Life hack: Natural homemade alternative to bleach

If you are tired of the overly strong smell of bleach but are desperate to get rid of that red

If you are tired of the overly strong smell of bleach but are desperate to get rid of that red wine stain from New Years, this tip is for you!

You will need:

  • 1 large bucket
  • 7.5 litres of warm (but not boiling) water. Tap water is fine if you are using this method for short term soaking. If you want to soak clothing in the solution for long term use, distilled or boiled (and then cooled) water is recommended.
  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ cup of washing soda (sodium carbonate)


  1. Using warm (but not boiling) water, fill the bucket and add the hydrogen peroxide and washing soda.
  2. Stir the solution to dissolve the washing soda (if it is not dissolving quickly it means the water isn’t hot enough).
  3. Place the clothing or garment into the solution and leave it to soak for at least 1 hour (some items such as those which have red wine stains may need up to 2 hours soaking time).
  4. Once soaking is finished, place the garment(s) inside your washing machine and run on a warm cycle with just water or laundry soap.
  5. The whitening solution should be discarded as it is a one time use solution.

We hope this helps! Do you have any tricks to removing stains at home?

    • peroxide comes in different strengths/prices…used to be a chemist only line.Way too expensive!

      • P’s. …soda water on the stain ASAP then wash as usual ….too many times I’ve had to do it!….works perfectly for me

      • Judith Lowe  

        I agree about the ridiculous price of hydrogen peroxide, about $9.00 for 400 ml the last time I bought it. In the US it’s about a dollar a pint.

  1. One form of bleach is based on hydrogen peroxide. The smelly one they are talking about is chlorine based. Buy the former at the supermarket and save yourself the trouble of messing about with potentially dangerous chemicals.

  2. Bleach is a very dangerous product. Used in showers ect for cleaning over a period of years it is like smoking, it will strip the inner lining of your lungs. Most cleaning products have a stripping agent in them, inhaling these fumes in a closed area is not good

  3. Hydrogen peroxide is expensive to use as the post suggests. A cheaper version is to fill a bucket/laundry sink with hot water, add 1/2 cup bicarb soda and soak soiled article. Tip the lot into the washing machine and add about 1/3 of the usual amount of laundry detergent. Same result, especially on whites. Hubby, ex RAAN, wears white shorts/t shirts everyday, no matter what he is doing. I am always surprised how white this method makes even the dirtiest shorts clean.

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