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Make a Handwashing Solution For Use in Global, Low-Resource Settings

Make a Handwashing Solution For Use in Global, Low-Resource Settings
Updated Sept. 9, 2020

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Infographic: Making handwashing solution

Make a Handwashing Solution

Remember, only use chlorine-based hand washing solutions when soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub are not available.

Making handwashing solution from 5% liquid bleach

Use the MILD chlorine water to wash hands. Make new mild chlorine water every day.

  1. Mix 14 tablespoons of 5% bleach into 20 liters of clear water every day. Stir well.
    Label plastic bucket for handwashing only / MILD 0.05%. Do not drink or use for cooking.
  2. Make sure the bucket is covered. Use the MILD chlorine water to wash hands.

Making handwashing solution from HTH chlorine powder
Use the MILD chlorine water to wash hands. Make new mild chlorine water every day.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of HTH chlorine powder into 20 liters of water every day. Stir well. Label plastic bucket for handwashing only / MILD 0.05%. Do not drink or use for cooking.
  2. Stir well and wait 30 minutes.
  3. Use the MILD chlorine water to wash hands.

Call out box:

  • Do NOT drink chlorine water.
  • Do NOT put chlorine water in mouth or eyes.