Monday, October 10, 2011

Homemade Bleach Alternative

Homemade Bleach Alternative
When we clean our bathroom, kitchen, or laundry we certainly have expectations that must be met. We expect that mold, grime, odor, and stains all be removed, right? We especially want our clothes to smell nice and fresh. Unfortunately, we are beginning to learn that commercial product producers are using harsh, toxic chemicals in order to meet our expectations.

For those of us concerned with providing for the overall health of our families, this poses a serious problem!

One of those products is in fact a traditional household cleaner…bleach. This may not be a surprise to you as the harmful side effects of bleach have been known to consumers for many decades. However it remains as one of the leading poisons found in most homes.

Harmful effects of using bleach include, but are not limited to:

· Irritation to the eyes
· Respiratory system irritation
· Throat irritation
· Severe allergic reaction with skin contact

There is a more natural, safe alternative. The homemade bleach alternative.

Homemade Bleach Alternative

- 1 ½ cup hydrogen peroxide
- ½ cup white vinegar
- Pure water to fill gallon jug
- 10 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oils (optional)

Pour hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and essential oils in gallon jug. Add water to fill. Cap and store.


-This is a color-safe bleach alternative.

-Add a cup of homemade bleach alternative to the wash for brighter, softer clothing.

-May be used in bath, tub, and toilet cleaning.

-No need to dilute.

-For tough-on stains soak clothing in a bucket with this solution. You may also spray on stains prior to washing.

Leave us a comment letting us know your thoughts on bleach? Have you ever used a bleach alternative? What were your results?


Tiffany @ As For My House said...

Peroxide actually does have bleaching properties... It's used in dental as well as hair lightening treatments. I would think this could be a problem using this (although of course no different than using bleach!).

Also, I was just reading someone who suggested using one spray bottle with a peroxide solution, and one with a vinegar solution, one after the other - but not mixed together, due to the reaction. I gather that hasn't been a problem for you?

debbieo said...

I have only made one gallon of this and used it in the tub and toilet of the rv so I dont know about what you refered to. I am glad you brought it up so I can be careful when I use it on clothes.