Marketing has led us to believe that store-bought and ready disinfectants are the only way to clean and disinfect a household. But what they don’t tell you is that these so-called cleaners and disinfectants are too powerful most of the time for home-use. Skin irritations, nasty burns and headaches are caused by overpowering aromas associated with these cleaners and disinfectants. A lot more harm is done to humans (and your furniture) when using store-bought and ready disinfectants.
Furthermore, store-bought and ready disinfectants are a lot more harmful to pregnant women, as they contain high doses of chemicals considered dangerous for pregnancy.
What a lot of people don’t know is that there is an easy fix for this.
What Is The Fix?
The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have formulas for homemade disinfectant spray. These formulas are made to clean and disinfect certain areas of the household. They are made for the safety of the people who use it, including pregnant women.
These formulas and solutions are surprisingly a lot more efficient in cleaning and disinfecting households. The ingredients themselves are easy to find, and most, if not all, are even present in your everyday household kitchens. You can also easily get in your trusted supermarkets, ensuring that these formulas are also way cheaper than your store-bought and ready disinfectant sprays.
e DIY formulas and sprays are made for various areas of the household, and different surfaces to clean. Not one formula is the same as diseases tend to adapt to the surface they land on. Taking this into consideration, let us dive into specifics on cleaning and disinfecting, making your homemade disinfectant spray.
How Can We Do It?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released various safe and alternate solutions for disinfecting, but we must all remember that cleaning and disinfecting, while generally used as one term, are very different from each other.
Cleaning is the action to make a part of a whole of a place free from dirt, marks, or stains.
Disinfecting is described as the activity that refers to the killing of a high percentage of germs that may cause diseases.
Generally, cleaning is done first before disinfecting. This ensures that cleaning rids of any solid dirt or grime — which can still be a source of harmful and disease-causing germs and bacteria— before attacking the unseen by disinfecting.
To make your own disinfecting sprayyou must take note of the amount that you are mixing, because DIY sprays only last at the most, 24 hours, after that, the effectivity decreases, so make sure you have the right amount of disinfectant so as to avoid any leftover DIY disinfectant.
Here are two easy homemade disinfecting sprays that are safe for you and your family to use:
- DIY HOMEMADE DISINFECTANT SPRAY
1 ½ cups of Vodka (Get the highest proof of alcohol you can find)
½ cup of White and Distilled Vinegar
50 drops of any essential oil (for disinfecting and fragrance)
To make homemade disinfectant spray with alcohol: mix the Vodka and the oils in one bottle spray and shake well before adding the vinegar. Add more essential oils if vinegar smell is still powerful.
Avoid the use of this formula with special stones like marble or granite. The vinegar added to the formula may damage the stone.
- SIMPLE BLEACH DISINFECTANT SOLUTION
1 cup of bleach
5 gallons of water
- The water and bleach formula is always at a 5:1 Ratio to avoid any irritations
- Use on any hard surfaces like plates and even countertops
- Allow the solution so stay on the surface for about 15 minutes after cleaning and before removing it. Make sure to wipe clean any trace of the solution to avoid any accidents.
These formulas approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are also highly recommended alternatives, especially when someone in your household is pregnant. Making your homemade disinfectant spray means that you lessen the risk of dangerous chemicals and unknown substances that may come from store-bought and ready disinfectant sprays.
ONE LAST NOTE:
Cleaning and disinfecting are both very much needed necessities today, not only for those that are soon expecting a new addition to their family but to everyone, as recent events have led to the awareness of the public to avoid getting viruses and diseases as the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant today.