Cold and flu season brings about a myriad of health concerns. Even if you take steps to stay healthy, there’s always the chance that you will catch a cold or be exposed to a virus that causes you to develop a sore throat. Longstanding home remedies such as sipping chicken soup and gargling with warm salt water provide short-term relief, but there are other steps you can take to make a scratchy throat feel better.
Gargle with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective solution for killing bacteria. That’s why it’s a popular first aid essential in many households. Simply place a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide into a cup of warm – not hot – water and gargle (don’t swallow). If you find the taste offensive, add a touch of honey to the mixture. Repeat several times a day to kill illness-causing bacteria.