[LMB] OT: mask thought

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sat Apr 4 15:27:44 BST 2020


On Fri, 3 Apr 2020 16:42:07 -0400 (EDT), alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
wrote:

>On Fri, 3 Apr 2020, Lois Bujold wrote:
>> ...I wonder if people could quick-sterilize their homemade or cloth
>> masks by running them through the microwave.  Is there a suitable and
>> sufficient sweet spot between nuking the microbes and scorching or
>> setting the cloth on fire?
>
>I'm not seeing any evidence of this. Heat can kill the virus, but
>you'd need to ensure that all the mask got evenly heated. And you'd need
>some source of water in order to avoid setting the mask on fire and to get
>everything hot.
>
>Soap & hot water are OTOH well-recommended. The soap is essential to break
>the virus' outer membrane.
>
>See
>https://www.consumerreports.org/cleaning/common-household-products-that-can-destroy-novel-coronavirus/

If you put the cloth in a shallow tray with some water, and heat on high
for 5 minutes, not much will get past that. Perhaps a squirt of
dishwashing liquid for extra credit?
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