Make Your Own Disinfectant Wipes

May 12, 2020

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Clorox announced this week that disinfectant wipes likely won’t be fully back in stock until summer. Clorox saw a 500% spike in consumer demand as the pandemic began, and despite increasing their production 40% they simply cannot produce enough of the product to keep up. In the meantime, you can make your own disinfecting wipes with a few ingredients you have on hand that have been proven effective at killing viruses including coronavirus. To make alcohol-based disinfectant wipes, use at least 70% rubbing alcohol, undiluted, for the most effective clean. Grab a roll of paper towels or small kitchen cloths for reusable wipes and an airtight container that you do not use to store food and that is large enough to hold the ingredients. Pour the undiluted rubbing alcohol into your airtight container, leaving enough room at the top so the cloths can fit inside. Add the paper towels or cloths to the container and fully submerge them in the alcohol and let them soak for at least five minutes before use. After wiping down the surface with your alcohol-based disinfectant wipe, let the solution sit for at least five minutes to effectively kill germs. You can make disinfectant wipes with bleach in the similar fashion. However special care should be taken with bleach as it can discolor clothing and irritate your skin, eyes, and nose. Prepare the CDC's recommended bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Pour the solution into your airtight container, add the paper towels or cloths to the container and fully submerge them in the solution and let the wipes soak for at least five minutes before using. Remember to wear rubber gloves when cleaning with bleach-based disinfectant wipes. To ensure proper disinfection, allow the solution to sit on the surface for at least one minute before wiping away with a clean, dry cloth. Unfortunately the bleach mixture is only effective for about 24 hours, so these homemade disinfectant wipes are not intended for long-term storage.

How to Make Disinfectant Wipes with Alcohol

  1. Pour rubbing alcohol into your airtight container, leaving enough room at the top so the cloths can fit inside.
  2. Add the paper towels or cloths to the container and fully submerge them in the alcohol.
  3. Let the wipes soak for at least five minutes before using.

How to Make Disinfectant Wipes with Bleach

  1. Prepare the CDC's recommended bleach solution by mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.
  2. Pour the solution into your airtight container, taking care not to fill it up all the way.
  3. Add the paper towels or cloths to the container and fully submerge them in the solution.
  4. Let the wipes soak for at least five minutes before using.

SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens

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