3-Ingredient Bleach Alternative: Homemade, Non-Toxic & Frugal

Going non-toxic has a lot of benefits. And, the good news is that more and more households are doing their best to achieve this lifestyle.

They do it in numerous ways, including better label reading, barrels for water collection, solar and passive solar collectors, following organic pasture practices, raising chickens and growing their food, and using safe household products.

Regarding cleaning products, bleach is frequently used for different purposes. But,  did you know that there’s a safer, less toxic, and more powerful alternative you could opt for instead?

It’s not toxic and it will help you bleach your clothes and restore the whiteness of your laundry, but also get rid of stubborn stains.

The Toxic Properties of Bleach 

Although it’s one of the most effective products to restore whiteness, bleach is poisonous. It has side effects that affect the nose, throat, eyes, lungs, and skin. 

If you’re tired of toxicity in your home, this bleach alternative recipe is ideal for you. In this way, you can reduce your exposure to toxins and alleviate allergies and sensitivities in your home.

Below, check out the recipe for this potent homemade alternative to bleach! 

DIY Bleach Alternative with Hydrogen Peroxide

White vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, the stars of this alternative bleach, form peracetic acid together. This acid has sanitizing characteristics and many use it in diluted form to disinfect organic food, eggs, and chicken. 

Here’s what you need:

1 ½ cups of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

½ cup of lemon juice or white vinegar

A gallon of water

A jug of one gallon 

10 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil, optional

How to make it:

Add the hydrogen and vinegar into the jug. Fill the jug with water. Close it well and it’s ready for use.

If you wish, you can also make a dosed amount of two cups for two loads of white laundry to try it out and see if it works for you.

For this, you’ll need:

2 cups of water

A tbsp of vinegar

3 tbsps of hydrogen peroxide 

2 to 3 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil, optional

Extra Tips

  • Add a cup of this alternative bleach to soften and whiten clothes, without any need for diluting the content with water
  • This is a color-safe bleach alternative 
  • You can use this bleach for cleaning toilets, showers, and tubs 
  • Makes an awesome pre-soak option for stubborn stains