DIY: Common Homemade Disinfectants
With demand for cleaning supplies at an all-time high, it can be deflating to head to your grocery store, all suited up in your mask, only to find an empty space where the items you were looking for once sat. If it has been a struggle to find the coveted Clorox spray or Lysol wipes in stores or online, getting creative with what you already have at home might be a good option—and sometimes the only one.
Homemade disinfectants are safe to make and use. There are a handful of different active ingredients that can act as a base for a household disinfectant, all of which are common household finds. These active ingredients focus not just on surface cleaning, but on making contact with germs and killing bacteria, especially since some viruses can live on surfaces for several days.
Bleach (image suggestion)
Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol (at least 70% alcohol)
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
Be sure to follow all instructions on labels to safely and carefully handle any chemicals you come in contact with.
How Do You Make Your Own Homemade Disinfectant?
There are plenty of great options for making your own homemade disinfectant that only take a few minutes to make. Not sure where to start? At Chicago Skin Clinic we are currently using and recommending a bleach-based solution for tackling hard non-porous surfaces.
You will need:
Step by Step: DIY Disinfectant Spray
Put on your gloves or wash your hands in preparation
Measure out 4 cups (1 quart) of water
Carefully measure out 4 teaspoons of bleach to add to the water
Use a funnel to avoid spilling excess liquid and pour into spray bottle
Make sure solution is mixed and cap the bottle
And voila! This solution should have a contact time of at least a minute before wiping it off the surface being cleaned. If you want to make a larger batch of disinfectant, use 1/3 cup of bleach for every gallon (16 cups) of water. This can be a cost-effective option as well, as several batches of disinfectant can be made from one bottle of bleach and most of the items needed are everyday items you can find at home.