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How To Safely Make Disinfectant Wipes At Home

Hand sanitizer is quite a rare item these days, and when we can find it, we are faced with super high prices that are far from affordable. However, there is a cheap and easy alternative: DIY disinfectant wipes.

The effect is pretty much the same, with the advantage that you can use these homemade disinfectant wipes to get rid of germs, bacteria, and viruses in many different surfaces.

This way, you can save a lot of money, disinfect your house properly, and you know exactly what are the ingredients in your cleaning products. Clorox bleach is the central ingredient for these wipes and the best disinfecting product you can use for this purpose. Just follow the steps.

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1. What Do You Need To Make Disposable Wipes?

  1. Paper towels | One roll
  2. Clorox bleach | 1/3-12 Cup (see below the adequate amount)
  3. Water | One gallon
  4. A tall container with a lid where you can fit a roll of paper towels, preferably one that you don’t use to store chemicals, food or beverages
  5. A pair of gloves, so you can adequately handle the bleach

2. What Do You Need To Make Reusable Wipes?

  1. Small kitchen cloths made from microfibers
  2. Clorox bleach | 1/3-12 Cup (see below the adequate amount)
  3. Water | One gallon
  4. A tall container with a lid where you can fit a roll of paper towels, preferably one that you don’t use to store chemicals, food or beverages
  5. A pair of gloves, so you can adequately handle the bleach

3. How To Know How Much Bleach You Should Use?

You have many different types of bleach at your disposal, but Clorox is a famous brand with a wide variety of bleach products, and each one has a different strength, which is why you should always read the label before using them.

Avoid Clorox Splash-Less Bleach, as its disinfecting power is not as strong when compared to the other products by the same brand, and be sure to check the date on your bleach to make sure the whole process is effective.

You should use 1/3 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water if you are using the following products:

  • Clorox Disinfecting Bleach (the concentrated version)
  • Clorox Performance Bleach (the concentrated version)
  • Clorox Germicidal Bleach (the concentrated version) You should use 1/2 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water if you are using the following products:
  • Clorox Disinfecting Bleach
  • Clorox Regular Bleach
  • Clorox Performance Bleach with CLOROMAX
  • Clorox Germicidal Bleach Before you start Bleach is a mandatory house cleaning product, present in everyone’s cabinets, due to its disinfecting power capable of killing bacteria and viruses. But there needs to be certain care when handling bleach – if misused, it can pose a danger to your health, irritating your eyes, skin, and nose, and it might even ruin your clothes.

That’s what the rubber gloves are for, to protect your skin. Try to use old clothes during this process, and be careful not to splash the liquid on yourself or the people around you. Do not touch your face at any moment while you are making your disinfecting wipes.

Also, keep bleach out of reach for your kids and your pets. If you or anyone in your household ingests bleach by accident, reach out to the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222. And a final piece of advice – do not mix bleach with ammonia, as this may provoke a chemical reaction that can become dangerous.

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4. How To Make Disinfectant Wipes?

You have all the ingredients you need, so here are the steps you should be taking:

  1. Gather your materials on a clean surface, one that’s out of reach for small children and pets;
  2. Put your rubber gloves on;
  3. Add water to the container, and based on the reference values we gave you before for every type of bleach, see the amount you should be adding;
  4. Take your clothes or your paper towels, and place them inside the water/bleach solution – make sure they are submerged;
  5. Let them sit for 5 minutes until they are fully soaked and ready to use;
  6. Take the excess bleach solution and store it in a spray bottle to use as a regular cleaning product, or make more wipes with it;

5. How to use disinfectant wipes?

  1. You can use these wipes on a variety of surfaces and for different cleaning purposes: to clean every single one of your electronic devices, for bathroom cleaning and kitchen cleaning, and even to disinfect your kitchen tools.
  2. Whenever you use the wipes, avoid touching the surface in which you used them for at least 5 minutes – that’s how long it takes for it effectively gets rid of viruses and bacteria;
  3. If the object or surface you just cleaned is something that will come in contact with people, like a toy or a kitchen utensil, rinse it out with warm water after the 5 minutes and let it air dry.

6. How Can You Store Your Disinfecting Wipes?

An airtight container is the best option, but a good alternative would be a zip-lock bag if you want to carry them with you. Keep in mind they will only be effective for 24 hours – after that, they will start to dry.

7. Are There Any Alternatives To Bleach?

If you don’t feel comfortable enough to use bleach, you can always choose to use 70% rubbing alcohol, or even 140+ proof vodka, since alcohol is also quite effective as a disinfectant.

The process is the same, except you replace the bleach with the alcohol. Be careful, though – alcohol tends to evaporate faster, which means you need to properly cover your wipes for them to remain moist.

In conclusion, It is more important than ever to clean every high-touch surface frequently and adequately. And even though you can find disinfecting wipes in stores, making your own at home can be a quick and cheap solution, especially if you are going to use them for house cleaning purposes. If you want to take them with you wherever you go, you will need to make a daily batch, which can be less practical but will surely save you money.

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