disinfectants for preppers

Best disinfectants for preppers

Stock up on disinfectants before you need them!
A disinfectant is a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria, viruses
and fungi. You'll want plenty of disinfectants on hand come cold
and flu season, and if you're a prepper you'll want the best
disinfectants to help you get through a pandemic.

Among the best commercial disinfectants for preppers are chlorine
bleach, steramine tablets, and a household favorite: Lysol wipes.
If you're looking for a natural disinfectant in a commercially
available product, try
Simple Green or Benefect.

There are also some disinfectants that may surprise you. Who
knew you could turn to lemon juice, salt or rubbing alcohol to help
you disinfect? And preppers can also turn to essential oils to make
their own home-made disinfectants.

List of the Best Disinfectants for Preppers
There are many kinds of disinfectants for preppers to stock, and
we've listed the best of them below including some natural

The best disinfectants for preppers include:

Prepper Disinfectant #1: Chlorine Bleach.
Cholorine bleach is a surface disinfectant.
The United States Homeland Security Website on disaster planning
suggests Americans stock household chlorine bleach and medicine
dropper for use as a disinfectant.  

Bleach is a group of chemicals, which disinfects often by oxidation.
Ever popular with preppers, bleach is among the
top supplies
preppers hoard
. It's interesting to note that bleach is among the
supplies that expire. Before you stock up on too much bleach,
consider the
ten things to know about prepping with bleach.

  • How to use Bleach as a Disinfectant: To make a disinfectant
    with bleach, dilute  nine parts water to one part bleach. In an
    emergency, bleach can also treat water. This will take 16
    drops unscented liquid bleach per gallon of water. (Be sure it
    is not scented, it is not color safe or has any added cleaners).
    Certainly bleach is high on the list of prepper necessities, yet
    there are some cautions and alternatives to bleach to
    consider. Read more about bleach before you get too much.

Prepper Disinfectant #2: Lysol.
Lysol is the go-to disinfectant. It's a familiar brand of cleaning and
disinfecting products. Here are two prepper favorites:

  • Lysol Kitchen cleaner, right kills Salmonella, E coli, Listeria
    monocytogenes, Staph, HIV-1 AIDS Virus, and MRSA. It
    contains no abrasives or bleach, but will help you cut through
    tough kitchen grease and grime. Use on sinks, countertops,
    appliances, tables and walls.

  • Lysol Wipes , pictured at the top of the page, disinfects and
    kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including 8 cold and flu
    virus. The unique micro-pocket pattern of the wipes quickly
    traps and lifts germs and 95% of allergens, which is why it's
    not only a prepper favorite, but an American household
    favorite. It's safe to use on electronics including your
    Smartphone, tablet or remote controls. Alternatively, try a
    hospital favorite.

Prepper Disinfectant #3: Dispatch.
When the serious pandemics come to town, you'll want to dispatch
a hospital favorite  ~ Dispatch. Dispatch is the intermediate-level
hospital disinfectant wipe that meets OSHA guidelines for cleaning
and disinfecting surfaces in healthcare facilities. They are ready to
use, 1 step cleaner-disinfectant wipes containing a 1:10 bleach

Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels with bleach is EPA
registered to kill a total of 58 microorganisms. It's trusted by
hospitals because it has a proven efficacy against outbreak-causing
viruses Influenza A and B viruses,
Measles Virus and Norovirus.
These premoistened towels are EPA-registered to kill C. Difficile
spores in 3 minutes and other common healthcare pathogens just 1
minute. These wipes kill 99.9999% of C. difficile spores, according
to the current EPA recommended testing standard.

Prepper Disinfectant #4: Steramine.
A prepper favorite is Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets.
When the bleach runs out, consider Steramine! This multipurpose
cleaning solution for commercial and household applications,
pictured immediate left,  is compact. Just one bottle of Steramine
Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets makes 150 gallons of cleaning
solution! (Besides, bleach only lasts six months.)

Read more about the
prepper's favorite for santizing, Stereamine.

