Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Homemade Clorox Sanitizing Spray

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A while back I noticed a lot of advertisements for Clorox Sanitizing Spray. The product makes these claims:

  • Gentle enough to use around kids and food
  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria: E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus (Staph.) and Streptococcus (Strep.)
  • Leaves no harmful chemical residue


When I examined the ingredients, I noticed that bleach comprises 0.009% of the total volume and it claims to be "gentle as water".

So I says to myself, maybe partially out loud, "Smockity, you, your very self, know of a substance right in your own home that is as gentle as water."

"And furthermore, Self, that safe and gentle substance is right simple to obtain. Why, you might even say it is as simple as turning on the faucet. And, let's say you found an empty spray bottle and filled it up with that easy to obtain, gentle substance and then add 1/4 tsp. of gen-yoo-wine Clorox Bleach."

"Then, with a permanent marker you write 'HOMEMADE CLOROX SANITIZING SPRAY'. Well, you'd have a product of your own making that people would pay upwards of $3.29 for at the Piggly Wiggly."

So that's exactly what I did.
And then I shouted "Jubilation" and "Land O' Goshen! I'll be rich!" but I realized that didn't make any sense, mostly because my children had gathered around me in a semi circle and were staring at me in gape-mouthed confusion.
Okay... where was I going with this story?
Oh! Right! And it "Works For Me" every day, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Homemade Clorox Sanitizing Spray
  • 1 empty spray bottle
  • water
  • 1/4 tsp. Clorox Bleach
Check out Rocks In My Dryer for more Works For Me tips.

17 comments:

Lauramamadoula said...

you know... I'm alwys surprised at how few people really understand how easy it is to make your own "gentle as water but can kill e.coli" cleaners.

my favorite cleaners are water (yeah, crazy huh?), vinegar, tea tree oil.... and soap. dish soap. plain old dish soap. (I figure if it's goodenough for dishes, it is probably pretty good for countertops too - even though it doesn't make that claim on it's directions- I'm willing to bet it's true.

Lene said...

Smockity, you crack me up!!! I had to read it out loud to get all the twangy expressions :)

KrustyTheCat said...

I really need to make stuff like this! thanks for the idea!!!

kristine said...

great idea! i have to try this!

Mo said...

LoL...I, too, use "gen-yoo-wine Clorox Bleach" with that gentle, easy-to-use-and-obtain substance as my daily cleaner...not only a great tip, but it made me giggle - just what I needed to start this hump day off right!

Thanks, and I hope the rest of your week is wonderful!

Kathi Bailey said...

Hehehe...thanks for the reminder...healthier for our kiddos, and cheaper!

-Kathi

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Thanks for this; I really do need to start making my own cleaner!

Kim (aka- Kanga-mom and sometimes Rabbit-mommy) said...

Thank you for the humorous reminder. I've never been one to make my own cleaning products, but the cost of them is outrageous and as I read more and more blogs about making them yourself, I'm amazed at how easy it is. By the way... I love the name of your blog. Very catchy and witty. Have a blessed day!

Paula Constable said...

That is so true! I'm glad I found your blog. You are so funny! I need funny, esp during the winter months of snow days and blowing snow.

O'Brien said...

How do you write like that....you must be talking to yourself and writing at the same time. Hilarious!! I've just started making all my own cleaners and it's amazing what we will believe is continent

Nikki said...

LOL Thank you for this post on Clorox Sanitizing Spray. I would've never guessed that the first thing I'd laugh at this morning would be a hysterical commentary on a spray. hehehe I've made some myself. I think I'll jiffy up some again- seeing as how the 3 year old is not-so-careful in his toileting habits. And it's negative 65 degrees. This sounds like a great day to do some cleaning. ;)

McMemo said...

Thanks for de-bunking one of my favorite products! If I become a millionaire because of all the $$ I save I will give big thanks to you!!

Erin said...

I loved this post and I kept thinking of it and laughing. I copied you except I did not even use gen yoo wine Clorox...I used Tar-jay brand...hope it still works ... you know how particular this secret formulas can be.

S.Dixon said...

I just made my own yesterday! I then called up info to make sure that what I did was safe. You just
made me sure!. thanks I love your blog. also rocks in my dryer.

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Girl! The things we don't have to pay for... sheeesh. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Is this using regular strength Clorox or "Ultra"?

Smockity Frocks said...

I use regular strength.

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