Common household products that can kill the coronavirus

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MelissaBreyer March 25, 2020

When it comes to housecleaning, here’s how to tackle the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. These are strange times, and when times are strange, the internet does what it is so uniquely good at: It spreads a lot of misinformation. Recently we’ve seen all kinds of far-fetched claims about how to kill the virus responsible for COVID-19 – some of them so dangerous that we’re not even going to repeat them here. Suffice to say, people are panicking and hungry for ways to protect themselves. Fair enough. But we thought it would be prudent to take a look at some of the things proven to be effective for destroying the new coronavirus at home.

The Centers for Disease Control notes that current evidence suggests that the virus may “remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.” They add, “Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.”

Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency tells us that coronaviruses are some of the easiest types of viruses to kill. “It has an envelope around it that allows it to merge with other cells to infect them,” Stephen Thomas, M.D., chief of infectious diseases and director of global health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, tells Consumer Reports.

“If you disrupt that coating, the virus can’t do its job.” The difference between cleaning and disinfecting Cleaning is the removal of germs and dirt from a surface. It does not kill germs, but removing them depletes their numbers and thus lowers the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on a surface. Unlike cleaning, disinfecting does not remove dirt or germs. By cleaning first and then disinfecting, the risk of spreading infection can be lowered. Surfaces should be cleaned using detergent or soap and water – and allowed to dry for at least 10 minutes – prior to disinfecting. General tips for cleaning and disinfecting households If anyone is coming in and out of the house, routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces is warranted, these include tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, et cetera.

The CDC recommends household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface. Be sure to read and follow instructions for safe and effective use, and pay heed to those instruction, for example, wearing gloves and making sure there is sufficient ventilation. If your household is home to someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, please see cleaning instructions included in the CDC’s recommended precautions for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers. Products that can kill the coronavirus Soap and water Hand sanitizer could practically be a new form of currency at this point, but do not overlook the wonders of good old soap. “It isn’t possible to disinfect every surface you touch throughout your day,” says Thomas. “The planet is covered with bacteria and viruses, and we’re constantly in contact with these surfaces, so hand-washing is still your best defense against COVID-19.” Perry Santanachote writes in Consumer Reports that the action of scrubbing with soap and water can break that aforementioned protective envelope. “Scrub like you’ve got sticky stuff on the surface and you really need to get it off,” says organic chemist Richard Sachleben.

Isopropyl alcohol The CDC notes that alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol should be effective against coronavirus. Apply undiluted alcohol and let it sit on the surface for at least 30 seconds to disinfect. Note that it may discolor some plastic surfaces.

But NOT vodka Despite what some are suggesting, an 80-proof product is only 40 percent ethyl alcohol, compared with the 70 percent required to kill the coronavirus.

NOT distilled white vinegar While vinegar may be a TreeHugger favorite, there is no evidence that it is effective in killing the coronavirus.

Hydrogen peroxide Santanachote reports that as per the CDC, household hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) can kill rhinovirus (the dreaded virus that causes the common cold). “Rhinovirus is more difficult to destroy than coronaviruses, so hydrogen peroxide should be able to break down coronavirus in less time,” he writes, recommending that it can be poured undiluted in a spray bottle and used from there; just be sure to let it sit on the surface for one minute before wiping. It should be OK on metal surfaces, but can discolor fabric. “It’s great for getting into hard-to-reach crevices,” Sachleben says. “You can pour it on the area and you don’t have to wipe it off because it essentially decomposes into oxygen and water.”

Common commercial disinfectants The CDS has a list of products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are expected to be effective against COVID-19. They have not specifically been tested against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, but they are expected to be effective based on demonstrated efficacy against harder-to-kill viruses. Some of these look pretty intense and would be my last resort, but then again, I am not living in a household with someone who is infected. As always, use caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

Bleach You may have a no-bleach household, like many of us TreeHuggers, but if there were a time to break the no-bleach rules, this might be it for some. The CDC notes that “unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.” As per CDC instructions, make a bleach solution by mixing five tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or four teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Keep in mind: Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Do not keep the solution for longer than a day. Precautions when using bleach The federally funded clinical and educational center, Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at UC San Francisco, has a great information sheet on using bleach. Among other things, they note: Bleach can irritate the skin and eyes. Exposure to bleach can make asthma worse in people who already have asthma. Mixing bleach with other chemicals containing ammonia, quaternary ammonium compounds (found in other disinfectants), vinegar or other acids can create a toxic gas. Bleach corrodes many metals. It should never be used on stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, marble, or granite. Bleach is neutralized by dirt and other organic material, so it isn’t very effective when used on a surface that hasn’t been cleaned.

