- 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice OR 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
- 3 1/4 cups water
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
- Everson, WA
Homemade Bleach Recipe
Making homemade cleaning products has been a trend for a few years now, but did you know that you can make your own homemade bleach? This is one of my favorite all natural homemade cleaning recipes.If you are making the switch to a non-toxic, chemical free home you will definitely want to try this homemade bleach alternative recipe. With just a few simple ingredients from your pantry you can make homemade
Makes 1 quart. Ingredients:
Pour peroxide, lemon juice, citric acid (if using), and lemon essential oil into a blue or amber glass bottle. Swish around until citric acid is dissolved.
You can use juice from a fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice. You can buy a large bottle of lemon juice from the dollar store for only one dollar which is usually more economical.
The lemon juice is actually an important part of this recipe, so don’t skip it. The citric acid acts as a whitener, a very mild disinfectant, and as a water softener (thus allowing stains to be lifted out more easily).
Fill the rest of the jug with distilled water and use as you would bleach.
Mix together and store in a large jug. I pour mine into a smaller bottles for convenience. Since the peroxide will oxidize and eventually lose strength it’s best to use the homemade bleach within a month.
You need to keep this homemade bleach solution in a cool, dark place and preferably in a dark bottle. Exposure to light will make it oxidize more quickly.
- Keep old peroxide bottles and keep a spray nozzle from another bottle.
- Wrap the spray bottle in a brown paper lunch bag and secure at the top.
- Cover the spray bottle with construction paper or wrapping paper and make it decorative
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