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An All Natural Alternative to Bleach

Good morning, Moppers! Another hump day is upon us, which means for those of us in Canada it’s almost the weekend, but for our friends south of the border you have just one more day to get through until it’s Turkey time!

Regardless of whether you’re enjoying a festive meal or not this week, there’s no doubt that with the holidays comes lots of room for messy errors, right? From spills in the kitchen while you’re cooking, to a gravy boat being overturned on your nice clean tablecloth…many things can happen while you’re preparing a meal, and while you’re eating it.

Of course that doesn’t just apply to the holidays, it can happen all year round, too!

What’s a person to do though when your nice white tablecloths get stained? Or any of your whites, for that matter? The natural reaction would be to reach for the bleach, but hold up! Who wants to deal with irritated eyes, a nasty taste in their mouth, and potential breathing problems from inhaling all those fumes?

Not us, and you shouldn’t either.

Which is why today we’re going to share with you a quick recipe you can make as an alternative to bleach that will do the job just as well, if not better. It’s safe, all natural, and once you’ve used it you’ll never want to buy another jug of bleach ever again.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup of baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 7 cups of water

Step 1: Combine

Place all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix everything around to combine using a spoon or spatula.

Step 2: Transfer

You can transfer some of the solution to a spray bottle if you wish to use as a cleaner, and you can also put some in gallon jugs to use in the laundry.

To Use as a Cleaner

Simply spray on dirty surfaces to clean and disinfect. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping away with a clean cloth (microfiber cloths are our favorite).

To Use in the Wash

To use as a bleach alternative in the wash to get your whites their whitest, simply pour 1 cup per load into the wash, running the cycle on the hottest water setting possible.

If you need a simpler recipe that uses just three ingredients that most people have on hand at all times, you can skip the one above and use:

  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 12 cups of water

Repeat steps 1 and 2 above, and you will get the same results using the solution as a bleach alternative, or as a cleaner.

It’s not that we’re totally against using bleach in the home, but if we can find an all natural alternative to things, then we’ll definitely use that instead. It’s safer, easier on the eyes and respiratory system, and you don’t have to worry if you have little ones and they manage to get their hands on it.

So ditch the bleach, try one of the recipes above, and trust us…you’ll never want to go back.

Enjoy the rest of your day, Moppers, and we’ll talk to you again on Friday. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

 

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