A note on wearing gloves And lastly, make sure you are following good glove protocol. The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and to discard them after each cleaning. But since disposable things break our TreeHugger hearts, we will also note that the CDC gives advice for reusable gloves, recommending that they “should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes.” And always remember to clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. Also see: Laundry in a time of COVID-19 See more on cleaning and disinfecting from the CDC here, and for more COVID-19 coverage, see related stories below. When it comes to housecleaning, here’s how to tackle the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free in {2020}?

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Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free in {2020}?


P & G owns many of the household items you use every day. But is
Procter & Gamble cruelty-free or do they test on animals?

Keep reading to learn more.

Is P&G Cruelty Free or Do They Test on Animals?

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Procter & Gamble Animal Testing Policy

Procter & Gamble’s animal testing policy can be found in the policies and practices section of their website. Here is what it says:

“At
P&G, we believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing
to do. We do not test our products or ingredients on animals anywhere in
the world unless required by law. We are working hard to make it
obsolete. Therefore, we’ve invested more than $410 million in developing
alternative, non-animal testing methods and then getting them accepted
by regulators around the world. Today, we use more than 50 non-animal
alternatives, half of which were invented or co-invented by P&G. We
will continue working with the world’s top independent experts and
partnering with leading animal protection groups such as the Humane
Society of the U.S. to promote new alternatives research and regulatory
acceptance of existing alternatives. This is the only way to eliminate
all animal testing, globally.”

P&G animal testing policy

Does Procter & Gamble Test on Animals?

Yes,
Procter & Gamble does test on animals. They state they don’t test
their products on animals but make the exception to satisfy a country’s
health authorities.

Is Procter & Gamble Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, Procter & Gamble is not certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, PETA, or Choose Cruelty-Free.

In fact, Procter & Gamble is listed on PETA’s list of brands to avoid.

P&G Peta

Is Procter & Gamble Sold in China?

Yes, Procter & Gamble is sold in China. Here is a picture of their Chinese website.

P&G China Website

What Companies Does Procter & Gamble Own?

Below
is a list of brands that are owned by Procter & Gamble. I’ve
indicated the ones that are sold in China and any certified cruelty-free
brands.

The choice is yours on whether to boycott some or
all of Procter & Gamble’s brands. But I would err on the side of
caution for the brands that have no information.

  • Ace
  • Always
  • Ambi Pur
  • Ariel
  • Aussie – PETA CERTIFIED
  • Bounce
  • Braun – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Cascade
  • Cheer
  • Comet
  • Crest – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Dawn
  • Downy
  • Dreft
  • Era
  • Febreze
  • Fixodent
  • Gain
  • Gillette – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Hair Food – PETA CERTIFIED
  • Head & Shoulders – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Herbal Essences
  • Ivory
  • Joy
  • Mr. Clean
  • Native
  • Olay – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Old Spice
  • Oral-B – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Pantene – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Rindex 3en1
  • Safeguard – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Salvo
  • Scope
  • Secret
  • SK-II – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Snowberry
  • Tampax
  • The Art of Shaving
  • Tide – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Venus

Wrap Up: Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free?

No,
Procter & Gamble is not a cruelty-free brand. In their animal
testing policy, they state they do not test on animals. However, Procter
& Gamble chooses to sell in China, a country that requires imported
cosmetics to be tested on animals.

Therefore, Procter & Gamble is not considered to be cruelty-free and will be added to my list of brands that test on animals.

Now
I’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts about Procter &
Gamble? Will you boycott them completely or use some of their
cruelty-free brands? Please leave your comments below!

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Is P&G Cruelty Free or Do They Test on Animals?

