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Everything You Need to Know On How To Keep Your Home Germ Free

How to safely disinfect your home without expensive cleaners.

Dateline: Creve Coeur, MO. USA

By: Jeffrey L. Klump 10/10/20


News headlines are still full of articles and information on the CoronaVirus(Covid 19). It seems as if this is the only virus out there that people need to be informed about.

Any type of virus, like Corona, which is an upper respiratory illness, can be serious especially if it involves the lungs.

Keeping your home or office free of germs should be important to anyone who doesn’t want to be sick.

Time is not only money, but it is also something you only have a finite amount of during any given day. Who wants to be spending that finite resource in bed with a cold, the flu, or something else, like Coronavirus.


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So, one of the first things that you can do at home is when you come in from the outside, is to put your shoes in a cardboard box near the door where you came in from. That is something very simple you can do to prevent the spread of germs in your home. Remember, your shoes are on all outside surfaces including in grocery stores, gas stations, and public restrooms. It would be also a good idea to clean the top and bottom of your shoes at least twice a week with some natural botanical household cleaners that we will discuss later.

Your kitchen and bathrooms are by far the two places that will have the most germs because of what we do in those places. An exterminator told me once that bugs, including German roaches, ride into your home and in particular your kitchen, from the grocery store. They can attach themselves to your clothing or shopping bags and most people do not even notice them. Bugs contain germs and are most often found in these two rooms.

The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) has a list of household cleaners that they say can kill Coronavirus.

One of those products is Pine Sol. Pine Sol has been around a long time. Interesting, however, is that the EPA, on the same site that they approve Pine Sol as a destroyer of Coronavirus, also state that Toluene, which is contained in Pine Sol, is harmful to the human body, including if you inhale it.


You want your family to live in a safe environment. Stop spending money on harmful household cleaners and disinfectants. You want a disinfectant that contains thymol. Thymol is derived from the herb Thyme.  

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Toluene is a solvent and neurotoxin. It is used as a gasoline additive and is also used in making paint and paint thinners. Toluene is also a known carcinogen.

Pine Sol and cleaners like it, also contain, ammonium chloride. Ammonium chloride has several side effects including headache, shortness of breath, nausea, and cough, just to name of few.

Then there is bleach. Another household cleaner that many of us grew up on.

Many people are of the mindset that bleach is safe. Bleach is very irritating and corrosive to the skin, lungs, and eyes. As well, it has been known to burn human tissue internally or externally.  On top of this- it may cause skin rash, extreme headaches, migraines, muscle weakness, abdominal discomfort, esophageal perforation, nausea and vomiting. In addition, it can damage the nervous system. People that have a respiratory problem should avoid the use of bleach because it can worsen especially people suffering from asthma and allergies.

Coronavirus is an upper respiratory virus which also affects the lungs, so using a household cleaner with bleach, will only make matters worse, if in fact, you have the virus. Other symptoms may occur such as stinging sensation in the eyes and nose, coughing and breath shortness. Bleach fumes can accumulate and linger in poorly-ventilated homes. Indoor air becomes polluted with toxins, endangering the health of all those who breathe it in.

The EPA has also listed, earlier this year, household cleaners that contain Thymol.

Thymol is getting a lot of attention for different reasons. What is thymol? Thymol is an ingredient derived from the herb Thyme, which most people have heard of if they do any sort of cooking. It is also a component of the botanical essential thyme oil.

Thymol is an anti microbial, anti fungal, anti mycotic, anti inflammatory, and also an anti oxidant.

In 2007, a study was done in Croatia to find out the affects of thymol and essential thyme oil against molds from damp places. Here are the findings from that study. Essential thyme oil possesses a wide range spectrum of fungicidal activity. The vaporous phase of the oil exhibited long lasting suppressive activity on molds in damp dwellings. They went on to say that thymol was three times as strong as the essential oil of thyme in its fungicidal activity. Their final conclusion was that both thymol and essential thyme oil can be used for disinfection of moldy walls in dwellings and in low concentration.

A study in 2016 was conducted in the treatment of a cough in upper respiratory infections like Coronavirus using thymol, essential thyme oil and primrose oil. The conclusion of the study was that the natural extracts from these herbs were comparable to the synthetic drug Ambroxol and no side effects with these natural herbs.

So, does it make any sense to use the household cleaners that have been around for decades that we now know has these harmful chemicals and possibly more? Call me crazy but, if the directions on Pine Sol and Bleach tell you to wear a mask and gloves, why would you be cleaning your homes with it?

