Pandemic is a big word and not one that I thought I would ever hear in my lifetime that related directly to me. Whether you call it Coronavirus or COVID-19, this virus is truly interrupting our lives as we know it. At the same time, it’s not time to fear or worry, we just need to make the shift and move forward. In the shop, or on the jobsite, we should keep our hands clean with soap and water. Furthermore, we can easily make some Coronavirus disinfectant wipes that will help mitigate the chance of you catching it.
How To Make Coronavirus Disinfectant Wipes
We probably all have those heavy-duty blue shop paper towels in our toolbox or cabinet. Add a little water, bleach, and dish detergent, and you have yourself Coronavirus disinfectant wipes. Now, you can clean-up your tools and your work surface to kill germs and make any COVID-19 inactive. By the way, disinfecting doesn’t actually Kill the virus, it just makes it inactive.
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In a container, which can be a kitchen container or even a zip-top baggie, mix up to 1-quart of water with 4 teaspoons of bleach. Add to this mixture a few drops or a couple of squirts of your favorite dish soap, hence we like to use Dawn. Place your blue shop paper towels in the container, then let it absorb the mixture. Once the roll is completely wet, then you can remove the internal cardboard tube in the middle. Now, you can pull the Coronavirus disinfectant wipes from the center of the roll, much like other store-bought wipes. Store the wipes in a dark place, away from sunlight, and make a new batch each week.
CDC Website on Cleaning and Disinfecting
Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. 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.
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
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