Have you decided to stop using chlorine bleach in your home? I’m not a fan of the fumes or how problematic it is for the environment. So, I make my own oxygen bleach—a DIY Oxiclean alternative!
Here’s why it’s the perfect alternative and how you can use it around your home.
What is Oxygen Bleach?
Oxygen bleach, sometimes called color-safe bleach, is a chlorine-free alternative in powdered and liquid forms. You’ve probably heard it called OxiClean, although there are several store-brand alternatives.
The active ingredient in oxygen bleach is sodium percarbonate. Although that sounds like something harsh, it’s actually just hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate—also known as wood ash. And we already know how great hydrogen peroxide cleans, right?
Homemade Oxiclean Liquid Recipe
To make DIY oxygen bleach, combine 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda. You can adjust it as needed, but keep the 2:1 ratio. To make a whitening version, substitute washing soda for the baking soda. Use immediately.
How to Use DIY Oxygen Bleach in Your Laundry
In the washer
Top-load washing machines: Add 1/4-1/2 cup directly to the drum before adding clothes so it mixes with water.
Front-load washing machines: Combine 1/2 cup homemade oxygen bleach with 1/2 cup of water and add this to your machine’s bleach compartment. Make sure the compartment has been emptied and rinsed first.
To pre-treat stains
Since you shouldn’t apply DIY oxygen bleach directly to fabrics, dilute it by stirring 1 tablespoon into 1 cup of cold water. Using a cloth, blot the stained area with this and let it sit 15-30 minutes dissolving the stain. Then rinse the area with cold water and launder the item right away.
Always perform a spot test for colorfastness before using any stain treatment on your whole garment.
Using Homemade Oxygen Bleach to Clean
The ingredients make DIY oxygen bleach a safe and effective deodorizer with some great germ-fighting capabilities, too.
Sponge soak: Stir 2 tablespoons into 2 cups of hot water. Rinse and squeeze your sponge then soak it in this mixture for an hour. Squeeze it again and let it air dry.
Refrigerator cleaner: Add 1 tablespoon to 2 cups of cold water. Use a microfiber cloth dipped in this solution to clean your fridge and deodorize it.
Toilet stains: To eliminate stains in your toilet bowl, pour 1/2 cup of homemade oxygen bleach in the bowl and let it sit for 2 hours, then scrub and flush. For very stubborn stains, leave it in overnight.
Homemade oxygen bleach relies on hydrogen peroxide, which loses its potency after exposure to light. So be sure to use your batch the same day you make it. Fortunately, with all the ways to use it around your home that shouldn’t be a problem.