There are other inexpensive alternatives. For under $20.00 you can purchase a household cleaner that contains Thymol. The one that I have used for over 2 years is

Sol U Guard from Melaleuca. Sol U Guard also contains citric acid which is also anti microbial and anti fungal. Sol U Guard just happens to be one of the best selling products for Melaleuca because of the Coronavirus.

Everything you need to know on how to keep your home germ free doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

Germs will always be here and germs aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Like comedian George Carlin once said, your immune system needs to germs to practice on. That’s true.

It doesn’t however, make much sense in buying the cheaper household cleaners like Pine Sol or Bleach to detoxify your home, when in fact, it will be doing just the opposite.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

What Are the 3 WAYS ASSOCIATIONS CAN MAKE DECISIONS FAST IN A CRISIS?

3 WAYS ASSOCIATIONS CAN MAKE DECISIONS FAST IN A CRISIS

SPONSORED CONTENT FROM What’s this?VISIT INDY / SEP 10, 2020


In the pandemic, every moment matters—and Indy is making moves.

It might be human nature to freeze in the face of crisis. But the only way for businesses to navigate through sudden upheaval is with speed and agility. Quick, data-driven decision making must lead the way for all aspects of associations—from meeting planners grappling with the transition to a virtual event, to membership teams struggling to keep members engaged.

Consider what’s known as the SODA loop. The acronym stands for scan (the circumstances), orient (to the changes), decide (on an effective response), and act fast to implement it. In crises, businesses that successfully tighten that loop will come out on top when the dust settles. Here are some tips for how to make it happen.

ORGANIZE A COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS.

When the pandemic began impacting events in March, the Indy Convention Center evaluated the situation and moved swiftly to adapt. It changed air filtration systems and sanitization protocols, revamped the floor plan for greater capacity, and invested more than $7 million in overall improvements.

“Indy was built to host major events. It’s what we do,” explains Roberta Tisdul, the director of convention services for Visit Indy. “After years of hosting Final Fours, large-scale conventions, and a Super Bowl, we have perfected the local organizing committee concept. By including leaders representing the full spectrum of the hospitality industry, we are able to form a united front.”

Adapting that organizing committee model, the team created the Indy Tourism Recovery Task Force, which provided a platform to orchestrate unified city-wide safety and hospitality guidelines.

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BUILD AND ADAPT INFRASTRUCTURE.

The ability to react swiftly in changing times is easier when a business already has some infrastructure in place to prepare for eventualities. But crisis can also be an opportunity to build upon or even set up new infrastructures that guide the business into a changed future.

Indy found itself well prepared when circumstances called to pivot to new space restrictions mandated by the city as well as an increase of hybrid and virtual meeting requests. First, the city had the space: The Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, connected by an enclosed skywalk, combine for nearly 750,000 square feet of exhibit space, more than 80 breakout rooms, and three ballrooms. But the Indiana Convention Center also worked quickly to revise floor plans with built-in six-foot physical distancing measures. These new protocols allowed Indy to host more than 40,000 attendees across 18 events amid eased restrictions in August.

“Each of these meeting groups proactively worked with Visit Indy, the Indiana Convention Center, hotels, and the Marion County Health Department to have their health and safety plan approved,” Tisdul explains. “That’s the team mentality here in Indy.”

For hybrid meetings, and the need to connect virtual attendees with the destination, Indy has developed video content that can be customized for breaks—from zen time lapses to mixologist recipes to virtual workouts.

Internet bandwidth has also become essential to hosting large-scale streaming events. And the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium offers 21 gigabits per second of bandwidth, more than 2,000 Wi-Fi access points between both venues, and free Wi-Fi available in public areas.

COMMUNICATE AND COLLABORATE.

A strong team can harness its effective collaboration and communication strategies to weather a crisis from a unified position.

“We’ve always known the hospitality community in Indy is one team, yet this pandemic solidified it,” Tisdul says. “From hotels, to A/V companies, to the city—we’re all working to find solutions to the evolving challenges. Indy was one of the first cities to resume hosting large meetings, and to do that safely required a vast amount of collaboration.”

But the midst of an emergency is not an ideal time to put that team framework into place; rather, teamwork should be a goal organizations strive to build every day.

“Quick decision-making is really indicative of the people and processes you have in place even before a crisis strikes,” Tisdul says. “Combine a productive, positive, and progressive attitude with a proven track record in hosting large events and you have a team that is ready to weather this storm and come out stronger than ever.”


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