Sanitizing with bleach is not hard to do, so you can easily make your own homemade disinfectant cleaner. Here's the simple 3 ingredient recipe, plus the rules to follow to make it safe and effective.
Chlorine bleach, which is composed of a sodium hypochlorite solution, is a cheap and easy way to sanitize surfaces in your home. As a bonus it also deodorizes well at the same time. (You can learn more about chlorine bleach here).
To use it safely though it must be diluted properly, strong enough to sanitize and weak enough not to be too harsh.
Use this sanitizing solution to clean surfaces in your home such as in the kitchen and bathroom where you need to disinfect and sanitize.
Combine the ingredients together and apply to the hard surfaces you want to clean. Make sure to not allow the solution to dry onto the surface, but keep the surface wet for at least five minutes. (I will explain why below.) Then, rinse and dry the surface.
Please note that the detergent is optional, and just helps clean the surface at the same time it is sanitizing with bleach solution. If you don't want to clean, just disinfect, don't add the detergent.
Hint: to make a smaller amount of this recipe, such as to put into a spray bottle add 1.5 tablespoons bleach to 2 cups of water, and just a very small pinch of detergent.
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1. Never mix ammonia and bleach, or toxic fumes will result. (Click the link for more information on this important safety issue.)
2. Always use in a ventilated area, because bleach can have a strong smell.
3. Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin while using this sanitizing solution.
4. If there is a lot of dirt or other organic material on the surface you want to disinfect, you should clean it first. The bleach is deactivated by large amounts of dirt, and cannot properly sanitize if the surface is really dirty.
5. Sanitizing with bleach is not instantaneous, but instead bleach needs at least 5 minutes, preferably 10, to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria and properly sanitize the surface. This is known as "kill time." It also cannot properly sanitize if it dries before it has killed the microorganisms. Therefore, spray it on and let it sit, without drying, for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.
6. This homemade disinfectant recipe is not for use, in these concentrations, on fibers such as clothes. In addition, it should not be used on wood, furniture, or metal fixtures.
If you decide you want to buy a product, instead of making your own, you can check out these antibacterial and disinfectant cleaners reviews, to see which ones people have liked, and which they didn't, for use in their home.
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