Re: Disinfecting CommonHoouse
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 14:00:36 -0700 (PDT)
    At Swans Market Our common House isn’t locked, for one thing the elevator 
is in there, so we have just stopped having Common Dinners and meetings in 
there.  Some individuals  use the tables to spread work out on but rarely more 
than one at a time.  We have placed spray bottles of disinfectant and soft 
cloths near every door and the elevator and people are encouraged to wipe down 
door handles, elevator buttons, and any surface that you use in the Common 
House.  We have even stopped hiring outside cleaners which we used to do once a 
month on the theory that we are a kind of extended family unit and we shouldn’t 
have outsiders come in, extra risk.  As for cleaning solutions for hard 
surfaces a 9 parts water to 1 part household bleach kills just about every 
nasty thing out there.  That’s what we used to use daily in the lab where I 
worked dealing with sick patients and infected samples.  You have to be sure 
the bleach is fresh and not exposed to light since it becomes less potent with 
exposure to UV rays. Also you should use gloves since bleach is hard on your 
hands.  The Corona virus is fragile, just dish soap and water is enough if 
that’s all you are worried about.
        Bonnie Fergusson
    Swans Market Cohousing
        Oakland, CA

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> On Mar 31, 2020, at 6:18 AM, Ruth J Hirsch <heidinys [at]> 
> wrote:
> Dear Neighbors Across the Miles!
> A couple weeks ago, as this was cascading we, here at Cantines Island, met 
> outside in av big circle so we could be 6 ft apart from one another.  We then 
> suspended community meals. 
> This last week we decided—now via a Zoom mtg—  to lock the CH with the key 
> readily available.  Simpler to know the kids aren’t running i & o.  
> While this is not happening anytime soon— and so as I write this it is 
> perhaps self resolving:  I was asked to see what you might be doing to 
> eventually disinfect your CommonHouse.  Of course, as I write it becomes 
> clear that having been fallow for weeks there may be no need for concern.  We 
> have all read that the virus dies after various times,  all will have elapsed 
> once we re-inhabit.  
> That said, two questions:  any other group still thinking abt disinfecting 
> your CH when the time comes?
> And,have you a recipe for disinfectant,  surface disinfectant using 
> ingredients that may still be obtained?
> Wishing you and your loved ones Moments of Peace, Joy and Delight,
> May it ripple out,
> Ruth Hirsch
> Cantines Island, Saugerties, NYS
> PS:  I have an intermittent e-mail glitch.  If you write and do not hear back 
> from me shortly, please call me or please re-send.  Thank you,  Ruth
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