Homemade disinfectant spray bleach is easy to prepare and so much cheaper than the store-bought version. Here's how to make it!
Homemade disinfectant spray bleach is so much more economical than the costly, branded variety and the great thing is that you know EXACTLY what's in it.
This allows you to banish germs and keep your house sparkly clean without introducing any unwanted toxins into your home.
Things to think about before you start
Always be very careful when making your own homemade disinfectant spray bleach as it does require diluting down. It should not be used at full strength, nor should it be mixed with other solutions or chemicals.
When making your own disinfectant sprays with bleach, always be sure to avoid adding any of the following chemicals. When combined with bleach, they can be incredibly dangerous:
Ammonia: a combination of bleach and ammonia creates chloramine gas which can cause intense coughing, shortness in breath and even pneumonia.
Acidic compounds: these would be window cleaners or cleaners that contain vinegar, which, when mixed with bleach, create chlorine gas. This can cause chest pains, vomiting and potentially death when inhaled.
Alcohol: when mixed with bleach the combination creates chloroform which, when inhaled, can cause fatigue, dizziness and fainting.
Be careful to avoid getting bleach on your skin as it can burn it and cause skin irritation, even when diluted.
Bleach should be kept away from clothing, carpets, linens and other furnishings as it can cause them to discolor. Bleach can be extremely harmful if ingested, so ensure that it is safely stored.
Preparing to make homemade disinfectant bleach spray
Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind staining as you may get a bit messy in the process!
Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area when preparing your spray bleach as the fumes it gives off can make you dizzy and are not good to breathe in.
Here’s what you will need:
- A plastic spray bottle (or even a glass jar with a lid!)
- A measuring jug
- Damp cloth
- Rubber cleaning gloves
- Household bleach
The ratio of bleach to water will depend on exactly what it is you are wanting to clean.
For cleaning of hard surfaces like dishes, tables, desks and counters, you will want to use a 1:80 ratio; this means, 2.5 tablespoons of bleach per 2 cups of water for example.
To clean items that may have been infected by contaminants, the ratio should be 1:10, so 1 cup of bleach to 9 cups of water.
Now, depending on the ratio required, pour the bleach you are using into your spray bottle or glass jar, followed by the water. The reason we suggest doing it this way is that it prevents any bleach splashing and potentially staining your clothes or coming into contact with your skin.
If, for any reason, the bleach does come into contact with your skin, use a damp cloth to wipe it off.
Place the top on your spray bottle or screw on the lid and ensure they are tightened well. Shake to mix the bleach and water – now, you are ready to get cleaning!