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Stay Safe From The H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu: Soap Is Not Anti-Viral

Updated on April 29, 2009

Somewhere in a lavish office on Madison Avenue in New York City sits some advertising executive who has managed to convince the world that detergent kills germs. I'm sure he/she has made millions from their lies, but that is nothing to be proud of: To brainwash an entire planet that the merest contact with well-diluted “miracle soap” will leave their household items free of viruses is a crime against humanity that should be prosecuted at The Hague.

Yet the advertising agencies have pounded away at the population of the world for decades, fuelled by billions of dollars of their clients' money, that their detergent has virucidal and bactericidal properties so powerful that a single drop can thoroughly sterilize an entire hospital ward! They have engendered a blind trust in these soaps, especially when the label clearly trumpets that magical term in big bold letters: "antibacterial". . . it's gotta be true!

The effect of such soaps when fully diluted in water on viruses on dishes and glasses is barely negligible at in the best possible case. However, billons of people have been deluded and outright lied to when they have been told for decades that: Soap cleans. Completely. You can trust it to keep you safe from viruses and other germs.

Ok, then please read this carefully: There is no no generally marketed household detergent that when used according to manufacturer's instructions inactivates H1N1 or any other virus to any noticeable degree.

Hmmm. . . Maybe I should state that again, just to make sure that every reader really gets it.

There is no generally marketed household detergent that when used according to manufacturer's instructions inactivates H1N1 or any other virus to any degree that is going to make an effective difference on whether you are infected with that virus or not.

I don't think that even a repetition like that is going to overcome a lifetime of lies by the multi-billion dollar advertising agencies. But now, at least, you can make an informed decision of whom to believe. . . me, or the ad agencies!

Generally, the best substance to use for overall household disinfection is. . . regular household bleach!

I've been an evangelist of the amazing germicidal properties of bleach since I moved into my first dorm room at UCLA and found that in the previous university semester, it had housed one entire platoon of pigs. I had to drench everything I could get my hands on with undiluted bleach. Yes, that's right. Directly out of the bottle, without diluting it water at all.

For the several decades since, I have used bleach on darn near everything and in almost every way imaginable. I use bleach, sometimes diluted sometimes not, to clean almost everything in my home that isn't covered in some sort of fabric or plugged in.

Now is the time to inform you of the great secret about household bleach. I drop a couple of capfuls of household bleach in my bathtub water. Works wonders! Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

I'm not dead yet, haven't gone blind, don't have big holes corroded in my skin, and the only casualties have been some of my darker house clothes that get accidentally splashed with bleach and get those unattractive light burgundy spots where the dye has been bleached away.

Yes, I am an “un”-dyed in the wool bleach fan.

I have often wondered if it could be possible to implement a dialytic process whereby viruses in the body could theoretically be inactivated by circulating blood outside the body, separating the plasma through a centrifuge, treating it with NaOCl (sodium hypochloride, or the active agent that makes bleach bleach things), adding another substance to restore the damage done and then recombining the blood and cycling it back through the body. Maybe I should write a medical paper on it!

This definitely comes with the caveat of “don't try this at home!” I don't recommend that you use straight bleach right from the bottle on your floors, although I regularly do that in the small bathroom where I keep the kitty litter box, but I do recommend that you use a less weak dilution than is normally recommended. There isn't a virus anywhere on this planet that can survive a nice abundant splash of that type of virucidal cocktail!

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