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Tue Apr 14, 2020, 12:50 PM

Consumer Reports: Household Products that Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus

These Common Household Products Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus

CR shows you how to use them and tells you which products to stay away from.

News of stores running out of hand-sanitizing gels and chlorine wipes may have you worried about how to protect your family at home as COVID-19 spreads. But plain old hand soap will go a long way.

“It isn’t possible to disinfect every surface you touch throughout your day,” says Stephen Thomas, M.D., chief of infectious diseases and director of global health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. “The planet is covered with bacteria and viruses, and we’re constantly in contact with these surfaces, so hand-washing is still your best defense against COVID-19.”

You need to amp up your typical cleaning routine only if someone in the household exhibits signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection or if you live in an area with known cases of COVID-19. In that scenario, Thomas says, “Clean high-traffic areas that get touched frequently, such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets, three times a day with a product that kills viruses.”

The good news is that coronaviruses are some of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate product, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “It has an envelope around it that allows it to merge with other cells to infect them,” Thomas says. “If you disrupt that coating, the virus can’t do its job.”


Yes to soap/water, isopropyl alcohol, bleach, hydrogen peroxide.
No to homemade hand sanitizer, vodka, distilled white vinegar, and tea tree oil.

Please read the full article here, no pay wall:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cleaning/common-household-products-that-can-destroy-novel-coronavirus/

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Reply Consumer Reports: Household Products that Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus (Original post)
Alex4Martinez Apr 2020 OP
Girard442 Apr 2020 #1
eleny Apr 2020 #12
malaise Apr 2020 #16
OregonBlue Apr 2020 #2
WhiskeyGrinder Apr 2020 #6
stopdiggin Apr 2020 #8
Girard442 Apr 2020 #14
Poiuyt Apr 2020 #19
Girard442 Apr 2020 #22
womanofthehills Apr 2020 #18
OregonBlue Apr 2020 #23
dalton99a Apr 2020 #3
Glimmer of Hope Apr 2020 #4
crickets Apr 2020 #5
GulfCoast66 Apr 2020 #7
mitch96 Apr 2020 #9
GulfCoast66 Apr 2020 #11
mitch96 Apr 2020 #15
GulfCoast66 Apr 2020 #17
mcar Apr 2020 #10
eleny Apr 2020 #13
Alex4Martinez Apr 2020 #20
Blue_true Apr 2020 #21

Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:07 PM

1. A good article. Slight clarification:

When they say use hydrogen peroxide undiluted, they mean don't dilute the 3% solution you buy over the counter any further. High concentration H2O2 is literally rocket fuel. It would kill the viruses alright, but also launch your kitchen sink.

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 04:16 PM

12. Lol!

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 04:43 PM

16. ROFL

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Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:11 PM

2. Everclear vodka does work because it's high proof.

Regular vodka will not.

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Response to OregonBlue (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:38 PM

6. Everclear is not a vodka.

It's a rectified spirit.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 02:10 PM

8. AND .. sold at different levels of alcohol content

lower levels approaching 60%?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 04:32 PM

14. Interesting thing I learned about high-proof ethyl alcohol.

At the place I work, one of our feedstocks is 200-proof alcohol. I asked one of the knowledgable people how come, since it's my understanding that distillation alone can get you to...well...Everclear, but to get to 200 proof requires some pretty serious chemical prestidigitation. He told me that 190 proof corrodes the machinery but 200 proof doesn't.

I never knew that.

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 05:33 PM

19. Pure ethyl alcohol wants to absorb 5% water from the atmosphere

You need to go to extraordinary steps to get pure 100% ethanol. You would need to store it under nitrogen and with a desiccant to keep the moisture from the air contaminating it.

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Response to Poiuyt (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 07:27 PM

22. These shipments are delivered in sealed drums. Don't know how they're handled after that.

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Response to OregonBlue (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 05:24 PM

18. Good luck buying Everclear anywhere

It’s disappeared just like toilet paper.

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Response to womanofthehills (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 09:58 PM

23. We got a 1/2 gallon a couple of weeks ago and I

ordered ultrasound gel to make hand sanitizer. Aloe vera gel was gone and apparently 190 proof alcohol is gone now too.

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Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:12 PM

3. Kick

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Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:12 PM

4. Thank you!💕

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Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:36 PM

5. Good info - thanks! K&R

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Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:44 PM

7. I've been carrying around a baggie with a paper towel

Soaked in a mix of 151 ever clear and 100 proof vodka. Mixed to give a final concentration of 63-65% alcohol.

I have over 2 liters left. If that runs out I start using 151 rum!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 03:22 PM

9. " I have over 2 liters left."

and And AND... when this insanity is over you have the beginnings of a fantastic cocktail to celebrate with!!!
I mix the 151 everclear (750ml) with 500 ml 100 proof vodka to get aprox 70 % alcohol mix for my hand sanitizer. A little 3% peroxide and aloe and I'm set...I keep it in the car for after supermarket runs... Then wash my hands twice when I get home...
People, places and things will get 'ya... YMMV
m

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 04:14 PM

11. If I have left over when this over, I'm not drinking it.

Not a vodka fan at all. Bourbon man here.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 04:42 PM

15. "Bourbon man here."

Love me some makers mark.. I read in a GQ mag one time, they said it was so smooth you could have it for breakfast.. Thats for me!! Did the bourbon trail in KY.. Great time!!
m

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 05:08 PM

17. Done many of the distilleries. My mother lives in Lexington.

If I can’t find Weller’s, Makers is my brand.

I prefer wheated bourbons.

Stay safe and have a nice evening.

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Response to Alex4Martinez (Original post)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 03:31 PM

10. I've got several bottles of hydrogen peroxide

I just screw a spray nozzle onto it and, voila, I've got peroxide spray for my doorknobs, faucets, etc.

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Response to mcar (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 04:21 PM

13. We scored 3 large bottles of it in our supermarket pickup order today

It surprised the heck out of me that they allowed us that many bottles and, frankly, that they had some at all. It's been scarcer than hen's teeth.

Now if I can get some Clorox liquid laundry bleach I'll feel more like we still live in the U.S. and not in the old USSR.

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Response to mcar (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 06:05 PM

20. Same here, I always kept a bottle with sprayer attached for grooming my dog.

And then I read about it as an anti-viral when alcohol became sold out at stores.

Win win!

And, GMTA!

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Response to mcar (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 14, 2020, 06:23 PM

21. I have 10% and 35% at home. I brought them from my business.

Neither one should be used without a pair of chemical gloves, or before they are diluted to around 3-4%.

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