As we all know, late last year (2019), there was an outbreak of a highly contagious virus. That, later on, spread all over the world and became a pandemic, as Heffernan reported in the New York Magazine. Time has passed by, and it’s almost a year since the first case was reported. A vaccine has not yet been developed, but developing a vaccine usually takes time, even years, in most cases.
However, health experts came up with safety measures that can be used to minimize the chances of spreading the disease further. These measures rely majorly on hygiene, and that includes regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces. Disinfection has always been the most reliable and effective way of preventing pathogenic infections over the years, and that is because disinfectants are capable of killing these pathogens.
Protocols to follow when disinfecting surfaces.
Professional cleaning service providers agree that a complete disinfection protocol has standard steps. The first important one entails pre-cleaning the surface thoroughly with water and soap. Of course, dirt shields the underneath pathogens. According to the Huffpost, applying disinfectant and leaving it to reach its dwell time is non-negotiable. If you wipe the surface to dry it before dwell time is achieved, the effort will be wasted. You can read the instruction on the label of the product to know its dwell time. The third step is obviously to wipe the surface, but only after dwell, time is achieved. It usually takes 5 to 10 minutes at most, depending on the kind of disinfectant you are using. The fourth and final step is to rinse the surface, but that depends on the type of disinfectant you are using.
New disinfection approaches considered
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the use of disinfectants has gone up immensely, Juikar and Kumar indicated in the recent study. The article went further, mentioning that it can be a problem because, in most places, the stores have run out of stock. Lysol disinfecting wipes and spray and Clorox wipes are among the most common disinfectants that people use at home, making it clear that they are the most sought after products, especially now in the COVID-19 era. Simply put, they are out of stock in most stores. You should not worry, though, if you go to the store and find that they are out of stock, there is a way you can make your disinfectant spray following a few steps.
Simple steps of making a disinfectant spray
You can mix bleach with water and dispense it with a spray bottle and wipe with a paper towel. Whatever product you choose to use, the CDC recommends that any EPA approved disinfectant at a ratio of 1:48 solution (1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water, or four teaspoons per quart) can eliminate coronavirus. If you’re using Clorox, a 1:32 ratio (½ cup per gallon or two tablespoons per quart) or 1:10 ratio (1 ½ cups per gallon of water or about 1/3 cup per quart) is recommended against COVID-19. Whichever ratio you use, let it stay on the surface for 10 minutes.
Note that bleach mixtures can be used only on hard surfaces because they can damage most fabrics and other soft materials. Also, avoid mixing chemicals under any circumstances that can be harmful to your health. For example, mixing bleach with ammonia or anything containing ammonia can produce highly toxic and even deadly gases.