Here’s how to make virus killing clorox bleach wipes and hand sanitizer and advice from Dr. Jo Herzog on how to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
Update: I have included barcodes for every kind of Clorox below. Based on which Clorox you purchase, you will make your bleach solution with either 1/3 cup OR 1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water. Please note that Clorox splashless bleach does NOT disinfect.
How to Make Your Own Disinfecting Wipes + Hand Sanitizer
In this time of coronavirus pandemic, you may already be forced to make your own cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solution. I teamed up with my friend, Dr. Jo Herzog, to gather accurate “recipes” for making bleach wipes and hand sanitizer that will work specifically to kill viruses (coronavirus included).
Dr. Jo suggested that we go to the clorox website to get accurate information on the ratio needed for effectiveness. Thankfully, clorox had a list of approved products specifically designed for coronavirus. The bleach solution below is the clorox approved ratio for killing coronavirus. I share a video showing how I use it to make wipes, along with a few other ways to apply the solution to surfaces + tips for how to apply it for guaranteed effectiveness.
How to Make Clorox Wipes
You can make clorox wipes (disposable or reusable) by making the Clorox bleach solution that is designed to kill viruses, specifically COVID-19. All Clorox bottles are labeled specifically. Below are the guidelines for which bleach should be used with which solution.
The charts, barcodes, and solution ratios were taken from the clorox website.
Once you determine which clorox solution to make using the barcode on your clorox, make the bleach solution. You can then use this to make wipes.
How to Make Clorox Wipes with Paper Towels
Note: Use regular Clorox bleach. Splashless will NOT disinfect.
How to Make Reusable Clorox Wipes (No Paper Towels)
- 1 roll paper towels
- 1/2 cup clorox or 1/3 cup clorox (see notes below)
- 1 gallon water
Add bleach to water; stir well.
Cut paper towel roll to fit into desired container.*
Pour enough solution over paper towel roll to fully absorb (2-4 cups).
Remove cardboard center from paper towel roll.
Pull pieces of paper towel (wipes) from center hole of the roll.
Cover surface; allow to sit for 5 full minutes.
Wipe with wet cloth; air dry.
Check which clorox you have (barcode). Then you will know whether to use 1/2 cup to 1 gallon water or 1/3 cup to 1 gallon of water.
Remaining solution can be put in spray bottle. Cotton towels can also be placed in the solution, used, laundered and reused.
How to make hand sanitizer
IMPORTANT UPDATE: According to the CDC, hand sanitizer without alcohol may only reduce the growth of germs rather than killing them outright. The CDC recommends hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol in them for maximum effectiveness.
- Best option is 91% or higher isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol, medical grade). This is the alcohol with which you mix 2/3 cup alcohol and 1/3 cup aloe vera gel for effective hand sanitization.
- If you have 70% isopropyl, you will use less aloe vera gel. For this strength alcohol, use 1 to 2 TB aloe vera to 1 cup alcohol. This is a very “liquidy” version but it is one that meets the 60% or higher alcohol content to kill COVID-19.
New information indicates that the end result of hand sanitizer, once mixed, should have an alcohol strength of 60% or higher to effectively sanitize. Using 70% will result in a more watery solution, as you will use a small amount of aloe vera.
NOTE: If all of these ratios are frustrating and confusing, the solution is easy. Spray either 71% or 91% alcohol directly from a spray bottle onto your hands. You can also use “mostly” alcohol with a few TB of aloe vera just to give it a little bit of gel consistency without diluting the alcohol percentage.
- I found this clear aloe vera gel on amazon for those who might not be able to find aloe vera gel locally. If you cannot find aloe vera gel at all, I share 2 options in the video below.
- 91% isopropyl l is available here at Target and here at Wal-Mart. If you can only find 70% isopropyl, you will use less aloe vera gel (1/5 c aloe vera gel to 1 cup 70% isopropyl alcohol).
- These leak proof bottles are travel size and perfect for homemade hand sanitizer.
- 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol 91% or higher (see below if using 71%)
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Add both ingredients into a small jar with tight fitting lid.
Shake vigorously until aloe vera gel is smooth.
Pour mixture into small bottles.
If using 70% isopropyl alcohol, use 1 to 2 TB aloe vera gel to 1 cup alcohol. Do not use any alcohol lower than 70%. The end result of the sanitizer must be 60% alchohol or more after mixing.
How to Avoid Contracting Coronavirus
Update: At the time of this video, the coronavirus was considered an envelope virus only transmissible via droplets (not airborne). As more is learned about the virus, this may change. Please stay updated to the latest news for this specific info.
Practical advice from a doctor on avoiding coronavirus
I hope that this post and the advice and tips from Dr. Jo were helpful. As always, thank you so much for stopping by.Wishing you a joyful, blessed, an d saavy day