Bleach, although inexpensive, is a toxic chemical that can produce caustic fumes. There are safer alternatives that we can feel more comfortable using in our homes and around our family and pets. These natural bleach alternatives are made from common household items, which you may already have. Here are some recipes that you can try the next time you need to “bleach” something.
To Whiten Clothes
Add a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to boost the whitening action of your laundry detergent.
To Remove Stains from Clothing
Pour lemon juice over the stain, rub the area with salt, then place the clothing in the sun for a few hours. Wash as usual.
To Remove Stains from Countertops and Other Hard Surfaces
Create a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, apply the mixture to the stain, and allow to sit for a few hours. Wipe clean.
Note: Some stains may require a second treatment.