DIY Bleach Cleaner

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DIY Beach Cleaner- Home in the Finger Lakes

DIY Beach Cleaner- Home in the Finger Lakes

Saying I go through a lot of Clorox Clean Up, or similar bleach cleaners is an understatement. I have old white counter tops and a lot of them!  Lately, I have been using Wegman’s Bleach Cleaner, and I am pretty happy with it. During my latest spring cleaning session, I totally ran out, not cool considering I use this stuff everywhere and not just on my counters. I thought maybe I had a pin on Pinterest for a DIY Bleach Cleaner, this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.  After scrolling through my Pinterest feed for about 30 minutes I remembered why I was on Pinterest and found the pin for DIY Clorox Clean Up .

I had all the ingredients for my DIY bleach cleaner, and it mixed up fast! I was instantly using it on my counter tops, and it worked well, even on the coffee ring, left from my morning cup of coffee. I have not personally done the math on this, but if I had to guess, I think this would come in at under .05¢ a bottle to make.

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DIY Bleach Cleaner

DIY Beach Cleaner- Home in the Finger Lakes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of Bleach
  • 1 Teaspoon of Laundry Detergent
  • 1 Empty Plastic Spray Bottle (I used my empty Bleach Cleaner bottle)
  • 1 small funnel (helpful but not necessary)
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Rinse out the plastic spray bottle, add the bleach and laundry detergent. This is where the funnel is helpful!
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with tap water. Shake to mix.
  3. Now your are ready to start cleaning!

Notes

There are a few recipes floating around for similar bleach cleaners. One calls for liquid dish detergent to be mixed in instead of laundry detergent. The only detergent that comes to mind that would be safe for this cleaner is Dawn Non Ultra Original Scent Dishwashing Liquid as most of the dish detergents now have ammonia in them. Ammonia mixed with bleach creates highly toxic fumes. I opted to avoid the dish detergent all together. Please read your labels if it has ammonia in it the label will say “Do not mix with bleach”

A few more thoughts

Because of a lack of preservatives, homemade cleaners can deteriorate quicker than their commercially produced counterparts. If you ever notice a slime or an unusual color or odor in a bottle filled with homemade cleaner toss the cleaner and make a new batch.

It is also important to mention you should never mix common household chemicals with homemade cleaning products. They may react to produce toxic or deadly compounds. Before doing any mixing, always read the product labels first.

Never Mix Together:

  • Ammonia and Bleach -Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous.
  • Vinegar and Peroxide– Vinegar, when combined with hydrogen peroxide, produces peracetic acid, a corrosive compound that can burn your eyes and nose and may give you a chemical burn.
  • Bleach and Vinegar– Bleach and Vinegar produce dangerous chlorine gas which is an irritant to the respiratory system.
  • Bleach and rubbing alcohol– Combined they create chloroform, which can knock you out, and if you breathe in too much it can be deadly.
  • Bleach and Lemon Juice- Never mix bleach with lemon juice or anything acidic because the combination creates toxic chlorine gas.


17 COMMENTS

  1. What size spray bottle is this for? I am using a 12oz and am not sure if 1/4 c bleach for only 12 oz water is too much?

    • Hi Lauren,
      Yes, please do reduce the amount of bleach!
      My cleaner was mixed with about a quart of water which is 32 ounces, so yes, you are going to want to scale back the bleach to just under 1/8 of a cup or 2 tablespoons. I am going to update my post so modifications are easier, but a good rule of thumb for a disinfectant bleach mixture is one (1) Tablespoon of Bleach to one (1) cup of Water.
      Hope this helps!

    • No, do not mix any other cleaning agents in with bleach, and always be careful not to mix it with acidic cleaners like lemon, ammonia, or vinegar, because it will release toxic chlorine gas.

  2. Could I add a little lemon juice to this for some added scent and cleaning power? And could I use my oxyclean powder instead of laundry detergent?

    • Do not mix any other cleaning agents in with bleach, and always be careful not to mix it with acidic cleaners like lemon, ammonia, or vinegar, because it will release toxic chlorine gas… as far as a mixing it with Oxyclean which has a peroxide base the two will most likely react, if the mixture is in a closed container the reaction may lead to injury from explosive breakage of the container and dispersible of the contents, and the unintended exposure to the compound.

    • did you find out if it was a no-rinse???? its still crazy to me that there is so many CLEANERS that say you need to then USE WATER/Rinse after CLEANING with there product. ITS LIKE YOUR CLEANING twice as much.
      I prefer the one step method ?

    • If you would like a no rinse formula I would simply omit the detergent, so there is no possibility of a soapy residue left behind after you use it.

  3. I made the mistake of mixing dish-soap with bleach to clean my floors.
    I did get a headache, and my eyes were stinging a little and I also got a slight dry throat but I just thought it was the bleach fumes causing that.
    But after researching what was in my dish-soap (it didn’t have it on the bottle so I had to go online) it did contain alcohols (ethanol and isopropanol) which can make chloroform gas and amines.
    So lesson learned.

    They really oughta label the full ingredients list on the bottle (and put in bigger letters, perhaps on the front “do not mix with bleach”)

  4. Thank you so much for mentioning the part about not mixing bleach and ammonia!!!!! I was just about to mix up my solution with lemon dish soap!!!!!! You saved the day with your information!!!!

  5. Thank you for this! I have turned away most commercial cleaners and prefer to make my own! This is going to my to do list for sure!

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