Disinfection Without Running Water

Here are some things that homes without running water can do using household bleach.

A PDF document with these instructions is available here.

Using bleach to disinfect surfaces

  •  Wear gloves to protect your hands from bleach.


  • Mix 4 teaspoons liquid bleach with 1 quart of water to make a strong cleaning solution (500-800 ppm). 


  • First, clean soiled surfaces to remove dirt and grime. 


  • Next, wipe the bleach solution on “high touch” hard surfaces daily like door knobs, light fixtures, tables, counters, toys, toilet handles, faucet handles, and sinks.  


  • Leave the surfaces wet for 10 minutes, enough time to kill the germs.  


Using a handwashing basin

If you use a handwashing basin, make sure the water in the basin is changed regularly during the day.

Consider adding a small amount of bleach to basin water, so that germs don’t grow.

Add 1 teaspoon liquid bleach to a half gallon of water. This will create a mild bleach solution, slightly stronger than pool water.

Having two separate basins is best – one for soapy wash water and one for clean rinse water (with bleach).

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html



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