Covid Corner

By Diane W. Carr, 

Although the majority of COVID is transmitted from person to person, it is also a good idea to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters with a virus disinfectant. Anti-bacterial soaps or spray are not effective against viruses. Here are 3 easy and inexpensive ways to disinfect your counters (from Consumer Reports June 2020): 
• Bleach: You can make an effective diluted bleach solution for virus disinfection of 1/3 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons of bleach to 1-quart water. Wear gloves while using bleach. Spray and later rinse the countertops to prevent discoloration. Solution degrades in a few days. 
• Hydrogen Peroxide: pour undiluted solution into a spray bottle and use. Wipe down after one minute. It can stain clothes. 
• Isopropyl Alcohol: Solutions that are at least 70% solutions are effective against the virus. Do not dilute. It can discolor plastics.