Things that kill germs

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Finally, be careful. Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants as the
combination may prove fatal.

Reaching for that bottle of Windex to keep your home Coronavirus
clean? Ammonia doesn't kill germs, and it also can't disinfect against
viruses, though it is a great disinfectant for some kinds of bacteria
like E. Coli.

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Things that kill germs
How to kill a germ

Things that kill germs.
Lots of things in your household will kill germs (bacteria, fungi,
protozoa, and viruses), but these chemical disinfectants may be
too harsh for some people, for example those who have asthma.
It's also important to note that while cleaning may remove dirt
and some germs, but it doesn't necessarily kill all germs. For
example, ammonia kills some bacteria, but it won't kill viruses or
fungi. Another important thing to consider is that the chemicals
you use should remain on the surface long enough to kill viruses
and other pathogens, usually around four minutes.

Take time to learn about the things that kill germs, like Virex
disinfectant cleaner, pictured immediate right. According to the
manfacturer, Virex
Disinfectant cleaner provides broad spectrum
kill of microorganisms, including hbv, hiv-1, vre, mrsa, grsa,
mrse, visa, prsp, herpes simplex types 1&2, influenza type A2,
Human Coronavirus, rotavirus and many more. It kills 99.9% of

The list below is an extensive list of other germ killers including
popular disinfectants and other methods to destroy the germs
that cause illness.

Things That Kill Germs
In the age of Coronavirus, you're more keenly aware that germs
are everywhere and you may be wondering what are the best
disinfectant methods for killing germs. Below is our guide to
items you can order or get at the local store to kill germs.

The following is a prepper's list of things that kill germs:

#1: Alcohol, ethanol or ethyl alchol.
Alcohol, also called ethanol or ethyl alcohol, is a grain alcohol
that effectively kills germs in the proper amount when applied
topically. Many hand sanitizers contain ethanol as the germ
fighter because ethanol kills germs very easily in the proper
percentage. Right is safe and effective
alcohol wet wipes to wipe
away bacteria, dust and oil with no streaks from your cell phone
or tablet, glasses,  earbuds,

Unfortunately ethanol alcohol can also kill you! When blood
alcohol level reaches 0. 4% death is possible and such was the
case with some in Iran who thought they could swallow ethanol
to get rid of Coronavirus. Do NOT drink ethanol to fight
Coronavirus. It doesn't work that way. Once Coronavirus is in
your system you either get sick or are asymptomatic and may
spread the disease.  

Having said that, if you have nothing of the items above, but you
have vodka couldn't hurt to use it. Like an alcohol-free hand
sanitizer you may be able to reduce the germs on the surface.

#2: Bactine.
maximum strength Bactine Formula that kills 99% of germs &
relieves pain on contact. Now with 4% Lidocaine, a maximum
strength pain reliever, Bactine MAX Pain Relieving Cleansing
Liquid helps prevent minor skin infections, and relieves the pain
and itching associated with minor cuts, scrapes and burns,
including sunburn. Plus, it does not sting like hydrogen peroxide
or alcohol.

#3: Benzalkonium chloride.
What's benzalkonium chloride? Benzalkonium chloride is an
antimicrobial that kills many germs, but perhaps not Coronaviurs.
This germ killer is the antiseptic ingredient of germicidal wipes as
well as antiseptic towelettes, a first aid necessity to prevent

#4: Betadine.
The active ingredient in Betadine, povidone iodine, works on a
broad range of germs and microbes that cause topical infections.
Based on laboratory testing, the company says it kills most
antibiotic resistant germs and bacteria found on the skin. n lab
testing, it is effective against many bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Betadine remains your first line of defense to help prevent
infection when treating minor wounds.

#5: Bleach (sodium hypochlorite).
Bleach is a popular germ fighter and useful item that many
preppers store. The active ingredient, sodium hypocholorite
destroys the Coronavirus protein, according to the CDC. When
working with bleach, be sure to heed the following precautions:

  • It's important to remember however that bleach expires, so
    you should check the expiration date of your bleach. You
    won't be disinfecting if the product has expired.

  • Always wear gloves to protect your hands when working with

  • Be careful NOT to mix chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners
    as this is a potentially fatal combination.

