DIY Disinfectant Spray That's Cheap and Easy to Make

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How many trips have you taken to the local grocery store in hopes of snagging one bottle of disinfectant spray only to leave empty-handed? Well, you're not alone. I've been out of luck unless I'm there right as the doors open for business. So the search began for a DIY that's easy and effective to meet my needs.

I'm in no way a health professional, so I'm following recommendations provided by the CDC. All you need is bleach and water, then follow the measurements below. Make sure to check the expiration date and if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Products that are past due will be ineffective as well as bleaches designed for whitening clothes.  

DIY Disinfectant Solution

5 tablespoons of bleach per galloon of water 
4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water 
This solution should be used within 24 hours for effective disinfection. After this time frame a new solution should be made. 

How to Properly Disinfect

To properly disinfect, the CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves and clean surfaces with soap and water, followed by using a disinfectant. Below are high touch surfaces to routinely clean. 
  • Light Switches
  • Phones
  • Door knobs
  • Keyboards
  • Countertops
  • Desks
  • Toilets
  • Faucets
  • Toys
  • Remote Controls
  • Steering wheel, radio dials, gearshift
  • Makeup brushes
I'm sure this isn't new information, but it's a great reminder and practice to continue, whether there's a pandemic or not. 
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