Your broom closet or cleaning products cabinet may already have what you need as cleaning or disinfecting agents to be able to eliminate the coronavirus. However, it is not all the chemicals that will get this job done, plus there is not one that is as temperate on your skin as the hand sanitizers that are available on the commercial market. It would seem as if scientists are assuming that the same thing that worked for the other coronaviruses will also work for this current one. For every disinfecting chemical, there is a specific set of guidelines for handling it. However, it is vital to note that the common rule is that the cleaning solution should not be instantaneously wiped away as soon as it is applied to a surface. It should be allowed to sit there for an adequate amount of time so that it can kill the virus.
General Disinfecting Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States have recommended that every day disinfecting should be very frequent in areas that are touched regularly, such as doorknobs, tables, countertops, light switches, desks, handles, keyboards, phones, faucets, sinks, and toilets. The CDC also has a recommendation that the use of soap or detergent and water should be applied on dirty surfaces before disinfecting.
If there is an individual in your home that has been showing the symptoms of the flu, then consider frequently disinfecting bits and pieces in your home as it is widely known that the SARS-COV-2 has been able to stay alive on plastics for over sixteen hours. Regardless of the cleaning or disinfecting solution that you use, allow it to linger on the surface until it is there long enough to kill the coronavirus and any other pathogens. Depending on the chemical the time for active ingredients to do their work will vary. Never use dissimilar disinfecting agents concurrently. The chemical reactions of some of the household substances when mixed could be deadly.
If diluted with cold water, bleach can make an effective disinfectant that combats bacteria, fungi, and many other viruses that include coronavirus. Typically, you can use a quarter cup of the bleach per one gallon of cold water, however, ensure that the guidelines on the label of the bleach. You should make the diluted bleach solution only when needed and it should be used within twenty-four hours of it being mixed, as the disinfectant properties fade with time.
Non-porous products such as plastic toys could be immersed in the bleach solution for at least thirty seconds. Those surfaces at home that are not damaged by bleach, should be able to receive that ten minutes of curing time or exposed. The bleach solutions that are used are very harsh on the human skin, therefore it should not be intended as an alternative for hand sanitizer and the washing of hands.
Alcohol has many forms, which include rubbing alcohol and could be very effective for killing the coronavirus and many other pathogens. Alcohol can be diluted with water or even aloe vera to combat the coronavirus. However, the alcohol concentration should not go below the recommended seventy percent that is required to eliminate the coronavirus. Other hand sanitizers carry a concentration of about sixty percent of alcohol, while Lysol consist of about eighty percent and they are all effective against the coronavirus.
Any alcohol solution that consists of seventy percent should be left to remain on the surfaces for no more than thirty seconds, which can include mobile phones, but ensure that the manufacturer advised against rubbing down items like that with alcohol, as this could cause the warranty to be voided and kill all the viruses. One hundred percent or pure alcohol evaporates too quickly for this purpose. Any container that holds seventy percent or higher, should be sealed in the prevention of evaporation. However, when compared to the bleach solutions, the alcohol will remain effective once the sealing continues consistently between uses. Any alcohol with a concentration of seventy percent that has been diluted with water will be harsh on your skin and therefore should not be alternated with handwashing or hand sanitizer.
Hydrogen Peroxide is normally sold in a concentration of about three percent. It could be used as is, or diluted to approximately 0.05% application for effective use to combat the coronavirus on all surfaces. Leave this on the surfaces for approximately one minute before attempting to wipe it off.
Tea tree oil and vinegar and other natural or organic products are not recommended for combatting coronaviruses. Researchers have found that the influenza virus when cleaned with ten percent of a solution with malt vinegar was very effective, however, there are few studies that have found vinegar to be capable of kill a major fraction of the viruses. Although tea tree oil could assist the control of viruses that cause cold sores, there is absolutely no proof that it can destroy the coronavirus.