How do i make disinfectant wipes using bleach?

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 09, 2020

    Hello. Bleach can be a caustic item to use —as well as color removal—bleaching out items by mistake. Sometimes it’s best to have it in a spray bottle like our bathroom tilex type products to carefully direct application on appropriate surfaces-avoid dripping.

    When diluted with water, bleach loses its effectiveness after 24 hours. In other words, you’ll need to make a new batch daily.

    Bleach could easily cause problems on most soft surfaces-clothing or carpeting.

    I feel most comfortable using other options —Lysol or another disinfectants might be alternative ideas to consider as well

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 09, 2020

    When diluted with water, bleach loses its effectiveness after 24 hours. In other words, you’ll need to make a new batch daily.

    Never mix bleach with another cleaning solution, which can create dangerous and potentially lethal gasses. Steer clear of using old cleaner containers to store your bleach solution, too.

    To stay safe, avoid mixing essential oils into your solution. The effects of mixing bleach with essential oils are not well known. If you want to use them to mask the smell, diffuse the oils separately after you’ve finished cleaning. (Directions below.)

    Always wear gloves. While bleach is not usually toxic to the skin itself, it can easily irritate the skin. Beckett recommends disposable gloves, but notes, “good old-fashioned yellow reusable cleaning gloves will suffice as long as you only use them for this activity.”

    Wipe nonporous surfaces only. Door handles, faucets, plastic toys, and sealed or painted wood furniture are all suitable surfaces. Bleach, however, can cause bare wood grain to swell and leave upholstery stained. And be very careful not to wipe down electrical outlets or light switches with a wet rag. Wring it out very well first.

    Crack a window. This will not only diffuse the smell, but help prevent the bleach from irritating your eyes.

    Step 1: Determine your bleach-to-water ratio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a ratio of ⅓ cup bleach to one gallon of water or four teaspoons bleach to one quart of water. Some Clorox bleach products call for ½ cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water; others call for ⅓ cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. We used “Clorox Germicidal Bleach” (⅓ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water).

    Step 2: Make your solution. Put on your rubber gloves. In a large plastic or glass container, mix water with bleach, using a spoon to stir.

    Step 3: Submerge the wipes. While wearing rubber gloves, submerge your cloth in the bleach solution. If using paper towels*, grab your cylindrical Tupperware container. Measure the height of your paper towels against the container, and cut your roll of paper towels to fit. Use a serrated knife to do this, and then place the paper towels in the container. Pour the bleach solution on top.

    If you cut the paper towels in half or thirds they fits nicely in a plastic ice cream round. The lid snaps on easily but be sure to put it on securely so your wipes don't dry out.

    Be safe!

  • Ladybug Ladybug on Apr 09, 2020

    I have a niece who cuts paper towels in strip and rolls them up like wipes and put diluted bleach. Then she puts in old plastic wipe holder and pulls them out like wipes.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 09, 2020

    Hi Pat, this is a great video to show you how to make your own disinfecting wipes. Hope it helps you

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 09, 2020

    All you need is a 10% bleach solution, meaning 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. Be sure to add the bleach to the water and not the other way around because you'll risk the splashing of the full strength bleach onto you. Store in a wash bottle and squirt as needed, wipe the surface down. Let air dry.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 09, 2020

    Make sure you don't use it full strength (1 cup to a gallon). If you are refilling a wipes container, you can cut a roll of paper towels and they should fit in it.

    Hydrogen Peroxide is a good disinfectant as well.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 09, 2020

    Actually, there are some other ways to do it. Like this one:

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Apr 10, 2020

    Here's another way to make disinfectant wipes

  • Hi Pat - As an alternative, this is the all-purpose cleaner that we use and it works really well. You can always change up the scents too. After changing my diet, switching over to all-natural homemade (primary) and store-bought (backup) has been huge for improving my health. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

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