent diabetic so my immune system is compromised and I get more colds. I felt a cold coming on but I have two finals next week and a thesis due the week after. In addition, I'm working and have my job duties to attend to too. Basically, I CAN NOT get sick. I found a great apple cider vinegar cure when I got a bad bout of food poisoning from this site and decided to see if there was anything on how to prevent that developing cold in its tracks. Well, I found the hydrogen peroxide remedy. It sounded completely crazy, but I figured what the hell - why not try it? It's cheap and at least my ears would be cleaner ;-) I tried it. I bought some peroxide on the way to the library. I set my cell phone timer for 10 minutes, had some tissue handy, tilted my head to the side, poured the peroxide in (I bought a small bottle with that has a nozzle so it was easy) and let the peroxide go to work. I switched ears and then did it again on both sides for about 5 to 10 minutes for each ear. It worked! That itchy throat I had is gone. That feeling that I was going to wake up sick tomorrow is gone. I truly can't believe it but I'll be doing this again at the first sign of a cold. This is great!

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Posted by Milica (Santa Barbara, CA) on 04/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I am in my first year at college, and I am 4 hours away from home! Now when I get sick, it is a huge priority to get better as soon as possible so that I don't miss any class and my mom is not here to take care of me!! My friend and I got sick on approximately the same day with a terrible stuffy nose that led to a sore throat and headache that resulted from so much sniffling.

My mom sent me the link to hydrogen peroxide therapy and with a little apprehension, I added the h2o2 in the ears, nose, and gargle to my vitamin c and oil of oregano cure. By the next day my stuffy nose was completely gone and by day 2 my voice was practically back to normal and NO sore throat. Now i'm at day 4 and perfectly normal and happy.

P.s. My friend is taking vitamins as well as antibiotics and she is still sick! Now if that isn't a testament to the power of h2o2, I don't know what is!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

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Posted by Anil Verma (Fremont, CA) on 03/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

yesterday, I was about to get get flu. I had sore throat & had started sneezing & sniffling. I knew for sure that I was gonna get flu in next 12 hrs. I found the H2O2 in Ear Cure on your website. Luckily enough, I found that I already had H2O2 at home. I went ahead & put few drops in one yr, waited few minutes & then tried it the other one. This morning when I woke up, I felt so much better. No Sneezing or sniffling. This stuff really works. I put it again in both my ears this morning. I still have the Sore throat. Any ideas, if inhaling will help with Sore throat. By the way, I am also Gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Powder ( as mentioned on your site). It seems to be fighting the sore throat as I can see Its not getting any works. Pl let me know if you have any more ideas for sore throat. Thanks for your website.

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Posted by Michael (Seattle, Washington) on 03/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've found 3 percent hydrogen peroxide surprisingly effective in "curing" a cold or flu. I fill an eyedropper with it, like down on my side, and pour it into my ears, one at a time. When I have an infection it will bubble or tickle. (Sometimes it tickles intensely... the first time I used it, I couldn't believe how much it tickled!) I leave it in for five minutes, then drain it out. I've been surprised at how effective it is in speeding my recovery, or even nipping a cold or flu bug in the bud. Oddly, putting it in my ears also helps to clear my sinuses. I also use it as a gargle when I have a cough.

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Posted by Debra (Sunnyvale, CA) on 03/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've only done one hydrogen peroxide application so far but it's either gotten rid of or greatly lessened my flu symptoms: headache, muscle aches, chills, extreme tiredness and nausea. At least enough so I feel like a human being again. I combined the hydrogen peroxide in the ear along with gargling in the throat. After a 3 hour nap, I felt much better. I could get up, take a shower and watch TV.

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Posted by Kelsey (Menifee, CA) on 02/13/2007
5 out of 5 stars

After waking up achy and light-headed with flu/cold symptoms, and having it stick for three days I was scrambling around the internet trying to find something to kill the virus off (whatever it was) so that I could go back to work. First I tried the cayenne pepper for my sore throat - miraculous, went away immediately and as of today (day 6) has not come back. I've been taking the ACV once a day and do feel better but I'm not sure if the virus is just running its course or whether the ACV is helping. Then I tried peroxide in the ears - quite uncomfortable but my body aches were gone by the next morning and haven't returned. So I'd give a thumbs up to the peroxide and cayenne for sure.

