Here at the One Minute Miracle blog, our focus is to provide our readers and customers with a wealth of resources that will empower them to make smart decisions about the responsible use of food grade hydrogen peroxide products. Out last blog post discussed how to properly store your 35% H2O2 products and readers began to wonder: Does hydrogen peroxide expire? This is a great question. Read on to find out the answer.
The short answer is, of course, yes. Like all household chemicals, and really all things, H2O2 expires after a certain period of time. You might have used expired H2O2 if you’ve poured the medical grade, 3% version of this product on a cut and it didn’t fizz. Essentially, as soon as you open a bottle of food grade H2O2 for the first time, you’ve started a timer that’s counting down until the product’s expiration. For the most part, you can expect a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to remain effective for around six months. During this period, you’ll find that the product is as nearly effective as the day you opened it. However, studies have shown that after you open a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, there is a period of peak effectiveness. The first 30 to 45 days after opening a bottle is widely considered to be the period where your H2O2 product will be most effective. After that, the effectiveness begins to diminish. Your food grade hydrogen peroxide product begins breaking down when it is first exposed to the air outside of the bottle. If the bottle is contaminated in anyway, be it from dust floating inside, or a fingertip pushed into the bottle, this only serves to exacerbate the decomposition process.
Food grade hydrogen peroxide is such a unique product because it is not stabilized by any added chemicals or materials. The result is a product that is naturally pure and clean, but also one that breaks down rather quickly. However, you can maintain the effectiveness of your H2O2 products from the One Minute Miracle by following a few simple steps. Storing your H2O2 in a cool dark place will keep it from decomposing as quickly. Indeed, storing your food grade H2O2 in the refrigerator or the freezer is probably the best way to extend its shelf life.
So there you have it. Food grade H2O2 does expire, and there are a variety of factors that accelerate or stymy that expiration process. If you’re interested in the benefits of using food grade hydrogen peroxide, you can learn about some responsible uses for the products from the One Minute Miracle, and then you can order your own products and start a new chapter of healthy living in your life.
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