Rose Petal-Infused Vodka Cleaning Spray

Learn how to make your own DIY natural cleaning spray! This easy inexpensive recipe uses high-proof vodka infused with rose petals. It also contains antibacterial essential oils to naturally disinfect your home…no toxic chemicals necessary.

For this easy inexpensive recipe continue reading here.

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Procter & Gamble Launches Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Cleaning Product Line!

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By Sharon Vega

Procter & Gamble recently joined the Humane Society’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign, and began by making their Herbal Essences brand certified cruelty-free. They also seem to be moving in a more natural and eco-friendly direction with their new brand, Home Made Simple. The new lifestyle brand is plant-based and all the bottles are recyclable.

The new product line includes hand soap, dish soap, multipurpose cleaner, laundry detergent and fabric softener. Up to 95 percent of the formulas contain plant-derived ingredients and they’re all free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, and dyes.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s actually a television show on Oprah’s OWN network. The concept came from a Procter & Gamble newsletter 15 years ago. Host of the show, Laila Ali says: “I am excited to continue my partnership with Home Made Simple as they expand into offering consumers a line of naturally inspired, plant-based cleaning products. As the host of Home Made Simple’s TV show, I meet a lot of families across the country that want products in their home that they can trust and, as a mom, I feel the same way. Home Made Simple has created this line for people just like us who are looking for an effective clean they can feel good about.”

The products are available in three scents: Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon, and since they use natural ingredients, they’re also gentle on skin. However, the line also has environmental benefits. All the Home Made Simple bottles are 100 percent recyclable and some of the bottles are made with 25 percent.

The products will be available on Amazon, Walmart, CVS and groceries. In the meantime, if you’re looking for natural products, check out 15 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for a Sparkling Home!

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/procter-gamble-launches-eco-friendly-plant-based-cleaning-product-line/

How I Made 5 Different Natural Cleaning Solutions With Only 3 Ingredients.

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“You want to do WHAT with the vodka?” The liquor store clerk looked at me incredulously.

“I want your cheapest vodka to make household cleaning solutions out of it.” I repeated myself to her.

Maybe your eyeballs are a bit wide right now. Mine were too the first time I read you could use vodka as a house hold cleaner! But the science makes sense. Vodka is typically 40% alcohol and has been proven effective at killing germs and bacteria.

I am on a journey, my friends. I’m learning so much about the nasty chemicals in our common household products. Did you know common household air fresheners like Febreze and Airwick score D’s and F’s on EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning? GROSS. Clorox also FAILS on their rating in nearly every product. EWG scores household cleaners by standards such as hazardous chemicals contained and if the product clearly states all…

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25 Practical Uses for Coca-cola, Proof It Should Not Be In Human Body

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Coca-cola is the biggest brand in the history of brands and products and surveys have suggested that it is the most popular world after ‘hello’—now imagine that! If it is the second most popular word in the world then almost everyone in the world must have coca-cola on them almost at all times—this is a scary reality because it is a proven fact now that Coca-cola is absolutely bad for your body. The chemical cocktail that you drink for refreshment is practically killing your metabolism since its acidity level matches the acidity levels of the battery acid.
This stomach lining killing poison is associated with diseases like, cardiac arrest, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. and is especially bad for young children as it interferes with the balanced diet, rather than complementing it.

It is said that people who consume this fizzy poison inculcate dependence on caffeine and deficiency of important minerals like calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A. Don’t take us wrong, we still believe that Coca-cola is a very useful drink—although not for the body but there are many other fantastic uses for it that after knowing them you might start purchasing it all the more than before!