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Posted by John (Boston, MA) on 09/26/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I had developed some kind of nasty flu-like condition while in school. I don't normally get sick alot, and when I do it's not really all that bad, but this was really bad and was lingering around for weeks. I was really puzzled, but also quite miserable, and I don't trust doctors and I don't have a lot of money anyway. So one day I was looking for something on the web and stumbled across the hydrogen peroxide cures of Bill Munro and was at once intrigued, but dubious.

After all, I was told by my Dad once when I was really young that hydrogen peroxide is "poisonous" which I took to mean "lethal on contact" or something since I must have been like 2 or 3 at the time.

Anyway, I felt so bad from this flu thing that I decided what the heck, I'll put it in my ears. I knew that there might be some bubbling, but when I put it in my left ear, WOW, like it exploded *foosh* and scared the wits out of me at first, but it didn't hurt it just took me by surprise. The other ear bubbled far more mildly. Anyway, couldn't tell if it was working right then, but the next morning I KNEW I felt better.

My muscled didn't hurt as much, my head felt much clearer, and I was able to cough out gobs of phlegm that had been just stuck there for weeks, making my throat raw with coughing. I inhaled it some too the next day by putting it in a plant sprayer and spraying it at a fan I was standing in front of, occasionally taking deep breaths of the fan-air. This made me feel strangely happy and energetic, and also mildly light-headed. It was not a good idea to use the fan this way, however, because a little drop of H2O2 got in my eye once and that wasn't fun! Stings pretty bad far a few seconds.

The big companies will never cop to the benefits of a substance that cannot be patented.

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Posted by Christel (USA)
1 out of 5 stars

I tried using hydrogen peroxide in my ear last night to ward off the beginnings of a cold. It worked fabulously in my left ear; bubbled and fizzed, then drained out smoothly. Really quite pleasant. So I went on to my right ear. It will not drain out! My sinus issues are much improved, and I slept fine, but this morning my right ear is still clogged and beginning to ache. I tried the hydrogen peroxide again, hoping it would sort out whatever had gone wrong. But no luck. If it had worked the same in both ears I would be quite pleased with the home-cure, but as it's left me with a whole new pain to deal with ... I don't think I'll try it again.

Replied by Karen

As a child Mother used peroxide on us children to cleanse the ears out. I remember the fizzing and it would drain down to the inner ear and you could feel it drain down. I tried this remedy years ago and the hydrogen peroxide just sits in a pool in my ears and will not drain down. I mentioned this to my ears nose throat doctor and he informed me that I will need ear tubes put in and it will correct the drainage issues. I wonder if this is also what you are experiencing.

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Posted by Shelly (Louisiana)
5 out of 5 stars

I have often used peroxide in my ears for ear infections. My mom used it on me as a child and I have since done so. This week I had a severe bought of what I suppose is the flu. My jaws, ears, and throat ached extremely bad. After using peroxide in my ears, my symptoms would ease up. It did the same for my husband when I did this for him.

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Posted by Teri (Rapid City, South Dakota)
5 out of 5 stars

I used the hydrogen peroxide in the ears at the first sign of a runny nose and sore throat. A half an hour later I felt great and I still feel great today."

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Posted by Valerie (Frederick MD)
5 out of 5 stars

I started putting H2O2 in my ears after reading about this to cure the flu. It worked great and no side effects. Do not do at night or you will not sleep. I was thrilled to see this added to your list.

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Posted by Linda (Centerville, Wa)
5 out of 5 stars

I use the hydrogen peroxide in ears for colds and flu on myself and grandkids, it works great!

Have just started using acv for gout and osteo arthritis, could feel the difference the next day. I use two tablespoons of acv with a tablespoon of honey in a glass of hot water two or three times a day.

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Posted by Yvette (Vancouver, British Columbia)
5 out of 5 stars

At the first signs of either cold or flu, I use a couple of drops of H2O2 - 3% solution- in each ear, in each nostril and in my mouth. This seems to kill off viruses that enter through these areas. It will stop a cough or irritated throat immediately. Sometimes I use a spray bottle to do this. The throat may be sensitive for some people, but the effect is worth it.

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Posted by B.A. (Fairbanks, AK)
5 out of 5 stars

I use the 3% peroxide drops in the ears 1-3x for 5 min each, ear up, AND then drain and dry with 70% ethyl alcohol to prevent "damp" residual in ear after blotting externally with a paper towel. Has worked well for ear aches with 2 daughters.