- Cloths, rags or paper towels
- 2 cups Distilled water
- 1 cup Isopropyl Alcohol ( 70-91% concentration )
- 1 TBSP any dish soap available
- Drops of Essential Oil
( Tea Tree Oil: Nature’s Disinfectant. For everyday purposes, tea tree oil has antiseptic properties. It’s useful for cleaning and deodorizing your household, when diluted with water in a spray bottle. )
- Cut your cloths, rags or paper towels
- Mix together the distilled water, 70-91% rubbing alcohol (grain alcohol), and any dish soap. You can use more or less alcohol depending on strength needed.
- Pour into jar with cloths
- Store in a closed glass container with lid to avoid alcohol evaporating
Alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol are effective against the coronavirus on hard surfaces. First, clean the surface with water and detergent. Apply the alcohol solution (do not dilute it) and let it sit on the surface for at least 30 seconds to disinfect. Alcohol is generally safe for all surfaces but can discolor some plastics, Sachleben says.
Q. Can you make your own cleaner or disinfectant to kill coronavirus?
Yes. Though it’s safest to use a store-bought cleaner, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a diluted bleach solution (⅓ cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water) for virus disinfection.
If you don’t have bleach, you could use isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect certain surfaces. But do not mix different active ingredients together because doing so can create poisonous gases and cause serious burns.
“An important general rule is that you shouldn’t immediately wipe a disinfecting solution off as soon as you’ve applied it to a surface,” Schaffner says. “Let it sit there long enough to kill the viruses first.” Read the product’s directions and let it dry completely.
If you can’t find your favorite brand of cleaner right now, know that there are many store-bought products that work to inactivate viruses. You could look for options on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, which has a list of disinfectants that meet the agency’s criteria for use against the new coronavirus. And see our report on household cleaners that destroy the coronavirus.
Source: “Your Questions on Coronavirus, Answered” by Consumer Reports https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/common-coronavirus-questions-answered/