Feb 19, 2020
The other day, I ran out of bleach! And I had already loaded the machine with whites/stuff that needed to be bleached. So… what to do?!?
I couldn’t “undo” what I had already started, so I finished filling with hot water and let the clothes soak while I looked up bleach alternatives. This is what I found…
Hydrogen Peroxide and Lemon juice!
The recipe actually calls for baking soda and lemon essential oil as well as hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice, but those are just additives, in my opinion.
The recipe is…
3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
10-15 drops of lemon essential oil
3/4 cups baking soda
7 cups water
If you try to go to the website, it comes back as service unavailable (it wasn’t like this the other day). So, hmm… so, using my brain, I decided that the oil was really only an additive (I don’t typically keep essential oils in the house, although I should) and the baking soda? I already use that as a laundry detergent, so I don’t need to add more. As of right now, I use 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup lemon juice and just add it to the wash as a bleach. The 7 cups of water, is added if you plan on storing the recipe. If you want to do that, the container needs to be in a amber colored jar (or darker). This is to help preserve the effectiveness of the peroxide and lemon juice.
This recipe is much better than using bleach…
What ever you do, don’t mix vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice – unless you want to let your kids experiment, as it will explode!! Well, maybe not explode, but it will definitely fizz and you will have a mess to clean up! But on the bright side, things will be clean!!!
The clothes actually came out smelling fresher than the usually do!
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