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    Cleaning Products Can Kill The COVID-19 Virus. Here’s What to Use in Your House – ScienceAlert - March 31, 2020 by admin

    COVID-19 has only been around for a few months, so at this point scientists don't know that much about it. But more is being learned every day.

    We now know, for example, it can live on surfaces for up to nine days and survives in the air for a few hours. We also now know that the virus particles are shed through saliva and fluids coughed up from the lungs. And that the virus can also be shed from our faeces.

    It's easy for an infected person to spread the virus particles through coughing, touching other people or leaving the virus on surfaces.

    Undoubtedly, hand-washing after being in public spaces is key to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But what should we be doing in our homes to eliminate it?

    Two recent studies have investigated how long coronaviruses survive on different surfaces. The research looked at a number of different viruses including SARS-CoV-2 the coronavirus that has caused COVID-19. And it found that the survival times varied according to the type of surface.

    The virus survived for longest on stainless steel and plastic for up to nine days. The shortest survival times of one day was for paper and cardboard.

    Table of time surviving in air and on surfaces. (Lena Ciric)

    The amount of virus particles during this time does reduce, but it's worrying that the particles can last for days rather than hours or minutes on a surface.

    So, how good are the cleaning products already in your cupboards at killing SARS-CoV-2? There is some good news in the list below.

    Soap and water are your first line of defence to remove the virus from surfaces. Soap interferes with the fats in the virus shell and lift the virus from surfaces and this is then rinsed off by water.

    Of course, you also need to wash your hands when you come in from the shops and wash your food as normal.

    The active ingredient in bleach sodium hypochlorite is very effective at killing the virus. Make sure you leave the bleach to work for 10-15 minutes then give the surface a wipe with a clean cloth.

    The bleach works by destroying the protein and what's known as the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of the virus this is the substance that gives the blueprint for making more virus particles when you become infected. Be sure to use the bleach as directed on the bottle.

    Surgical spirit is mostly made up of the alcohol ethanol. Ethanol has been shown to kill coronaviruses in as little as 30 seconds. Like bleach, the alcohol destroys the protein and RNA that the virus is made up of.

    Moisten a cloth with some neat surgical spirit and rub it over a surface. This will evaporate and you will not need to wipe it off.

    The active ingredient in surface wipes is an antiseptic usually benzalkonium chloride. The wipes work by physically removing germs through the pressure you apply when you use them, and the germs then attach to the wipe.

    They also leave a layer of the antiseptic on the surface that works to kill germs. The antiseptic works well on bacteria as well as on coronaviruses that infect mice and dogs but it seems to make no difference to the spread of human coronavirus.

    Antiseptics work by disrupting the fats in pathogen cells, but SARS-CoV-2 does not contain many fats. So far, there is no evidence that antiseptics can kill human coronaviruses.

    A word of warning though about hand sanitisers. The main ingredient in hand sanitisers that will kill SARS-CoV-2 is ethanol, the alcohol in surgical spirit. But its concentration in the sanitiser is very important it has to be over 70 percent or it will not kill the virus effectively.

    One thing you can also do is make sure you air out the spaces you are spending time in regularly. An infected person will produce thousands of tiny droplets which contain the virus every time they cough.

    SARS-CoV-2 can survive in the air for up to three hours. So by opening the window, you can remove and disperse the droplets and reduce the amount of virus in the air which will reduce the risk of infection for others.

    We are living in uncertain times but it's reassuring to know that we have some weapons we can use to fight COVID-19 in our homes.

    The bottom line: keep washing your hands, use 70 percent hand sanitiser, dust off the bleach and open a window to let in the spring air.

    Lena Ciric, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, UCL.

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    Window cleaner finds way to thrive during slowdown – The Daily Courier - March 31, 2020 by admin

    Trying times call for innovative solutions.

    Rather than close up shop and send everyone home, which is what most businesses are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Next Level Window Cleaning of Kelowna has stepped it up.

    We emailed all our past clients and everyone we know to let them know were still open for business, said owner Brandon Gawdun.

    And rather than just do the typical special offer, we decided for every window cleaning booked in March we would donate $29 to the B.C. Schizophrenia Society, because mental health is so important.

