disinfectants for preppers

Best disinfectants for preppers

Stock up on disinfectants before you need them!
Fall is a great time to stock up on disinfectants so you're ready
for the cold and flu season.

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

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

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.

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
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

  • 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 dilution.

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

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 disinfectant!

  • 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

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 ways.

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
When it comes to prepping and disinfectants, there are two
things that come to mind, water purification and pandemic

  • 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.
disinfectant: botanical alternative
disinfectant: Simple Green D Pro5
disinfectant: ethanol
disinfectant: lysol disinfectant
disinfectant: potable aqua
hydrogen peroxide
Real Lemon - lemon juice
Steramine Quaternizing Tablets
Stearmine Disinfectant Tablets
Clorox germicidal
Chorahexidine Solution
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