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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PEROXIDE•PEROXIDO - Where to find•Dónde encontrar 35% Food • Technical Grade Peroxide•Peroxido in Costa Rica

Over the years I've had MANY people ask me where to find
35% Volume FOOD Grade Hydrogen PEROXIDE • PEROXIDO
in Costa Rica.

Most of them were wanting to locate it to do
which is said to help ALKALINE your body which can be an INCREDIBLE POSSIBLE prevention for cancer, kills bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, and some types of tumor cells.

Even the American Cancer Society suggests Oxygen Therapy as a POSSIBLE prevention for cancer:

"Oxygen therapy introduces substances into the body that are supposed to release oxygen. The extra oxygen is believed to increase the body's ability to destroy disease-causing cells. Two of the most common compounds used in oxygen therapy are hydrogen peroxide and ozone—a chemically active form of oxygen. This type of treatment is different from the common medical uses of oxygen, which involve increasing the amount of oxygen gas in inhaled air. It is also different from hyperbaric oxygen, which involves the use of pressurized oxygen gas (see our document on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)."






Clean Pesticides off your fruits and vegetables
Freshen kitchen: Keep a spray bottle of 3% H2O2 in the kitchen. Use to wipe off counter tops and appliances, it will disinfect and give the kitchen a fresh smell.
    Dishwasher: Add 50 ml (2 oz.) of 3% H2O2 to your regular washing formula.

House Plants: Add 30 ml (1oz.) of 3% H2O2 in liter of water. Use to mist plants.
    Laundry: Add 250 ml (1 cup) of 3% H2O2 in place of bleach.
    Humidifiers and Steamers: Mix 500 ml of 3% H2O2 to 4 liters of water.
    Facial: Use 3% H2O2 on a cotton ball after washing. Avoid eyebrows and eyes.
    Detox Bath: Use 250 ml (1cup) of 35% H2O2 to a tub. Soak at least for 30 minutes Teeth Whitening
Water Disinfectant
(ESPECIALLY good to have some stashed in case of an emergency like an earthquake, etc. if the water becomes bad/worse) including pools and jaccuzi's
Acne (combined with Benzoyl peroxide)

Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!

But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.


Lavinia shared this document with me on even MORE uses for Peroxide:

(interesting here, it says the FDA doesn't approve peroxide to help with cancer and things - yet the American Cancer Society DOES = hmmmm.  Who wants you TO heal???)


35% is QUITE STRONG and can SERIOUSLY BURN YOU so use it VERY CAREFULLY and with gloves!!!!!!


Where do I get my 35% Food Grade Peroxide • Peroxido in Costa Rica?:
Distribuidora QUIFLO Comercial

Quiflo is a distributor for many pharmacies and Macrobiotics around Costa Rica, but you (the general public) can get into their office!  Here you can find MANY products that are hard to find in Costa Rica (or are only in small quantities) in various sizes from 30ml, 60ml, 120ml, liter and gallon!!

They carry 20-35% volume Peroxide • Peroxido but it IS Costa Rica so before you go there, CALL FIRST to make sure they have it in stock (they usually have SOMEONE there that can speak English if that's important to you).

On July 17, 2013 it was 8,700-colones/around $17 for a GALLON!!!

Quiflo also carries everything from BORAX, Rubbing Alcohol, Chloroform, Citronella, Benzyl Benzoate / Iodine (2, 5%), vaseline (120ml-gallon), Valerian Root (liquid).  Vitamins and LOTS MORE!!!

They even carry various oils - including MASSAGE OILS like Almond Oil, Mineral Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Bergamot Oil, Camibar Oil+.

Check out their PRODUCTS at:

Mon.-Fri. 8am-5:30pm
(they are closed for lunch from 12pm/noon-1:30pm)

ESCAZU (Centro)
•    Coming from the Pista - get off at the WalMart exit.
•    Get in the middle lane and pass through the light at Walmart.  Go through the 2nd light at TGIFridays.
•    Go through the light at KFC•McDonalds and make sure you're at this point in the LEFT lane.
•    At the Scotia Split light (IN the LEFT LANE) - go STRAIGHT UP UP the hill (passing AutoMercado•Plaza Atlantis) a few blocks.
•    At the next light where you MUST VEER RIGHT (if you were to go straight - you'll see a sign that says "no Hay Paseo" & run into a one-way street going the wrong way!!  There is a new Fresh Market and little strip mall on your left).
•    On your right you'll pass the Pub (green bar with a big sign that I THINK says Guiness or some other beer.  It's my FAV place for Fish & Chips on Fridays and Saturdays and their Argentinian specials on Sundays).
•    Turn LEFT/South at the 2nd street (it's a one-way street going South-bound.  On the North/West corner there is a one story terra cotta building - home to Casona de Laly - one of my FAV Tico restaurants [& BEST Margarita's I've found in CR so far]).
(NOTE•WARNING - MOST of the streets up in Centro Escazu are one-way streets and MANY do NOT have official markings)
•    Go up I think 4 blocks - passing Pollo Male (home to REALLY tasty coffee twig Roasted Chicken.  Tell owner Marco Vicki Connected you if you stop in), the light at Musmani's Panaderia/Bakery & the BACK of the church•iglesia) - heading South•UP the hill towards San Antonio de Escazu
•    2 blocks•200 meters after the church, on your LEFT (the South•East corner) you'll see a terra cotta 2 story building and on it it says "Corporacion Quiflo - Farmacia la Merced".
•    The entrance to QUIFLO (vs the pharmacy below) is on the side/East/left side of the building - Upstairs (press the bell and they'll buzz you in).

(QuifloSA.com  •  facebook.com/Quiflo  •  info@QuifloSA.com
2-228-5100 • 2-228-5200 • 2-228-5300 • 2-228-6500 • 2-255-0305 • 2-228-8382)

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