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How to make homemade wipes to fight coronavirus

Keeping our hands clean by washing them for at least twenty seconds has been one of the big messages for all people. It was the first significant piece of guidance the government gave us. Long before they told us to keep at least two metres apart, they told us to wash our hands thoroughly, so we don’t transfer coronavirus to surfaces we touch. Anti-bacterial wipes are the best thing to use. As with the anti-bacterial sprays that some of us use on our hands, these wipes get rid of any trace of the virus. What if you can’t get your hands on them?

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Panic buying

The shelves are empty. Panic buying is a result of two things – a fear that the shops with run out and a feeling of losing control that can only be remedied by stockpiling goods you feel you will need. Neither is true. The shops haven’t run out of things, and individuals don’t really have any control over society at any time, so let’s hope people can get a hold of themselves and change their patterns of behaviour. If you can’t find anti-bacterial wipes in the shops, you can make them yourself.

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Sodium hypochlorite

The active ingredient you need is sodium hypochlorite. Don’t worry about checking the label of everything along your shop’s cleaning product aisle. All you need to do is buy bleach. You might have some already at home. If you have rubbing alcohol, you can also use that. It’s harder to source than conventional household bleach, so let’s look at how to make homemade wipes using household bleach.

Easy and effective

This homemade wipe is cheap, easy to make and very effective at removing any trace of the virus. You can use it to disinfect your doorknobs, car door handles and the letterbox, among other things. When the bleach you’ll use is properly diluted, it can be used on a hard, nonporous surface to remove all sorts of pathogens including COVID-19.

Materials

You’ll need reusable cloths or rags. You’ll need to wash them in the washing machine between uses. You could also use heavy-duty paper towels, but they won’t hold up as well as cloth. You’ll need to buy some gloves. Although this solution is not toxic, it can irritate your skin. A pair of yellow disposable gloves will do the job. You’ll need a bucket of course. You can opt for essential oils if you want to diffuse the smell.

How to make it

As you can imagine from the short list of materials, this is a quick thing to make with a few straightforward directions. You need 80ml of bleach mixed into 3.75 litres of water. Remember to wear your gloves before you begin to make your solution. Pour the bleach and water into a large container, then use a spoon to stir it together. Now submerge the cloth in the solution.

The solution you make will only last for twenty-four hours so don’t go over the top. Never be tempted to mix any other cleaning products into the solution. You might create lethal gases. For the same reason, never use containers that used to house other cleaning solutions. You can use the solution on your taps, door handles and any painted wooden surface. It should go without saying, but don’t wipe down any electrical cables or light switches. Before, during or after you use the solution, open your windows to air the place out.

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