Wednesday, April 8, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
April 8, 2020
From Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
For many years we owned Bunbury's Coffee Shop in Piermont, NY. My husband Tim used to make a very simple, very effective disinfectant to sanitize cooking surfaces, utensils and dishware. The Rockland County Health Department held a seminar on food handling and food service safety procedures, and recommended this formula as a way of ensuring safe food prep conditions. In this day of empty store shelves and a need for healthy practices and supplies, we would like to share it with our readers.
The formula is simple: Bleach and water. Yup. Good old Clorox, which is still available in most stores.
Now before you start using bleach everywhere, it's important to know that bleach is caustic and can emit potentially lethal fumes.1 That's why it's important to dilute your bleach and ensure that it's not used at full-strength and not mix it with other solutions and chemicals. Different surfaces require different ratios of bleach and water. Also, do not use a scented bleach. Label all spray bottles used for sanitizing to avoid mix-ups.
Disinfecting Food Contact Surfaces
Use 1 Tablespoon of bleach per 1 gallon of water will create a 50-200 ppm sanitizing solution.
Disinfecting Changing Tables, Bathrooms and Toys
Use 1 Tablespoon of bleach per 1 Quart of water, or 1/4 cup per gallon of water. This will create a 500-800 ppm disinfecting solution. Remake this solution daily.
Use a solution of 3/4 Cup of bleach per gallon of water when soaking toys. First, wash off any visible dirt, then soak toys in the solution for five minutes. Rinse toys and let them completely air dry.
Disinfecting Surfaces From Accidents and Illnesses.
Use 1/3 Cup of bleach per gallon of water. Surfaces contacted by ill children or adults suffering vomiting or diarrhea, this stronger solution is necessary. This will create a disinfecting solution with a ratio of 1000 ppm. First clean the area with detergent soap, then spray or wipe the surfaces with disinfectant. Make sure to allow surfaces to fully air dry.
Global Property Systems says:
Be clean, stay safe.
The above formulas for different ratios were provided by the New Hampshire DHHS, a division of Public Health Services.