Homemade Bleach Pen

 Make your own bleach pen for pennies on the dollar! 3 simple ingredients make this homemade hack a no-brainer! happymoneysaver.com

Let’s talk about bleach pens. Aren’t they one of the handiest home cleaning helpers? I mean, want your grout spick and span? Whip out the bleach pen. Spot clean a white area on a shirt? Bleach pen. Add some designs to your plain jane t-shirts? Hellooooo bleach pen. And what’s even better than a bleach pen? A homemade bleach pen. (And also, how many times can I say the word bleach pen in one paragraph?) Bam.

The best part is, making your own is super simple and only requires 3 ingredients. Seriously, this is as easy as its gets.

Ingredients for Homemade Bleach Pen

happymoneysaver.com | Make your own homemade bleach pen with 3 simple ingredients, and save LOTS of moolah over the store-bought version!

1 cup cold water
5 tablespoons cornstarch
5 tablespoons regular bleach

Directions for Making Homemade Bleach Pen

Mix cold water and cornstarch together in a medium sized saucepan. It’s important that the water is cold so that the cornstarch doesn’t cause any lumps in the gel. Over medium high heat, stir the mixture continuously until it is very thick and pasty. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

You can see what the gel should look like at this point below.

happymoneysaver.com | This homemade hack is a winner! Make your own bleach pen with 3 super simple ingredients.

Add the bleach to the gel and blend well. Carefully pour the gel mixture into container of choice. I have a bunch of these clear condiment bottles from Walmart that work great. An empty glue bottle would be even better if you need the nozzle to be a tad smaller.

When working with bleach, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves to protect hands, and clothing that you’re not too worried about in case of any splashing.

Use in the same way you would use a regular gel bleach pen. I made my version with regular strength bleach, so make sure to compensate if you are using an extra strength formula.

Below, you can see how I used it to take out a stubborn stain in my favorite white pants. Seriously, before this I had tried adding bleach to the wash cycle, but it still didn’t take the stain out. Whipped out this gel pen, and whalah! All things white again.

It is SO easy to make your own bleach pen! Saves a ton of money and works just as well. Took out this stubborn stain easily! happymoneysaver.com

I also wanted to show you the consistency of the gel and the bleach power this homemade bleach pen has.

Make your own bleach pen for pennies on the dollar! 3 simple ingredients make this homemade hack a no-brainer! happymoneysaver.com

Make your own bleach pen for pennies on the dollar! 3 simple ingredients make this homemade hack a no-brainer! happymoneysaver.com

Pretty amazing, right?

is it worth is file plain graphic

Water: Free
Cornstarch: $0.14
Bleach: $0.11

Total Price for Homemade Bleach Pen: $0.25

The store bought version costs about $3 or more, so our version is 92% cheaper!! Isn’t that the best? It also took little to no time to make. This homemade hack is totally worth it!

If you love this post, be sure to check out some of my other homemade laundry recipes below:

Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener Recipe

Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals Recipe

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

DIY Recipe for Liquid Laundry Detergent

What are your favorite ways to use bleach pens? Have you tried a homemade version? I’d love to hear about it!14 Comments

Homemade Bleach Pen was last modified: November 13th, 2015 by Jenny

Subscribe and never miss a thing

Receive free email updates!

PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Your support keeps this blog running and is greatly appreciated. AMAZON DISCLOSURE: The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com. DISCLAIMER: The content on the blog Happy Money Saver is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. I am not a medical professional and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional before acting on any information presented here.


  1. How do you use it? I’ve had no experience with store-bought bleach pens, so don’t really know. Thanks

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      It is just like bleach except for you can put it on a concentrated stain and it lifts out. I like to add them to a stain, let it sit for about five minutes and then rinse it out. Remember to test your fabric to make sure it won’t bleach it the color out. This pen works great for designs on clothes, too!

  2. I can’t wait to try this out! I have some serious grout issues in our new home on the entry way floor that needs some elbow grease and bleach! Fantastic tip on the glue bottle…easier to “lock” the top that way. BTW, love your dry laundry soap!! I have been able to eek out a year with just one batch…there is only 3 of us! The only downside is I give it away so much for family/friends to test that I had to make a separate batch as not mess up my tracking! I know I am a nerd 🙂

  3. Awesome! Where I live bleach pens cost $4 and I always grouse about paying for them and then don’t want to use them too much.

    This idea will save me some serious $$$ and maybe my stupid white kitchen counter grout will finally be white!

    Thanks for this awesome post!

  4. Michelle says:

    I’ve done this and it works but the gel ends up liquifying over time so I would recommend not making big batches. I made some this morning for a kids craft project and made it thicker than normal trying to compensate for the gel re-liquifying and even with some extra thick bleach gel the “pens” liquified within about 2 hours and were difficult to work with. Probably fine for stain treating but if you need to draw with it, it’s definitely best to wait until right before you need the pens.

    • I wonder it you made it thinner instead of thicker. It may have opposite reaction? What was your process to make it thicker? I’m think to make thicker n stay thick maybe use less water and way less bleach? Or less water a little more starch and what makes it jelly like is the bleach, right, maybe a little more bleach too? Hmmmm

  5. I love the idea of using this homemade bleach paint! Really useful idea that will definitely make it easy to clean all these stains! Thanks!

  6. Kim Conover says:

    I have just started experimenting with “printing” on solid color cotton fabric with bleach pens. I draw designs on the fabric with a bleach pen and then neutralize the bleach when the bleaching process has reached the level I want. After purchasing the first pen, I swore I would never buy another expensive bleach pen again. I’ve been busy with other projects until now but thinking about the obvious ways to make my own and was going to try making it with cornstarch later today. While eating lunch, I googled a diy recipe and “voila!” here you are! I will likely make mine a tad thicker for the application I’m using it for but so glad I’m skipping the “trial and error” phase- thank you for sharing and having the same “diy mindset” that I live by.

  7. Made this for painting designs on shirts, and it’s great for the first hour or so, but the gel slowly get more and more loose and liquid till it’s no longer a gel at all, and just a middle to thin liquid. It’s about the same thickness as the Precision Pour Clorox gel… and they both want to spread and drip and make blobs. This morning, the bag I put it in is just a cloudy liquid. And the batch I made two nights ago longer bleaches anything.
    Any suggestions?

  8. I read through a few of the comments and saw that several where having trouble with the consistency of the gel. I’m a professional cook and mixing cornstarch and water together to be used as a thickening agent is what we refer to as a slurry. Slurries should actually be equal parts water and cornstarch and, in order for a slurry to properly thicken a liquid, it must boil on the stove. I don’t know exactly how this would work considering the liquid needed to be thickened is bleach. But in theory, you’d add the slurry to the bleach on the stovetop and boil until desired consistency, adding more slurry or bleach as needed. I don’t know if boiling bleach would damage your pans or change the chemical makeup or something. All in all though, the slurry is being used wrong and that’s why the gel looses its consistency over time.

  9. I just found this pin and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been looking for weeks for a bleach pen and my local stores either stopped carrying them or sold out. Now I can stop searching and save money. Bonus: I already have all three of these ingredients at home!

Speak Your Mind


Follow me over to the blog for more homemade goodness . . .