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It's January and I am going stir crazy stuck inside the house every day! I needed something to occupy my time and get my mind off of the dull cloudy days, so I have started my spring cleaning early!
Spring cleaning to combat my winter blues…
After all of the cleaning I have completed so far, I am deep into spring cleaning mode now. I realized the other day when I was cleaning my whites in the laundry, that I have yet to share my natural bleach alternative 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 homemade 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 into 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!
Why I don't combine vinegar and peroxide
Though there are many recipes on the internet that utilize vinegar instead of lemon juice in their homemade bleach, 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 the 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
- filtered water, to fill
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- amber 1/2 gallon glass jug
- Pour 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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