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How to Make Your Own Disinfecting Solution

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How to Make Your Own Disinfecting Solution

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.

  1. Prepare the correct bleach and water solution.

    For the following products use ⅓ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water:

    Product Name UPC Number
    Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2 (Concentrated) 4460032416
    4460032263
    4460032260
    4460032251
    4460032249
    Clorox® Performance2 Bleach (Concentrated) 4460032428
    Clorox® Germicidal Bleach4 (Concentrated) 4460032429
    4460032293

    For the following products use ½ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water:

    Product Name UPC Number
    Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2
    Clorox® Regular Bleach2
    4460030770
    4460030769
    4460030768
    4460031171
    4460030985
    Clorox® Performance Bleach1 with CLOROMAX® 4460031859
    Clorox® Germicidal Bleach3 4460030790
  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 Bleach2 (Concentrated) 4460032416
    4460032263
    4460032260
    4460032251
    4460032249
    Clorox® Performance2 Bleach (Concentrated) 4460032428
    Clorox® Germicidal Bleach4 (Concentrated) 4460032429
    4460032293

    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 Bleach2
    Clorox® Regular Bleach2
    4460030770
    4460030769
    4460030768
    4460031171
    4460030985
    Clorox® Performance Bleach1 with CLOROMAX® 4460031859
    Clorox® Germicidal Bleach3 4460030790

    Tip: Focus on high-touch surfaces throughout the home such as refrigerator handles, kitchen and bathroom counters, toilet seats and toilet handles.

    Tip: Remember, the bleach and water solution needs to be made fresh each day you use it.