DIY essential oil bleach alternative

Chlorine bleach is one of the most common chemicals found in homes, but it is also one of the most corrosive and dangerous materials we regularly expose ourselves to. And our children suffer the most from its toxic effects because of their smaller size.

The dangers of bleach include:

  • Respiratory problems (including an increased risk of infections in children)
  • Skin burns
  • Sensory irritation
  • Headache or migraine
  • Asthma flares
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Vomiting
  • Creates a deadly gas when mixed with ammonia (in fact, mixing chlorine with dish soap can create deadly mustard gas used in chemical warfare)
  • Damage to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract
  • and much, much more

Don’t expose your family to chlorine bleach! Use a safe alternative made from just six ingredients found in Synergy, It’s an Essential Oil Thing.


  1. Enough distilled water to fill half-gallon jug (after all other ingredients are added)
  2. 1.5 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
  3. ½ cup lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon citric acid
  5. 20 drops of lemon essential oil
  6. 10 drops of thyme essential oil

Instructions: Add all ingredients except water to half gallon glass jug. Fill the remainder of the jug with distilled water. Shake well and use as you would regular bleach.





3 responses to “DIY essential oil bleach alternative”

  1. Natali Avatar

    I am really happy to find your book (which is really great) and your Facebook page along with this blog. But I have a well-intentioned suggestion as a phytoaromatherapist. Add the chemotype along with some essential oils (eg. thyme, did you mean thyme ct. tymol or some other chemotype?). Putting essential oils from the same species with such a different properties due to chemotype can be very dangerous sometimes. Thank you for you great work, have a nice day!
    Regards, Natali

  2. Dianna Avatar

    Where can I find Citric Acid?

    1. Scott A. Johnson Avatar
      Scott A. Johnson

      It can be found at grocery stores and on