How to Make Your Own Disinfecting Solution

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Follow these easy steps using the disinfecting bleach you have at home.

Start by determining what type of bleach product you have. To do this, check the UPC code: the unique 12-digit number that’s beneath the machine-readable barcode, which is a series of unique black bars.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for disinfecting and cleaning products. This has led to supply chain challenges across the world. To help avoid market disruptions, as an interim measure, Health Canada has now allowed US products in Canada. So you will find some of our products in US labeling that are now available in Canada under this interim measure.

The list of such products approved by Health Canada is here https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/disinfectants/covid-19/products-accepted-under-interim-measure.html

 

1. Prepare the correct bleach and water solution.

For the following products use ⅓ cup (80 ml) bleach to 3.8 L (1 gallon) of water:

 

Product Name

UPC Number

Clorox® Disinfecting Concentrated Bleach (DIN 02488590)

0 55500 01725 6

Clorox® Performance Disinfecting Bleach (DIN 02488655)

0 55500 01735 5

 

 

 

For the following products use ½ cup (120 ml) bleach to 3.8 L (1 gallon) of water:

 

Product Name

UPC Number

Clorox® Disinfecting Liquid Bleach (DIN 02459116)

0 55500 01381 4

 

2. To disinfect, first pre-clean the hard, nonporous surface.

3. Apply your bleach solution.

 

For the following products, allow the solution to contact the surface for 6 minutes, then rinse with clean water and let the surface air dry:

 

Product Name

UPC Number

Clorox® Disinfecting Concentrated Bleach

0 55500 01725 6

Clorox® Performance Disinfecting Bleach

0 55500 01735 5

 

For the following products, allow the solution to contact the surface for 5 minutes, then rinse with clean water and let the surface air dry:

 

Product Name

UPC Number

Clorox® Disinfecting Liquid Bleach

0 55500 01381 4

 

Bleach Do’s and Don’ts

Whether it’s your first time using bleach, or you’re reaching for that jug you usually reserve for the laundry, it’s important to know that bleach is an incredibly powerful and effective disinfectant. It can help you protect your family from the spread of COVID-19, but it needs to be used properly according to the instructions on the label. 

 

See below for a few important do’s and don’ts if you’re making a bleach solution to clean and disinfect at home:

 

  • DON’T use full strength bleach from the bottle for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Always dilute in accordance with label instructions. 
  • DON’T mix bleach with other cleaning products, especially those with ammonia or vinegar, as some chemicals don’t mix well together and can cause a chemical reaction.
  • DON’T use more bleach than the dilution instructions recommend for disinfecting.
  • DON’T forget to wear gloves for prolonged use when cleaning with a bleach solution.
  • DON’T store or use bleach within reach of children. 
  • DO use bleach as directed on high-touch surfaces throughout the home such as refrigerator handles, kitchen and bathroom counters, toilet seats, and toilet handles.
  • DO make a fresh bleach and water solution each day you use it.
  • DO use bleach in a well-ventilated area, such as a room with an open window.

 

DO read the label to make sure it is Health Canada -registered disinfecting bleach. The label will carry an eight digit registration number on the front panel preceded by DIN. Some varieties that are not approved and registered by Health Canada and do not carry the DIN number are not approved to kill viruses. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for disinfecting and cleaning products. To help avoid market disruptions, as an interim measure, Health Canada has now allowed US products in Canada. So you will find some of our products in US labeling that are now available in Canada under this interim measure. Such disinfectant labels will carry the EPA registration number on the side panel of the label.

 

  • DO rinse food contact surfaces with potable water after cleaning with bleach.
  • DO wash skin with water immediately if full strength bleach gets on your skin.