#6: Chlorhexidine Gluconate.
The average person comes in contact with 300 surfaces every 30
minutes, exposing them to 840,000 germs, according to
Hibiclense, the antiseptic skin cleanser with the active ingredient
Chlorhexidine Gluconate. Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal
that's also used as a mouthwash to reduces bacteria in the
mouth as well as.

  • Hibiclens is a medical grade liquid antimicrobial cleanser,
    proven to kill many harmful bacteria (including MRSA),
    viruses and fungi.Hibiclens antiseptic skin cleanser is strong
    enough to kill some of the toughest hospital germs but
    gentle enough for routine family hand washing. The active
    ingredient in Hibiclens is 4% chlorhexidine gluconate which
    helps reduce bacteria that can potentially cause disease.
    Proven to be gentle enough for daily use, Hibiclens binds
    safely to the skin, leaving a layer of protection (without
    sticky residue), after it is rinsed off.

    Pictured immediate right, Hibiclens antiseptic cleanser kills
    bacteria, viruses and fungi and continues killing germs for up
    to 24 hours after washing. It's powerful cleansing action is
    still gentle on skin, even with frequent use. Unlike other
    antibacterial soaps on the market, Hibiclens not only begins
    killing germs immediately, it bonds with the skin and keeps
    on killing microorganisms for up to 24 hours, even after
    washing, according to the manufacturer reported studies.

  • Chlorhexidine gluconate germicidal mouthwash reduces
    bacteria in the mouth. This oral rinse treats gingivitis
    symptoms including bleeding gums, redness, and swelling.

  • Chlorhexidine Gluconate wipes. Prepping the skin before
    surgery is a critical step in preventing infection. Sage 2%
    Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Cloths are an easy way you
    can take charge of your presurgical care and reduce your risk
    of developing a surgical site infection (SSI).

#7: Dry heat sterilization.
Natural steam and dry heat can kill greater than 99.9999% of
germs. That's good to know since Coronavirus thrives on wet
surfaces. Dry heat is a sterilization process that kills organisms
using a destructive oxidation method that destroys large
contaminating bio-molecules through conduction. It's actually the
best way to kill microbes! This dry heat destroys their proteins as
well the enzymes.

Dry heat includes simple techniques like cooking and canning and
even your clothes dryer, but a clothes dryer can not kill bacteria

  • Germ terminator. Research shows that germs can remain
    and breed on wet toothbrushes after brushing, potentially
    prolonging infections such as gum disease or sore throats.
    And, because airborne bacteria can move from toothbrush to
    toothbrush (and from other sources in the bathroom),
    opportunistic infections, like periodontal disease and
    common colds and flu, can easily spread from one person to
    another when unsanitized toothbrushes are stored together.
    The Germ Terminator toothbrush sanitizer, pictured right,
    provides a clean, healthy toothbrush every time you brush
    your teeth. It uses dry heat to kill greater than 99.9999% of
    toothbrush germs and keeps your toothbrush germ-free
    between brushings.The Germ Terminator is the only
    toothbrush sanitizer to use natural steam and dry heat to
    kill greater than 99.9999% of germs on your toothbrush and
    store it in a completely germ-free environment between
    brushings. The Germ Terminator works with electric and
    manual toothbrushes. The product is FDA-cleared (510k-
    clearance) and is modeled after the steam device in dental
    offices to sterilize instruments. It can be used worldwide
    with the proper plug adapter (100-240V). UL Listed,
    Worldwide Safety Certifications.

#8: Essential Oils.
It's a scientific fact that essential oils kill germs. The National
Institutes of Health have identified several essential oils with
anti-viral properties. "
Essential oils have great potential in the
field of biomedicine as they effectively destroy several bacterial,
fungal, and viral pathogens," according to one study published in
2016. The article credits aldehydes, phenolics, terpenes, and
other antimicrobial compounds as effective at killing pathogens.
Eugenol, a  compound in
clove essential oil is considered an
efficient antifungal agent according to the study.

Clove bud is known for easing pain and warding off seasonal
illness to help relieve asthma, cough and cold, and sinusitis,
which is why it's one of the main ingredients of
Thieves oil.

Not all researchers agree, particularly when it comes to
Coronavirus. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey says,
Vinegar, tea tree oil and other natural products are not
recommended for fighting Coronaviruses."

