This homemade Oxygen bleach is a good stain remover for clothes and a good pre-treatment soaker for a load of laundry. I’ve never had a problem with it bleaching my clothes but to be on the safe side perhaps you should test your mixture first.
It’s a safe and cheaper alternative to Sard and White King, Napisan and other oxygen bleaches. Worth a try!
Oxygen bleach is made of two natural chemicals, sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate, and it is completely biodegradable. It doesn’t have any strong odour and is fine for normal contact with skin. It can be used to break down old stains or fresh stains, and it can be used on organic and inorganic stains.
Oxygen bleach takes time to work on really bad stains—sometimes you’ll have to soak twice and you might have to leave the stain soak for between 30 minutes and 6 hours. But don’t give up, the stains should come out completely.
Note: It doesn’t spray the way commercial oxygen bleaches do, because the bicarbonate of soda and washing soda settles. I just shake it well and squirt or sprinkle it onto stains, or add a cup of it to the laundry.
Oxygen Bleach Recipe 1
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 cup washing soda or 1 cup bicarbonate of soda
Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 1 cup washing soda or bicarbonate of soda.
Method for making Homemade Oxygen Bleach:
- Combine all ingredients and put in a dark spray bottle. The mixture needs be away from light so it is important to store it in a dark bottle. Hydrogen peroxide loses its effectiveness if stored in a light container.
- Use to pre-treat stains by spraying on directly and leaving to soak for 30 minutes before laundering as usual or add 1 cup of the mixture to a load of laundry, add water and let soak for 30 minutes before washing.
Oxygen Bleach Recipe 2
Fairy Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn in the US) and Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
- You should be able to buy 500ml Hydrogen Peroxide 3% for between $15 – $20 online in Australia.
- Chemist Warehouse also sells 200ml bottles for under $5.
- Fairy Dishwashing Liquid
(Try this on anything – but check for fabric fading beforehand.)
Mix 1 part Fairy to 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide and apply to the stain – scrub with an old toothbrush and leave for no more than 5 minutes. Blot dry with a clean cloth. You can always reapply later if this isn’t long enough but to prevent any fading 5 minutes is usually enough time. Rinse well after this time or add to your normal wash load.
I find 1 tbls to 2 tbls is a good amount to use at a time but you can certainly make a larger batch.
Oxygen Bleach Recipe 3
- 1 tbls Fairy Dishwashing Liquid
- 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/2 cup water
Mix together in a spray bottle and apply. Good for blood removal. Leave to soak for only a few minutes before rinsing and repeating if necessary.
This is great for spot cleaning clothes and carpets but always check first for colour fastness.