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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Homemade Bleach


I've come to the conclusion that you can make pretty much anything you can buy from the store.  This is especially true with cleaning products. In the past I have shared my recipes for laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent, today I'm going to share my recipe for bleach. We usually have a jug of bleach under the kitchen sink at all times but truthfully I don't really like to use it. Not only is chlorine bleach a super harsh chemical but the fumes really bother me too. I showed you how to reverse tie dye with bleach in the past so yes, I do use bleach occasionally but when it comes to cleaning I prefer my own homemade version better.

Ingredients:
1 cup hydrogen perioxide
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
15 cups of water

Mix together and store in a large jug. I pour mine into a smaller bottles for convenience. Since the peroxide will oxidize and eventually loose strength it's best to use the homemade bleach within a month.
This bleach is great for cleaning bathrooms.
Do you have any favorite homemade cleaning recipes?

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50 comments:

  1. This sounds like a good one, I'll have to try it!

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  2. I haven't found that this works too well...any tips or tricks?

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    1. Me either, altho all that I tried it on so far was a white shirt that had yellowish under arms stains. Now it has lots of (lighter) yellow stains all over it, as I used it liberally on the shirt, soaking it for awhile. Don't know if there's any salvaging it - stuck it in reg. bleach & it seems to be pretty good & stained. :( After a couple hours I think it might be OK, but have to wait till I have better light in the morning.
      ~Julie

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    2. I blended oxy clean (about one spoonful), witch hazel (about one spoonful), hydrogen peroxide (about 1/8 cup), hot water (enough for one blouse), stirred gently to blend. Soaked white blouse for a couple of hours, then left overnight. Sweat stains on collar and under arms gone 100%. Rinsed & sun drying.

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  3. Glad I found this. Thank you for the recipe and I will be adding this to my recipe book to pass down to my daughters when they are old enough to be on their own.

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  4. Sounds like a great idea. Are you using the hydrogen peroxide you get at the dollar store or pharmacy, that's 3% ? We have some super heavy duty stuff (its highly explosive.It's 30% I think - agricultural use usually) but I was thinking that'd be overkill - but diluted 15:1, I'm not sure. Thanks

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    1. Be careful of that 30%! My dad puts it in his water (about 10 drops a day). My little girl got the 4oz bottle when she was 1 and drank the whole thing! Lucky I caught her as soon as it happened and we knew what to do. Long story short, after pumping her stomach and spending a week in Children's hospital without being able to eat or drink anything she was fine.

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    2. What did you do after you discovered she drank it and before you got to the doctors. I would like to know ICE even though we are very careful. Thanks and glad your little girl is okay :)

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  5. Hi Pam, yes, you want to use the 3% strength peroxide. I know nothing about the heavy duty stuff so proceed with caution if you go that route I would just stick the the cheapo stuff from the grocery store! happy cleaning!

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  6. Hello. I just wanted to let you know that if you are going to use peroxide, you have to keep it in a dark bottle. The light will break down its compounds and it will not work. That is why it is sold in dark brown bottles. I was able to find dark bottles at my local dollar store. They were in the health and beauty section. Thank you for sharing your cleaning recipe with us and I hope my imput helps. :)

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    1. Can't find a dark bottle? Paint the outside of a clear one, or, wrap it with duct tape.

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    2. Thank you so much for sharing! I have read that the peroxide actually breaks down within hours, but I never knew why. That made me skeptical about trying this. Now that I know about the dark bottle, I'll give this a try.

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    1. Hi Lisa, Lemon has antibacterial properties in addition to smelling great. The main star of this cleaning recipe is the peroxide.

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    2. Could I use lemon essential oil? If so, how many drops would you recommend for your recipe?

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  8. I will have to try this! I wonder if it will work in a spray bottle - I have tried regular bleach (diluted with water) in a spray bottle for my bathroom, but the bleach ruins the rubber in the spray mechanism and it won't work after a while. :-(

    My favorite homemade cleaning recipe is homemade fabric softener

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    1. Hi Holly, I've had the same experience with regular bleach ruining a spray bottle. I haven't had this happen with the homemade bleach but I use a smaller bottle because of this and only make small batches at a time.

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    2. Holly, I checked out your recipe for the fabric softener. I am wondering if it can be used in an HE washer? If it can, that would be wonderful, and I would absolutely give it a try.

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    3. Holly don't spray the bleach it's dangerous when inhaled. I guess it's good that it didn't work.

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  9. I just stole a squirt top from a generic cleaning bottle and stuck it on my dark brown hydrogen peroxide bottle and there you go! The added lemon juice would be nice though.

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    1. Great idea! This is on my to do list, using the peroxide bottle to contain it all!

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  10. I had no idea you could make your own bleach - thank you! I've got this linked to my household cleaners post too today, your recipe is a keeper!