    To comply with social distancing and the fact people dont want outsiders in their homes right now, Next Level has suspended all indoor window cleaning.

    But we can certainly do all our regular outdoor services like exterior window washing, gutter cleaning, moss treatments (on roofs), pressure washing and soft wash, said Gawdun.

    And its been going very well. I have two crews of two guys each out right now, which is the same as I had last year in March. Hiring is going ahead to add two more crews next month.

    Next Level follows all WorkSafeBC and Canadian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

    Payment can be arranged by phone or email when you book an appointment at LiveNextLevel.ca so window cleaners can simply arrive and do the work without having to knock on your door.

    Demand for house washing and deck cleaning with pressure washing and soft wash has gone up with the pandemic.

    The solution used in such washes is hot water, detergent and bleach a cleaning and disinfecting that kills all viruses, including the novel coronavirus.

    Weve actually pivoted with our soft wash truck to offer not just residential washes, but washes for grocery stores and pharmacies that want outdoor washes, said Gawdun.

    A soft wash or pressure wash typically costs $300 to $350, outdoor window cleaning averages $200 to $250, moss treatment usually runs $500 and gutter cleaning costs $200.

    With people spending more time at home and controlling what they can control, window cleaning has really come to the forefront, said Gawdun.

    Its part of having a calm, healthy, clean home that promotes feeling good and good mental health.

    That puts a lot of onus on window cleaning, along with the indoor cleaning, decluttering and organizing people may be doing with more time on their hands at home during COVID-19 isolation.

    Im optimistic if we come together as a community and follow all government protocols quickly and strictly, as tough as they may be, we can overcome this rough time together and enjoy a beautiful Okanagan summer on the other side of it, said Gawdun.

    This too shall pass. Stay positive my friends.

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    Open for Business | The Window Guys – 13WMAZ.com - March 31, 2020 by admin

    MACON, Ga. We at 13WMAZ want to support our small business community during what could be a difficult time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. That's why we're spotlighting those who are still "Open for Business," and operating in a safe manner.

    This is the time of year when you may be thinking of cleaning up the outside of your home or business.

    A Central Georgia company is still "open for business" and is taking that deep clean a step further.

    The Window Guys is an exterior cleaning company. They clean siding, windows, concrete and gutters.

    Now they're adding playgrounds to that list.

    Owner Chris Belflower and his five person crew are donating their cleaning services to all Macon-Bibb public elementary school playgrounds.

    They cleaned four playgrounds on Friday and have 16 more to do.

    The goal is to give students a nice, fresh and clean place to play when they eventually return to school.

    "In times like this it's just really important to stay positive, try to keep momentum going as a leader of your business and a leader of your team, make sure you're sending a positive message to your employees and your community," Belflower said.

    If you'd like to learn more about The Window Guys, you can call 478-216-8468 or follow them on their Facebook page.

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    Tips for cleaning cars in the COVID-19 era – The Daily News Online - March 31, 2020 by admin

    The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly changing how people live their everyday lives.

    Motorists who are driving during the outbreak will want to do their part to prevent the virus from being carried inside their vehicle.

    Conveniently, most household cleaners that kill coronavirus are safe to use on a car interior without causing damage. Cleaning solutions that are at least 70 percent alcohol are effective against coronavirus, and they are generally very safe on car interiors, according to AAA Automotive and AAA Insurance.

    Follow these tips to disinfect your vehicle:

    Dont use bleach and hydrogen peroxide cleaners. Though they can kill coronavirus, they might also damage the cars upholstery.

    When cleaning out-of-the-ordinary surfaces such as suede, Alcantara (synthetic suede) or older headliners, its smart to check the owners manual for automaker recommendations.

    Take time to give your car a thorough cleaning while wearing disposable gloves. You may want to vacuum and remove any trash or debris if necessary. Clean dirty surfaces using detergent or soap and water before disinfecting.

    When using your disinfectant solution, dont just wipe the obvious areas like the steering wheel and door handles. Make sure you clean the complete interior of the vehicle.

    You can follow up by applying protectant to the interior surfaces. Professional detailers use products that preserve the original factory finish, which usually has a natural matte or satin appearance. Avoid silicone-based protectants that leave a shiny, greasy finish that tends to attract dust.

