I Ran Out Of Bleach!

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…

(unusual Uses for ordinary things book)

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…

  • it isn’t as harmful as bleach to the environment or your clothes
  • it’s safer for the septic
  • hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice are common household ingredients in most households, so they can be used for other purposes as well (I had already been using lemon juice with my wash as part of a fabric softener recipe)

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!

Tomorrow is…

National Cherry Pie Day
National Love Your Pet Day

Hope you have a great day, night or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!

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13 Comments on “I Ran Out Of Bleach!

  1. I think the link to your amazon affiliates portal is missing here. I was about to buy something but I can wait. (Just a book).

    • Clicking on the photo should take you there…but, also, if you’re on the computer, there’s a link in the right sidebar, or at least there should be

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