Whether necessary or not, hoarding or practical, it is a fact that most stores are running low if not completely out of your standard cleaning supplies. If your go-to cleaning supply has been a container of Clorox wipes, you may find yourself out of luck when you run out and need to stock up. This doesn’t mean that you can’t clean and disinfect your house and surfaces in a way to keep germs at bay. Before any of these convenient cleaning supplies existed, our parents and grandparents had effective ways to clean and now is as perfect of a time as any to go back to those old school methods. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to any of these mixtures to make your homemade cleaning solution smell just the way you want!
1. Soap and Water – Yes, it is that basic and soap and water is that effective. When you think about guidelines for keeping your hands clean, they start with washing your hands and advise you to only use things like hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water. The same can be said about cleaning surfaces. You don’t really need a bunch of fancy products to properly disinfect your surfaces, just a simple solution of soap and water.
2. Bleach – Bleach will keep your whites white but don’t underestimate this cleaning product. When mixed properly, bleach can also be a powerful disinfectant. Just mix two tablespoons of bleach with about 4 cups of water and pour it into any spray bottle. Simply squirt this solution onto surfaces like doorknobs or surfaces and wipe!
3. Chlorine – They use chlorine in pool water for a reason. Chlorine is an amazing way to keep germs at bay. You’ll need one tablespoon of chlorine water and about 8 cups of water. Once you’ve mixed your solution, it can be used to clean germs away.
4. Lysol Spray – Lysol may also be hard to come by now, but if you manage to find a can, it’s an excellent way to clean. Its easy to use too because there’s absolutely no mixing involved. You just spray the Lysol onto surfaces and wipe. You can also use Lysol on fabrics that you can’t use the other products on.
5. Rubbing Alcohol – Rubbing alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol is considered one of the best substances you can use to clean. Like the other products, you shouldn’t use it in it’s concentrated form and should dilute it first. To make your rubbing alcohol solution, mix 2 parts of rubbing alcohol for 1 part water until you’ve filled your spray bottle. This cleaning solution can also be use fabric if you spray it onto a cotton pad and clean the areas that need to be cleaned.
6. Hydrogen Peroxide – Hydrogen peroxide is another great household staple that most people have in their homes but that can also be used to disinfect. Most people turn to hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts and scrapes but the same product can be used to kill germs that linger on surfaces. Hydrogen Peroxide is easy to use and can be used straight out of the bottle or you can dilute it. If you choose to dilute it, you should combine 2.5 parts water and 0.5 parts 3% hydrogen peroxide. The biggest difference between cleaning with hydrogen peroxide versus other cleaning products is that CDC recommends that you use soap and water to clean a surface before disinfecting with hydrogen peroxide.