Dr Oz did a show called Mom Myths: Everything Your Mother Told You Was Wrong, where he revealed myths that your mother probably told you. Doctor Oz was joined by Science Bob to do a an experiment to reveal the truth about if Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfects Cuts or if it is a myth, but please do not try this experiment at home!
Dr Oz: Mom Myth #4: Applying Hydrogen Peroxide to a Cut Will Disinfect It
Dr Oz said that moms often reach for the Hydrogen Peroxide in the brown bottle whenever their child gets a cut or scrape, but does the foam and bubbling action of Hydrogen Peroxide on a scrap really help to prevent infection? Dr Oz said that Hydrogen Peroxide is ineffective at cleaning wounds, because your body releases a chemical that can neutralize the hydrogen peroxide before it even goes into you. Surgeons use hydrogen peroxide to clean infected wounds sometimes, but you should not do it because the Hydrogen Peroxide kills bacteria along with your own healthy cells.
Dr Oz and Science Bob did an experiment to show how there is no bubbling if you pour hydrogen peroxide on skin that does not have a cut. But if your skin has a cut, then there is a chemical reaction that makes bubbling when you pour on the Hydrogen Peroxide – but it is just a chemical reaction and does not really help you. Dr Oz suggested that instead of putting Hydrogen Peroxide on cuts and scrapes, just run cold water over it and put on some antibiotic ointment. Dr Oz said that a general rule of thumb is that if you cannot put something in your eye, then do not put it on a wound. But who would put antibiotic ointment in their eye? I guess that is why it is a general rule!