#9: Germicidal wipes.
Use nitrile or latex gloves when using germicidal wipes so that
you don't bring viruses directly to your skin. Use wipes vigorously
to scrub the germs away, then leave the surface visibly wet for at
least 4 minutes and let surface dry.

#10: Hand Sanitizer.
Alcohol based hand sanitizers are probably the most popular
product that kills germs. The primary ingredient of many gel-
based hand sanitizers is Ethyl Alcohol. Ethyl Alcohol is the
common germ-fighting ingredient in your favorite hand sanitizer.
The CDC recommends a hand sanitizer that's at least 60% ethyl

In case you were thinking of buying a laboratory-grade denatured
Ethyl Alcohol at 95%, think again. This is too high of a
percentage for use on your skin. The denaturants used are
approximately equal parts isopropyl alcohol and methanol and are
not for home use because they are dangerous!

It may surprise you to know the germ-fighting ingredient of many
spray hand sanitizers are also essential oils.

While you may be reading this article because you want to get rid
of the Coronavirus germ, it's important to know that not all hand
sanitizers will protect people from COVID-19. Alcohol-free hand
sanitizer are not effective against certain types of germs. Look
for a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% ethyl alcohol.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have the ability to inactivate
microbes only when used correctly. Take time to read this CDC
article to
know how and when to use hand sanitizer.

#11: Lysol disinfectants.
Lysol quickly sold off the shelves in the early days of Coronavirus
and these products are still difficult to obtain now, even online.
The name brand is a comfort and if the label says it kills 99.9%
of viruses or bacteria, you can be assured it does. If you're using
a generic, make sure the product has an EPA has approved
message indicating it's effectiveness against influenza A virus.

Lysol's toilet bowl cleaner kills Staph, Pseudomonas, E. coli, HIV-
1 (AIDS virus) and other harmful germs on hard, nonporous
surfaces when used as directed. It has a  thick 9.5% hydrochloric
acid formula coats, cleans, disinfects and deodorizes the entire
bowl by dissolving stubborn toilet bowl stains on contact.

#12: HEPA filter!
One of the primary reasons preppers get a HEPA filter is to
minimize exposure to bacteria and viruses, especially in the
winter months when people are indoors more often and share the
air. Look for a HEPA filter with UV light, which has the power to
kill airborne bacteria and viruses.

Germ Guradian HEPA filter captures 99.97 percent of
allergens including pet dander, dust mites and pollen. The Pet
Pure is an antimicrobial agent added to the filter to inhibit the
growth of mold, mildew and odor causing bacteria on the surface
of the filter. OThe optional UV C light technology works with
Titanium Dioxide to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, germs and
mold spores. Carb Compliant. Guardian Technologies powerful UV
light technology to kill airborne bacteria, according to the

#13: Hydrogen Peroxide.
White vinegar or hydrogen peroxide are effective homemade
cleaners, according to Web MD. Hydrogen peroxide offers
bactericidal, virucidal, sporicidal, and fungicidal properties
according to the CDC. The
CDC says hydrogen peroxide can
destroy Rhinovirus, which apparently is stronger than
Coronavirus, so hydrogen peroxide should be able to break down
the proteins in Coronavirus.

#14: Isoprophyl Alcohol Wipes.
Isoprophyl alcohol can decrease germs in minor cuts and scrapes.
As a first aid antiseptic, it's generally a 70 percent isopropyl
alcohol mixture usually with an inactive ingredient of water.
Isoprophyl alcohol enables you to clean an infected area one to
three times daily.

Made in America isopropyl alcohol wipes are difficult to find:

  • ICloth Isopropyl alcohol wipes, are for cleaning hand-held
    devices. Pictured immediate right, they're made in the
    United States, but they contain a 75% purified water
    formula which is not enough germ-fighting power to kill
    viruses, though they may reduce the germs on your glasses
    and equipment.

#15: Microwave.
Certainly a microwave used properly can kill some bacteria,
germs, and viruses, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's
the best disinfectant. It's the temperature that can kill certain
germs and reduce the number of other kinds of bgerms.

The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
published an article on the "
Microbial inactivation by microwave
radiation in the home environment," which found that microwave
radiation could totally inactivate coliform and E. coli on kitchen
sponges and scrubbing pads after 30 seconds.

