"Ahhhh bleach," said no one ever. Bleach is not something I want to wash down the drain, breath in, or use in my home, because it pollutes the environment and is straight up poisonous. I'm excited to share my 3 Ingredient bleach alternative that's nontoxic, affordable, and easy to make!
As I mentioned in my post about what I still buy in packaging and recycle, I have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the house even though it's packaged in plastic. Health and safety will always be a priority in Circular Living. I had to go out recently and buy a new bottle as mine was WAY past expired.
I make this recipe as I need it. If I spill wine on my shirt, it takes a couple minutes to whip up my bleach alternative and then put the garment to soak for 20 minutes or 2-3 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Not only is this bleach alternative great for whites, I recently used it to wash and clean my luffa sponges that my mom grew for me in her garden! Luffas are a sustainable alternative to plastic sponges, as they are plastic-free, compostable, and vegan! My mom is super cool.
The pictures show a time that I spilled wine on the countertop and reached for a white flour sack towel to mop it up quickly. There must have been something green (I have no idea) on the counter, because that stained the towel as well. I quickly made my bleach alternative and put the towel to soak for 20 minutes, and the stain came right out!
Aside from removing stains, I use this recipe to clean the shower/bath, toilet, any mold that may grow in our house (Santa Cruz is a very moldy town), and anything else that I would have previously used bleach for.
3 Ingredient Bleach Alternative
2 quarts super hot water
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide (3%)*
2 tablespoons washing soda
*most hydrogen peroxide sold in drug stores is 3% wt (weight percent) solution in water.
The Steps: 1. Combine the hot water, hydrogen peroxide, and washing soda in a bucket/bowl, the sink, or the bathtub, and soak the item that you wish to "bleach," or clean until you see your desired results. 2. Rinse the item, and instead of using the dryer (which also sets stains!), consider hang drying the item after you've cleaned it. 3. Celebrate, because you've just refused chemical bleach and put your health, the health of others, and the planet first!
A Bit About the Ingredients:
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is a bleach alternative due to its oxidizing properties. Unlike bleach, hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen and does not poison the environment. It's also a non-toxic disinfectant with many uses. I've used it to disinfect my toothbrush while I was sick, to clean cutting boards, the shower, and to clean minor cuts and scrapes.
Washing Soda: Many grocery stores do not carry washing soda, but most hardware stores do. I'm able to buy a large quantity packed in cardboard. Washing soda (sodium carbonate), also called soda ash is a common ingredient in laundry detergents due to its alkalinity and ability to brighten and degrease. Like hydrogen peroxide, washing soda has many uses. I've used it for unclogging drains, polishing silverware, as a laundry booster, and as an all-purpose cleaner.