Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Zoey Sky
While many cities around the world are on lockdown to prevent the further spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s crucial to maintain proper hygiene and sanitize your home, especially after you’ve returned from buying supplies from the grocery store.
If you’re out of cleaning supplies, follow the steps below to make DIY disinfecting wipes. You’ll need water, bleach and three percent hydrogen peroxide solution.
Bleach to water ratio:
Hydrogen peroxide to water ratio:
To make disposable disinfecting wipes, choose either a bleach or hydrogen peroxide base, then follow the steps below.
To make reusable disinfecting wipes, choose either a bleach or hydrogen peroxide base, then follow the steps below. These reusable wipes are a more eco-friendly alternative and you can easily make them using items you can find around the house.
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to keep them clean and prevent the spread of infections. But if you’re outdoors or if you run out of water, you can keep your hands clean with homemade hand sanitizer. (Related: Can shoes and clothes bring the coronavirus into your house?)
Follow the proper ratios to ensure that your DIY hand sanitizer is effective. The solution below is from Ajith Karunarathne, a cellular chemist and assistant professor at the University of Toledo’s department of chemistry and biochemistry.
Before you start cleaning surfaces with DIY disinfectant wipes, check if the solution you’re using is safe for whatever you’ll be cleaning.
Read product labels, particularly for bleach, hydrogen peroxide or other disinfectant cleaners to make sure it won’t damage, strip or stain your surfaces.
Disinfecting wipes are best used on most kinds of hard, nonporous surfaces, such as:
When using disinfecting wipes, do so in a well-ventilated area. If you’re using disinfecting wipes made with a bleach solution, never use them with ammonia or other chemicals because this may produce dangerous compounds.
Practice proper handwashing techniques and keep your home and surroundings clean during this pandemic. Visit Preparedness.news to learn more.