Disinfectant Alternatives for Sanitizing your Home

Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes have been hard to come by since the Coronovirus began to spread and the stay at home orders went into effect. Here are some equally effective alternatives to use if you’re still not able to find Clorox wipes or cleaners you would normally use, in the stores.

Any product that is labeled as disinfectant and includes an EPA registration number:

Any kind of wipe, spray, or liquid disinfectant that meets these criteria is going to be effective at disinfecting non-porous surfaces. All EPA-registered disinfectants must have an EPA registration number, which consists of a company number and a product number (like 123-45). Generic “off brand” versions of a product will have the same EPA registration number as the primary product. The American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) also maintains a list of EPA-approved disinfecting products pre-approved for use against “emerging enveloped viral pathogens.”

Diluted Household Bleach:

This as been my go-to since the quarantine started. It’s something I always have on hand and it’s an inexpensive (and eco friendly) option to keep a spray bottle for the bleach solution and re-usable rags on hand rather than the single use disposable wipes. The CDC recommends preparing a bleach solution for disinfecting by mixing 5 tablespoons (⅓ cup) of bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Bleach CAN corrode some metals so spot test if you’re concerned about any of your surfaces. It’s best to mix up a batch just before you clean, as bleach loses it’s effectiveness fairly quickly and needs to be re-made after about a 24 hours in your spray bottle. To properly disinfect, the solution needs to be in contact with the surface for at least 5 minutes.

This cleaning solution will disinfect surfaces from more than just the novel coronavirus.

Cleaning regularly can help prevent the flu, food born illness, and more which can in turn help decrease other infections which can lessen the burden on our healthcare systems.

Rubbing Alcohol:

When you buy alcohol solutions at the store, they’re already diluted with water in a specific concentration, indicated clearly on the label, usually 70 percent or 90-91 percent alcohol. The CDC advises that alcohol concentrations above 70 percent should be effective at disinfecting for viruses.

With the increase of coronovirus, the CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

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