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