Elements and Compounds

Is hydrogen peroxide the same as rubbing alcohol?

Answer

Wiki User
12/25/2013

No. Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2, a water molecule with an extra oxygen atom attached. Rubbing alcohol is generally 70% denatured alcohol; the "denatured" makes it poisonous to drink, so that the government doesn't charge liquor taxes on it.

Both are used as disinfectants for minor wounds.