How to make your own bleach: A DIY guide to spotless whites

White clothes can be a real hassle, especially if you’re looking to keep them pristine and spotless. However, most of us have encountered stains that are hard to come off, and at times, we find that our special whites have been ruined due to harsh chemicals found in commercial bleach. Good news is, there’s a solution to this common problem. In this article, we’ll show you how to make your bleach to achieve spotless whites, using ordinary household items that you probably have in your pantry or at your local store.

Cleaning Materials: What you need

Before we dive in, it’s essential to get all the materials we’ll need to make our bleach. These items include:

  • A cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A measuring cup
  • A plastic container for storage

Always ensure your mixing bowl and measuring cup are clean and dry before use.

Mixing the bleach

Now that you have all the items required to make the bleach, let’s get on to making it.

  1. Start by measuring out a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide into the mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the hydrogen peroxide
  3. Mix the two ingredients together thoroughly until well mixed.
  4. Pour your mixture into your plastic container and ensure it’s tightly sealed to prevent any air from getting in.

Using your homemade bleach

Now that you have your very own bleach, you can now spot clean or brighten your whites with ease. Below are some tips for using your homemade bleach:

For spot cleaning

To remove a stain or spot on your white garment, place the garment on top of a towel to avoid any damage to your workstation. Dip a cotton swab or a clean brush into the mixture and apply it to the stain. Leave it for thirty minutes or until the stain has vanished, then launder your garment as usual.

For brightening fabrics

To brighten white fabrics, add half a cup of your homemade bleach to the washing machine when washing white clothes, allow the clothes to soak for a minimum of thirty minutes before washing as usual.

Tips and precautions

While your homemade bleach solution is gentle enough to use on most white fabrics, it’s essential to note that it can cause some fabrics to discolor or even ruin them. Below are some precautions you should take:

  • Do not use this bleach on colored or dark fabric as it can bleach or weaken the color of the fabric’s dye.
  • If you have never used hydrogen peroxide before, it’s best to spot test it on a small, hidden corner of the fabric first.
  • After applying the mixture onto the stain, leave it for 30 minutes and check that it hasn’t caused discoloration or any other damage.

Conclusion

Having a spotless white outfit is achievable with minimum effort and investment. Homemade bleach is an excellent way to tackle stubborn stains or brighten the whites without using harsh chemicals found in most commercial bleaches. Remember to follow the tips and precautions provided to avoid any damage to your clothes.

Common questions and their answers

  • Can I use this bleach on other colors besides white?
  • We don’t recommend using this bleach on colored or dark fabrics as it may discolor or weaken their dyes. This bleach is only suitable for cleaning or brightening whites.

  • What kind of hydrogen peroxide should I use?
  • We recommend using 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, which can be found in most supermarkets or drug stores.

  • What should I do if I notice fabric discoloration after using the bleach?
  • If you notice discoloration or damage to your fabric, immediately stop using the bleach and rinse off the fabric as best as you can. Try consulting a professional dry cleaner or doing some research online to see if you can fix the issue.

References

  • How to Make Your Own Bleach at Home (2021). Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://www.thespruce.com/make-your-own-bleach-1901016
  • How to Bleach Clothes: Tips for Effective Use of Bleach (& Alternatives!). Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://www.cleanipedia.com/gb/laundry/bleaching-clothes-tips-for-effective-use-of-bleach-and-alternatives

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