All-Natural Bleach Alternative (That Works)



Brighten whites, kill germs, soften clothes with this all-natural bleach alternative!

The smell of bleach literally makes me ill, if you have allergies or migraines this toxic crapola is a big no-no, not to mention the harmful effects bleach has on the environment.

If you are using bleach, I really hope you’ll kick it to the curb after trying this recipe. And don’t forget to dispose of it properly, this is key for any toxic household cleaners you may have hiding under your sink!

Now the makers of bleach tout its safety and effectiveness, but when our cleaning products come with warnings like hazardous, dangerous, or corrosive, I tend to stay away.

Do your homework and get to know the products you are using and what they contain. The Environmental Working Group is an excellent resource.

All natural bleach alternative in a basket

This All-Natural Bleach Alternative has three very active and effective ingredients all working together to give your laundry its best bang for its buck. I’ve tried a million recipes and found this one – by far- works the best.

Hydrogen Peroxide is cheap, safe and easy to buy and should be in any DIY diva’s cleaning closet. It’s super versatile too, you can use it to clean just about anything in your home. It’s basically the same chemical makeup as water, just with an extra oxygen atom called H2O2. It breaks down quickly into oxygen and water, which is why it’s safe to use at home in place of bleach. Just make sure you store it in a cool, dark place.

Citric Acid is better used if you have hard water. It’s a natural whitener too.

Lemon juice has these enzymes in their acids that are strong enough to whiten everything from your teeth to your cotton blouse.

This recipe is so versatile you can use it in other areas of your home in place of bleach. But for this post, it’s all about the laundry.

It will be good for one month.

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All-Natural Bleach Alternative that Works
Candice Batista The Eco Hub
Candice Batista The Eco Hub
  1. Add all the ingredients to the jug, then fill the remainder with distilled water
  2. Shake before using
  3. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup to your machine's bleach cycle. If you have really stained whites you can go to 2 cups.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place
Recipe Notes

A note about the citric acid - It will do a bang up job at whitening and softening your laundry, making it better used if you have hard water.
TIP: You can use this bleach in other areas of your home. Just pour some of the mixture into a spray bottle.  Great for tubs, toilets and sinks too.

A good rule of thumb - If a garment says no bleach, then I would not recommend using this.

You can use it on colours too but remember, always do a patch test before.


All natural bleach alternative being poured into washer

Usage notes for this All-Natural Bleach Alternative: 

For whites, like towels and heavily soiled kids clothing you can add up to 2 cups to the bleach cycle. For really tough stains you can soak overnight in a bucket. Use 1 cup, leave clothes overnight, then wash the next day and see the magic happen. I don’t tend to use this on delicate clothing, like silk and recommend you try it out for yourself by testing a small area first. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t use bleach on it, then don’t use this on it. Make sense?

A note about the citric acid, it will do a bang up job at whitening and soften your laundry, making it better used if you have hard water.

The lemon essential oils give this solution a fresh, citric twist, which I love if you’d prefer no scent, then leave it out. It does have some pretty good cleaning benefits, though, just saying.

And finally as mentioned before, you can use this mixture in place of bleach in the bathroom, kitchen, on floors, tiles, and in the toilet too. Just spray and wipe.

But look at these whites! BAM!

Bed with very white sheets


If you are looking for an all-natural bleach alternative I hope you will give this one a try.

If you try this recipe, I’d love to see a photo, tag @theecohub on social media and use the hashtag #TheEcoHub, I’d love to see your creations.

It’s more effective than chlorine bleach (a no-no my home) and safer too. Have you used hydrogen peroxide in your home? I’d love to know more, tell me in the comments below.

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.

  1. Hi there. Will definitely try this bleach alternative. Now about mildew… I’ve tried several combos of eco-options for removing that mildew smell on my cloths and towels. All my kitchen & bathroom cloths/towels turned really smelly this past summer (likely from the high humidity). To name a few, I’ve tried combinations of: vinegar in hot water (soak 1 hr) + 1/2 cup baking soda + 4 tbsp detergent in hot cycle then line-dry in the sun. I’ve also used Oxiclean (soak 48 hrs) after this method didn’t work. I’ve also tried the recipe for body oils (dish soap, Borax, vinegar) to no avail. Thought hot water, sun and/or OxiClean would kill the mould. Nothing seems to work. Plus, I can’t bleach my dark towels…but getting desperate to get the smell out of almost everything now.

    1. Hi Jilly, this is a conundrum for sure. Mold is very hard to get rid of especially when it comes to smell. Have you tried washing soda (not baking soda) with hydrogen peroxide? Try soaking it in 2 cups washing soda and 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide. Add it to a bucket of water and let it soak. Give it a try and let me know. Mold also makes me nervous from a health perspective, I hate to say this, but you may need to recycle them.
      best regards,

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