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Today, during the spread of COVID-19, people are massively buying up personal protective equipment, such as medical gloves, masks, and disinfecting antibacterial sprays. Such disinfectants, killing bacteria and other various germs, protect people from deadly diseases.
However, due to the rapid spread of this virus, people instantly buy up such disinfecting sprays, which complicates their search in stores. It is not always easy to find the necessary spray, and manufacturers do not have time to supply a batch of disinfectant spray to the market.
But don’t lose hope! If you can’t buy a disinfectant spray in the store, the solution is simple: make it yourself. After all, if you have already stocked up on everything you need (toilet paper, plastic, medical masks, alcohol, Lysol wipes), why not try to make a spray at your house? Even a teenager can cope with this.
Well, if you are wondering how to make a disinfectant, you have come to the right place!
Disinfecting spray: detailed instructions
The technology of making a hand sanitizer is simple. Using detailed instructions, you may cope easily with such a task.
1) Rubbing alcohol disinfecting spray
Everyone knows that almost every second disinfectant spray smells of alcohol. As a rule, manufacturers use rubbing alcohol to make a disinfecting spray, which instantly kills viruses. Therefore, the first solution is to buy ethyl alcohol and a spray bottle and mix the necessary ingredients.
In general, such an ingredient as rubbing alcohol is available in every home, at least for skin surfaces. Many people consider it mandatory to have ethanol alcohol in the house, and they are right. During the period of shortage of the disinfecting spray, ethanol alcohol will protect against germs. Using this product, you may make a regular disinfectant.
Here is a simple recipe:
- One-fourth cup of pure water
- One cup of 99 percent isopropyl alcohol
- Spray bottle
- Essential oil
Indeed, to make a disinfectant, you need to wipe clean the spray bottle and mix distilled water with ethyl alcohol. If you don’t have 99 percent alcohol on hand, use 70 percent alcohol (isopropyl alcohol). It will protect you from all germs. The last step of this recipe is 15 drops of essential oil to give a pleasant aroma. Finally, close the spray bottle tightly, shake it and spray it evenly on soft surfaces (sofa, armchair).
You do not need to use 100% alcohol to disinfect your hands. Unfortunately, such isopropyl alcohol quickly evaporates. As for essential oils, you may use the desired essential oil blend:
- Thyme oil
- Oregano oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Cinnamon Oil
- Eucalyptus oil
The choice of essential oils depends on your taste preferences and allergies to the composition if you have one.
You may find more detailed content of this method in this video.
2) Using cheap vodka and spray bottle
Usually, people use an ethanol-based spray with essential oils to disinfect the surfaces and cleaning of rooms. Fortunately, you may use cheap vodka instead of alcohol, which kills any bacteria. Below is a step-by-step instruction on using vodka for making a similar solution.
This guide contains an elementary recipe with which everyone may make a DIY disinfectant spray.
Here is a small list of ingredients needed for this recipe:
- A little more than one glass of distilled water
- One-fourth cup white vinegar
- One-fourth of a glass of vodka or Everclear – 60 percent alcohol content
- Drops of peppermint essential oil
- Add a little lavender or lemon
- Glass bottle
By the way, the significant remark: do not use white vinegar on granite or marble, as there is a risk of acid damage to the surface. For this reason, before applying the solution to the surface, check it on a small area.
So, mix all the ingredients (plus Everclear) according to the recipe, shake the glass bottle, and spray the solution. After spraying, leave the surface for 10 minutes to absorb the spray, and, after all, wipe with wipes. This method protects as much as possible from viruses and microbes. The effectiveness of such a DIY disinfectant spray is as follows: it will save the furniture surfaces clean. In addition, you may wipe the mirror, sink, sink handles, and the toilet and bath.
3) The method of making a bleach solution
In addition to the above methods of obtaining DIY disinfectant spray, you may also use another equally effective variant. This way is most popular in the field of public catering, as it contains antiviral properties. So, use bleach-based hand sanitizer daily to prevent viral infection.
Read the step-by-step plan use bleach carefully to make a spray:
- Buy diluted bleach solution without the smell (from 5 to 6 percent) and distilled water in the shop
- Combine four teaspoons of store-bought bleach with four teaspoons of water
- Close the spray bottle tightly, turn it over and shake it
These are elementary steps that will allow you to make a spray for disinfection in the shortest possible time. Although this method is widely used for protective measures, you also need to know which chemicals you can and cannot combine.
Unfortunately, the combination of some chemicals leads to the formation of dangerous gases. In such situations, you must know the safety rules in advance. For instance, a mixture of vinegar and store-bought bleach forms chlorine gas. Such a chemical composition puts people in danger, as it causes a severe cough and burns. In addition, if you add ammonia to the bleach, you risk damaging the internal organs and respiratory system.
When cleaning rooms, spray the disinfectant evenly on the surface for seven minutes. After, wipe the furniture with a soft cloth. Here is a video on making a spray-on bleach.
