Hydrogen Peroxide Foot Bath Therapy

| Modified on Mar 22, 2023
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Posted by Richard Fasanello (Washington, NJ/USA) on 09/03/2012
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My dietary requirements are so stringent that I often find myself without a sufficient period of time to administer orally into an empty stomach. Prompted by the bathwater method I developed a "foot bath" method. I found an unlined "unisex" rubber/plastic boot in a big box store. I bought a size that fit my bare feet. They were then filled and soaked in water for 24 hours to remove any readily soluble materials. After washing the feet with a solution of 1 oz. Mild dish dertergent to 1 qt. 70% IPA (rubbing alcohol), then rinsing and drying, to minimize germs which could use up some of the peroxide effectivness, the boots are donned over bare feet and 1/4 cup of approximately 1% (1oz. 35% food grade added to 1 qt distilled water) peroxide is poured in and a 2 hour soak commences. This may prove to be the closest thing to an IV administration possible and requires no doctor visits/expenses.

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Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 02/25/2022
2 out of 5 stars

For many years I have been dreaming about a portable foot bath that would allow me to walk around while I am soaking my feet. After finding a pair of unlined rubber boots in a Chinese clothing store, I bought a pair that was one size larger than my usual size.

After getting back to my house, I filled each of those boots with one pint of a 2% solution, and donned those boots over my bare feet. I did this on 2 separate days.

From a distance it looked like I had the perfect setup, and that I had a highly successful portable foot bath. However, reality was very different. There were 3 issues as follows:

Issue #1: Increasingly more and more chemical and mechanical burns appeared on my bare legs. Apparently the made in China rubber boots are physically and chemically abrasive, if you try to wear them without your socks on.

Issue #2 was the design of those boots. It was enormously difficult to take those boots off. It was a struggle every single time. The combination of water and bare feet was kind of deadly. Once water got inside those boots, the boots shrank and or stuck to the bare skin of my feet. I checked over and over; and no, my feet did not swell.

Issue #3 was my concern over the many undesirable chemicals that probably leached from those boots. The ideal vessel would have been glass and or ceramic. This means that, even if I purchased and used the most expensive pair of rubber boots, they would have been far from ideal.

Any ideas?

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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 03/10/2023 403 posts

Super simple "walking foot soak" - organic cotton socks, foot soak solution in a squeeze bottle - to keep the sock wetted - and some "spa slippers", which are super cheap, waterproof on the bottom and come in lots - like 6,10 or a dozen pairs per. They're not meant to last forever. Spas usually throw them away but they are washable. Of course, if you want to soak in something like a castor oil, olive oil or clay, you won't want to put that in your washer. You can also make some slipper/sock covers from the PUL they use to make diapers and diaper covers. You don't want to use the absorbent stuff they put in diapers as it is designed to hang on to the wetness and you want the wetness on your feet. Oh, and they also make clear boots to cover casts or wounds that shouldn't get wet in the shower. And, of course, there are always Crocs!

No matter what you use, you want to take care so that you don't slip and fall. For instance, bread bags over wet socks are slippery. Both inside and out, as when walking on carpet.

If you make waterproof slippers to wear over your "wet socks", you can use the waterproof diaper fabric with the fabric on the outside and glue a sole to it. A good cheap sole material is those German shammies - like those "Shamwow" towels they used to sell on TV. There are lots and lots of generic ones out there, and they're cheap. They're made of rayon or viscose felt. Plus they're super handy for other things, INCLUDING as an alternative to organic cotton socks!

Of course, you can make super simple tube socks out of any natural, stretchy material. And they have waterproof diaper fabric that stretches AS WELL AS double sided fabric that would stick to your sock via friction, rather than slip/slide around.

Another good alternative is an old pair of Birkenstocks. With the Crocs and Birkenstocks, you have to keep applying so your socks don't dry out.

Using these materials, you could make a "bra soak", a "knee soak" or just about any walking soak you want. You could even make a sort of sitz bath soak if you make an adult diaper-like cover for an old pair of cotton underwear!

I wouldn't recommend it for iodine as I covered an iodine soaked pad with plastic once and YIKES!! Don't do that...one minute it was just a little bit uncomfortable and the next I was flailing around, clawing at it to get it off ASAP - ROFL!

