Household & Laundry Cleaning Tip: Lemon Essential Oil Bleach Recipe (plus 2 bonus tips)

As popularity in switching over to Green and eco-friendly solutions to daily household cleaning solutions grows so does the availability of recipes and wonderful new ideas. As a long-time proponent of getting toxic cleaning products out of our homes I am delighted to be among those who are sharing such information.

In these two recipes you will find there is not only a brilliant simplicity but that you know you are getting quality ingredients and know exactly what is in the product(s) you are using. It only requires a couple of minutes to mix up these recipes and it is fun!

I began making all of my own essential oil cleaning products and air fresheners in 1991 and I have not purchased any store-bought products since – this is empowering! Give it a try and see what I mean… it is exciting to make the switch and fully know that you are minimizing your, your family and your pets exposure to toxins daily.

Lemon Bleach for Household Cleaning Purposes Recipe (makes 1 quart)

  • 2 cups hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)

  • 2 TBSP lemon juice -or- 1/2 tsp. citric acid
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in dark-colored or covered bottles, as exposure to light will weaken the solution. The bleach mixture stays good up to 1 month in a clear bottle, 2-3 months in a dark bottle.

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Homemade Lemon Bleach for Laundry

When doing laundry you will want a non-toxic bleach recipe that is less potent – you don’t bleach the colors out of your clothing.

Note: If you do use the bleach cleaning recipe above for laundry, use only 1/4 cup and test on light-colored fabrics first – I don’t want you to risk fading the colors in your clothes!

In this recipe the lemon juice is an important ingredient, do not omit it! The citric acid acts as a whitener, a very mild disinfectant, and as a water softener which allows stains to be lifted out more easily.

Lemon Bleach for Laundry Use Recipe (makes 1 quart

  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice -or- 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark-colored bottle. Use 1 cup of laundry bleach mixture per load of laundry.

2 Bonus Tips: Dryer Sheets and Static Cling

Bonus Tip #1: Essential Oil Dryer Sheet

With essential oils in our arsenal there is no need for buying and using toxic dryer sheets either. To make your own scented dryer sheets take a dampened washcloth (one used specifically for this purpose), put 4-5 drops of Lavender essential oil on the washcloth, toss into dryer with laundry.

Other essential oils to use for making scented dryer sheets:

  1. Essential Oil Singles: Geranium, Eucalyptus, Orange.
  2. Essential Oil Blends: Abundance, Citrus Fresh, Gentle Baby, Joy, Peace & Calming, Purification, Sensation, or Thieves.

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Bonus Tips #2: How to Reduce Static Cling

Static cling is almost always the result of either or both of the following: 1) using too hot dryer settings, and/or 2) drying at too high a temperature for too long.

Solution: Try turning down the temperature and shorten the length of drying time.

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Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Essential Oil Distributor, North Carolina~~ Place an Order Here ~~

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About Evelyn Vincent

As a classical Feng Shui practitioner, Native Plant Landscaper, and Young Living Distributor, Evelyn brings a background of living naturally to her business. Also trained in Space Clearing and Labyrinth Design & Facilitation, her passion for balanced and harmonious living and lifestyle is an inspiration to others. Essential oils play a large role in creating surroundings of beauty and peace - from shifting stagnant energy to insect pests to cooking - the vitality of therapeutic oils and natural products helps restore the connection to self and nature. Please contact Evelyn if you have questions or need assistance.

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