How To Make a Homemade Household Disinfectant
In these challenging times of COVID-19, we recognize it has become difficult for consumers to find disinfectant products in the stores. Therefore, we wanted to share an effective alternative with you – a household bleach solution.
- To prepare a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- The World Health Organization offers the following guidelines on how best to clean and disinfect household surfaces:
- Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, these gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 only and should not be used for other purposes.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Wash your hands using the proper five-step technique immediately after gloves are removed.
- For the most effective disinfection, use either a diluted household bleach solution, an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or one of the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
-A diluted household bleach solution can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation and check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date.
-Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
-Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronavirus when properly diluted.
Keep in mind, coronavirus can live on plastic and steel surfaces up to 72 hours. So if you have exterior areas around your house you’d like to have disinfected
(e.g., children’s backyard swing sets or jungle gyms, patio and deck areas, front entries, etc.), Heffernan Painting Services can take care of that for you using our effective, soft-wash, disinfection-solution application. Please give us a call to schedule the service.
Stay safe and healthy!