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Homemade Laundry Bleach Recipe

Updated on August 7, 2012
Homemade bleach gets white clothes whiter.
Homemade bleach gets white clothes whiter.

Washing clothing or commonly referred to as “doing the laundry” often comes with the task of removing stains and dirt from white clothing. Some white clothes like socks or underwear tends to turn an odd shade of gray. Many people dislike the strong smell of chlorine bleach or may be sensitive to it. Using chlorine bleach in the washing machine does make your house smell like an indoor pool and for those living with asthma or other pulmonary diseases and issues – it can quite literally take their breath away. Although many live with these sensitivities or simply do not like the smell of chlorine bleach, it doesn’t mean they have to walk around wearing dull white or oddly gray clothing. Sure, there are oxygen based cleaners such as Oxy-Clean, but they become very expensive to use on a regular basis. There is a much less expensive alternative that doesn’t have an overpowering smell and is highly effective.

Making Your Own Laundry Bleach

Add ½ gallon of warm water to a bucket.

Stir in 1 ½ cups hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can be found at any pharmacy very inexpensively.

Mix in ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Use a wood stir stick to combine the ingredients until well blended.

How to Use Homemade Laundry Bleach

Add your homemade laundry bleach to your washing machine just as you would chlorine bleach.

Use the same amount of homemade bleach that you would use if you were still using chlorine bleach.

How to Store Homemade Laundry Bleach

Find a large glass jar or bottle with a lid. Wash the jar or bottle thoroughly with soap and water.

Rinse it well to remove all traces of soap residue.

Pour the homemade bleach from the bucket into the clean jar or bottle.

Cap tightly and store in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing the homemade laundry bleach next to or above the dryer because the heat from the dryer will break down the whitening properties.

Homemade Laundry Bleach Tips and Help

With this type of bleaching whitener you will no longer get tiny spots of rust or dark brown stains on your clothing. Some chlorine laundry bleach has minute pieces of metal that turn to rust. Adding it to your laundry allows the rust to cling to fabric fibers and cause small rust spots which can be very difficult to remove.

Adjust the amount of homemade bleach according to your use. If you only use bleach for white socks, make less. If you use it for socks, underwear, towels, sheets and shirts – make more so you always have it handy.


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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      So interesting to learn about this option. Thanks for the alternative bleach recipe!

    • Escapes profile image

      Escapes 5 years ago

      It is very useful especially for those who can't use chlorine bleach.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Never heard of this but sounds like a very good idea. Voted up and interesting, useful.