I have to admit that the title might sound a bit like false advertising, because the solution I suggest is not exactly a bleach, but an environmentally friendly alternative. Bleach has been used over and over again and it would be unfair to say that it doesn’t get the job done, but it also causes plenty of headaches. My main concern is to restore the whiteness of my laundry, and until recently I’ve settle for sub-par solutions and had to make one too many compromises.
This particular whitening solution has the benefit of delivering the same results as bleach without causing irritation and it is perfectly safe to use on a septic system. Hydrogen peroxide has been a key ingredient in my previous bleach alternatives and for a while, I have contemplated vinegar as well, but on their own, they fail to produce desired results. On the other hand it is not safe to mix them together, not to mention that I find vinegar to be a bit irritating for my eyes and throat.
12 cups filtered water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
Just mix the above ingredients and you’re ready to go. Add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner.
You can use grapefruit juice as an alternative to lemon juice.
So, here’s what I did. I tried this mixture to wash our dirty sheets and added 2 cups of the solution to the load of whites. I washed the sheet using the regular homemade detergent, let it agitated and soaked for a little over an hour. Surprise! Surprise! my sheet looks like brand new.
Load this stuff into an old vinegar jug and/or a household sprayer and start your cleaning engines.
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