All-Purpose Cleaners Made From Bleach

a bottle of spray bleach cleaner

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Cleaners don't have to be pricey or chemical-laden to be effective. In fact, they don't even have to be store-bought. It's simple to create your own all-purpose cleaner—all you need is some bleach and a spray bottle. Bleach, which is quite a harsh chemical when used directly, is a very effective disinfectant. Bleach has an active ingredient called sodium hypochlorite, which breaks down the protein in micro-organisms like bacteria, fungus, and viruses. At such a low cost and wide availability, it's a great natural cleaner.

If you like bleach-based cleaners (like the brand Clorox Cleanup) but you don't like the price, it's also pretty easy to make your own. Here, you'll need a spray bottle (again, you can reuse one from a store-bought cleaner if you're careful to rinse it out thoroughly), plus water and bleach.


You can use a new spray bottle, or re-use one from an old store-bought household cleaner—just be sure to wash it out extremely well.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Spray bottle


  • Bleach
  • Water


  1. Gather Your Ingredients

    Make sure you have a new or well-cleaned spray bottle, bleach, and water at the ready.

  2. Mix the Bleach and Water

    You don't use a one-to-one ratio for a homemade bleach cleaner—instead, you'll be using one part bleach to nine or 10 parts water, since bleach is pretty powerful stuff. To translate, if your bottle holds 30 ounces, you should add about three ounces of bleach and fill the remainder with water.

  3. Mix and Add the Top to Your Bottle

    Mix it well and start cleaning.


You may also want to have a scented bleach cleaner (Clorox Cleanup and other brands usually have a scent added to mask the powerful chlorine bleach odor). For this, you can use scented bleach, which costs a bit more in the store but does smell better. You also can add a splash of laundry soap to your homemade bleach cleaner to make it smell better.

When using bleach-based cleaner, be aware that, yes, it contains bleach and it will discolor many fabrics and some other surfaces if you accidentally spray it on something that's not color-safe.