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  11. I just made this and it worked great for cleaning the bathroom. I'm going to try it on the kitchen sink next. Thanks for the great homemade cleaning recipe. I have to get the peroxide from the pharmacy here in Norway!

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  12. Great idea, will definitely try this.
    I don't usually like keeping bleach in the house, but my cleaner loves it. So maybe I'll make this for her instead.

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  14. Does this really work? This will certainly be amazing if it does. I got kids at home and sometimes it is so fearsome to use so many chemical products for every different area. I will really have this a try. I hope it works.

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  15. I have an old ceramic sink and I haven't found any natural remedy that cleans the stains like 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water. I scrub with baking soda and other things I've read but just don't get the clean look. Any suggestions?

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    1. I don't know if it is the same but I have a porcelain sink and the only thing I have found to whiten and remove the stains is oxy clean. Don't know if this is basically the same since they are both peroxide in different forms. Plus, I know lemon juice is a whitener also.

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  16. has anyone tried this in the laundry? spray on stains or added to the cycle? i make my own laundry detergent but love to have an extra boost for the whites to keep them bright. thanks!

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  17. Does anyone know if this is safe to use if you have a septic system ?

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    1. I woukd think it's probably not any different than using bleach in a septic system ;-)

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  18. Wow, it's a easy idea for homemade bleach! I would like to make it.

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  19. Does anyone know if it works on mold?

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    1. Two years ago, we had a major wind and rainstorm. Our 25 year-old roof leaked so badly there were water leaks from every ceiling in our house. The one in our bedroom turned black after the first day, and I noticed that the reason was, it was growing a black mold. Like Winnie the Pooh, I thought, and I thought, and I thought . . . then filled a spray bottle 1/2 and 1/2 with H2O2 and water, sprayed that extra large patch of ceiling until it was wet again (just before the "dripping stage"). The next morning, the ceiling was nearly perfectly white again and the mold was dead. It stayed dead until we could get all our repairs done. Yes. It works on mold, mildew, and every other fungus I've tried it on.

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  20. Iwas wondering about all the home made laundry recipes can be used in my new High efficiency washer. Would hate to damage it.

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    1. I haven't tried it. My washing machine is pretty old school. If anyone knows please let us know!

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    2. No issues here using homemade laundry soap with an HE machine. I use the powder recipe (Fels Naptha, washing soda, and borax -- and only put in 1T for a regular load) with vinegar for the fabric softener. I think the only thing you would need to be careful of is a recipe that would use regular soap in it that would create too many suds.

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    3. We wondered the same thing, so I "researched it" online. The recipe above IS He. Surprise, surprise. It does not damage the equipment, gets your clothes clean, is low suds, biodegradable so not harmful to septic systems....what else? Well, it does not sort your laundry and put it into your machine! :D

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    4. I use the fels naptha, borax, and washing soda recipe too in my HE washer. Works just fine. For big loads, I use up to 2 tbsp. I have also used zote soap too which is easier to grate than fels naptha but it didn't clean as well in the armpits.

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    5. I also use a homemade laundry soap with ZOTE in my HE washer. For armpit stains, grease stains, and collar stains, I spray on a mixture of 1 part dawn dish soap to 2 parts 3% peroxide, sprinkle some baking soda on and scrub it in with an old toothbrush. Then I throw it in the wash. It works great for me. Now that I know about the dark bottle, I'll have to go find 2 so I can try this recipe as well for the bathroom. :-)

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  21. How would it do for a bathroom that smelled like urin? Would this mixture help take that smell out ? I clean for a church and their boys bathrooms smells aweful. Or is there anything else i should do to get rid of that odor?

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    1. I wash the bathroom floors with a combo of water and vinegar... seems to get the boys bathroom stink out (of course, I only have 2 boys). I also put some lavender essential oil in to make it smell really nice while I'm mopping. I also put it in a bottle for spray cleaning the exterior of the toilet.

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    2. Try using EM (Effective Microorganisms). It is amazing for cleaning just about anything and gets rid of pretty much any odor. It's also great for plants, dry toilets, smelly drains and a whole bunch of other things. Do a quick google search for more info. If uou cant buy it locally, it's available to order online at very low cost. Give it a try, I've been converted for life! :)

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  22. I'm looking forward to trying this! But for the bathroom floors, or anywhere else there is tile, don't use anything acidic, it will ruin the finish.

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  23. The recipe and photo have different amounts of lemon.....?

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    1. I SEEN THAT RIGHT A WAY SO IS IT 2 OR 3 T LEMON JUICE?

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  24. Can the lemon juice be the kind you buy in a bottle, ie Realemon? Or does it have to be a fresh lemon?

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  25. When bleaching something with regular bleach, you can leave it for days and days. I had some very old dishes with crazing, and soaked them in my laundry tub...they came out clean and I sold them on Ebay. With clothing, the same, but only a bit of bleach. Just let it soak for days.

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  26. smart formula, but is the hydrogen peroxide not too strong ? Isn't?

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