Natural Bleach Alternative


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I really love using my homemade laundry detergent, but one thing that I don’t love is that my homemade detergent does not get my whites as white as they should be. But the smell of bleach makes me nauseated and gives me a horrible headache! So my house is a bleach-free zone, which is just fine with me! No yucky bleach smell is gonna permeate my house!

So I went on the hunt for an acceptable alternative and came across this one on Motherearthnews.com that has only three ingredients!

The results? Impressive, to say the least! It whitened really well, and my whites are no longer light gray, so I am a very happy camper! This recipe is inexpensive and quick to make. It only took me about 5 minutes to whip it together!

This recipe made a little less than a gallon and you will want to use 2 cups per load of laundry, or pour it into a spray bottle to use as a kitchen cleaner!

I have included a smaller 1 load recipe in the notes. I know that for me, I typically only use 1 small batch of this when I do my whites each week, and so with the smaller recipe, I don’t have to worry about trying to store it for a month and a half!

If you are making the larger batch, be aware that peroxide will break down when exposed to light, so you must store this in dark containers to keep the peroxide intact to do it’s intended job!

11 Comments

  1. Healthy Notions, LLC
    October 18, 2013

    I never did like the smell of bleach. I gave me headaches, too. Thanks for the natural alternative!

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    1. Katmill
      October 18, 2013

      You’re welcome!

      Reply
  2. Deborah Davis
    October 20, 2013

    I love this recipe. It is so great to be able to bleach clothing with such mild, natural ingredients. Awesome! I will share this with my friends. They’ll love it!

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    1. Katmill
      October 21, 2013

      Thanks! I’m so glad that you like it! It works really well too!

      Reply
  3. Patty
    October 21, 2013

    This is just want I have been looking for.. thank you so much!!!

    Reply
  4. Lena
    October 23, 2013

    This is awesome, so much simpler than what I have been doing! I can’t wait to make some and try it out. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Katmill
      October 23, 2013

      I hope you love it as much as I do. It is super simple, but none of that nasty bleach smell! And it still disinfects as well as whitens! 🙂

      Reply
  5. Louise
    July 5, 2014

    keep in dark color container as hydrogen peroxide will degrade in light. thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Katmill
      July 7, 2014

      Yep, always. I just hadn’t transferred mine yet!

      Reply
  6. Jess
    March 17, 2015

    Could I use this to my clean my toilet? By pouring some round the inside rim each night, for example? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Katmill
      March 17, 2015

      Yeah, I don’t see why that wouldn’t work for you.

      Reply

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