Homemade bleach gel pens are easy to make—and a waste of time

Sometimes when I make a quilt with both brightly colored and white fabrics, I or the quilt recipient washes it without putting a Shout Color Catcher Sheet in the machine with it, and it ends up looking like this:

using homemade bleach pen

My solution for this problem has usually been Clorox Bleach Pens, but my local supermarket no longer carries them and I didn’t feel like waiting for them to arrive from the ‘Zon. So I googled “homemade bleach pen” and found these:

“Wow!” I thought. “This looks super easy, and it’s cheap!” Two of my favorite things, right? So I heated up a cup of water and stirred in 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 7 tablespoons of bleach …

… and ended up with this runny mess …

So I added more cornstarch, and got a solid mass:
homemade bleach gel pen how-to

I sighed and continued to heat and stir …

… then added a tad more bleach to thin it. (No photos.) I put it in an old mustard container and squeezed:

using homemade bleach pen

The results were unimpressive:

using homemade bleach pen

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