Even the most casual survey of the uses of hydrogen peroxide would demonstrate that it is considered to be one of the safest oxidizing reagents available. Hundreds of useful commercial applications employ dilute H202 - water mixtures for bleaches, bubbling agents, mild cleansers and other gentle oxidation processes. The use of hydrogen peroxide in the teaching laboratory is recommended as far safer than the use of the pennanganates, nitrates, dichromates, chlorates and perchlorates which might otherwise be employed. The 3% solution is used to clean open cuts or employed as mouthwash. Analytical laboratories, employing higher concentrations, would be hard pressed to find a suitable substitute for many difficult oxidation processes.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1979 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"Warning - Strong Oxidant!,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 16
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol16/iss3/10