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How to Purify Water With Hydrogen Peroxide

By Thomas King ; Updated July 27, 2017

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with many uses. These uses include bleaching hair, removing pollutants from the air and producing food. In addition, hydrogen peroxide can be used as a water disinfectant. Inhaling hydrogen peroxide can cause lung problems and the effect of chronic exposure to hydrogen peroxide is not yet known. Consequently, using hydrogen peroxide as a water disinfectant is generally considered a last resort in emergency situations.

  1. Use a measuring cup to measure out 1/8 of a cup of hydrogen peroxide.

  2. Pour 1 gallon of untreated water into a pot.

  3. Mix 1/8 of a cup of hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of water in the pot and stir well.

  4. Store the water in a clean, durable container and drink it within six months.

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