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All Natural Bleach Alternative

All Natural Bleach Alternative


Last Updated on September 10, 2020

Happy belated fourth everyone! A long weekend is just what the doctor ordered.

I can’t think of a better way to end the Zero Waste Challenge than a long weekend full of pulled jackfruit, eating tons of cake with the love of my life (and getting it all to-go in our own container!!), puppy parties, a girls night making homemade deodorant, trips to the farmers market, tap dancing to Hamilton, and a literal ton of sangria!

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Ok – so it wasn’t a literal ton…. but it may have had something to do with all of the tap dancing. You can follow me on snapchat to see all of these shenanigans live. I also got to meet the Zero Waste Guy. You should definitely go check out his blog!

Tap dancing + Sangria = spills. When you spill on your white shirt, do not panic. All natural bleach to the rescue. 

I love white clothes. In fact, I love white linens, towels, napkins, handkerchiefs, and the list goes on. I’m not sure if I’m afraid of color, (My mother was very, very strict when it came to matching) or I just like white.

Either way it gets dirty easily. Dingy, yellowy, stained, or whatever you want to call it – it doesn’t stay white very long. 

 Before: The Strawberry Explosion

Before: The Strawberry Explosion

 After: Nice and Clean! 

After: Nice and Clean! 

And, if your white linens are dingy people definitely judge you for being dirty. I mean, maybe they don’t… that’s just how I feel. So, natural bleach to the rescue! 

Sangria, dinginess, plums exploding in your farmers market tote – it can handle the mess. 

all natural bleach: 

  • The Juice of 1 Lemon: Typically, I pick one rolling around the sidewalk from one of the many neighborhood trees, but you can get them package free at your farmers market or any grocery store.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide: This is one of the few things I still buy in packaging. 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Castile Soap: I really like Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap. You can get your bottles refilled at Whole Foods, Berkeley Bowl, or Rainbow.
  • 1 Gallon of VERY hot water

Place your stained items in a bucket. I have a two gallon bucket I like to use. Mix all of the ingredients and submerge your stained items.

Leave them be for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the water should be cool enough to agitate the clothes.

Agitate them and let them sit for a couple of hours. Ring them out under cool running water and hang to dry in the sun. 

You’ll be left with very white clothes! 

why does this work? 

Hot water helps brighten whites. Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide are natural bleachers. Combined with the whitening power of the sun – you have a win, win combo. 

If a stain has been set in for quite sometime, it may not work. But, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give it a try. 

How do you whiten your clothes? 

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  1. Love it! Just one question: do you recommend this for all fabrics, or rather–are there any fabrics you would discourage people from submerging in hot water? I’m a bit of a mess at laundry and have already ruined a few sweaters for various reasons šŸ˜›


    1. Hmmm…. Excellent points. I wouldn’t do this on silk. Just warm water, soap, and hang to dry. I’ve done it on cotton and synthetics and so far everything has been fine.

  2. This is great! You say hydrogen peroxide is one of the few things you still buy in packaging and I’d be interested to know what else that list includes? I have a few items that I can only find in plastic packaging, yet what I use them for (e.g. DIY home/beauty products where the package creates many times the quantity of a ready made store bought version) I feel justifies buying the item, if that makes sense?

  3. Great post, I’m bookmarking to share with friends. This is pretty much exactly what I do, too! Love those whites! …Or sometimes (okay most of the time!) I get lazy and just do a bit of lemon water + sun šŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for this recipe! I already use the peroxide.
    Once I had a striped blue and white tshirt with the white ruined in some places ( the tshirt had faded). I recovered the white putting the tshirt with hot water and laurel for some hours. It really works for this cases šŸ˜‰

  5. My problem is I cannot find soap and hardly any baking products like Bisquick that have No Palm Oil!

  6. Does this work on sweat stains? I use an all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant in a compostable paper tube…and somehow still have yellow stains. Commercial bleach does not work, and I previously tried Oxi-Clean with mixed success – has anyone tried this natural bleach for that?