Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID #8 of 15 April 2020 - Disinfecting tips, video tutorials

UPDATED 4.22.2020

This post updates information from the #5 of 8 posts in March 2020... Disinfecting DIY and Tips. Video tutorials.

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.

UPDATE 4.22.20 Hydrogen Peroxide (HP)

Can't get Rubbing Alcohol in the stores?? Here are three SIFTed sources with tips on how to use Hydrogen Peroxide.

This CDC one is the most technical -- scroll down to get to the HP info. Quote:
"Published reports ascribe good germicidal activity to hydrogen peroxide and attest to its bactericidal, virucidal, sporicidal, and fungicidal properties.... Hydrogen peroxide works by producing destructive hydroxyl free radicals that can attack membrane lipids.. Commercially available 3% hydrogen peroxide is a stable and effective disinfectant when used on inanimate surfaces."

Breaking up the fat/lipid barrier around the RNA of the virus is what kills it. Soap -- along with time (20 secs) and friction -- does this. The evaporation of the HP kills the virus by breaking apart the fat barrier.

Update 4.20.20
Video and Link from Today Show

Update 4.18.20
How long does virus live on surfaces --

Update 4.16.20
DIY tips from Washington Post.
Quote: "Rule 1: Clean first, then zap. Before you grab the disinfectant, get rid of gunk, grime and crumbs with a regular cleaner or your hands. Now you can zap with a disinfectant.
Rule 2: Spray and stay. After you spray the surface, wait at least 90 seconds for that disinfectant to do its job, Sardone says. (Clorox advises two minutes on its bleach bottles.)
Rule 3: One and done. By the time you use that wipe on the third doorknob, you’re doing more harm than good. Given the waste of “one and done,” it’s another reason our experts use machine-washable microfiber cloths. Those need to be washed after each side has been used, to avoid transferring germs from surface to surface. (Both Maker and Sardone sell their own brands of microfiber cloths online.) Dantas prefers reusable microfiber shop towels, like those sold in auto-supply stores."

Update 4.12.20
NPR tips on shopping for groceries -- focus on the people.

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 tutorials by Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen in Michigan. 
UPDATED 4.5.2020
I did the SIFT system on this clip when I first found it in March. I also found this link with photo confirming he's an MD in Michigan.
And saw that his video was featured in a Grand Rapids TV news segment.

Since then, Dr. VanWingen's original disinfecting tutorial has been viewed over 25 million times! He is updating his tutorials as new information becomes available. I will be posting the videos with the most recent information first, ending with the "original" version I shared in March.

He shows how to disinfect groceries and food you bring home as take out. Lots of info here.

Video from April 5,2020 -- Tips for packages and take-out/delivery food

Video from April 1,2020 -- Grocery shopping tips revised

Video from March 31, 2020 -- first update to his original video

This is the link for the "original" 13 mins long video from March 24, 2020.....

Update 4.14.20
Practical tips here on making the most of the older canned goods and items in your pantry
"Food expiration dates you should actually follow" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt 4.14.20

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

More face mask links here:

CLOROX -- an economics case study
This 4.8.2020 video from CNBC is a 10 mins primer in economics that impact all of us. Familiar brand and current events situation makes this a "must watch." This is an understandable case study on how a traditional brand pivots and profits in a typically slow moving market niche.

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.

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!

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