- Make a face mask from a bra. If you desperately need a simple face mask, use a pair of scissors to cut the bra in half between the two cups. Place a single cup over your nose and mouth, with the support wire under your chin, holding it in place to create a tight seal against your face. Wrap the back strap around your head (just below your ears), and attach the free end of the strap to the cup with a binder clip.
Stretch the spaghetti strap on top of your head.
Make sure the cup fits snugly. Place the palm of your hand over the cup, and breathe deeply until the mask seals tightly to your face. Pinch the cup at the bridge of your nose to hold it in place.
The various materials blended and tightly knit together to make bras— cotton, foam, Jacquard, Latex, mesh, microfiber, nylon, polyester, satin, Spandex, Spanette, and Tricot—are similar to those used in disposable dust masks sold in hardware stores. The fabric in the bra cup filters out a variety of harmful airborne substances, depending, of course, on the make and manufacture of the undergarment. For additional protection, line the inside of the cup with one or more coffee filters.
- Improvise gloves with Ziploc Storage Bags. Put each hand inside its own Ziploc Storage Bag. When you're finished, discard the plastic bags.
- Disinfect your home with Clorox Bleach. Can't find Lysol Disinfectant Spray at any grocery store, hardware store, or online shopping site? Mix three-quarters cup Clorox Bleach per gallon of water in a bucket and, wearing rubber gloves, use this solution to disinfect countertops, sinks, cutting board, tile floors, bathtubs, and staircase railings. Never mix bleach with ammonia. Rinse clean and dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Destroy the coronavirus with Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Mix one-quarter teaspoon Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and two cups of water in a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle. Spray the soapy solution on countertops, faucets, and door knobs. Scrub with a sponge and then wipe clean with a sheet of paper towel or a dry rag. The friction from scrubbing with soap (in this case dishwashing detergent) and water can break the coronavirus’s protective envelope.
- Make homemade hand sanitizer with Aloe Vera Gel and Rubbing Alcohol (99% or 91% isopropyl alcohol). If you can't find any Purell Hand Sanitizer, mix two cups isopropyl alcohol (99 or 91 percent) and one-third cup aloe vera gel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that hand sanitizer contain at least 60% alcohol to effectively kill the coronavirus. (Do not use vodka instead of isopropyl alcohol; most vodkas contain only 40 percent alcohol.) Note that Purell Hand Sanitizer and this homemade version are only effective against coronavirus if you cover your hands thoroughly with the gel and then let them air-dry.
- Substitute for toilet paper with Huggies Baby Wipes. But do not flush Huggies Baby Wipes down the toilet! Baby wipes can cause major clogs in your pipes and clog up city sewer lines. Instead, dispose of used baby wipes in a Glad Trash Bag and place them in your trash. Other emergency toilet paper substitutes? A Stayfree Maxi Pad dampened with warm water (again, don't flush it down the toilet). Coffee filters. And if you're really desperate . . . pages torn from the Yellow Pages. In the 1800s, American used pages torn from the Sears Roebuck catalog or the local newspaper. In a pinch, you can also use a sponge and then rinse it well with soapy water for reuse.
Copyright © 2020 Joey Green.
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