Alternative disinfectants that work and are safe

    The coronavirus disease’s (COVID-19) pandemic has sparked panic-buying across the globe, including the Philippines where supermarkets and grocery stores have started to run out of disinfectants and toiletries like rubbing alcohol and tissue paper.

    Amid the situation, households may switch to these safe alternatives when rubbing alcohol runs out:

    1. Soap & Water

    In this case, going back to basics remains the best solution to the problem. Soap and water work as the most effective way to disinfect your skin against COVID-19. Washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap works as the most effective way of battling COVID-19.

    1. Chlorine

    To disinfect surfaces, mix one tablespoon of chlorine powder with two liters of water. To clean your hands, mix one tablespoon of chlorine powder with 20 liters of water.

    1. Hydrogen Peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide works as an effective disinfectant against a wide spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It can be bought anywhere and performs as an excellent antiseptic with disinfectant properties. Typically used for cleansing wounds to prevent bacteria growth or infection, 20-volume hydrogen peroxide sells in groceries and pharmacies.

    1. Bleach

    An excellent disinfectant, household bleach has high concentration. Commonly used to disinfect surfaces, floors, doorknobs, bathrooms, and more, the Department of Health (DOH) has recommended bleach for home use.


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