Make Disposable Disinfectant Wipes
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Before gathering supplies to make disinfectant wipes, decide if you want to make disposable (single-use) wipes or ones you can wash and reuse. Both types use 5.25% to 8.25% sodium hypochlorite bleach or high-concentration alcohol as the main ingredient, based on CDC recommendations that diluted bleach solutions and 70% alcohol solutions are good disinfectants capable of killing coronavirus and other germs on surfaces. Note that it’s extremely important to be careful when handling bleach and to keep it out of the reach of children at all times.
To make disposable wipes, you’ll need a roll of high-quality paper towels, an airtight container to hold the roll, gloves to protect your hands and a solution of 1/3 cup of bleach mixed with one gallon of water. If you can’t use bleach on the surfaces you want to disinfect, you can use a 70% alcohol solution instead.
Be sure to make the wipes in a well-ventilated room to avoid problems with the fumes. Start by putting your gloves on and then add the bleach solution to the airtight container. Next, add the paper towels and allow them to soak for at least five minutes. Take the towels out and pour the excess bleach solution down the drain or into a spray bottle to use as a spray disinfectant. Put the paper towel roll back into the airtight container.
Two important notes: Homemade wipes made with a bleach solution are only effective for disinfecting for about 24 hours. Clorox bleach products labeled as splash-less or no-splash do not have a strong enough concentration to disinfect.
Make Reusable Disinfectant Wipes
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If you prefer to make disinfecting wipes you can wash and reuse, the process is fundamentally the same as the one used to make disposable wipes. However, instead of making the wipes from a roll of paper towels, you would place a stack of microfiber kitchen cloths in the airtight container with the bleach or alcohol solution. Just like the single-use disinfectant wipes, these wipes are only effective for up to 24 hours when made with bleach, so keep that in mind and only make as many as you need for cleaning on a single day.