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Make Your Own: All Fabric Oxygen Bleach

April 10th, 2012

When it comes to detoxing your cleaning routine, getting rid of bleach is one of the best things you can do. You really don’t need bleach around for disinfecting, good old soap works well enough for that. Sometimes however, you really want something that will get rid of stains and brighten up your laundry. Chlorine free bleach can be quite expensive and making it at home costs next to nothing. I get the ingredients to make a gallon of oxygen bleach for about a dollar.

1 half gallon bottle or jug
2 cups hydrogen peroxide (the kind you get in the brown bottles)

Pour peroxide 2 cups of peroxide into half gallon bottle or jug and fill jar the rest of the way with water (I use water filtered through my Big Berkey Water Filter). Use like you would use store bought all-fabric bleach.  1 cup per load of laundry.

Oxygen bleach will help remove stains and brighten clothing. It also does wonders for removing odors, making it perfect for pet bedding and kitchen rags. There seems to be endless choices for whitening your clothes without chlorine, some people swear by vinegar, other say lemon juice is the way to go, and a little sunshine never hurts. The key is to find something that works for you and that you feel comfortable using.  I like using oxygen bleach and sunshine!

What’s your favorite way to brighten & whiten your clothing?

Stocking Your Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit
Learning to Love Castile Soap
Make Your Own: Foaming Soap
Make Your Own: Infused Vinegar
Make Your Own: Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Make Your Own: Color Safe Oxygen Bleach
Friday Favorite: Charlie’s Soap
Friday Favorite: Twist Sponges
and more to come

Sherri from Little Home in The Country asked where I got the lovely tea towels in the second photo. I found these beauties when I stopped at Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa last summer. Luckily they have them for sale on their website. They’re the best towels I’ve ever owned big absorbent flour sack towels with beautifully illustrated with garden fresh goodies – I’ll be ordering some more soon to replace a few more towels!

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.