#16: Mouthwash.
Since the Coronavirus has only been around since November or
December of 2019, there haven't been any studies on the
effectiveness of mouthwash on the virus.

  • Cepacol Antibacterial Mouthwash is an antibacterial that kills
    the germs that cause bad breath. Cepacol Gold is the
    original mouthwash with a refreshing blend of cinnamon,
    eucalyptol and mint oils, and a cooling touch of menthol.
    These are the inactive ingredients. It's the Cetylpridnium
    chloride that's the active ingredient.

#17: Rubbing Alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol is another topical germ fighter that's probabbly
already part of your prepper first aid kit.

Isopropyl alcohol—isopropanol. When fighting infection isopropyl
is highly recommended, but during Coronavirus pandemic, it's
extremely scarce.

#18: Soap and water.
The most effective on the list of things that kill germs is soap
and water. You may be wondering how soap kills germs. It's the
fat that kills the germs!

Water plays a roll in killing germs by irrigating the germs from
your skin and dishes, but the real germ-fighting power is in the

Remember that all that work handwashing and sanitizing, will
leave your hands dry and cracked if you don't moisturize. You
must moisturize to ensure those cracks give way to germs
allowing them to enter your body which could make you sick.

Look for moisturizers with natural ingredients such as:
  • Aloe vera
  • Royal Jelly
  • Shea butter

#19: Steramine.
You may not have heard about Steramine unless you work in a
bar or restaurant.
Steramine, pictured right, is an economical
sanitizer that you can use to clean your home. Spray or wipe the
solution of Steramine sanitizer on food processing equipment,
sinks, countertops, refrigerators or any non-porous surface. This
product prevents cross contamination to keep your food safe.

Use Steramine either as a soaking method for dishes, glasses,
utensils, and other small items, or spray Steramine applications
for sanitizing non-porous surfaces that frequently come in contact
with food. One tablet makes a gallon of sanitizer that effectively
kills microorganisms and infectious bacteria found on non-porous
surfaces to help keep you and your family from falling ill! Unlike
bleach, Steramine quaternary tablets have no expiration date.

When used as directed, Stereamine effectively prevents the
transmission of infectious diseases like HIV-1, E. Coli, and

#20: White Vinegar.
Don't count on Vinegar to kill all germs. White vinegar or
hydrogen peroxide are effective homemade cleaners, according to
Web MD, but there's no evidence that they are effective against
Coronavirus because there have been no studies.

#21: Witch Hazel
Phenoxy ethanol Phenoxyethanol is a germicidal combination of
phenol ether, and aromatic alcohol. Ethanol is an alcohol.
hazel is an astringent that has an active ingredient of alcohol
(phehoxyethanol) that's usually around 14% by volume. That's
the ingredient that helps to relieve minor irritations from insect
bites and minor cuts and scrapes, not necessarily the witch hazel

#22: U.V. Light
Ultra Violet Light is capable of killing germs. Unfortunately, most
of the U.V. Lights available are made in China.

  • Right is the Germ Guardian air purifier and santizer that
    eliminates germs and mold with a UV-C light. This powerful
    little UV-C light helps kill airborne viruses such as influenza,
    staph, rhinovirus, and works with Titanium Dioxide to reduce
    volatile organic compounds. Only a single Germ Guardian UV
    C light bulb needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 months
    depending on use.

Many things will kill germs, but before we can get to the list of
things that destroy these germs that cause illness, it's important
to understand these tiny invisible enemies and how they operate.

  • What are germs? Essentially, germs are microscopic
    animals (including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses) that
    can cause disease.

  • How do germs survive? Germs need warmth, moisture and
    sustenance for survival, and they get these things from such
    things as food scraps, feces and live hosts (us humans).

  • How do germs transmit to humans? A virus can shed
    through bodily fluids, such as mucus and saliva that transmit
    mostly by coughing and sneezing, but also through blood
    and feces, for example. People get the bacteria or virus by
    touching where the germs land on surfaces and then, in turn,
    by bringing those germs into their body through touching
    ears, eyes, nose, mouth or other body cavities.

Summary of how to kill germs.

  • Wash hands to kill germs. Every time you sneeze, just
    before you eat, after you eat, after you clean. After you
    touch just about anything, you should wash your hands.

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