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Home-made Disinfectants: The Practical Way To Clean Your Home

With the rising cases of CORONA VIRUS, we want to make sure that all surfaces in our home are sparkling clean. And free from germs, molds, bacteria, and viruses. But the high demand for store-bought disinfectants means prices are higher as well. In this time of the pandemic, where everything is uncertain we want to be practical in spending our money. And buying expensive disinfectants is not one of them. So here are some disinfectants that you can make at home that you can find in your pantry or medicine cabinet.

MULTI-PURPOSE DISINFECTANT SPRAY

What you’ll need:

  1. 1 & 1/2 cups of 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. (Rubbing alcohol can damage varnished and painted surfaces so it’s best to spot test first.)
  2. 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar (Vinegar is not safe to use in cleaning special stone surfaces, like granite or marble)
  3. 50-60 drops of essential oils (optional)

Pour the rubbing alcohol into a 500 ml spray bottle and then the essential oil(s). Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Add the vinegar and shake the bottle again. You can spray directly to the surface you want to disinfect. For tough molds that are hard to clean and you need experts to do it you can check mold remediation tampa.

DISINFECTING WIPES

What you’ll need:

  1. 1 cup 70 % Isopropyl alcohol
  2. 2 cups Distilled water
  3. 1 tbsp. Liquid soap
  4. 3 drops of essential oil (optional)
  5. 1 Paper Towel Roll

Cut the paper towel roll in half (or small kitchen cloths for reusable wipes). Put it in an airtight container large enough to store them. Choose a container that’s not used for storing food, beverages, or other cleaners and label it to avoid an accidental mix-up.

Mix together the water, rubbing alcohol, and liquid soap. Pour the mixture around the edges of the paper towel roll. Let it soak in for 2 minutes. You can wipe the surfaces and things you want to disinfect.

LEMON INFUSED DISINFECTANT SPRAY

What you’ll need:

  1. 100 proof or higher Unflavored vodka (use a cheap variety for every day cleaning)
  2. 4 to 6 Fresh Lemons      

Wash and peel the lemons, place the peels in a glass jar. Cover it with vodka and allow it to steep in a cool dark place for 1 to 6 weeks. When it becomes a yellow color then disinfectant is ready. If you want it to be more concentrated allow it to steep for a longer period of time. Remove the lemon peels and filter any solids by pouring the liquid using a sieve or cheesecloth. Pour it into a spray bottle. Do not dilute. You can spray it directly into solid surfaces you want to disinfect. Including countertops, toilet seats, floors, and more.  Allow the disinfectant to dwell at least 10 seconds to kill germs. You can let it dry or wipe the surface with a clean cloth. No need to rinse.

CUTTING BOARD DISINFECTANT

What you’ll need:

  1. Vinegar
  2. Hydrogen peroxide

When it comes to disinfecting cutting boards (after cutting raw meat). Disinfect the surface using vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Use a separate spray bottle for each ingredient and put a label. (DO NOT combine the two ingredients in one bottle). The order doesn’t matter. First spray one ingredient, letting the disinfectant rest for five minutes, then wipe the surface with a cloth. Finally, repeat with the second disinfectant. Wait five minutes, then wipe the surface with the cloth.

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