How To Make Your Own Disinfectant

28 Apr, 2020 | Dr. Malik | No Comments

How To Make Your Own Disinfectant

The store shelves may be out of Lysol but the good news is that you can make your very own disinfectant at home. These steps are provided by Health Canada and can be found here

Although they do not claim to kill viruses such as COVID-19, home cleaners can help limit the transfer of microorganisms. For high-touch surfaces such as door handles, toys and phones, Health Canada recommends cleaning these often with either:

  • regular household cleaners or
  • diluted bleach prepared according to the instructions on the label or in a ratio of
    • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) per cup (250 mL) or
    • 4 teaspoons (20 mL) per litre (1000 mL)
    • assuming bleach is 5 % sodium hypochlorite, to give a 0.1 % sodium hypochlorite solution

Disinfectants, household cleaners, and bleach are meant to be used to clean surfaces. Never use these products on the skin or internally (e.g. by swallowing or injecting these products) as this could cause serious harm.

If you are in the market for hard-surface disinfectant, be sure to view the Health Canada list of products that are likely to be effective against Covid19. The list can be found here. 

Take care and be safe!


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