In December 2019, the entire world became acquainted with a novel virus named Corona. Although there is no cure for this deadly disease called Covid-19 caused by the virus, there are ways to prevent it. You can avoid the infection by staying indoors and keeping yourself clean. At the same time, it is necessary to keep everything in the house sterile as well. That is why hand sanitizers and disinfectants are two of the most in-demand items right now. A sanitizer is a very effective solution to disinfecting your hands when you have less chance of washing your hands with soapy water while outdoors.
On the other hand, disinfectants have become essential for your house. So far we know that this deadly virus can survive for three hours in the air, four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. So, it is very important to keep everything clean especially when you are bringing things home from outside. Besides, it is important to keep the door handle, floor of the house, etc. neat and clean.
Due to the high demand, these two essential items are running out of stock as soon as they hit the market. That is why many people are returning home empty-handed from the market. Now a quick question for you: what will you do if you ever get into this kind of situation? Will you rush to the market, again and again, to buy these high demanded products even if the chances of getting these are really low? Is there another option available? Yes! There is.
Today we will discuss this “other option”. Let’s find out how you can easily make hand sanitizer and disinfectant at home.
How to Make Hand Sanitizer at Home
Isopropyl alcohol is easily available and you will find it at most hardware stores. Look for a mixture that contains 90% isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol.
To make hand sanitizer at home, first, take 650 ml of isopropyl alcohol in a bottle. Add 2 ml of hydrogen peroxide. Then add 15 ml glycerin to the mixture. And lastly, add 200 ml of distilled water. If you are not a fan of how alcohol smells, add 25/30 ml of perfume or essential oil (any kind) to rid it of the odor. Mix all the ingredients well and use in a spray bottle. (Source: WHO)
Be it indoors or outdoors, always keep hand sanitizer with you. Use it on your hands every 1 hour. Keep yourself and everyone around you safe.
How to Make Disinfectant
Bleaching powder is easily one of the most available products in the market. According to the Ministry of Health, making a disinfectant out of bleaching powder is very simple. There are two types of disinfectants that you can make: Highly-concentrated disinfectant and Low-concentration disinfectant.
Creating Highly-concentrated Disinfectant
The ration for Highly-concentration disinfectant has to be 1:10.
The process is simple; in a container add 2 tablespoons of bleaching powder with 1 liter of water. Wait for 30 minutes and let it mix with the water. Store this highly-concentrated disinfectant solution in a sealed container.
Keep in mind that this disinfectant is not for your everyday use. It is commonly used to disinfect highly contaminated waste, hospital waste, and Covid-19 infected patients.
Creating Less-concentrated Disinfectant
According to the health agency, the ration for the Less-concentrated disinfectant has to be 1:100.
To make a Less-concentrated disinfectant solution, add 1 tablespoon of bleaching powder with 20 liters of water and properly mix the solution in a container. Seal it away for 30 minutes. Get rid of the sediment at the bottom and store the transparent solution in a sealed container.
This is the disinfectant that you will be using every day. Use it to disinfect floor, furniture, household items, door handles, cars, and so on. (Source: Ministry of Health)
Caution and proper awareness are the keys to deal with this corona situation. Don’t rush out to the market for the essentials that you can easily make or prepare at home. And the extra money that you can save from making these instead of buying them can be used to help low-income people.
Don’t forget to let us know if you find this article helpful. Stay home, stay safe; your awareness can keep your family safe and thus, the entire country.