    Use an alcohol-based window cleaner for all window surfaces. This should work for touchscreen displays as well but consult your cars manual to be safe.

    To be thorough, clean the carpets and floors. Carpets can be cleaned by spraying a suitable detergent solution on spots, using a brush to work it in, then rubbing with a towel to remove the stain and cleaner.

    Cleaning dirtier areas, particularly floor mats and cargo area carpeting, may require the use of a carpet steam cleaner equipped with a hand-held attachment. Cloth upholstery is cleaned in much the same manner as carpets.

    Now that your car is clean, keep some disinfectant wipes on hand to routinely wipe off commonly touched areas.

    Continue to keep your car tidy and disinfected, and maybe add an air freshener to complete that new car feel.

    See the CDCs full list of disinfectants that can kill COVID-19 virus online at https://tinyurl.com/uf5kbyc.

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    Coronavirus Q&A: 15 questions on work, holidays and everyday life answered – ITV News - March 31, 2020 by admin

    We know you have many questions about coronavirus and how it's impacting your life - so ITV News is putting your questions to the experts in a special weekly programme, called Coronavirus: Q&A.

    The programme is broadcast every Monday at 8pm on ITV.

    In this week's programme, Consumer Editor Chris Choi answered some of the many questions ITV News viewers and readers sent in about how the outbreak is affecting your health work, travel and your everyday life.

    These are the answers to the questions Chris answered on the programme, plus other questions we didn't have time to include on air.

    Steven: I am classed as extremely vulnerable but can't get a supermarket delivery slot. My food supply is getting very low what am I meant to do?

    Answer: If friends, family or neighbours can help, make sure they leave supplies on the doorstep and do not enter your home.

    Please dont be shy to ask for help.

    Don't feel alone.

    Volunteers and food banks are operating in many areas, check local papers and online.

    The Government is sending free basic food parcels, 50,000 this week.

    You can register for support on the Government's coronavirus website - or call the number included in the NHS letter being sent to the extremely vulnerable.

    Chloe: I am on a zero-hours contract, I'm not earning any money. What help can I get?

    Answer: Employees on zero hours contracts are eligible for the Government job retention scheme.

    If you and your employer agree, you can be put on furlough which puts your job on hold.

    It pays you 80% of your usual income up to 2,500 a month.

    This will be based on your average monthly earnings.

    Natalie: If someone is high risk and advised to take 12 weeks off work - does the Government pay for this period of time?

    Answer: If you are an employee remaining at home on government advice you should get Statutory Sick Pay, as long as you usually earn more than 118 per week.

    You will get this from day one.

    Dean: As a window cleaner, I work on my own and rarely make contact with customers as they pay online. Should I get back out to work?

    Answer: Official advise is to work from home if you can you certainly can't.

    People stuck inside need to be able to see outside - so Im sure youll be appreciated.

    Work carefully, there's a big campaign to prevent accidents at the moment because nobody want to distract the NHS.

    Michael: My wife works as a supermarket checkout operator but has received a GP letter telling her to socially distance for two weeks. Can she be furloughed?

    Answer: Furlough is for if the work isn't there any more but as we know supermarkets are busy and staff are doing amazing work.

    If you are told to self-isolate, you can get sick pay from day one of your time off.

    It's usually 94.25 per week.

    Mr Spence: I'm a refuse collector. Should we be wearing extra protection?

    Answer: We know the virus can live on surfaces for days.

    Some councils are asking people to put used tissues and cleaning cloths aside perhaps in a bag for 72 hours before placing in the bins.

    Refuse collectors wear gloves which should protect them - washing after a shift will be more vital than ever.

    Lucy: We are due to go to Bali mid-June, while my son is due to go inter-railing in mid-July. What are the chances we will be allowed to travel?

    Answer: The current advice against travel only lasts until April 15, but it's likely to be extended.

    Restrictions in all destinations are now hard to predict.

    Its the same advice to anyone who has booked a summer holiday - dont cancel yet or you will lose your money.

    If the travel ban is extended and travel firms cancel holidays you will be entitled to refunds - so best to wait for now.

    Katie: Ive booked a holiday to Cyprus in September, should I pay the next instalment?

