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What is the difference between hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol?

Asked by Juul , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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K. Tanaka

K. Tanaka

K. Tanaka
K. Tanaka, Librarian, Oklahoma

Answered May 29, 2020

Aside from the fact both hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol are used as disinfectants and for other cleansing purposes, there are some differences between the two. Hydrogen peroxide is a compound formed oxygen and hydrogen react chemically to give H2O2. From this chemical formula, the addition of another oxygen atom to water is what makes it to be called oxygenated water.

Hydrogen peroxide is used for so many things. It is used for certain procedures by dentists. It is used as a fuel additive in jets, rockets, etc. It can also be used to wash electronics. On the other hand, rubbing alcohol comes with different names such as isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, isopropanol.

Rubbing alcohol is used mostly for cleaning medical and surgical equipment, and it can also be used to kill germs since it is a powerful disinfectant. At times, it can be applied to the skin before an injection is given.

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