The Centers for Disease Control recommends you disinfect high-traffic surfaces to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19.
But that aisle at the store is barren — not a cleaning supply to be found. The CDC has found your Plan B — a do-it-yourself disinfecting solution for cleaning hard surfaces using inexpensive household bleach and water.
When mixing, always remember you’re working with a chemical, so work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves. Take care not to let bleach contact your skin, eyes, nose or mouth.
The mixture is bleach and water, not any other cleaner like ammonia or vinegar. That mix can cause harmful vapors. Mix a half-up of the household bleach with a gallon of cool tap water — it’s about a 1-to-10 ratio of bleach to water.
Wipe down surfaces of any dirt or dust before applying the bleach solution and let it set for five minutes, then rinse surface with water and allow to air dry. Once you have finished disinfecting, pour remaining bleach solution down a sink drain to dispose. Mixed bleach solutions are only effective for 24 hours.
But we still haven’t found a life hack for toilet paper. May the odds be ever in your favor.