Natural Homemade Bleach vs Toxic Chlorine Bleach
Bleach smells not only horrible but it is a risky product to keep in the home, especially if you have kids. It’s good for cleaning and reverse tie dying, but if you’re into living an organic and chemical free life, then there are safer, natural alternatives to bleach. If you aren’t an organic person, think about the abrasive, staining, and irritating smells of bleach and you might just change your mind!
The cool thing about this natural bleach alternative recipe is that it won’t smell like strong bleach. You can add some essential oils (what aren’t those good for?) and have it smell citrus-y or like anything you would like!
Homemade Bleach Recipe for Cleaning
Natural Bleach Alternative Ingredients:
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
- 2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 2 cups water (you can skip this for a more potent solution if you prefer!)
Natural Bleach Recipe Directions:
Mix it all together. You can add the water is you want, but no water will give you a stronger solution, good for doing battle with viruses and bacteria. You’ll need to store this in an opaque container, light exposure will weaken the solution. It should last up to one month in a clear bottle and 2 to 3 months in a dark bottle.
To keep the bottle dark, try wrapping a brown paper sack around the bottle and secure with rubber bands or tape.
Homemade Bleach Recipe for Laundry
For your laundry needs, use the same recipe as the cleaning recipe, but alter it slightly.
Natural Laundry Bleach Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide 3%
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 1/4 cup water
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Like before, just mix everything up. You should use one cup per load of laundry. This recipe is color safe and gives you brighter (and softer!) clothes.