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4 DIY Sanitizing Products

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Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 

Because of the relatively unknown nature of the disease (meaning there’s no vaccine yet), on top of the rapid speed at which it spreads, there’s an understandable amount of trepidation among the global public.

As a result of the concern, stores are starting to sell out of certain cleaning products—aka, hand sanitizer.

So if you’re in an area where the stores are getting low or running out, what do you do to make sure you and your family maintain your health and general cleanliness? (Regardless of if it’s coronavirus or flu, or the common cold.)

To help you out, we found a few at-home cleaning product “recipes” that you should consider trying.

1. Hand Sanitizer

All you need is a travel-size shampoo container, rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel. 

Combine 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1/3 cup aloe vera gel; mix well. Once fully mixed (and the gel has become more of a liquid), use a funnel and pour into your travel container. 

The amount produced should fill at least two containers.

2. Hand Sanitizing Wipes

This is the easiest DIY on this list. All you need are regular hand wipes and rubbing alcohol. 

As regular hand wipes don’t actually have a sanitizing effect, they won’t really do the trick in terms of killing germs. So if the store is out of sanitizing wipes, take some rubbing alcohol, pour a small amount into a plastic baggie, add the hand wipes and allow the wipes to sit and soak up the alcohol. 

Pro Tip: Base the amount of alcohol on the number of wipes you’re adding to the baggie. The more wipes, the more alcohol.

3. Vegetable Spray

This isn’t just handy to use now with coronavirus on the forefront of our minds, this is great all the time. When buying produce, if rinsing it off with water once you get home doesn’t really feel like it’s been cleaned enough, add this spray to your routine. 

Combine 1 cup vinegar, 4 cups of water and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice (the acid in the lemon juice kills the bacteria). 

FYI: This makes a lot. If you want a smaller batch, quarter it: 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 cup of water and 1 tsp. lemon juice (Yes, there are 3 tsp. to a tbsp., but 1 tsp. seemed about right.) 

Once you’ve made your mix, pour it into a spray bottle. Using a spray bottle allows you to cover the vegetables well with the mix.

4. Disinfecting Spray Cleaner

This spray can be used as an alternative to Lysol wipes (or similar) in case those also start to sell out in stores.

All you need is 1 ¼ cups of water, ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ vodka (or rubbing alcohol, but it will have a different scent) and 15 drops of essential oils for smell (peppermint and lemon or lavender and lemon are good choices here).

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Shake well each time prior to use.

Pro Tip: Vinegar should not be used on granite or marble, so don’t use this spray if you have either one of those types of countertops. For marble and granite, use 2 tbsp. rubbing alcohol, 1 ½ cups of water and 1 tsp. of castile or dish soap (depending on how you want it to smell). 

Pro Tip #2: Allow the spray to sit for about 10 minutes and then wipe away. Letting it sit gives it time to really kill the germs.

Image courtesy of iStock.