A few years ago, I received an email from a reader that started with, “I need HELP Jillee!” Well I couldn’t possibly ignore that! ;-) It turned out that the issue she needed help with is pretty common for people who live in rural areas. Homes in rural areas often use septic systems, and bleach is a no-no in septic systems.
In her email, the reader was specifically asking for a non-bleach alternative for my Miracle Whitening Solution, which does indeed include bleach. While I utilize bleach from time to time in my cleaning formulas, I know that many people don’t use it for a variety of reasons. And so, for the reader who asked (and for the rest of you!) I went in search of an alternative to bleach that I felt was a good substitute.
I looked at LOTS and LOTS of “bleach alternatives,” and this is the formula that I liked the best!
Natural Bleach Alternative
Add water, lemon juice, and peroxide to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
To use as a household cleaner, pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
To use in laundry, add 2 cups of the mixture to each load of laundry.
We needed a test subject for these photos, and my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn kindly offered to try the bleach alternative on her bathroom towels. She was eager to see if the bleach alternative could help remove the stubborn makeup stains out of one of her face towels. She tossed the towels in the washing machine, along with 2 cups of the bleach alternative. And as you’ll see below, the transformation was pretty miraculous!
Overall, I have to say I’m quite impressed at the effectiveness of this combination! I’ve also used it a couple of times now just as a general all-purpose cleaner around the kitchen and have enjoyed the results I’ve gotten there as well.
If you are on a septic system or just want to avoid using chlorine bleach in your laundry, give this a try! I think you’ll be happy with the results. :-)
And one more thing… this post wouldn’t be complete without adding a plug for good old-fashioned, 100% natural SUNSHINE! The ultraviolet radiation of sunlight is a natural disinfectant. You can effectively brighten and disinfect dingy laundry by washing it in hot water, then simply hanging it out in the sun to dry. I realize this isn’t going to be extremely practical at times, but I had to give it a shout-out anyway. :-)