You might be wondering, why people are looking for the perfect homemade disinfectant when they can just buy from the market. Well, that is exactly the problem. If you have not been to the market lately, alcohol, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant in stores are pretty much wiped out. People are still panic buying to keep Covid19 at bay. Cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen, bathrooms, and just the entire house regularly is important to prevent corona virus from entering your living space.
If you are down to your last drop of hand sanitizer, fret not. Cause we are going to teach you how to make your own effective hand sanitizer and disinfectant. Don't worry, it will not be like the things you do in your chemistry lab. The process is easy and you will not spend a bunch of money! And you may already have some of the necessary ingredients needed for our DIY Disinfectant and hand sanitizer that can help eliminate viruses and germs.
Let’s start with the disinfectant first.
Remember, cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. Cleaning just removes dirt, grease, food residues, and bacteria. Disinfecting, on the other hand, kills viruses and parasites. It is important to clean thoroughly before disinfecting.
According to the experts, hydrogen peroxide is effectual against microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, yeasts, spores, and yes, viruses. At least 3% of the solution will kill germs and the cold virus just after eight minutes of exposure. Sounds good, right? Just the way we like it.
Bleach is commonly known to be strong and effective at killing bacteria and viruses when it is properly diluted. Experts recommend mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach per one quart of water. Wait for the solution to mix in the water for at least 10 minutes before using it. You will only be needing a clean spray bottle to store your bleach solution.
Warning: Do not mix bleach with other chemicals such as rubbing alcohol, acidic compounds like vinegar, and ammonia, for it can produce harmful compounds. Mixing it with water is your best option.
When left on surfaces for at least 30 seconds, Isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, is proven to be an effective disinfectant. But make sure you use the ones with a concentration of at least 70% to kill viruses. You can see that in the alcohol bottle.
Do not be too quick to try it on surfaces and other things. Do a spot test first, because alcohol can discolor some plastics.
Now let us make a hand sanitizer that e can carry to protect our health, in case we do not have access to soap and clean water. Just like with the disinfectant, making your own hand sanitizer is absolutely easy. Some of the things we need are likely to be just sitting in your cabinets, waiting for you to use them.
Warning: Make sure the tools you use, such as spray bottles, measuring cups, and other things that you will be needing in the process are properly cleaned.
Let’s get started!
If you want an easy and quick recipe, this gel recipe is the bomb.
You will be needing an isopropyl alcohol with a concentration of at least 70% to kill bacteria and viruses, aloe Vera gel, and tea tree oil. And yes, of course, a bottle.
Just mix three parts isopropyl alcohol to one part aloe Vera gel. Then add a few drops of tea tree oil to give it a pleasant scent. The last step is to transfer the mixture to the clean bottle properly. Done!
Now if you are not in a hurry, you might want to do this next recipe instead. You need to prepare a spray bottle (cause this one is liquid, not gel), isopropyl alcohol (again, with a concentration of at least 70% to kill bacteria and viruses), glycerol or glycerin (this is an important ingredient), hydrogen peroxide, and distilled water. If you do not have some of the ingredients at home, you can check at the stores near you.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends mixing 12 fluid ounces of alcohol with two teaspoons of glycerol. Then add one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and three fluid ounces of distilled or boiled (and then cooled) water. You can add a splash of essential oil to your solution for a pleasant smell. And voila! You already have your own hand sanitizer! Just add the solution into your spray bottle.
And just like washing your hands, rub your hands together strenuously for 30 seconds after applying hand sanitizer.
We know how important it is for you to keep you and your loved ones safe during this pandemic at all times. We hope you enjoyed the DIY disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer recipes we shared!
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