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Bog Groomer: Cleaning the toilet is the most tedious of the tasks and let’s be honest, no one really wants to do it—no one but your friendly fizzy partner Coca-cola. All you have to do is pour the drink in the commode and wait for an hour before you scrub with a brush and flush—now you have got yourself a sparkling toilet!
source: http://lifecheating.com/2013/12/10/how-to-clean-your-toilet-with-coca-cola/

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Stubborn Stains—Thing of the Past!: If you don’t want to buy really expensive stain removers, take some of that Coca-cola and pour it in the wash along with the detergent. The stains will be removed and your clothes will be deodorized! All thanks to the carbonic and phosphoric acid inside the carbonated drink.
source: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/10/remove-tough-greasy-stains-from-clothing-with-coca-cola/

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Window Cleaner: By now we know that Coca-cola has magic cleaning powers—one more thing that it can clean efficiently is window. Because of the presence of the citric acid in the drink, it makes a wonderful window cleaner and works the same way as citrus fruit based window cleaners work.
source: http://toptenfamous.com/top-10-famous-unusual-but-amazing-uses-for-coca-cola/

Bug Slayer: All kinds of bugs are big Coca-cola fans like us—they simply love the sweet fizzy wonder but without knowing that it can destroy them and they will be pushing up daises if they try to consume it. You can spray the drink on ant hills and cockroaches in your cupboards and get rid of them!

Color Fader: You can use the drink on your hair if you dyed your hair many shades darker than you wanted. Coca-cola is known for its quality of fading the color on hair; so the next time your hair gets dyed in a disastrous way, do not panic or run off to your expensive stylist but in fact open the refrigerator and grab that Coca-cola can and let it do the work!

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Gum Remover: If a gum has been stuck to your hair and you think that the only way to get rid of it is to get an unwanted haircut then you do not have to worry anymore! Just pour some coke on the gum and let it sit for a few minutes, you will see that it becomes easier for you to pick that gum off your hair.
Source: http://will2salon.blogspot.in/2012_06_01_archive.html
Pain Neutralizer: If you have been bitten by a bug, strung by a bee or a jellyfish then you do not have to panic in pain, just pour some of the dark fizzy drink on the affected area and your pain will be neutralized in seconds, thanks to the chemicals in Coca-cola.

Dish Washer: If your pots are all blackened, pour some of the wonder fizz into them and let it sit for a few minutes. The chemicals in the drink will fight the grime and loosen it, then you can easily scrub it out and your pots will again be clean and shiny!

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Rust Fighter: If you want to get rid of the gross rust then dip that object into a mug full of fresh coke or if the object is too big then soak a cloth in coke and try to rub the rust out. The phosphoric acid in the drink will cause the corrosion process and the rust will loosen and can be easily taken off from the affected object.
source: http://makezine.com/2011/03/21/rust-removal-using-soda/

Pesticide in the Fields: In India, some farmers use coca-cola instead of pesticides for pest termination, because it’s cheaper and the result is totally rewarding. It is said that the high sugar content of the drinks can make them efficient in fighting pests, which is of course denied by the company since they say that there is nothing in the drink that can be used as a pesticide. But the technique is an in-vogue trend in the Indian farming scenario.
Source: http://yush.com/coca-cola-great-as-pesticide-say-farmers.htm

Defroster: Coca-cola can defrost the ice that settles on your windshield in the winters. Just pour the drink and let it settle for a few minutes and the ice will eventually come off on its own.

Puts off Bugs: If you get too many bugs in your vicinity or your garden is full of them but it is hard to catch them then put few open cans of coke in your garden or near the window and let the bugs get attracted to the can. Once they sat on it then you can catch them easily.

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Odor Killer: You no longer have to endure that skunk smell; if you have been sprayed by the animal then do not fret with deodorants, perfumes and body washes, just get into the shower and pour the drink on the affected area and you will get rid of the problem almost instantly.
Source: http://listverse.com/2010/07/03/top-10-unusual-uses-for-coca-cola/

Gardening Tool: It comes handy in the lawn as well; if you pour a can every week into your compost bin then it will strengthen the growth of the microorganisms that will later on help in making your lawn healthy and blooming.

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Cola Fun: So what if you cannot drink it, you can still have some fun with it—take a liter bottle of Diet Coke and put some Mentos in it and you have got yourself a lovely cola fountain!
Source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/48759/why-do-diet-coke-and-mentos-react         .
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Shiny Monies: If you are a coin collector you will love this tip—you can dip your pennies in a mug full of Coca-cola and leave them there for a bit. When you will take out your coins you will see that they are shiny and new again.

The Hairstylist: You can make your hair curly by pouring some flat coke on them and then rinsing it off after letting it sit for a few minutes (make sure you do rinse it off, for you do not want your hair to look sticky!).

