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Don’t be fooled by fake COVID cures

Dear Heloise: Recently the federal government shut down a fake website that was peddling a cure for COVID-19. In fact, there have been several sites claiming to have a cure. These “cures” are not only ineffective, but in some cases may be dangerous. This disease needs more time and study before an effective vaccine is found, but researchers are doing all they can to find the answer to this deadly pandemic. Until a vaccine is found, please practice the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; keep washing your hands and disinfecting the many things you touch daily. Don’t forget door handles and the TV remote, as well as your computer mouse and cellphone. — Frank in California

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Dear Heloise: I’m tired of paying for expensive cleaners, most of which never get used up. Do you have a cheaper homemade alternative? — Patty in Florida

Patty, yes. In fact, there is one homemade solution I use all the time that works well on a number of surfaces. It’s my “All-Purpose Cleaner.” To make it, you’ll need to mix 1/2 cup of non-sudsing ammonia, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with enough water to make 1 gallon of cleaner.

FYI: Hydrogen peroxide and chlorine bleach are heat and light sensitive. Formulas made with these ingredients should be used within a day. Always store any cleaning formulas in clearly labeled containers. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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