Thursday, April 11, 2013

Homemade Bleach Gel

One of my very first blogger friends, Debbie, over at Me and My DIY, recently posted about recreating one of those popular bleach gel pens.  I've heard they work well, but I have never bought one because they are quite pricey compared to a bottle of bleach.  Besides with my boys, no small pen would do the trick.  To rid our laundry of stains created by my stain masters, I need massive quantities of stain remover.  MASSIVE!

Debbie's recipe required items that I already had on hand, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try it.  So with her permission, I recreated her recipe to share with you.

Basically, I doubled her recipe.  Remember - I need a large quantities of stain remover, especially now that it's baseball season.

Here's Debbie's recipe:

  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 4-7 Tbsp household bleach

  • Mix water and corn starch together in a small pan.
  •  Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until mixture becomes translucent and pudding-like. Let cool. If you need to make it more than a few hours ahead of time, cover the pot with plastic wrap so it won’t dry out. Start adding bleach by the Tbsp until you have the consistency and strength you want. The gel will thin a slightly after sitting. Use as you would regular bleach gel.
Debbie put her bleach gel in an empty glue bottle.  Since I need large quantities, I opted for an empty saline bottle.  If you have a turkey baster, it will be extremely helpful in filling your container.  I didn't have a baster, so I used a spoon and a funnel then switched to a medicine syringe.  I finally filled my bottle, but it was a very slow process.  Another bit of advice - Make sure you don't have any clumps in your gel before filling your container.  Not only will it make filling the container easier, but the gel will dispense more evenly. 

Take a look at my test garment below.  The test garment is a pair of ancient shorts that I use when painting; hence, the yellow stripe on the backside.  Notice the glob of bleach gel on the right-hand side.  I didn't get quite the consistency I wanted and there were some clumps.  Therefore, I added just a little more liquid bleach and made sure that any clumps were removed.  You can see the test line on the left-hand side did dispense more uniformly.  Now, I'll be honest, I didn't create several kinds of stains and test on them, but Debbie did.   If you want to see her test results, please hop on over and visit her here.  She's got quite a few DIY projects that I'm sure will interest you as well.
Now, in addition to yellow paint, these shorts have one large white gloppy spot on the back, and a thinner white squiggly line.  So... this recipe does work, and it costs a mere fraction of what the name brand gel pens cost.  Try it yourself, and let me know what you think.

Thanks, Debbie!!

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