Disinfectants for Foot and Mouth Disease
(Revised 3/16/01)




Mixing Instructions


5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite

(NaOCl ) 

(household bleach)


Add 3 gallons of chlorine bleach to 2 gallons of water, mix thoroughly



Acetic acid*

4 - 5%

Add 6.5 ounces of glacial acetic acid to 1 gallon of water, mix thoroughly

Vinegar is a 4% solution of acetic acid.


Potassium Peroxymonosulfate and Sodium Chloride (i.e. Virkon-S)


Follow label directions


Farnum Livestock Products 

Attn: Bob Walber (817)-561-7516 


Sodium Carbonate

(soda ash)*


Add 5.33 ounces of sodium carbonate to 1 gallon of hot water (or 1 pound to 3 gallons of water), mix thoroughly

The solution is mildly caustic, but can dull paint and varnished surfaces.


Sodium Hydroxide




Add 1/3 cup of NaOH pellets (2.7 ounces of the lye) to 1 gallon of cold water, mix thoroughly.

This solution is highly caustic.Use protective rubber clothing, gloves and safety glasses.

WARNING:Always add the lye to the water.Never pour the water over the lye.


*Section 18 application submitted and EPA approval is pending.

Note:The FMD virus is pH sensitive; the virion is inactivated when exposed to pH below 6.5 or above 11.

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