Recently, I obtained a food handler’s license for my job at the church by taking an online course. One of the things the course covered was how to properly disinfect surfaces using a bleach solution. Sure enough, when I got home and looked at my bottle of bleach, it had instructions for how to mix a bleach solution for disinfecting kitchen surfaces.
I used this to wipe down my kitchen counters for a couple of weeks, but it wasn’t doing a a very good job cutting though grease. I added a couple of drops of dish soap and that solved the problem.
I like this spray because it uses ingredients I already have on hand for other purposes. I don’t have to invest in another product. It is also roughly the same surface disinfectant used in commercial kitchens, which makes me feel like I can trust it more.
To Make the Spray
Clean out an old cleaner bottle or obtain a new one. I used an empty 409 bottle which I cleaned out VERY WELL. This is important because 409 uses ammonia and when ammonia and bleach mix they produce poisonous gas. I made sure the spray bottle was very well washed out. I know Wal-Mart sells empty spray bottles in the cleaning section for this purpose as well.
Second safety tip: label your bottle. Even if you live alone, label your bottle. A friend or family-member might be helping you clean one day and they’ll need to know what’s in there. You could make a fancy label, or you could just write on the bottle with a Sharpie like I did.
Mix the bleach and water in the spray bottle according to the directions on the bleach bottle. I can’t give exact measurements because your bleach may have a different level of concentration. My bleach gave directions for making a gallon of disinfectant, but the spray bottle only holds a quart of liquid. I divided the amount of ingredients by 4 so it would fit in the bottle.
Add a few drops of dish soap, shake to mix, and you’re done. I suppose you could add essential oil such as lavender if you’d like, but I prefer the lack of scent.
How I Use My Spray
This spray is safe to use on all kitchen surfaces, though not on food directly. I use it to wipe down my kitchen counters after I finish cooking. I also have a very large cutting board (you can see it in the picture). I use this spray to sanitize the board after I finish using it. I’ve also used the spray to clean the microwave and the stove top.
How will you use your disinfectant spray?