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#1 » by Jennysblog (β372) » March 26th, 2020, 6:04 pm

Since the coronavirus outbreak is still ravaging lives across the globe, it would be ideal to keep yourself, your family, and loved ones protected.

There are some effective ways you can employ to kill the virus causing COVID-19 in your home. This can be possible using some home cleaning supplies, according to experts.

Siobain Duffy, an associate professor of ecology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., with expertise in emerging viruses stated that most scientific studies have asked for the most effective disinfecting agents to use against the new coronavirus disease.

However, some sterilizing chemical contains specific instructions, according to another experts.

Donald Schaffner, a professor and food microbiologist at Rutgers said it’s vital to avoid wiping off solution from surfaces right after applying it, instead allow it to remain for a while to destroy viruses before wiping off.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counsels on cleaning surfaces with detergent or soap before disinfecting them. Such surfaces includes countertops, phones, tables, handles, doorknobs, light switches, desks, keyboards, toilets, sinks, and faucets.

Scientists have discovered that the new coronavirus can live up to 16 hours on plastics and other surfaces. So, if anyone is sick or comes down with flu-like symptoms in your home, it is best to regularly sterilize your home.

Avoid mixing different chemicals for cleaning household together with the intention of coming out with a corrosive mixture. This can be counterproductive because the resultant chemical can be toxic.

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You can use one-quarter cup of bleach for a gallon of cold water. Avoid saving up diluted bleach solution for later use. If you must keep for later use, it should exceed 24 hours. This is because its sterilizing power weakens with time.

Plastic items like toys can be dipped in bleach for 30 seconds. You can allow the bleach to remain on household surfaces that won’t be ruined by bleach exposure for up to 15 minutes.

You should never use bleach solutions on skin as they can be very corrosive.

You can dilute alcohol with water or aloe vera to produce you home-made hand sanitizer. However, the alcohol should be about 70% concentration to kill coronaviruses, according to the experts.

It is also effective to leave 70% solution of alcohol on surfaces and items to ensure they will kill viruses.

Alcohol solutions should be kept sealed between uses for it to remain potent. However, it isn’t ideal to substitute a 70% alcohol solution for hand washing or hand sanitizer as it can be very harsh on hands.

Also, Hydrogen peroxide is another effective household item to use against viruses. It is typically sold in concentrations of about 3%. You can use it in its original form or diluted to 0.5% concentration for effective use against coronaviruses on surfaces. Allow it to remain on surfaces for about a minute before wiping off.

The use of essential oil like tea tree oil or vinegar isn’t effective against coronavirus and so shouldn’t be used.

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