I have 3 kids, so light colored clothes don’t usually stay clean for all that long. And I have never liked or bought commercial bleach. It stinks. It can ruin clothes. And I have been known to spill and/or drop liquids from time to time, and spilled bleach is a bad idea.
Recently, my grandma complained that the kids white clothes looked a little grungy, so I decided to find a way to “bleach” their clothes without the bleach.
During the summer, I use my clothesline as much as possible. It saves energy and allows the sun to bleach the clothes. This didn’t seem to be quite enough, though. I came across a recipe for homemade bleach that uses products I already have around the house.
Ideally, you would make the bleach in a jar or jug and have a large container on hand. I make it as I need it, so this recipe is for one load of laundry.
- 3/4 cups water
- 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar (of course, fresh squeezed is best)
Put all ingredients together and dump them in the washer with your homemade laundry detergent (or store bought if you prefer).