washing hands to prevent coronavirus

On this Week’s Podcast: Defending Against COVID-19

This week, we talk about different cleaning and disinfecting products people can use to protect themselves from the COVID-19.

Some methods work better than others in fighting COVID-19, and then there are items that may be on your radar and don’t work at all!

This comes at a time when many people are stuck at home, social distancing, to help ‘flatten the curve’ of infection. And you can avoid an extra trip to the grocery store because a lot of the things you’ll need are probably already inside your kitchen!

You’ve likely heard us talk a lot about vinegar as a cleaning agent. While vinegar does work well to clean surfaces, it isn’t the best application to fight the coronavirus. 

Also, you might have read online that vodka can sanitize against COVID-19. Despite what you may have seen on social media, vodka or any other type of distilled spirit just won’t work for this purpose.

Often, we advise folks not to use bleach as a household cleaner. However, in this situation, bleach can be effective. Bleach can fight COVID-19 and basically any other germ. 

Bleach and sanitizer to treat coronavirus

We do recommend that you dilute a bleach solution — take a third of a cup of bleach and mix it with a gallon of water to create a cleaning formula.

Don’t simply wipe down a surface with this cleaning solution — you really need to scrub until the entire surface is wet, and then let it dry on its own.

And remember: COVID-19 or not, bleach is bleach! Even though you are diluting it, you still should be careful about wherever you use it.

Rubbing alcohol products that are at least 70% of alcohol work well with fighting the virus. Just dab some on a cotton rag or use it in a properly labeled spray bottle.

Also in this week’s podcast:

spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation being installed in an attic.
  • We explain how long you have to vacate your home if you have spray foam insulation installed in your attic.
  • Learn how you can stop floors from squeaking without pulling up the carpet.
  • Gardens definitely won’t be neglected while everyone’s at home due to the COVID-19. If you’ve got a plastic water or milk jug, you’ve got the perfect item for watering the garden. Joe explains in this week’s Simple Solution.

Question of the Week

Sandi D. writes, “My house is built with cinder blocks. It is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Can I insulate my walls on the outside or should they be insulated inside?”

DIY Project of the week

Car Wash
Be careful when cleaning a car with a pressure washer.

How to Clean Your Car Using a Pressure Washer

Using a pressure washer can be a great way to clean your car, and it’s a great chore to tackle while social distancing due to COVID-19 — as long as you’re careful not to damage the finish.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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