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by Julie Kempson, Jun 2020

We are undoubtedly living in difficult times, but it is reassuring to know that we have a variety of weapons within our own homes with which to fight the Covid Virus!

Good Old Fashioned Soap and Water

It has been proven that soap interferes with the makeup of the virus and can therefore be used to lift the virus from surfaces.  Wipe surfaces with soap and then rinse off with water.

And of course, we are all now used to the idea of washing our hands with soap and water as often as possible, and in particular when we come back in to our homes from outside.  


It wasn’t so long ago when that bleach was an unpopular cleaning product, but the active ingredient in bleach – called sodium hypochlorite – is highly effective at killing the virus.

Leave the bleach on a surface for between 10 and 15 minutes and then wipe with a clean cloth.

Surgical spirit

This is made up from the alcohol called ethanol which has been shown to be even more effective than bleach in killing the virus.

Just moisten a clean cloth with some neat surgical spirit and rub it over the surface, and because it evaporates within 30 seconds, there is no need to wipe it off!

Hand sanitisers

Hand sanitisers are also very effective in killing off the virus but only if they contain 70% or more of the alcohol substance called ethanol (the same one found in surgical spirit).  Any products with under 70% of ethanol will not kill the virus effectively.

Opening the Windows

Whilst opening windows is not a household product, every house has windows!  And as the virus can survive in the air for up to 3 hours, opening windows can help to remove the virus in the air in your home.

So really it is all very simple – keep washing your hands, use bleach and/or surgical spirit wherever possible and suitable to do so, make sure your hand sanitiser is 70% or over and open the windows.

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