With the deadly virus still lurking around largely in and around our homes, we need to take special care to cleanse and sanitize our homes thoroughly to prevent the spread of CoronaVirus. While there has been no sure cure to get rid of this virus completely, there are many safe and effective ways to help us get rid of the virus and other bacteria from our home surfaces. There are many who are spending thousands these days to get their homes thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. But here, we have some amazing Do-It-yourself ways to sanitize your home surfaces yourself by making affordable surface sanitizers at home.
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It is important to disinfect your kitchen, bathrooms, home entrances and even the air at home to keep the coronavirus at bay. But as you need to do so multiple times a day, the commercial products available in supermarkets can shoot up your household expenses drastically. Here is a cool way to make a DIY disinfecting spray at home.
Items you’ll Need :
First of all, one should only use EPA-registered disinfectants that have a proven effectiveness against COVID-19. You should also give enough contact time on the surface for the disinfectant to kill the virus.
This is one of the most effective chemicals available that effectively kills a wide range of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, fungi, viruses and spores. It is recommended to use a 3% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide to kill the coronavirus and you also need to give it 6 to 8 minutes of exposure to work effectively.
This rubbing alcohol is a chemical compound that works to disinfect surfaces when left for more than 30 seconds. As rubbing alcohol is water-soluble, you can easily dilute it. When you add water to it, ensure that the solution has at least 70% alcohol to be able to kill the virus. Isopropyl Alcohol can discolor some plastic surfaces, so it is better to perform a spot test first.
The bleach that you commonly use at home is quite effective in killing bacteria and viruses. It can be used after diluting. The ideal measurement is 4 teaspoons of bleach per 1 quart of water. But a diluted bleach solution should be left on the surface for at least 10 minutes and then wiped off, to work effectively. Keep in mind that bleach should not be mixed with ammonia, rubbing alcohol or other acidic compounds such as vinegar, as it can result in dangerous compounds. Bleach is best used with water only.
Once you have gathered these ingredients, you will also need a spraying bottle, a few paper towels, or some waste but clean cotton fabric.
Bleach Disinfectant Spray:
This can be made by combining 1 ½ cups of bleach per gallon of water or ⅓ cup bleach per quart of water. Pour this mixture in a spray bottle and spray on all your hard surfaces such as glass doors, floors and countertops. Then leave for 10 minutes and then wipe off with a clean paper towel or a cotton fabric. This will kill all the viruses from your home surfaces.
Alcohol Disinfectant Spray:
Combine 12 ounces of Isopropyl Alcohol into 3 ½ ounces of distilled water. Add ½ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Also add a few drops of any essential oil such as rose, lemon, citronella or others for a clean and fresh fragrance. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and use on your hard surfaces. Spray on your counters, glass doors or floors and let sit for a few minutes before you wipe off with a clean towel or fabric.
Natural Cleaners for Coronavirus:
Do not rely on natural cleaners like vinegar, tea tree oil or vodka for cleaning your home surfaces. These are ineffective for killing the viruses. Vinegar may also tarnish the tile and grout and lead to etching.
So, use the formulations above and make your home affordable home surface sanitizers at home. You can make this in abundance and keep spraying on your home surfaces to ensure complete sanitization.