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Make Your Own Disinfectant with Bleach from Levine Auto

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Levine Auto & Truck Parts is considered an essential business and we are happy to do our part to help the community. Since it's more important than ever to clean and disinfect, we are selling Blast Bleach at all of our locations for only $4.46. Just call your local Levine Auto location to order and we will be available for curbside pickup. 

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Here's how to make your own disinfectant as sited by the CDC:

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 
5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Here's the full article if you need another solution:

‘The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – recommend the use of bleach for controlling the spread of pathogens that can cause infections and other health threats.

Recommended bleach disinfectant ratio mixed with water for non-food surfaces and food contact surfaces:

CAUTION: Do not mix Regular-Bleach with other household chemicals. Toxic fumes could result.

Bleach Water Ratio For Disinfectant (Non-Food Surfaces)

– 2500 ppm chlorine mixture

For cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting surfaces such as bathtubs, sinks, faucets, tile, plastic toys, potty chairs, high chairs, changing tables, floors, appliances, countertops, garbage cans, walls, light switches, etc..

Pre-wash surface with detergent and water, then apply the sanitizing solution of bleach and water. Allow solution to contact surface for at least 5 minutes for optimum effectiveness. Afterward, rinse and-or air dry.

This solution will be sourced from Regular Household Bleach that has a 6% Sodium Hypochlorite concentration and we will dilute it with water to make a 2,500 ppm concentration for disinfecting:

Dilution bleach to water ratio of 1:22

3/4 cup Regular-Bleach / GALLON water

2-3/4 Tablespoons Regular-Bleach / Quart (4 cups) water

4 teaspoons Regular-Bleach / Pint (2 cups) water

COVID-19 Coronavirus Disinfection with Bleach | CDC Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control recommends a bleach water ratio which produces at least 1,000 ppm sodium hypochlorite. Therefore the formulas listed above (2,500 ppm) are more than adequate.

Minimum bleach water ratio for Coronavirus:

“Diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1,000 ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application.”

“Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.”

~ CDC

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or

4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

~ CDC (source document)

Consider the following spray bottles for your solution:

Heavy Duty Spray Bottles for Chemical solutions,

– 16 ounce Made in USA

– HARRIS Pro 32-ounce

Bleach Water Ratio For Disinfectant (Food Contact Surfaces)

(FOOD CONTACT SURFACES)

– 200 ppm chlorine mixture

For cleaning food handling equipment and food contact surfaces such as plastic cutting boards*, stainless cutlery, dishes, glassware, pots and pans, stainless utensils, pet bowls, teething rings,

Pre-wash surface with detergent and water. Then soak with the sanitizing solution of bleach and water. Allow solution to contact surface for at least 2 minutes for optimum effectiveness. Drain and air dry.

This solution will be sourced from Regular Household Bleach that has a 6% Sodium Hypochlorite concentration and we will dilute it with water to make a 200 ppm concentration for disinfecting:

Dilution bleach to water ratio of 1:285

2-3/4 teaspoons Regular-Bleach / GALLON water

3/4 teaspoon Regular-Bleach / Quart (4 cups) water

1/3 teaspoon Regular-Bleach / Pint (2 cups) water

I have a pair of these for when mixing larger batches of bleach (in a gallon bucket for example). It’s just a good thing to have a pair in general:

HEAVY DUTY PVC CHEMICAL GLOVES (Wells Lamont)

NOTE: This is NOT (NOT!) the formula for drinking water purification. Rather it is much stronger for disinfecting surfaces.

For drinking water purification, read the following articles:

Make Drinking Water Safe With Bleach

Bleach – Water Ratio For Drinking Water Purification

CAUTION: Do not mix Regular-Bleach with other household chemicals. Toxic fumes could result.

TIP: Bleach formula breaks down after awhile. For health care, day care, it is commonly recommended to make new formula in 24 hours.

NOTE: Bleach solutions may discolor fabrics (your clothes, carpets, etc..).

For disinfecting Ebola virus, read: “Ebola Virus Disinfection With Bleach“

UPDATE: The formulas above presume using Regular Bleach with a 6% concentration. If you are using Regular Bleach with a higher concentration (e.g. 7.5%, 8.25%) applying the ratios above will simply result in a slightly more potent solution.

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning removes dust and debris from a surface. Disinfecting kills a variety of germs including bacteria such as Staph, Salmonella and E. coli, the viruses such as influenza (the “flu” virus) and rhinovirus (one of the causes of the common cold) and the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading these germs from surfaces by touch.

Are disinfectants harmful to the environment?

No. During normal household use and disposal, bleach breaks down primarily into salt and water. Bleach does not contaminate ground water because it does not survive sewage treatment – neither in municipal sewage treatment plants nor in septic systems.

Why is bleach disinfectant so extremely important during a survival situation?

Without access to healthcare, an infection, if bad enough, can kill you. During a disaster or survival scenario, you are more vulnerable to cuts and injuries. These could become infected. Prior to the days of antibiotics and disinfection, many people commonly died from infection. Be sure to have an adequate supply of bleach in your supply of preparedness items, and remember that it has a shelf life of about 1 year.

Partial List of organisms that the proper bleach-to-water ratios can kill

Bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus (Staph.)

Salmonella choleraesuis

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Streptococcus pyogenes (Strep.)

Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli)

Shigella dysenteriae

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Fungi

Trichophyton mentagrophytes (can cause Athlete’s Foot)

Candida albicans (a yeast)

Viruses

Rhinovirus Type 37 (a type of virus that can cause colds)

Influenza A (Flu virus)

Hepatitis A virus

Rotavirus

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)*

Herpes simplex Type 2

Rubella virus

Adenovirus Type 2

Cytomegalovirus

COVID-19 Coronavirus (see CDC source link above)

Sources:

– Oklahoma State University; Food & Agricultural Products Research & Technology Center

– University of California; UC Food Safety; PublicHealthOntario.ca

– Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

– Clorox’

- Modern Survival Guide, 4/2/2020

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