We are now in Covid 19 social distancing mode, stories of hoarding and the elevation of single use items are part of staying safe but as someone not in the line of fire, it brought on a search for alternatives. A CAVEAT: I am not a medical expert, these are for my own amusement- Tanya
Vinegar: I had already started making this lemon infused vinegar, but that is not in fact effective against viruses (but it does cut grease)... the lemons make it smell nice. Rinds only, for a week or two, then dilute the infused vinegar (sans rinds) with water about 1:1 and spray about.
For later: Two bags of art project ready to go once this is past.
DIY reusable wipes: this actually should work as well as your clorox or lysol, if you have the right material- we used 100% iso propyl alcohol and mixed 3:1 with aloe gel. poured that into a jar full of rags- I coiled them so you can pull them out like wipes. and made this little drawstring bag from a waxed napkin to collect the used rags and throw them in the wash. Again, not for hospitals but for home use...
And finally, masks. these were based on a pattern developed by a surgeon in Taiwan, not the Covid 19 super masks , but equivalent to surgical masks if you line them non woven melt material... like the lining of sanitary pads or diapers or in a pinch, tshirt material. These can be washed and used again. Again, not for hospitals but if you want to wear a mask to the store but feel conflicted, these are prettier. There is a link on our useful info page to the pattern a helpful maker posted online along with an english translation. It involves a lot of ironing and pleats.
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art experiments turning waste into beauty