I know it’s only January right now, but I have been itching for spring hardcore. The other day I was doing some homework reading for my Master Aromatherapy classes and I read about SAD (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it occurred to me that I was feeling exactly like this. Did you know that millions of people experience this every winter?This year, I have been avoiding the cold more than usual, and that combined with not being able to drive Syfy and me around, has really made me feel like a hermit. To combat this, I have started spring early in my head. I am thinking about tropical scents, planning out the cute yoga tank tops I am going to buy off Etsy, and even taking Syfy to the public pool (it’s indoors lol I would not swim in this weather…not a polar bear over here! Although….if given the chance to join the real polar bear club, I would totally try it out because I am the kind of crazy person who would love to tell people that I have done it!
Spring cleaning to combat my winter blues…
All of my spring time actions have gotten me into spring cleaning mode now too. I realized the other day when I was using my natural bleach alternative that I had never shared my recipe! This recipe is so simple and quick to make, no one has any excuse not to make this!
Bleach is a highly toxic and dangerous chemical
- Bleach causes respiratory problems and the fumes should never be inhaled.
- Bleach can burn the skin and even cause major nervous system damage.
- When combined with many other harsh chemical cleaners, new and dangerous chemicals are created that are bad for the environment and toxic to humans (and your pets too!).
- Every year. about 1/4 of the calls made to Poison Control for help are related to accidental ingestion of bleach or products containing bleach. Many of these accidents involve young children and can be potentially fatal.
- Clorox Bleach Scores an F on the EWG website due to its toxic ingredients
There are many uses for this natural bleach
Homemade natural bleach can be used all over your house, not just in your laundry! Not only does this make whites even whiter, it safely brightens colors too! There is no need to dilute this bleach. It can be used in your bath, shower, sink, and even toilet cleaning!
- For tough stains, soak clothing in a bucket of this natural bleach alternative overnight. Alternately, you can spray this onto the stain and let it soak.
- For whiter whites and brighter colors add 1/2 cup – 2 cups during the bleach cycle or into your bleach container in your washer
- Use this mixture in your cloth diaper soak bucket for better germ killing power and white diapers.
- This makes a great spray disinfectant in the kitchen, killing 99.9% bacteria
- Combine this with baking soda or borax into a paste and use to scrub tile and grout clean
- Use this as a glass and mirror cleaner in a spray bottle
- Fill the toilet bowl with this natural bleach alternative and then add some baking soda. Swish around in the bowl and then let sit 5 to 10 minutes before flushing clean.
- Pour a cup of this in the bottom of your dishwasher for extra cleaning power. You can also use this as a rinse aid.
- Add baking soda to form a paste and use as a natural soft scrub with bleach!
Note: Though there are many recipes on the internet that utilize vinegar instead of lemon juice, I chose not to make this combination because when hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are combined they form peracetic acid, a strong oxidizing agent that is used for high-level disinfection in cleaning. While this is a great natural cleaner, studies have shown that it can be very harsh on skin, so I do not use this in my laundry. This combination works great in the kitchen, though!
Homemade Natural Bleach Alternative
While I used a plastic jug for the photos for this post, I actually store my final solution in an amber glass jug to keep the hydrogen peroxide from breaking down in sunlight! Store this mixture in a cool dark location.
- 3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. citric acid (optional– whitens clothes natural and helps to soften water, making this more effective in hard water)
- distilled water to fill
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- amber 1/2 gallon glass jug
- Pour hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, citric acid (if using), and lemon essential oil into an amber glass bottle. Swish around until citric acid is dissolved.
- Fill the rest of the jug with distilled water and use as you would bleach.
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