    Answer: If you keep up the payments you will get a refund if the holiday gets cancelled.

    If you dont pay you are likely to lose what you have already paid.

    Consumer group Which? recommends paying the full balance in this situation - but not until after April 16, as the official advice will have been updated by then and the situation may be clearer.

    Kay: Can my family of four can travel by car from the north-east of England to go to a family funeral in south Yorkshire?

    Answer: Condolences for your loss.

    Yes you can travel for a funeral.

    You can also stay in a hotel overnight if you need to when attending a funeral.

    Once you are at the funeral you must remain two metres away from others.

    Richard: What is a person in isolation supposed to do to top-up pre-payment gas and electricity meters?

    Answer: On average, energy for a two-week isolation would cost 46.

    Ask family and friends to top up cards for you staying two metres away at all times.

    Some firms have increased the amount of emergency reserve, for example Npower from 7 to 45, Eon 5 to 50.

    Others like British Gas say you can call them or go online.

    Michael: Can you tell me is it possible to get a simple thing like a haircut?

    Answer: Salons and barbers are shut and could be for some time.

    If a member of your household has these skills, great.

    As a warning to all, take a look at some terrible results of home haircuts posted on social media.

    It may be time to consider a hat.

    Maureen: I am in the vulnerable category for a food delivery. What safety measures should we adopt when unpacking food deliveries?

    Answer: Shopping should be left on your doorstep.

    Unpack it, carefully discard the packing, then wash your hand thoroughly.

    A new study from Princeton University shows the virus can survive on packaging up to three days.

    Sharon: I am in the "at risk" group but have to walk my dog. I am really worried about coronavirus being passed on via pets.

    Answer: Getting out into the fresh air for exercise can do you good but stay two metres away from others.

    Official UK Government advice is that there is no evidence pets can be infected with coronavirus.

    However, the problem is that dogs dont do social distancing.

    If they get patted by other people they can carry virus into your home not a big risk, but just wash your hands after stroking pets.

    We are now living in an era when humans are looking forward to their daily walkies as much as the dogs.

    Denise: Is there any provision to waive payments for student accommodation where students are back home with parents and unable to travel back?

    Answer: Some campuses are offering refunds - not all.

    Most students in halls of residence have a fixed term agreement contract.

    You can get out of it only if the landlord agrees, or if you have a break clause in the contract.

    Accommodation providers will be judged according to how well they treat people so some may be persuaded it's in their interests to release students from their contacts.

    Shirley: I have a weekly cleaner, which I need for health reasons. Should she still be coming?

    Answer: If you are in the vulnerable group anyone coming into your home carries extra risk, so avoid using your cleaner if possible.

    If your cleaner is needed on health grounds and neither of you is in the category that should be isolating (ie. you have symptoms or have been exposed to somebody that has), arrange things so you are able to keep six feet apart.

    One aspect of this crisis is that cleaners have become more recognised and valued for what they do.

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    The Citizen’s community bulletin board: Good deeds and more during COVID-19 – The Citizen - March 31, 2020 by admin

    Linda Johnson, of Auburn, thanks her neighbor Jessica Gasparro for gifting people in the community with red bows recently. Cards attached to the bows say they honor and support health care workers in the community. Gasparro has also tied bows around some trees on Genesee Street downtown, and near Auburn Community Hospital.

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    MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora has begun making reusable masks for local first responders and health care workers, including Auburn Community Hospital, Cayuga Correctional Facility and local New York State Police barracks. The retailer is also in talks with local nursing homes. The team previously responsible for creating and sewing bags and other small home decor items is working on the masks, and hopes to send out 500 a week for the foreseeable future.

    The family of Marilyn Kirk Zeyak is asking the community to wish her a happy 80th birthday by sending cards to her at 2329 Dodd Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23454. Marilyn was born and raised in Auburn, and her family was planning a surprise party for March 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn before they were forced to cancel it due to the coronavirus.

    The Moravia Hope Pantry is serving triple the usual number of families at this time, and so the pantry is seeking donations of money and nonperishable food. Money can be sent to P.O. Box 462, 66 Aurora St., Moravia, and food can be placed in the tubs outside the entrance at that same address.

