Yes, you can make your own disinfectant if you’re trying to kill coronavirus on a non-porous surface.
“Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The CDC’s recipe calls for diluting 5 tablespoons (or ⅓ cup) of bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.
You can also make your own hand sanitizer. The Nebraska Medical Center – famous for its biocontainment unit and treatment of Ebola patients – offers this recipe:
What you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- Mixing bowl
- Spoon or something for whisking
- Small container, such as a 3 oz. travel bottle
- Optional: essential oil to give your hand sanitizer a fragrance
- In a mixing bowl, stir isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel together until well blended.
- Add 8-10 drops of scented essential oil (optional, but nice!). Stir to incorporate.
- Pour the homemade hand sanitizer into an empty container and seal.
- Write “hand sanitizer” on a piece of masking tape and affix to the bottle.