4) Vinegar solution and essential oils
One of the most common ways to make the right solution is white vinegar and distilled water. This recipe is the safest for daily cleaning. Undoubtedly, there is no guarantee that vinegar will kill all germs, but it will reduce the risk of spreading viruses.
So, what ingredients are needed to make such a spray? First, combine half a cup of white vinegar and two cups of purified water. Next, add 30 drops of essential oils (lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus). Finally, shake the plastic bottle (or opaque spray bottle) thoroughly.
Nevertheless, when using this solution, take precautions. For instance, do not use the composition on marble and granite surfaces. It is also worth carefully mixing all the ingredients: vinegar has a toxic smell.
Finally, do not forget to wipe all the items with wipes in time to avoid furniture erosion.
5) Wipes for cleaning rooms
A healthy lifestyle, in addition to sports and proper nutrition, implies excellent mental and physical health. Firstly, observe all precautions so as not to get infected with coronavirus infection and other viruses.
Undoubtedly, the grain alcohol or ethanol during cleaning will protect you and your family from COVID-19 infection. But what if you also use wipes? Following the steps below, you may easily make wipes for cleaning and disinfecting your hands. Moreover, you may even make alcohol prep pads.
Here’s what you need to have for making wipes:
- Mix two cups of water and two teaspoons of bleach
- Cut paper towels the same size as the wipe storage mold
- Put a paper towel in the mold and pour out the liquid
- Wait for the chemical solution to absorb
Initially, it seems that this is a rather energy-consuming process. But if you try to make wipes yourself once, you will understand that it is not difficult.
Review the step-by-step instructions to make wipes for cleaning without any problems.
6) Hydrogen peroxide
Perhaps nothing destroys a coronavirus infection as quickly as hydrogen peroxide. According to statistics, a liquid of hydrogen peroxide kills even pathogenic microbes that may harm us. For disinfection of premises, use only a three percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide (or a diluted 0.5 percent one).
When using such a mixture daily, let the solution dry in the air for seven minutes. In addition, try not to use a liquid of hydrogen peroxide in large quantities. Combine a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and a glass of water in an opaque spray bottle instead. Such an opaque bottle protects the hydrogen peroxide from the sun’s rays, which destroy the solution. Usually, people use a spray of hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the kitchen, bath, and mirrors.
Follow the link to get acquainted with the video on making a mixture of hydrogen peroxide.
7) Essential oils for cleaning
Any essential oil fills the rooms with a pleasant aroma and creates a cozy atmosphere. You may use the essential oil for making disinfectant sprays by mixing all the necessary ingredients in a plastic bottle. Even one drop of this oil can give the most pleasant smell of the mixture. However, do not forget that such an oil is not effective for destroying viruses.
All follow the recommendations when making any disinfectant sprays, as some compositions may harm you, up to the formation of burns. For this reason, carefully read the recipe for making a spray based on both alcohol and essential oil and based on bleach.
By the way, it is worth noting that many experts recommend using Lysol spray for disinfection from coronavirus and other viruses. DIY Lysol spray effectively destroys all bacteria and reduces the spread of infections. When using DIY Lysol spray during cleaning, do not forget about precautions!
DIY Lysol is the spray that you need! The duration of action of the disinfecting composition of Lysol spray is up to three days. Thoroughly clean the surface and spray DIY Lysol by shaking the bottle. Besides, you may buy Lysol wipes and use them to wipe items. Apply Lysol spray with a sponge, first protecting your hands with rubber gloves.
So, you have reviewed the main list of disinfectant sprays that you may make yourself, following the recipe and observing precautions.
To sum up, the coronavirus infection spreads at lightning speed. The consequences of such an infection are dangerous: it affects the respiratory organs and kills a person. To protect yourself and your family from such an infection, you can use special sprays for disinfection.
Following any recipe, you may make a disinfectant spray and save money. You need to buy alcohol, purified water, essential oils, or make DIY Lysol spray. Remember that before applying the liquid, it is necessary to shake the sprayer. Finally, do not neglect the safety rules so as not to harm yourself and others.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I make my disinfectant?
You may make any disinfectant solution by selecting the desired recipe. For instance, there is a method for making an alcohol-based liquid. To do this, mix distilled water and 99 percent isopropyl alcohol, adding a little essential oil. Another option is the production of a spray based on bleach.
What is the best household disinfectant for surfaces during COVID-19?
The best option for wiping surfaces during the COVID-19 period is DIY Lysol spray. Experts recommend using this hand sanitizer for disinfection of any hard surface because the composition of Lysol may kill influenza viruses, including coronavirus. However, use this disinfectant carefully so as not to get any damage.
What solutions can be used to disinfect surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Use bleach-based and alcohol-based solutions for disinfection. The alcohols and bleach may quickly clean furniture from various viruses, including coronavirus. By the way, another good option is Lysol wipes.
How does cleaning surfaces with alcohol kill the coronavirus?
The same question concerns the process of cleaning furniture from viruses. Unfortunately, not all sprays can destroy bacteria and microbes. However, due to the toxic composition, such sprays stop the spread of the coronavirus, killing this virus.