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    Celebrities on clean-up duty: how Katrina Kaif, Joan Collins and more are helping out around the house – The National - March 31, 2020 by admin

    Doing the dishes, taking out the garbage and whipping up home-cooked meals are commonplace for us mere mortals but there is something rather refreshing about seeing our favourite celebrities do the same/

    With A-listers around the world quarantined or self-isolating, many have taken to social media to show themselves performing everyday household chores. From window cleaning to sweeping the floor, heres a look at how some celebrities are pulling their weight around the house.

    Some have even sent out appreciative messages to their regular house-help, acknowledging the work they do and giving them the kudos they deserve.

    The Bollywood actress has been extremely active around the house, judging by her Instagram account. Last week she put up a post explaining that, with her house helper self-isolating, she and her sister, Isabelle Kaif, were taking turns to do the dishes. She even uploaded a short tutorial to show people (who may have forgotten) the right way to clean dishes (that also saves water).

    This really makes you appreciate all the help we have at home, she captioned the post.

    However, that wasnt the end of it. Two days later, she put up another post showing her sweeping the floor. Were all doing our part, she said in the caption, adding that it was really good exercise.

    The award-winning British actress, 86, is not having any house help over as she stays in self-isolation. Instead, Collins shared a picture on her social media, showcasing her and husband Percy Gibson cleaning out their house. While shes spotted cleaning the windows, Gibson seems to be on make-the-bed duty. Well, somebody has to do it, reads her caption.

    Although not technically an everyday chore, Bollywood actress Sharma got quite a lot of attention online when she posted a sweet video of herself cutting husband Kohlis hair. This is what quarantine does to you, the cricketer joked in the video, which has accrued four 4 million views in a day.

    The British singer-songwriter has posting regularly about her self-quarantine, and has even been sharing her playlists online. Heres a video of the singer washing dishes while belting out a tune.

    The model and cookbook author famously knows and loves all things food, so it comes as no surprise that Teigen has spent a good part of her social isolation whipping up a storm in the kitchen with husband John Legend and their children. She recently made headlines when she shared pictures of a banana bread she baked, which she then offered to trade online with anyone who could give the family lettuce. YouTube star Chris Klemens took up the offer and later shared a funny picture of their social-distancing-friendly swap.

    Teigen isnt the only celebrity spending her lockdown baking. Earlier this week, Kapoor shared a picture of herself baking a cake for her family and staff while practising social distancing, using the hashtag #stayhome.

    Indian actor and model Shukla is certainly keeping busy, too. The star recently posted a four-minute YouTube video showcasing him doing a number of household chores, including chopping onions, dusting and washing the dishes.

    Meanwhile, Arora Khan told fans all about her love for cooking. In a bid to stay safe and healthy, the star took to making a vegetable stew, with a recipe she borrowed from her mother. She shared the process on Instagram, reminding people to stay home. I hope you too utilise this time to do something positive and healthy. Stay calm and stay safe, she added.

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    How to Clean and Disinfect All Your Gadgets – How-To Geek - March 31, 2020 by admin

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    Whether you want to protect against COVID-19 or just give all your gadgets a deep-clean while youre stuck at home, nows the ideal time! Heres how you can safely clean your tech gadgets, without damaging anything.

    Prior to the coronavirus, companies like Apple advised consumers not to use anything harsher than a damp cloth and some elbow grease to clean their gadgets. Unfortunately, that wont kill bacteria or viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

    In light of the recent outbreak, Apple has changed its tunewhen it comes to disinfecting your iPhone:

    Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Dont use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and dont submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.

    Many of the instructions for cleaning gadgets prior to this announcement still stand, as well, though. Damp cloths, soap, and elbow grease are still great if you need to remove stuck-on grime or dirt. To disinfect, though, you have to use a product that contains enough alcohol to kill potentially harmful microbes.

    When it comes to hand sanitizer, the CDC advised:

    Laboratory data demonstrate that 60 percent ethanol and 70 percent isopropanol, the active ingredients in CDC-recommended alcohol-based hand sanitizers, inactivates viruses that are genetically related to, and with similar physical properties as, the 2019-nCoV.

