If you’ve been having a tough time finding disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer out there, or if your prized bottle of Purell is reaching its end, don’t panic! Laura has been making her own disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for years and they not only do a great job at keeping homes clean and people safe, but they’re also healthy for the planet!
Today on the blog, we wanted to share Laura’s DIY recipes with you all. Now, while you can make your own disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer at home, there is debate about whether the at-home products are effective at killing germs and viruses. Laura has been into natural medicine (supported by mainstream medicine) and making her own cleaning products for quite some time now (geez, over 2 decades!). There are lots of online resources you can check out but below are the recipes she uses for homemade wipes and sanitizer. (There are also wipes that can be made with vinegar but according to the CDC, vinegar may not be effective on viruses, so we will skip that recipe for now.)
Before we start, remember that good ‘ole fashioned hand washing is the best defense against germs and the CDC recommends that sanitizers contain 60% to 95% alcohol in order to eradicate germs. Here are some guidelines from the CDC for cleaning and disinfecting guidelines shared by the CDC. Embedded in the article are additional links with further information and descriptions of disinfectants. (link: https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent- getting-sick/disinfecting- your-home.html)
Disposable Disinfectant Wipes
To make disposable disinfectant wipes, this YouTube video is helpful to watch (link: https://youtu.be/
Items you will need:
- Empty wipe container, air tight container or a 1-pound coffee canister with a plastic lid will work
- Paper towel roll
- Sharp knife
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of bleach
- Optional: 10 drops essential oil (lavender, lemon, tea tree)
If you make hand sanitizer, don’t expect it to be like the store bought variety, the DIY version is very watery. We all know you can’t beat a good ‘ol hand washing (for at least 20 seconds) but that isn’t always an option. (link: https://www.
healthline.com/health/how-to- make-hand-sanitizer )
- 2/3 cup 90% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 1/3 cup 100% pure aloe vera gel
- Optional: 8-10 drops essential oil or combination of oils (ideas: lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree)
- Bowl and spoon
- Empty liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle, or small spray bottle to spray on hands
- Optional: Gloves
Wisk all ingredients together and use a funnel to pour into a container.
We hope you are all staying safe (and sane) out there! As always, if you have any questions about the real estate market, more DIY recipes, or need someone to pick up supplies for you at the grocery store, please reach out!
John, Laura & Amanda
~That Furrow Crew~
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