Why I use hydrogen peroxide

I just read an article on nine uses of HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. So, I wanted to write this quick post on how I use hydrogen peroxide for beekeeping.
Bee Base (British scientific source for beekeepers) lists washing soda as an effective washing ingredient (Best Practice Guideline No. 3 – Apiary and hive hygiene (updated September 2011)). Washing soda and water even dissolve propolis. Disinfecting the hive bodies is a different matter. I used to use bleach to disinfect my hive bodies (20 minutes in household bleach and water solution (1:6), as described in Bee Base Information Sheet. Unfortunately, the bleach destroys wood, emits harmful gases and bleaches everything else that I wish to not bleach… One day, when I was using hydrogen peroxide to wash out a cut, I had a eureka moment, ran to the computer and read everything about hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) that I guess, I already knew, but never gave a thought… So, the above mentioned article sums it up. Last year, I started using 1:1 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water to clean my gloves and equipment, and 3% hydrogen peroxide solution (right out the bottle) to clean hive bodies and everything else. After dipping hive bodies in hydrogen peroxide I scrub the sides, dip again and set out in the sun to dry for two to three days to take advantage of UV radiation as well. I have never used higher that 3% solution, simply because I am afraid to leave it around children (I had to wait for their nap time to use bleach to disinfect the hive bodies). For adult household, it may be worth buying stronger solution and diluting accordingly.


  • Kim Hodges May 11, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I am so happy to have found you!

  • Aldon Maleckas June 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I use 35% H2O2 to disinfect my colonies. I use muscle testing to determine what frames and hive body parts that do not test good. After spraying them with H2O2, the parts test good again.


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