    Regardless of manufacturer instructions, if you want to effectively disinfect, you need a cleaning spray of at least 60 percent ethanol (like Dettol) or rubbing alcohol with a 70 percent concentration or more.

    However, theres a small risk this might damage your hardware; youll have to decide whether its worth it.

    RELATED: How to Safely Clean Your iPhone With Disinfecting Wipes

    You can clean your smartphone with disinfecting wipesor use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the screen and chassis. The biggest danger is that you will accelerate the wear on the oleophobic (oil repelling) coating on the display.

    This coating wears away over time, anywayif youve had your device for a while, much of it is probably already gone. Fortunately, it can be reapplied with surprisingly good results, if you want to restore that shiny new phone look.

    If you keep your phone in a case, you can remove it and wash the case thoroughly in hot soapy water. While doing so, you can also use an alcohol-based disinfectant on the rest of your phone. You should never submerge your phone in water or any other liquid, despite its waterproof rating.

    To protect your phone or tablet (particularly the screen), you should avoid harsh cleaners, like bleach, window cleaners, creme cleansers, or any other detergent-based agents. These will definitely destroy the oleophobic coating, and might even leave your screen streaky or foggy.

    The same advice applies to tablets, as well, as theyre essentially just large smartphones.

    RELATED: How to Disinfect Your Smartphone

    You can clean a laptopinside and outif you have the right tools. You can use compressed air to blow out the dust. Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol will disinfect the keyboard and other high-touch surfaces. You might want to be a little more careful with the screen, particularly if its plastic, as alcohol and other chemicals might destroy the finish.

    A variety of cleaning products (including purpose-built brushes)will make this job easier. If youre particularly worried about heat dissipation, you can try to remove dust inside the chassiseither by opening it up or blasting it out. If youre cleaning a MacBook, make sure youre informedabout Apples unique cooling system.

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    Since the majority of modern touchscreens are glass, you should be able to use an alcohol-based cleaner on a hybrid or convertible laptop.

    Keyboards are fairly resilient, so most of us dont replace them often. This also means theyre usually covered in germs, caked with grime, and filled with fluff and hair. You can clean most keyboards piece-by-piece.

    To get started, remove the keys and clean them with a cloth or brush. Use compressed air to blast any dust or crumbs out of the chassis.

    You can buy purpose-built brushes and hand vacuums, but these are unnecessary if you remove the keycaps for a deep clean.

    Isopropyl alcohol and ethanol will help kill potentially infectious microbes. Some people go nuclear and put their (wired) keyboards in the dishwasher. Provided you dry it out thoroughly before you plug it back in, thisshould work. However, you might damage the finish or keys, so we dont recommend it for everyone.

    Warning:Never put a wireless keyboard that features an integrated battery in the dishwasher!

    Cleaning your keyboard isnt only good for hygiene, it might even improve your typing experience. Since grime builds up on the switches, removing anything that makes your keys feel mushy should make your keyboard feel new again.

    RELATED: How to Thoroughly Clean Your Keyboard (Without Breaking Anything)

    You can follow many of the same cleaning procedures you would use for a keyboardto sanitize your computer mouse, too. Because your mouse is frequently in contact with your hand, alcohol-based cleaners are great for killing bacteria and other invisible nasties.

    For those hard-to-reach places, dip a Q-tip in some alcohol and get to work. A wooden toothpick might also help you scrape any grime out of nooks and crannies. The key is to lightly clean your mouse often to prevent dirt from building up and discoloring the plastic.

    In-ear headphones, like Apple AirPods, can get gross, fast. Fortunately, there are many great tricks for cleaning them, including a damp cloth, Blu Tack, and cotton balls. As always, isopropyl alcohol is the ideal solution if you want to fully disinfect.

    Headphones are different, as they dont sit inside your ears. How you clean them ultimately depends on the material the ear cups are made of. Make sure you consult the manufacturers specific instructions to avoid damaging your headphones.

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    In many cases, a quick wipe around the ear cups with a damp cloth should be enough to spruce things up. If you want to disinfect them, use isopropyl alcohol on the solid surfaces, buttons, and plug (if theyre wired).

