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!
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.
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!