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Stay Safe From The H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu: Bleach Is The #1 Disinfectant

Updated on April 29, 2009

Many years ago I lived in a lovely house in a rural area of the Pacific Coast of Canada. Looking out of my bay window all I saw were rolling verdant hills dotted with contented cows chewing cud (such poetic alliteration!) and a brilliant sparkling lake. Absolute heaven.

However, after living there for a while, I have learned why those hills are so verdant. That area is very lucky to have the same climate 12 months a year, unfortunately that climate is cool and moist. In one specific and unforgettable summer (although I wish I could forget it) we had about five days where temperatures reached the mid to high 20s C / high 70s F. The rest of the time was in the teens C / low 60s F with a little sun, a little cloud and a lot of drizzle and rain. A lot. Like entire weeks where the sun never shone. Not even once. Nothing but the liquid form of sunshine!

I'm a Southern Italian who lived in the California desert for almost twenty years and I couldn't have undergone a more profound climatic shock if I'd moved to Mars. I kept looking out the window and shaking my head.

Although that may not have been a perfect environment for those accustomed to a more Mediterranean climate, it was the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew. This stuff grew everywhere, not just in the shower stall. It was all over my bedroom wall, on every windowsill, and all along the baseboards. If left to its own devices, it would soon cover every surface of the house in gray-green velvet.

Unfortunately that house didn't have a garage so that the mould started to grow on one side of my Lincoln Town Car. If you've never seen a car that size with a side that looks like it was covered in green shag carpeting, consider yourself lucky.

Before it invaded that house, however, that mould didn't take into consideration that it shared its new accommodation with the infamous “Bleachinator!” An empty window cleaner spray bottle filled with undiluted household bleach, and it's “Hasta la vista, baby!” You definitely have to try this in your own home.

Yes, wear rubber gloves first and try not to spray the undiluted bleach on yourself, your clothes or anything else that can be damaged by it. (No, I didn't use it on the side of my new Town Car. . . I let the local automotive detailer figure out a way to scrape that gunk off. ) Now give the affected area a couple of sprays and sit back to watch what happens. It looks like a special effect in a movie. It's almost as if Scotty (Lord rest his Canuck soul) beamed the mould up to the Enterprise. You can see it literally disappear before your eyes.

This is a very effective demonstration of the swift effects of good ol' undiluted bleach. If it can do that to a rather hardy form such as mould, you can just imagine what it does to the far more fragile microscopic virus.

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Steve. Nonsense. Acai evangelists and the rest of the "superfood" crowd have not one iota of clinical evidence published in a major peer reviewed medical journal. Nope. Not one word. Ever. Until you can provide clinical proof, you're just peddling snake oil to the deluded. Sorry.

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      Steve Johnson 

      9 years ago

      Acai is the new great superfood. Try some today

      Free radicals are nasty little molecules that come from pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, etc. They attack the cells in the body, cause diseases, and can even damage DNA. Antioxidants are the body’s fuel for strengthening cells and fighting off free radicals. As you know by now, the acai berry is jam packed with these powerful antioxidants.

      The powerful antioxidants in the acai berry antioxidants in the acai berry, combined with the essential fatty acids, work as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent while simultaneously boosting the immune system.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah, but bleach is $1.49 a gallon on sale at my local store, and I am totally addicted to entering my house and having it smell like the municipal indoor pool! :)

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      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Oh, you can actually dilute it a LOT Hal, for the same effect. You were wasting your hard earned dollar ;)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Well, Spanish Flu and Mexican Swine Flu are exactly the same viral subtype: H1N1. So we can confidently say that it IS back. As to whether it will peter out like the bird flus of the last few years or spread at jet age speed to ravage the planet is anyone's guess right now.

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      Toronto condos 

      9 years ago

      nice hub, i have been calm till now, but it seems the number of dead is still rising. it has been many years since spanish flu, who knows WHEN it's coming back...

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Drama? Tell that to the families of the 80+ dead.

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      Jay in CA 

      9 years ago

      Just goes to show. What would the world do without drama? Long live Clorox!

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