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Washing your hands with plain water of a normal temperature is significantly less able to effectively sanitise against bacteria, viruses, and many protozoa. The oil on your skin will hold pathogens pretty effectively. The detergent in the soap helps to break down the cell walls in some types of prokaryotes (bacteria) and eukaryotes (other living microbes) ...


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Washing your hands with plain water does reduce germs. It just does not remove as many of them as using soap would. Source: Same link as Michael, and sorry for the hijack -- I know this to be true from University (where I studied Biology), but could not have come up with an English language source ad-hoc. Handwashing with water alone reduced the ...


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Yes, it is against the US Federal law. Yes, in theory it can cost you $1000 or 30 days' jail. Pesticides are regulated in the US by the United States Environment Protection Agency, in accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Clorox Clean Up Cleaner With Bleach contains ingredients that are considered pesticides. (I'm ...


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"To me this seems complete nonsense." As it does to anyone that looks any further than the company's own advertising. McGill University's Office for Science and Society ("Separating Sense from Nonsense") has a report on the magnetic laundry device. The two key points are that the patent has nothing to do with whether the device actually does anything ...


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This 2015 study, Bactericidal effects of triclosan in soap both in vitro and in vivo, suggests the most popular active ingredient, triclosan, had no effect for exposures commensurate with hand-washing: RESULTS: There was no significant difference (P > 0.05) in bactericidal activity between plain soap and antibacterial soap at either test temperature....


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If one would move his hands while washing hands with raw water, would that help in getting rid of bacteria and germs? Yes. In fact it can reduce the bacteria on your hands by 77%. This is a significant decrease in bacteria and other contaminants. The primary action responsible for this is the mechanical scrubbing, along with the flowing water to carry ...


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Colloidal chemistry – as they are using it – means detergent. As you surmised, Their cleaning system is a spray bottle, an unremarkable detergent mixture consisting largely of water, and elbow grease. This product is an excellent example of how detergent manufacturers put lipstick on a pig. More generally, it's a lesson about how experts in marketing and ...


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It might refer to the OSHA Act however, the OSHA act obviously doesn't apply to you unless you are an employee or an employer using bleach-based products in your business "Section 5(b) of the OSHA Act states that "each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant to the OSHA Act ...


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Salt has been used as a mordant (dye-fixer) for ages. Packs of RIT brand dye suggest adding salt (or vinegar, for synthetics) to the dye bath to help the color set. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ OTOH, they are also using the hottest water possible, which is hard on clothes, so not for frequent use. Note also that this is ...


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Fire in the hearth will deposit soot and tar in the chimney to a certain extent depending on the fuel and the temperature of burning. In general, the cooler the fire is, the more soot and tar is deposited - the hotter, the less soot and tar. As to potato peelings which have been dried, I have no specific reference as to the latent energy of combustion, I'll ...


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According to the University of Kentucky - College of Agriculture, it (an iron) is but one of the many techniques used to remove a blemish from wood finishes. But the type of finish will determine the correct procedure. Your mileage will vary. Below, in between line breaks, is a cut and pasted excerpt of their suggestions. Of specific interest is "Water ...


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It is definitely worth bringing sanitizer on a hike Germ Longevity Bacteria and viruses die after a while on your skin - anywhere from hours to months according to the UK NHS. If you can keep your hands away from your mouth and nose for 5 or so months, good for you! However, this study shows the average time between hand to mouth contact is less than 2 ...


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What chemicals can be produced from orange peels? A Google Books summary of a recent review article informs me that the article says that the chemicals that can plausibly be made from orange peels include D-limonene, pectin, ethanol, methane, and pectinase. The reason I assume this list is complete is because it comes from a review article summarizing ...


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