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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 03/11/2023 403 posts

Something else you can do to apply a concoction to a specific part - like a wart or bruise or something - is to wet only the center of a piece of cloth and apply honey around the area you want it to cover. You can also use it to stick a cloth over plastic wrap.

We often think of honey as "too messy" but, out in the open, the probiotics in the air will eat it and any conbiotics that get on it will simply die so, if you make a mess, simply scrape up as much as you can and let the microbes do the rest. You can squirt it with a little water to allow for more microbes which will simply eat any bad microbes that might survive the honey - which they really don't. Honey is "clean". It's just sticky until it's broken down and consumed by friendly microbes.

If you make LABS (lactic acid bacteria serum), you can spray some on it to speed up the process.

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Posted by Lisa (Olympia, WA) on 03/22/2022

Very interesting. Lots of ideas here. I wish I knew the 'why's' of all these different substances you use on your feet. I am currently on a protocol to help my terrible liver numbers that includes a tea made from: milk thistle seed, Burdock root, dandelion root, & yellow dock root. I have read about using the H202 solution in a foot bath which I want to try, bec the food grade H202 drops in water you are supposed to have an empty stomach. Just thinking about other routes/ways to get this.

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 09/04/2012 2073 posts

Richard, I have found good results from using the powdered form of hydrogen peroxide in the product "OxyFree". There are other products from chemical supplier like "sodium percarbonate" (ingredient of OxyFree), sodiumtetrahydrate", and "sodium monohydrate". How they compare to the FG H2O2 I don't know except from personal experience they seem quite similar, and of course the sodium content is a consideration.

Footbath or whole body bath with these energizes me for several hrs. Supplementing MSM is also a good source of active oxygen.

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Posted by John (Brisbane, Australia) on 06/14/2013

I have concerns about undesirable chemicals leaching from the vessel used for foot the soak. I think distilled water is a good idea but I think it leaches strongly from its containers. I think using glass, stainless steel or maybe ceramic might be better option. Whilst not that practica, I find most effective natural health protocols done properly are typically quite labourious and or messy. I have wondered about how much hydrogen peroxide actually get absorbed via foot soaks and as such I have considrered small quantities of dmso to aid absorbtion but I am not entirely comfortable with the idea yet.

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Posted by Therese (Nsw) on 01/11/2023

How did you end up going with the 2 hour soaks? Did you feel any difference?

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky) on 09/04/2012 2073 posts

*** Corection ***

"sodium perborate tetrahydrate", and "sodium perborate monohydrate".

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Posted by Susan (Simi Valley, Ca) on 08/02/2014

Add DMSO to the peroxide footpath? Oh, I LOVE that idea!!! Why didn't I think of it? I already use it almost every day for so many other things, I guess my primary concern was some sort of a herx effect from the peroxide. One step at a time, you know?

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Posted by Annette Vaillancourt (Saint Louis) on 07/16/2016

I was thinking the same thing. I take so many supplements orally for cancer, yet my stomach cannot tolerate even the lowest dose of FG H2O2.

I want the benefit of the increased oxygenation, so I am going to try a foot bath.

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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 03/11/2023 403 posts

If you use the spa slippers, make sure you get the ones with the waterproof sole - otherwise, you'll track your foot soak stuff all over the place.

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Posted by Cindy (Illinois, UA) on 03/21/2023 403 posts

Something else you can do is simply set a puppy (or human) pee pad on the floor, fold up some paper towels or wash cloths for each foot, wet them with your solution, sitting with ust the soles of your feet on them. That way, you can simply step onto a different part of the waterproof pad to dry your feet and get up and walk around if you need to, no problem.

Some wetting solutions you can use: Borax, urine, cayenne or any other herbal tea and even clay, which you can spread onto a paper towel and cover with gauze, misting it with water to keep it moist, as you would for a clay mask. Just use wet clay, let it dry a bit (which is what draws things to it), mist, let dry a bit and repeat, creating a sort of pump action, replacing with fresh clay after every 3 or 4 times. Or you can simply set the cloth with clay water.