Prepper Disinfectant #5: Alcohol.
Alcohol can act as a disinfectant in an emergency. As a multi-use
survival tool, it's good to stock up on rubbing alcohol and vodka
and even mouthwash, which has an alocohol base

  • Rubbing Alcohol: rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant, which may
    surprise you! Rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant as well as an
    albeit painful disinfectant for wounds. Rubbing alcohol is a
    surface disinfectant, but it's also as an antiseptic for the skin.
    Compare labels and look for the highest percentage of alcohol
    in your rubbing alcohol for full potency and effectiveness. As
    with all medications and first aid ointments, read labels.
    Beware also that even rubbing alcohol loses its potency. Learn
    more about expiration dates on supplies you wouldn't expect.

  • Vodka. Any alcohol is an effective disinfectant, but vodka is
    clear, which is why vodka is good stock for many reasons. You
    can bet the Russians are stockpiling Vodka for the apocalypse
    and so should you. Vodka is a surface disinfectant, also an
    antiseptic for the skin. Vodka for preppers is as ideal for
    bartering as it is for fuel. Another improvised is as a

  • Mouthwash: As a surface disinfectant, also as antiseptic for
    the skin, it may surprise you that mouthwash is a useful
    disinfectant. The reason is the alcohol content. The alcohol
    content in mouthwash may serve you well as a disinfectant for
    wounds in a pinch and worthwhile mentioning.

Prepper Disinfectant 6: Chlorahexadine Solution.
Chlorahexadine is a surface disinfectant, also as an anticeptic for
the skin).
Chlorhexidine Solution is an antimicrobial disinfectant
providing antiseptic activity against a wide range of micro-
organisms that commonly infect the skin, such as bacteria, fungi,
ringworm & yeast. Non-toxic, non-irritating formula with 2%
Chlorhexidine Gluconate. Typically for use with dogs and horses for
superficial cuts, abrasions, insect stings and more. Do not freeze!
This product is not to be used in ears. If contact is made, flush
immediately and thoroughly with clean water.

  • NOTE: Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthrinse
    available by prescription from your Dentist.

Prepper Disinfectant #7: Simple Green.
Simple Green is a one-step sanitzer, and fungicide. It can be used
in food production, processing, and service facilities, as can
Steramine, but it goes above and beyond with it's extensive
efficacy list including disinfecting against Hepatitis B and C, Human
Coronavirus, Canine Distemper Virus, and Avian Influenza. You'll
want this bottle of simple green in your
pandemic prepping kit. In
short, Simple Green d Pro 5 is meant to be absolutely effective on
the bacterial, viral, and fungal threats that invade our lives. Simple
Green tops the list of natural disinfectants available commercially.

Prepper Disinfectant #8: Benefect Botantical.
Benefect Botanical is another broad spectrum disinfectant that will
help you kill 99.9% of germs.
Available in a one gallon bottle, pictured right, Benefect is the first
and only botanical disinfectant in North America. It kills Kills Over
99.99% of Bacteria, Fungus, TB and HIV. Use Benefect as an
alternative to chlorine, ammonia & oxidizers which isn't corrosive,
flammable or reactive nor does it pose a public health risk. This
means you don't need any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
such as: rubber gloves, boots, aprons respirators or face shields to
protect yourself from the product.

Prepper Disinfectant #9: P.A.W.S.
P.a.w.s is an antimicorbial handwipe intended for humans! It's
99.9% effective at killing germs and it's enriched with aloe vera.
Provides sanitizing and antimicrobial action with a pre-moistened
towelette. Formulated with ethyl alcohol to provide the most rapid
and greatest reduction of microbial counts on the skin. Contains
aloe vera to condition skin.

Prepper Disinfectant #10: Cavicide.
CaviCide, pictured right. is a convenient, ready-to-use,
intermediate-level surface disinfectant which is effective against
TB, HBV, HCV, viruses (hydrophilic and lipophilic), bacteria
(including MRSA and VRE) and fungi. It is safe for all areas of the
facility including NICU, operating rooms, isolation rooms, patient
care areas and laboratories. When used as directed, it will also
effectively clean and decontaminate critical and semi-critical
instrumentation. CaviCide is safe for use on non-porous surfaces. It
is perfect for cleaning and decontamination of environmental and
medical device surfaces.

Prepper Disinfectant #11: Denatured Ethanol.
Ethanol is a surface disinfectant ~ not for the skin! You'll find
ethanol by the can at a hardware store. Ethanol is multipurpose
survival supply: you can use it as fuel for your stove or as a fire
starter.   It's good to know that you can use it to disinfect surfaces
if need be.

