Homemade Bleach Recipe

4 Materials
1 Hour
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 bleach that will brighten your whites and disinfect germs without toxic fumes or skin irritation. This recipe is also seriously economical with a half gallon only costing 84 cents.
Makes 1 quart. Ingredients:
  • 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
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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Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
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  • Paula Paula on Mar 05, 2022

    Curious, would it wok for cleaning tile grout on floor tiles? Or would it ruin the grout?

  • Joyce Joyce on Mar 05, 2022

    Are you saying to use both lemon juice and citric acid or just one of those?

  • Stacy Stacy on Mar 05, 2023

    Why the essential oil?

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  • Dee Dee on Mar 02, 2023

    I can get all ur efforts . Will try on a way cut back recipe. TU smart person.

  • Victoria Victoria on Mar 04, 2023

    Yes I’m trying this

    a gallon of bleach prices at $7.52