My Clean Counter and Clean Hands Troika
A few days back I advised those who find themselves short to look at No hand sanitizer? Take a tip from the Greeks and put some Windex on it.
This morning Emma Jean, my personal Guardian Angel and Internet Search Goddess, reminds me that only Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner Kills Germs in the “99.9%” range. (Probably 100%. 99.9 reeks of lawyerspeak).
Okay. A bit more research reveals that the special ingredient in Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner aka Windex Virus Slayer is L-Lactic Acid in very small quantities — 0.19%. This ingredient, it turns out, is common in home brewing and my local homebrew shop, Chico Home Brew stocks it. One small bottle is about $4.00.
Drove over and talked a bit with the nice woman running it. Left with two small bottles. Stopped by the local Safeway on the West Side of Chico and found Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface in stock and score some.
Ready for the struggle against the Chinese virus with squeaky clean hands, Mr. President, sir!
Details on the continue page:
Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner Kills Germs
Windex says their Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner, which looks yellow in the bottle, kills 99.9% of germs, including viruses and bacteria, on hard, non-porous surfaces. This product is considered a registered product by the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can also find Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner With Glade Rainshower, which appears green in the bottle. This version kills all the same germs and is used in the same way as the yellow multi-surface cleaner. Both versions are ammonia-free.
Germs Killed By Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaners
The main active ingredient in this cleaner is L. Lactic Acid, which is antimicrobial. When used according to the directions, this spray cleaner kills 99.9% of:
Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)
Salmonella enterica (Salmonella)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pseudomonas)
Streptococcus pyogenes (Strep)
Enterobacter aerogenes (Enterobacter)
Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria)
Rhinovirus Type 37 (common cold)
Influenza A2/Hong Kong (H3N2) (flu)
How to Use Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaners to Sanitize
You can use this cleaner on bathroom surfaces, mirrors, glass doors, kitchen tables, glass stove tops, metal sinks, and countertops. It should not be used on wood, very hot or very cold surfaces, or porous surfaces. To sanitize with this Windex cleaner:
Pre-clean the area so it’s free of dirt.
Spray the surface until it is totally wet.
Let the spray sit on the surface for ten minutes.
Use a dry paper towel or lint-free clean cloth to wipe the surface.
If the surface regularly comes into contact with food, you must rinse it with water after sanitizing.
Places You Don’t Want to Use This Cleaner
Windex Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaners only kill germs on non-porous surfaces. If air can easily get through the material, it’s considered porous. Examples of porous surfaces the cleaners won’t kill germs on include:
Acoustic ceiling tiles
How much L-Lactic? One answer is: “the disinfectant in this (yellow) version comes from a small amount of L-Lactic Acid (0.19%). ”
Disclaimer: This is just what one bear of very little brain has figured out and I’m passing it along without any guarantee. As usual, use your own brain to assess your own risk.