We haven’t purchased regular bleach in over a year, but I needed an all-natural alternative. I’m not sure where I found the recipe for homemade “bleach,” but I’m glad I did. It worked like a charm on our shower curtain and bathtub!
- 1 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Distilled water to fill a gallon jug
- 10-12 drops of lemon essential oil
Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in gallon jug. Gently shake to combine.
My oldest son helped me make it, which is always fun. Five year old’s are the best helpers. We made two smaller amounts — one in a mixing bowl that was poured into a 24 oz. spray bottle for the bathtub and the other in a mop bucket to soak the shower curtain. My son got to spray down the tub, which made him smile from ear to ear. In my adventures, I’ve found that homemade products may take a couple of applications and some scrubbing to remove grime, but a little elbow grease never hurt anyone, right?
You can use this as a substitute for bleach, however I’d suggest spot testing to be sure. The recipe does mention that you can use one cup of homemade bleach in your washing cycle to whiten clothes. I’ll try this the next time I wash our whites. This solution will be used in many, many ways and is oh so cheap and easy to make. And it actually smells pretty good, which is always nice. Overall, I think this is another keeper that is now added to my rotation. Yay, homemade products! I love ’em.