How To Kill Germs All Over Your House

How To Kill Germs All Over Your House
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Wipes. Disinfectant. Sanitiser. Bleach. Sprays. What cleaner are you supposed to use where? And which one is most effective in our fight against viruses? Does “99.9.% of germs” include the coronavirus?

Wow you have a lot of questions, dear reader, and in the video above we answer as many as we can. Yes, as long as a cleaner says it kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, it should be effective against the virus. For hand sanitizer, make sure you are using a product with at least 60% alcohol—but don’t bother making your own, as washing your hands properly with soap and water is always more effective.

When cleaning around your house, use a different microfiber cloth for each surface. Cleaning product manufacturers suggest leaving the surface visibly wet for up to four minutes while the cleaner evaporates. You may be tempted to clean with baby wipes or vinegar as more “natural” alternatives, but those cleaners are not as effective as bleach or alcohol and may leave viruses behind on the surface you just scrubbed.

If the stock of wipes and disinfectants has been decimated in your area (or everywhere, let’s be honest), you can always make your own by combining one part bleach to four parts water. Remember to frequently wipe down everything you tend to touch often, including doorknobs, cabinet pulls, light switches, hand rails, keyboards and your computer mouse.

Finally, you may be tempted to use disinfectant wipes on your skin. Don’t ever do that. The chemicals in them are much too harsh for use on skin. Just makes sure to always wash your hands before and after cleaning the house.

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