DIY bleach alternative

If you’d love to remove harsh chemicals from your home, but need a good bleach for your laundry, try this recipe for a great DIY bleach alternative!

DIY bleach alternative

Bleach was one of the last hold-outs in my quest to de-dangerous-chemical my home. I just couldn’t quite part with it for a long time – mostly because it didn’t seem possible to replace it with an equivalent. What was I supposed to use to freshen my laundry? I use homemade detergent and homemade stain remover – but every now and then, I just wanted some extra oomph (like for my towels. Towels get a bit of a funk after awhile, particularly when my hubby accidentally puts his used towels in the wrong hamper and I don’t find them for a month or so).

I still never exactly “loved” bleach. I didn’t love the smell, I didn’t love the fumes, and I didn’t love the fact that the smell lingered on my towels, even after an extra rinse cycle. I really, really didn’t love the idea of K someday spilling it or somehow ingesting some. Still, it seemed like a necessary evil.

It’s not.

I’ve used storebought bleach alternatives before, and I’ve never been impressed. They seemed awfully perfumey, but didn’t seem to do much to whiten or brighten – this recipe, on the other hand, noticeably brightened my laundry, and left it smelling incredibly fresh!

DIY Bleach Alternative:

2 c. water

1 c. hydrogen peroxide

1/4 c. lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together, and use 1/2 c. or so in a full load of laundry, just as you would use laundry bleach.

This can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner, but I’m in love with it for laundry. It doesn’t make everything smell lemony – it’s just a fresh and clean smell. You know when you walk outside into cool, clean Spring weather? It smells like that.

I hope you try this out – and find yourself able to part with laundry bleach forever!

Jaime W. (461 Posts)

Jaime is a Christian, a wife, a mom, a writer, an illustrator, and an aspiring homesteader. She loves trying to find new ways to save money and resources--but also save her time, so she can spend as much as possible with her family! !

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  1. This is great! I don’t know why I never thought to use hydrogen peroxide in the wash before. It’s actually been my go-to cleaner for occasional bedwtting accidents from the kids. It does such a great job aerating & removing stains. I’m def gonna give this one a go!

  2. Great idea! I need to do this! I am pinning so I remember!

  3. Thanks for that, going to pin it and definitely need to try this!

  4. I am definitely going to try this! My husband has been insisting that I use bleach on his whites and the fumes make me sick.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I knew something had to exist…

  6. I absolutely HATE bleach and have been looking for something like this! Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Great DIY! I’m going to try it on V’s cloth diapers. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yay! I can’t wait to try this! I’m going to go make it and try it right now! (See, I knew there was a reason I forgot to wash the whites this morning!)
    Any idea how long this stays good with the lemon juice? Should I refrigerate it?

    • True story: I kept forgetting I had the first batch of this (because I put it in a poorly-labelled container), so the first batch I ever did “lasted” for over 4 months. I finally realized what it was and started using it, and it worked like a charm, even though it had all the “old” lemon juice in it! Still smelled great :)

  9. I am SOOO glad you posted this. I was just thinking I needed to find a bleach alternative because baking soda alone is not whitening my kitchen sink like bleach does. I need to pin this. Thanks for posting.

  10. Trying this out now! I find I use bleach but I hate it!!!!

  11. Thank you for this post! I am terrified of using bleach, not really sure what thats all about. But aside from my fear, I can’t stand the smell of it.

  12. I would never have thought of this combination. I make my own laundry soap but have always used vinegar for rinsing and bleach when needed. I will have to make some of this for our house!

  13. I tried doing my own laundry soap a few times–doesn’t seem to be as effective, though. :-( I hardly use bleach in my laundry, but DH insists on using it to spray the kitchen counter. :-/ He is very skeptical of homemade cleaners…

  14. Do you know if this will do anything toward killing mildew? I still hang onto bleach for washing our dishrags – keeps the mildew down so they don’t get all funky. If this will address that, I will definitely switch!

  15. This is really great to know! Thank you Jaime!

  16. I’m having a hard time giving up bleach too! Maybe I’ll give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

  17. An oldie but goodie. Thanks mama!

  18. Is this color safe like Clorox 2 or is it only for whites?

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  21. Hi!
    I just found your page and I find this article just amazing!!! I want to try it asap :D
    I just have one question… which grade of hydrogen peroxide do you use for this formula? 3%? 1%?
    I will be looking forward to hear from you soon!
    Thank you!!

  22. I don’t like using bleach in laundry because of fear of ruining something plus I don’t have much whites for just me. I do however have a cleaning business and wonder if this will work as well for like a nasty tub? I have a diy bathroom cleaner I like, but I sometimes need the power of bleach!!!

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