DIY: How to Make Homemade Bleach for Face

I am not a big fan of chemical bleach and in fact I have not even tried it once in my life. You will also find the reason, why I have such an aversion towards chemical bleach after reading this incident. During my sister’s wedding, we were planning on getting a bleach in the parlour. Even though I was hesitant at first even I agreed to get the chemical bleach done.

When I arrived at the parlour, already two ladies were getting their bleach done. The beauty parlour lady had applied the bleach on their face and they were waiting for it to dry. I think the bleach didn’t agree with one of the ladies and she started loudly complaining that it was itching and burning all over the face. I really got scared and literally ran out of the parlor that day.

Though I have tried many natural bleach recipes over the years, this recipe remains my favorite and I use it often on my face. This bleach has got two ingredients- fresh mint leaves and fresh yogurt. This bleach removes dirt and grime on the skin and lightens scars, if used regularly.

A word of caution here: This mixture burns once you apply it on the face but it fades blemishes well. If you have a sensitive skin, stay away from this natural bleach. Fresh mint leaves are excellent for fading scars and yogurt reduces the burning sensation and conditions the skin. The burning sensation lasts for little time and then goes away.

This pack takes around 10 minutes to dry out and you can wash it with a natural bath powder for best results. If you use wilted mint leaves, there will be no effect in the skin and there will be no burning sensation too. I prefer to pluck my mint leaves from the garden at the time of making it and I always use homemade yogurt for this pack. If you are using store bought yogurt, try to buy natural, unflavoured one. Have fun using this natural chemical free bleach at home!

How To Make Homemade Bleach:

1. Take fresh yogurt and hang it in a cloth to remove the moisture. I used my double layered strainer to drain the water.

2. Collect fresh mint leaves and wash it well to remove the mud. Grind the mint leaves in a mixer along with the hung yogurt to get a smooth paste. You natural bleach is ready!


  • If using for the first time, try a patch test before using it on the entire face.
  • Never use this bleach on young girls, they will not be able to bear the burning sensation.
  • The burning sensation lasts only for some time and this bleach is very very safe.
  • Once you tolerate the initial burning sensation, you will love this bleach very much.



  1. Shruthi Vijayaraghavan
    September 13, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Nice post Ramya. My mom also liked this post. we are going to try it soon, especially on the tanned areas like hands and neck. By the way, I prepared the natural bath powder as in your post and am using it now. Feeling really good! I have got smooth & glowing skin. It acts as a daily scrub which removes dirt and grime and also as tan remover! The acne kind of thing on my arms have disappeared! I have also told my friends about your blog. Keep up your good work!

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 14, 2014 / 2:25 am

    I am so glad you like the natural bath powder Shruthi….:)

  3. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014 / 5:25 am

    Madam , does the black colour around the neck goes off.? With this bleach

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 15, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    Hi, Try it, I am sure it will greatly reduce the black color around the neck with regular use….

  5. Ramya Ranganathan
    September 16, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Hi, Have been reading your blog for a whie. Very informative. Pazhaya marandhu pona vaidhiyam ellam I get to read and know our past better. Keep up the good work.

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 16, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Thanks a lot Ramya, Your encouraging words will keep me going……….

  7. Anonymous
    October 11, 2014 / 2:10 am

    Love your post. Will be trying this but could you put this all over your body…Thank you

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 12, 2014 / 3:21 am

    Yes, you can use it all over the body….

  9. Anonymous
    October 15, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Hi Ramya i am a first timer on your blog. Its very informative and very well presented (visually appealing). I have a question would this lighten the color of facial hair like bleach does as it makes it blonde as I already have light skin.

  10. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 16, 2014 / 1:30 am

    Hi, This bleach will not lighten the facial hair like a chemical bleach, it will only brighten the skin tone……..

  11. Anonymous
    October 16, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    Hi Ramya thanks for responding so fast. Do you have any natural solution to lighten facial hair.

  12. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 17, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    I have heard of honey & lemon mixture as an effective home remedy for lightening facial hair, but I have not tried it still…..

  13. Anonymous
    May 7, 2015 / 11:51 am

    How often does one have to use this?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 7:53 am

      Try it weekly once and if your skin agrees with it then you can even try it weekly twice…

  14. Jennifer Vadivelu
    May 20, 2015 / 1:40 am

    Hi… very informative…thank you… could this bleach be used for dark undereye circles as well?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 26, 2015 / 1:45 am

      Yes, you can use this bleach for under eye circles as well….

  15. Maya Brown
    September 9, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Hello. I just love all your blogs.I would like to lighten my skin colour two shades lighter.I'm an Arab with a slightly tanned golden complexion.I have been using sandalwood, wild turmeric, fuller's earth (multtani mitti), honey and rose water to lighten my skin for the past 6 months on a regular basis.The results have been good but I really need to lighten some parts of my body (knees, neck and elbows).I had tried rice powder and yoghurt on my face for skin lightening before but it only brought breakouts and thus I stopped.Can I use the mint leaves together with my honey and sandalwood mask without the yoghurt for fairer skin?What natural remedy can I use to prevent tanning?Thank you alot.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 12, 2015 / 4:25 am

      Hi Maya, Pure Aloe Vera gel is very good for preventing sun tanning. You could also try the oatmeal and honey mask from the blog, it is very gentle and effective and lemon juice + kasturi turmeric powder + few drops of any pure unrefined oil mixture on your elbows and neck. I haven't used the mixture you suggested but give it a try and use fresh mint leaves for it to be effective…

  16. Maya Brown
    September 18, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Thank you.I will surely try what you've suggested.Will definitely get back to you with the results.

  17. Anonymous
    December 2, 2016 / 11:31 am

    please tell me something natural for facial hairs' lightenw

  18. hamda salam
    April 3, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I have tried all means and failed to reduce and clear my acne break outs.please tell me another effective solution which is quite effective

  19. Archana
    July 11, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Ramya, your blog is lovely. However, I have one suggestion. In addition to home recipes, for some ingredients, if you could give us some pointers on where they are available, it would be great.

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