Remember that it's a fuel so you need to take precaution:

  • Ethanol is flammable! While it's also effective as a surface
    disinfectant (your cutting board) if you don't have bleach.
    Disinfect the surface first, then rinse with warm soapy water.

  • Ethanol is poisonous. Nevera apply ethanol to skin or make
    contact with your mouth in any way.

Prepper Disinfectant #12: Lemons.
A natural disinfectant for preppers is lemon! Fresh lemons are so
easy to use in place of harsh chemicals. Just cut a lemon in half
and start scrubbing your cutting boards to disinfect naturally. Grow
lemons in your garden for survival!

Don't have lemons? Use ReaLemon! You can stop bleeding and
simultaneously disinfect wounds with ReaLemon, pictured right.
Sure, it may sting, but you'll live to tell about it! RealLemon will
help sooth poison ivy as well!
Lemons are for survival in many more

Prepper Disinfectant #13: Tea Tree Oil.
Tea tree oil is a surface disinfectant, that's also antiseptic for skin.
Tea tree oil is both a disinfectant and an
antiseptic. Culled from
the leaves of a tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), native to Australia,
Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic that can help fight nail fungi
and acne. (Do NOT ingest. Tea Tree Oil can cause extreme and
severe vomiting.)

Prepper Disinfectant #14: Salt.
Salt is a natural disinfectant for your kitchen. Use salt on your
cutting boards. Just rub the cutting board with salt and a damp
cloth to improve the appearance after washing in soap and water.
Salt is so versatile!It's only natural to put this disinfectant
preppers list. Read more about the
many salt uses for preppers.

Why is stocking disinfectants so important to preppers?
When it comes to prepping and disinfectants, there are two things
that come to mind, water purification and pandemic containment:

  • Water purification. Disinfecting water is of utmost priority to
    preppers and is best accomplished through boiling water. If
    you can't boil water, you can disinfect water to make it
    potable with chlorine bleach, which is unscented. If the water
    is cloudy, you can filter it through cloth to draw off the clear
    water before disinfecting. Potable Aqua, pictured right, is easy
    enough to use.

  • Pandemics containment. For a pandemic situation, having a
    disinfectant is vital for containment, and preppers are
    prepared with disinfectants and antiseptics for their survival.

  • Important note about disinfecting for Ebola:
  • Never dry sweep with a broom.
  • Do not shake rags holding dust.
  • Do not spray or fog with disinfectant, as the aerosol is a
    potentially dangerous practice that has no proven disease
    control benefit.
  • Start your cleaning  from the cleanest area to the dirty
    area to avoid contaminant transfer.

Even without immediate threat of pandemic, having proper
disinfectants and methods for using them will help prevent
sickness when there is no doctor.

How does a disinfectant differ from an antiseptic?
A disinfectant is a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria, viruses
and fungi. A disinfectant is stronger than an
antiseptic, which is
why you apply disinfectants to surfaces (not skin).

What's the Difference between Disinfectants, Antiseptics,
Antibacterials and Antibiotics?

  • Antiseptics: apply to the skin to prevent the growth and
    reproduction of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic
    is gentler than a disinfectant, because its applied to living
    tissue. The microorganisms an antiseptic deters include
    bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses! Believe it or not, some
    mouthwash is an antiseptic. Mouthwash antiseptics include
    ingredients such as cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine
    (available by prescription from your Dentist), or zinc chloride.

  • Antibacterial: apply to skin! An antibacterial is anything that
    is active against bacteria.  Saliva has natural antibacterial
    properties, which is why wound in your mouth heal quickly, so
    your instinct to lick a wound is actually a good thing!

  • Antibiotics: an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a
    microorganism applied topically or orally. Antibiotics are
    transported... used in or on the body to kill or inhibit the
    growth of microorganisms. Antibiotics have no effect on

  • Disinfectants: Disinfectants apply to surfaces (not skin). A
    disinfectant is a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria. A
    disinfectant is stronger than an antiseptic. It kills bacteria,
    and also viruses and fungi.

When there is no doctor, preppers will need to be creative about
their medical supplies. Following is a list of antibacterials and
disinfectants to consider stocking. Many have uses beyond their
wound cleansing properties.

Happy endings...
Fall is a great time to stock up on disinfectants so you're ready for
the cold and flu season.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different concepts. You can clean
with soap and water, but to disinfect requires an agent to destroy
bacteria, viruses and fungi

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