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Sanitize your home… safely

With the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of our daily lives, we have heard over and over the importance of proper handwashing, social distancing and sanitizing. When I went to the store, I found the cleaning isles and paper goods aisles to be pretty much empty. But don’t fear, you can make your own sanitizing solution that is not only effective in killing germs but also cost-saving and sustainable with your supplies on hand.

I have included a simple formula for you to follow, but you can also find great information at the “Resources” link, at the bottom of the page.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Gloves
    • PREFERRED: Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and discard after each cleaning.
    • OPTIONAL: If wearing reusable gloves, dedicate these to cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19, and use for no other purpose.
  • Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used.
  • Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Effective disinfectants
    • Diluted household bleach solutions*,
    • Alcohol solutions (final mix should be at least 70 percent alcohol), and
    • Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

* Diluted household bleach solutions can be used for surface disinfecting, if used properly. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser (see a convenient infographic, in English or Spanish). Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

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