Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 #5 of 8 March 2020 -- Disinfecting Tutorials, videos, tips, DIY

For April -- I have updated this March COVID-19 Post on the blog. 
I will be leaving all the March ones here as "archived" and will add links to updated April versions. 

Most recent info on the subjects covered in this post can be found on these links:


ARCHIVED POST -- information from here on was up to date as of 3.31.2020

This post is where I'll share instructions on safe and effective disinfecting products and practices for home and office. (UPDATED 3.31.20)

Please note the links are for general information purposes only and my comments/summaries are not tax/business/legal/medical advice. Please consult your own resources for advice that best suits your individual situation.

Use caution when mixing household chemicals. Safety first. Read labels. Do not improvise.
Bleach does expire -- about 1 year shelf life. 

If the surface can tolerate soap and water, scrubbing soap and water solution with friction for 20 sec or more on the surface and allowing to air dry is a guideline for disinfecting. Soap works to kill virus. Antibacterials kill bacteria, not virus. It's science.

Thorough hand washing and not touching your face is still the gold standard health protection practice.

From chemistry site "Compound Interest:


Data is still being gathered. Current information is that the virus can last from 2-9 days on surfaces, depending on materials and temperature conditions.


3.27.20 USA Today article w/ infographics


3.23.2020 Today Show Segment "Can You Contract Coronavirus from Delivery Packages?"
Video and text covers package safety, tips, and a big "thank you" to all the heroes at shipping centers getting essential supplies delivered to homes etc.

 3.17.20 NY Times article

DIY Disinfecting Wipes 

You Tube channel "Do it on a Dime" --DIY Kitchen Wipes

Some additional tips regarding making home wipes:
Rubbing Alcohol should be 91% to prepare home solution. This helps insure recommended 60% alcohol distribution to towels for effective disinfectant use. Best to use a sturdy, name brand towel. If rubbing alcohol not available, a bleach solution can be used. Bleach may stain fabric and other surfaces.

(1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water OR 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water. This will give you a 1000+ ppm disinfecting solution. After cleaning the area with detergent, spray or wipe with surfaces with the disinfectant. Make sure to allow surfaces to fully air dry.)

More on making safe and effective bleach solutions etc here:

Bleach does expire. More tips on using bleach here:

Don't hoard disinfecting products. They are needed by families caring for chronically ill members at home:

Home repairs will still need to happen. Be mindful. Some good guidelines here.
Quote: “If you are privileged enough to be able to afford a house cleaner, please give your house cleaner the human gift of saying, ‘Don’t come to my house, and I’m going to pay you because thank you for everything you’ve done.’ ” Don't hover over your plumber. Respect social distancing. ... "To make it easier to avoid transmission by touching shared surfaces, she advises clearing a path to the workspace ahead of time; create a clear path to the area, and leave all doors open so workers don’t have to touch doorknobs or other surfaces. Identify points you don’t want touched and cover them. You could even wrap a banister in wrapping paper, she said. “Tear it off when they’ve gone so you don’t have to be freaking out about, ‘Did I wipe down every switch they touched?’ ” Before the work starts, put away loose objects and do a deep-clean of the area. Covering the area in a drop cloth helps, too."

You Tube tutorial by MD in Michigan. 
I did the SIFT system on this clip before posting here. Found a link with photo confirming he's an MD in Michigan.
Also his video was featured in a Grand Rapids TV news segment.

This is 13 mins long. He shows how to disinfect groceries and take out. Lots of info here.

DIY Face mask made w/ a HEPA filter
Making a mask from a HEPA vacuum filter. This tutorial sent to me by a doctor.

Cleaning the surface of your cell phone
Don't pass your phone around. Keep your cell phone clean. Don't wet it or spray it directly with fluid solution. Here are cleaning tips from this 3.12.2020 NY Times article

Instructions from the article:
"The Dos …

A gentle wipe with a product that has 70 percent isopropyl alcohol will do just fine. Apple recommends Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, and the C.D.C. says household disinfectants registered by the Environmental Protection Agency are effective.

Wear disposable gloves to clean, the C.D.C. recommends, and wash your hands thoroughly after you’re done. Like your phone, reusable gloves might harbor virus particles, rendering them effectively useless.

And don’t forget your phone case. Wipe it down, in and out, through and through. Let it dry before reassembling it.

You might also consider changing a bit of your behavior. (Share) photos through texts, instead of passing the phone around, and using devices like headphones and technology like Bluetooth to keep your phone away from your face."


how to wash hands -- Tips from the World Health Organization (WHO)
This Tutorial from You Tube uses ink and gloves to make a vivid demonstration

WHO diagrams  here:

Hand sanitizer do's and don'ts -- includes important tips about "home made" options

Once you can get your hands on the ingredients, this DIY tutorial on making your own hand sanitizer passes the SIFT system test. It links back to a 9 page pdf from WHO.
This tutorial takes the instruction from the WHO pdf and makes them DIY friendly.

This BBC link has dramatic video of germs on hands under UV light
NY Times article -- 4 tips on how to stop touching your face:
1) keep tissues handy 2) identify triggers that make you touch your face 3) keep your hands busy 4) chill -- if your hands are CLEAN touching your face isn't the end of the world

and if your skin is parched from all the hand washing, here are some no-nonsense, value-focused hand cream recommendations from a dermatologist


Today show segment on Disinfecting your home and office (on Today Show website)

Today show segment warns about home made hand sanitizes (on You Tube)

EPA pdf on Registered Antimicrobial products for use against Coronavirus. 
This is an extensive list that includes many common household cleaner products approved by EPA for use against Coronavirus.

DIY options -- cotton t-shirt or pillowcase

Paper towel not great, but better than nothing...

Sensible substitute for hand barrier when touching surfaces --
Tip making the rounds on Facebook. I don't know Barrie Wood, but wanted to give her credit for this tip and photo that appeared on my feed via a friend:
Gas Pump handles are filthy and so are door handles everywhere. I see many people using latex gloves, but those are needed in the medical field.
Here is a thought - use cheap Doggie poop bags instead of the much needed medical gloves.

$3.47 for 120 bags - put one in every car, purse, and pocket."

How to Touch Your Face Less --- free downloadable PDF from The Oatmeal

Best Memes on Hand washing

Shakespeare options

The Dune version
The Shakespeare/Lady Macbeth version
The singalong version

Hand washing song from Marty Mouse House (created by Sarah Hunt)

It’s WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash That’s the way you do it! WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash Together, we’ll get fru it! Grab some soap and use hot water Let’s all play along! Washing hands is lots ob fun ‘Cause you can sing dis song! It’s WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash That’s the way you do it! WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash Together, we’ll get fru it! Twenty seconds ain’t so long Be sure scrub boff sides Palms and fingeys, don’t stop there Tummy buttons, tails!   It’s WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash We know you can do it! WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash Coronabirus—screw it!

More blog posts here:
COVID-19, links for credible sources
COVID-19, events postponed
COVID-19, funding sources, gov announcements, area resource links

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