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Old 09-13-2002, 04:15 PM
KidCharlemagne KidCharlemagne is offline
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Will Hydrogen Peroxide degrade if I mix it with water?

If I keep Hydrogen Peroxide in an airtight container with tap water, will it's potency degrade (besides the dilution)? If it will because of whatever organisms might be in tap water, would it be significant and would distilled water solve the problem. Also, how fast would it degrade?
Old 09-13-2002, 05:21 PM
Padeye Padeye is offline
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There shouldn't be any degradation unless there is something with the peroxide to react with. Drugstore peroxide is only 2% strength in water and it doesn't seem to lose potency.

Warning, be careful what you put high strength perodixe solutions in. A few years ago a man was killed when he drank undiluted peroxide his father stored in a water jug in the refrigerator. I'll look up a cite but I'm pretty sure it was discussed here.
Old 09-13-2002, 06:07 PM
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Iron, manganese or other heavy metal ions in tap water will catalyze the breakdown of H2O2. You may be OK, but it's safer to use distilled or deionized water.
Old 09-13-2002, 06:35 PM
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I was told that Hydrogen peroxide will break down if simply shaken or stored for too long; is that true?
Old 09-13-2002, 06:42 PM
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Mangetout: Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is constantly trying to turn into water and oxygen gas. It just doesn't do it very fast under normal conditions: Stored for a while, degredation will be negligible. It will happen, though, and it will happen more quickly if energy is added to the system somehow (heat, for example, or maybe just vibration) or catalysts are introduced.
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Old 09-13-2002, 06:47 PM
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Actually, exposure to light is often enough to make hydrogen peroxide break down. The energy in the light is enough to drive the reaction at a pretty good rate. Didn't you ever wonder why it's sold in colored bottles instead of clear ones?
Old 09-13-2002, 07:45 PM
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:10 PM
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nice, thanks!


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