    If youve never cleaned your game controllers, youre in for a shock. They can get really filthy, and dirt and grime can hide in all sorts of places. You can usealcohol and Q-tips to deep-clean your game controllers.Use a toothpick to pry dirt out of those hard-to-reach places.

    If youve spilled soda on any of your controllers, theyre probably sticky. You might be able touse a plastic straw and some rubbing alcohol to fix spongey buttons without opening the shell. Just saturate the buttons with alcohol, and then agitate with the straw.

    RELATED: How to Safely Clean Your Nasty Game Controllers

    Your computer case also needs a regular cleaning, but for different reasons than your smartphone or game controllers. PCs are dust magnets, and dust hinders heat dissipation. Since heat kills computer components, its a good idea to remove as much dust from your PC case as possible on a regular basis.

    This is no small undertaking, and you have to take care not to damage any components in the process. Also, make sure youre grounded to avoid static discharge.

    Warning:Never under any circumstances should you use a vacuum to clean a computer case.

    For best results, clean individual components (like the graphics card) outside the case. Take this opportunity to perform any other necessary maintenance, like replacing the thermal paste,or installing additional fans, RAM, or storage.

    After the case is clean, you might want to think about where its located. If its on the floor, it might be sucking up more dust than it would on a shelf or desk.

    RELATED: How To Thoroughly Clean Your Dirty Desktop Computer

    Most monitors and TV screens arent designed to be touched. This is why theyre rarely made of glass, which means theyre far less resilient than a smartphone or tablet.

    To avoid permanently damaging your monitor, you should clean it only with a damp cloth. Avoid harsh cleaning sprays, like Windex, or anything that contains detergent. These chemicals can (and will) damage the surface of the screen, leave streaks, or even make the display foggy and difficult to see. Plus, once you damage the surface, theres no going back.

    Some monitors and televisions have cooling fans inside. Depending on its technology, dusting the back, sides, or top of your monitor can really help with heat dissipation. Since heat is the enemy of all things electronic, removing dust buildup should help extend the life of the display.

    RELATED: The How-To Geek Guide to Cleaning Your LCD Monitor Screen

    Once upon a time, most computers and games consoles were made of off-white plastic. Over the years, these machines have discolored terribly due to the bromine in ABS plastic. Fortunately, you can use a solution called Retr0bright to restore retro consoles and home computers to a like-new appearance.

    It uses around 10 percent hydrogen peroxide to bleach the plastic, and you do have to disassemble the machine. Youll also need safety equipment, like gloves and goggles, and a well-ventilated space in which to work.

    RELATED: How to Clean Old, Yellowed Plastic on Retro Computers and Game Systems

    Youll spend less time cleaning your gadgets if you dont wait until theyre caked in grime to do it. Its also a lot more hygienic to clean them regularly. This is especially true for gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and laptops, as theyre regularly exposed to your hands.

    If you were concerned enough to read this far, you also might want to stop answering phone calls the old-fashioned way.

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    House Cleaning Services Market 2020: Analysis Of The Industry By Size, Share, Consumption, Demand, Growth, Revenues, Key Companies, Types,… - March 31, 2020 by admin

    With industry-standard accuracy in analysis and high data integrity, the report makes a brilliant attempt to unveil key opportunities available in the global House Cleaning Services market to help players in achieving a strong market position. Buyers of the report can access verified and reliable market forecasts, including those for the overall size of the global House Cleaning Services market in terms of revenue.

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    In the competitive analysis section of the report, leading as well as prominent players of the global House Cleaning Services market are broadly studied on the basis of key factors. The report offers comprehensive analysis and accurate statistics on revenue by the player for the period 2015-2020. It also offers detailed analysis supported by reliable statistics on price and revenue (global level) by player for the period 2015-2020.

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    The report offers an exhaustive geographical analysis of the global House Cleaning Services market, covering important regions, viz, North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Central & South America. It also covers key countries (regions), viz, U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, etc.

    The report includes country-wise and region-wise market size for the period 2015-2026. It also includes market size and forecast by each application segment in terms of revenue for the period 2015-2026.

