Bleach is a common household name in Nigeria and an important household disinfectant that we have to continually keep around our homes if we have to keep our homes, floors, toiletries, plates and clothes clean.

Due to sheer cost of having to always buy bleach many families in Nigeria resort to other cheaper alternatives of disinfectants, or buy bleach and use them only at special times.

Bleach, however, is a powerful washing agent if we are to confidently wash away harmful bacteria, germs, fungi, and even viruses like the flu. The use of bleach is highly recommended and approved by health care specialist and drug regulatory bodies in Nigeria such as NAFDAC to be an efficient household disinfectant.

You can always store this simple, yet important household cleaning agent in your Nigerian home at no cost by learning to make it yourself.

This do it yourself lesson on bleach making won’t take you more than a few simple steps to prepare. What other cheaper way can a Nigerian make a more quality with the right quantity of bleach than to make it naturally?

 

Common Bleach

The all too common bleach that we use in our homes here in Nigeria such as the …………………………can be produced on your own. Read through these simple steps and in a few minutes you’ll be with your own Nigeria-home made bleach right in your own hands.

Materials:

  • Chlorine
  • Caustic soda
  • Soda Ash
  • Foaming Agent  and
  • Perfume
  • Mixer
  • Weighing scale,
  • Filter
  • Measuring cylinder
  • Containers and packaging materials for commercial production

Procedure

  • Get 800 liters of water into a container
  • Add 0.25Kg of Chlorine and 0.25Kg of foaming agent
  • Next add 0.5kg of Caustic Soda crystals and 1kg of Soda Ash to the solution
  • Allow the mixture to react for 2 to 3 hours, then filter it properly
  • Lastly add perfume
  • Fill them into containers

Caution

Due to the corrosive nature of bleach extra precautionary measures must always be taken.

Liquid bleach loses its strength gradually when stored so you might consider making bleach only when you need it.

 

Bleach for Cleaning

Another method of bleach making that can serve to clean home surfaces is the one quart mix of equal amount of standard H2o2 and water. To get a more potent laden mix some decide to skip water altogether from the following procedure.

Materials

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • Tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
  • Water
  • Lemon essential oil

Procedure

  • Get 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or half teaspoon of citric acid
  • Mix it with 2 cups of water
  • Put 10 drops of lemon essential oil

Caution

Try to store in dark or covered bottles to reduce exposure to light which will weaken the power of the solution.

The strength might last up to 1 month in a clear bottle or 2-3 months in a dark bottle.

 

Bleach for Disinfecting Surfaces

To make homemade bleach that will sufficiently kill pathogens from countertops, cutting boards this spray mix of peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide can be an effective disinfectant.

Materials

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • white vinegar
  • 2 spray bottles

Procedure

To make homemade bleach for disinfecting surfaces, use two separate spray bottles and fill one with normal 3% hydrogen peroxide and one with 5% or 7% white vinegar, then spray them at the same time on the surface to be cleaned.

Caution

A mix of the two contents can weaken the strength and make the bleach lose its potency so quickly hence you don’t want to mix it ahead of time.

The best results come if you spray and allow it to dry without wiping it off.

 

Bleach for Laundry

To prepare bleach for laundry you’ll need lemon juice to serve as a mild disinfectant effect, a whitener and a water softener making removal of stains from cloths easy.

Materials

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • Tablespoons lemon juice/citric acid
  • Cups water
  • Lemon essential oil

Procedure

  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • Use 1 cup per load of laundry.
  • Results will definitely vary according to the hardness of your water.

Caution

For laundry, you want something a little less potent – just so your colors actually stay, you know, colored. If you do use the cleaning recipe for laundry, use only 1/4 cup and test on light colored fabrics first!

As you can see making your own bleach right in Nigeria is possible and can be very simple. You can get all these ingredients in a Nigeria local market. Try his home made techniques of making bleach in Nigeria and come back and thank me for saving you cost and giving you a hold on a more quality way to make a do it yourself bleach.

How to Make Bleach in Nigeria Using Household Items
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