The Beautician: Mix a tablespoon of flat Coca-cola into your usual moisturizer and massage the cream on to your skin. Your skin will glow and become smoother.

Paint Remover: If your furniture has been stained with paint then grab a towel and soak it in coke and rub it out. Make sure you wash it off with soap water later so that the stickiness of the drink is removed.

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Putrefied Battery Cleaner: The drink’s slight acidity as compared to a Basic, when poured on the battery does not dilute battery acid (H2SO4), which is quite acidic—which means that it can be used to clean-up corroded batteries. So if you are stuck in the desert and you have to clean the car battery but you have nothing on you but Coca-cola (although we wonder why you would still carry it after reading the article?) you can use it as a cleaner.

Source: http://funstuffcafe.com/coca-cola-the-best-way-to-clean-your-toilet

The Loosener: You can use coke to loosen those tight and rusted bolts. Pour some of it on the bolt and let it sit there for a while, after that remove it with water and you will notice that the bolt will be much looser than before.

Enemy of the Oil: It can remove any kind of oil stains from the floor or the kitchen slab. Use the same old method—pour it on the affected area, let it sit for sometime and later wipe if off with scrub and water.

Pool Cleaner: You can make your pool rust free and shiny in a matter of minutes by pouring two liters of coke into the pool and letting it sit for a while. When you will clear it up you will see a huge difference in the appearance of your pool.

Crime Cola: Coca-cola is famous for being used for removal of the blood stains from clothes, furniture, carpet, walls and floor. It is also said that it is used as an important cleaning agent while cleaning a crime scene, although it is not known for sure.

Vintage Cola: You can give your photographs or a sheet of paper old and antique look with Coca-cola. All you have to do is dip a picture or piece of paper in a dish full of coke and let it soak for a second. Take it out and leave it for drying and you will end up with a vintage looking photograph.

After knowing these wonderful things about Coca-cola we bet you must be regretting drinking all that coke and slow poisoning yourself, and also, throwing away all of the rest from the party last night! But now you know better, so the next time you have that big party and you have to serve it because aunt Jenna absolutely insists on it, then save yourself and your family from the atrocities of drinking it but still, collect all of the waste coke and pour it into one big container to clean off the rust or shine the pots or relieve that stomach ache!

Hopefully you got a broader perspective on Coca-cola and are aware of all the wonderful ‘parallel’ uses of it now, because you might shun it as a drink but still can take benefits from its diverse uses!

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Stay Clean and Cruelty-Free With These Laundry Detergents | Humane Home | Living | PETA

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A Mix Of These Simple Household Items Can Get Rid Foul-Smelling Skunk Spray

Emilio Cogliani

While there are some particularly inventive myths about the best way to combat the foul odor of skunk spray, a concoction of a few household items is enough to do the trick.

Rick Schwartz, a global ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, stopped by HuffPost Live along with a few skunks on Monday and explained the home remedy that eliminates the horrible stench.

“Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and grease-cutting dish soap. Those three things mixed together in the moment then allow you to chemically break down … the oils and alcohol base of their spray,” he told host Caitlyn Becker.

The mixture is “much more effective than anything else that’s out there,” Schwartz added.

For those of us who’d like to avoid getting sprayed altogether, Schwartz shared the telltale signs of an impending skunk attack and when to keep your distance.

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11 Foods That Double As Cleaning Products

Emilio Cogliani

Ketchup is delicious, sure, but did you know that it’s also effective at polishing copper? Yea, bet you find it a little less appetizing now. But ketchup isn’t the only condiment or food that has dual purposes. In fact, many of the things you eat all the time have uses other than just keeping you satiated.

Here are 11 foods that do double-duty as cleaning products. You should always remember these, if for no other reason than they will save you money.

1. Banana peels can polish silver

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Don’t throw away that banana peel just yet. If your prized silverware collection is starting to get a bit tarnished, just rub the inside of a banana peel along the tarnished parts on your silver and it will help them look as good as new.

2. Cucumber peels can remove marks on walls and tables

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According to Saudia Davis, the founder…

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What kind of laundry soap is lightest on the land?

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