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Sat Mar 7, 2020, 03:45 PM

Suggestions for Disinfecting door knobs, handles, etc.

In case you run out of disinfecting wipes. Soap and water is good, but something stronger like bleach may be necessary-bleach can tarnish some surfaces.
What are some of your homemade suggestions?

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Reply Suggestions for Disinfecting door knobs, handles, etc. (Original post)
Blueplanet Mar 2020 OP
lapfog_1 Mar 2020 #1
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #3
fierywoman Mar 2020 #10
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #13
sl8 Mar 2020 #22
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #11
Ms. Toad Mar 2020 #2
dewsgirl Mar 2020 #8
uppityperson Mar 2020 #4
4139 Mar 2020 #5
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #7
pat_k Mar 2020 #6
mitch96 Mar 2020 #9
OhNo-Really Mar 2020 #12
IcyPeas Mar 2020 #14
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #15
Runningdawg Mar 2020 #16
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #17
Kaleva Mar 2020 #18
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #20
mcar Mar 2020 #19
Blueplanet Mar 2020 #21
mcar Mar 2020 #23
Talitha Mar 2020 #24

Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 03:51 PM

1. small bottle of pure rubbing alcohol and some kleenex or paper towels

if you spill a little it won't ruin your clothes, it is easier on your hands than bleach and is very effective at killing a virus. small bottle that one carries in a pocket or purse.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 03:54 PM

3. Thanks lapfog_1

I'll try it.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:16 PM

10. Just be careful to not let rubbing alcohol near varnished wood --it can do bad things to varnish.

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:33 PM

13. Thanks for the warning

Make sure it does not get onto varnished wood.

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:48 PM

22. Even worse for shellac.

Shellac is dissolved in alcohol for application. Alcohol will redissolve it after it dries or cures. That can be convenient when applying multiple coats - subsequent coats "melt" into previous coats.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:21 PM

11. Using 70% Isopropyl Alcohol

on a paper towel to wipe down door knobs, switches, computer keyboard, mouse, etc.
I'm on a roll. Thanks.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 03:53 PM

2. Wear sweaters -

pull your hands in the sleeves and open with the sleeves.

If it isn't sweater season, wear long tops and grab the handles with the bottom of your top.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:14 PM

8. I do this often.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 03:55 PM

4. If you use bleach, 10:1 solution. Soap and water work also

1 part bleach to 10 parts water. You can use soap and water too.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 03:58 PM

5. Soap is better than some might think...

“ Coronaviruses, like this year’s version that has left 100,000 worldwide infected with COVID-19, are encased in a lipid envelope -- basically, a layer of fat. Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you.”
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200306/power-of-hand-washing-to-prevent-coronavirus

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Response to 4139 (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:04 PM

7. I heard about it-a bit of good news

Thanks 4139.
"Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you.” So soap and water can go a long way in protecting you from the virus.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:00 PM

6. Chlorhexidrine spray for pets?

I don't know if the concentration is high enough, but perhaps use chlorhexidrine spray for pets.

This one claims 2% chlorhexidrine gluconate.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:16 PM

9. I make a solution of 2 thirds 60% isopropyl alcohol and one third aloe for a hand sanitiser

It also works on knobs and countertops. 10:1 bleach is good also. No Isopropyl alcohol?
151 Everclear or rum is good too!! Went to my local watering hole last nite and the distinct faint smell of bleach was in the air by the bar... good job guys...
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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:25 PM

12. Highly diluted bleach 1:10 bleach:water

Carefully applied to paper towel or white cloth. A bit of bleach kills viruses 🦠

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:37 PM

14. clean your phones too

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:46 PM

15. Good idea

Did that too.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 04:50 PM

16. Cheap generic listerine

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Response to Runningdawg (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:06 PM

17. Listerine?

Scroll down
https://www.bing.com/search?q=listerine+as+a+disinfectant&PC=U316&FORM=CHROMN

"Listerine is designed to kill some heavy-duty germs in your mouth, so it makes sense that one of the many uses of Listerine would be as a household disinfectant too."

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:11 PM

18. Bleach has a shelf life so I wouldn't buy a lot of it at one time.

"Chlorine Bleach Shelf Life
How Long Is Bleach Good?"

https://www.thoughtco.com/chlorine-bleach-shelf-life-3976002

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #18)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:27 PM

20. Bleach weakens over time

https://www.thoughtco.com/chlorine-bleach-shelf-life-3976002

"Another way to tell if your bleach is expired is to note its odor. Don't open the bottle and take a whiff! The human sense of smell is sensitive to bleach, so you should be able to smell it as soon as you pour it from its container. If you don't smell any bleach, it's likely most of the product has decomposed into salt and water. Replace it with a fresh bottle."

I have noticed that in some of the cheaper bleaches there is no odor.

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:14 PM

19. I make a spray for my kitchen

hot water, a bit of baking soda, dish soap, and an essential oil, in a spray bottle.

Essential oils are said to have disinfectant properties. I've been spraying my door knobs, etc., with it.

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Response to mcar (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:34 PM

21. Spray the door knobs with

this disinfectant. Now we have many good options to choose from.

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Response to Blueplanet (Reply #21)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 05:48 PM

23. I stopped using bleach years ago

because of the damage it causes the environment (and the smell).

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Response to Blueplanet (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 06:05 PM

24. More thoughts about bleach -

Protect your hands when using it, and be careful it doesn't splash when you're pouring it.

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