    The following players are covered in this report:ISSDussmann Service VietnameseAEON DelightBaguio Green GroupAtalianHES IndonesiaOne and One Cleaning ServicesBuilworkAyasan VietnamDomesticONETrustindo UtamaKMAC InternationalHiremop Pte LtdWhissh

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    House Cleaning Services Breakdown Data by TypeWindow CleaningVacuumingFloor CareOther

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    1 Report Overview1.1 Study Scope1.2 Key Market Segments1.3 Players Covered: Ranking by House Cleaning Services Revenue1.4 Market Analysis by Type1.4.1 Global House Cleaning Services Market Size Growth Rate by Type: 2020 VS 20261.4.2 Window Cleaning1.4.3 Vacuuming1.4.4 Floor Care1.4.5 Other1.5 Market by Application1.5.1 Global House Cleaning Services Market Share by Application: 2020 VS 20261.5.2 Commercial1.5.3 Residential1.6 Study Objectives1.7 Years Considered

    2 Global Growth Trends by Regions2.1 House Cleaning Services Market Perspective (2015-2026)2.2 House Cleaning Services Growth Trends by Regions2.2.1 House Cleaning Services Market Size by Regions: 2015 VS 2020 VS 20262.2.2 House Cleaning Services Historic Market Share by Regions (2015-2020)2.2.3 House Cleaning Services Forecasted Market Size by Regions (2021-2026)2.3 Industry Trends and Growth Strategy2.3.1 Market Top Trends2.3.2 Market Drivers2.3.3 Market Challenges2.3.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis2.3.5 House Cleaning Services Market Growth Strategy2.3.6 Primary Interviews with Key House Cleaning Services Players (Opinion Leaders)

    3 Competition Landscape by Key Players3.1 Global Top House Cleaning Services Players by Market Size3.1.1 Global Top House Cleaning Services Players by Revenue (2015-2020)3.1.2 Global House Cleaning Services Revenue Market Share by Players (2015-2020)

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    Spanish Tourists expelled from Indian Airport at gunpoint and covered in disinfectant for fear of contagion – Euro Weekly News - March 31, 2020 by admin

    A Spanish National tells his own story in India where he was forced to hide in a hotel in the face of assaults on foreigners.

    THE Spanish national was a 38-year-old chef from Barcelona who went to Indian to check first-hand the progress of NGO Unstoppable, a fund he set up to help poor children who could not afford to go to school.

    Manuel de Luca, a 38-year-old chef from Barcelona, arrived in India on January 17 to check the operation of the NGO Unstoppable, and along with 60 other foreign tourists found India initially warm and welcome. However with the news of the Coronavirus sweeping the country things soon changed to be sour.

    The school was in Bodh Gaya, in the northeast of the country situated in a paradisiacal archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean, already close to Thailand, the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

    A kind of Canary Islands, but with a large extension of a nature reserve in which tribes still live shooting with arrows at outsiders, completely isolated from the rest of the world, he summarised by phone.

    Like many tourists, and in view of the information that came to him from Spain, De Luca decided to stay in Neil, one of the smallest islands in the archipelago, where not a single case of Covid-19 had been registered.

    However, on the night of the 18th, the owner of the inn where he was staying made him leave his room with other tourists and were met at reception by a group of armed policemen, with very bad manners, then summoned to leave the island in a boat thatwas leaving that same morning.

    No papers, no documents, nothing: all to taxis and all to the ship, he recalls.They had been taking tourists out of hotels on all the islands and they gathered us on that boat that took us to the main island, Port Blair, and from there directly to the airport, always escorted by the police.They pushed us armed with submachine guns and sticks andtold us move !, move !, like stinking cattle,says De Luca, who recorded the moment in a video.

    At Port Blair airport they were forced to buy a plane ticket to Calcutta or Chennai, which was leaving an hour later. While we were waiting in line we had to put up with airport cleaning staff spraying like window cleaners, he recalls.

    Finally, and after speaking with the Consulate General of Spain, they decided to go to Chennai, because there were fewer cases of Covid-19 than in Calcutta.

    The consulate advised Calcutta because there were more people and perhaps more flights to leave, but almost the entire group opted for Chennai, explains De Luca. Since this article there has been no more contact with Manuel de Luca, we will continue to scour the news feeds for more information, so please check back daily for updates on this story.

    Watch the video below of Police violence in India. Courtesy: Halida News

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