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Money is the most touched object in our lives, and it touches millions of hands and surfaces every day. However, we don’t take care of it enough. The more we wash our hands, the more we should also clean money from germs.
If you are reading this, then you are probably aware of the existence of germs.
You might be wondering why it is important to clean cash from these germs. One reason is that it helps prevent the spread of illness and disease.
When someone touches an infected surface, they can transfer their germs to the next surface they come in contact with (such as money).
If someone sick touches money, it can make them ill again or make other people ill when they touch that money.
How to Sanitize Your Paper Money to Reduce the Risk of Infection (Can You Wash Money?)
Cleaning money is an essential factor in reducing the risk of COVID-19 and other infections. This may seem like a lot, but it’s actually pretty easy and only takes minutes—the cleaner the money, the less chance of getting COVID-19.
How to clean coins
- Using soap and water: mix a bowl of soapy water. Place the coins in the mixture for about five minutes, then remove them from the solution with clean hands, rinse off excess cleaner using warm tap water, dry them thoroughly before storing them away.
- Using vinegar/water: place your dirty coin into a glass or plastic container filled with white distilled vinegar or rubbing alcohol (enough to cover each coin) and let it sit overnight. Remove carefully without removing any dirt on top of the coin by rinsing under hot running water and patting dry with a paper towel. If you have very stubborn grime on yours, use baking soda paste made out of one part baking soda and three parts hydrogen peroxide – apply with a q-tip and let sit for a minute.
- Using hand sanitizer: place your dirty coin into a glass or plastic container filled with hand sanitizer, then shake the mixture until each side is coated. Remove carefully without removing any dirt on top of the coin by rinsing under hot running water and patting dry with a paper towel. If you have very stubborn grime on yours, use baking soda paste made out of one part baking soda and three parts hydrogen peroxide – apply with a q-tip and let sit for a minute.
If none of these methods works to clean coins, try soaking them in equal parts dishwashing soap, salt & lemon juice mixed overnight – lift from solution using a slotted spoon and rinse in water before drying with a paper towel.
How to clean banknotes using alcohol or disinfectant wipes
- Take a damp cloth and wet it with alcohol or disinfectant wipes. Make sure that the material is not too saturated, as this could damage the banknotes
- Carefully clean all parts of each note: front and back and both sides (if applicable). Be careful to avoid tearing it.
- Finally, dry off any excess fluid from your notes with a soft towel so they can be used immediately.
Note: do not place money in a washing machine as this may result in damage such as tears, creases, and rips on notes.
If you have stubborn dirt stains, try using baking soda paste made out of one part baking soda and three parts hydrogen peroxide – apply with a q-tip and let sit for a minute.
You can also ask at any supermarket if they offer coin cleaning services free of charge since some stores do provide them specifically to get coins ready for resale (for a fee).
How to dry wet notes:
- Place a dry towel in the bottom of a microwave oven.
- Lay wet notes on top of a towel and cover with another dry towel to prevent any possible damage from occurring due to high heat; this includes scorching or singeing bills!
- Heat for 30 seconds at a time until all moisture is gone – do not overheat as it may cause further damage! If you have stubborn dirt stains, try using baking soda paste made out of one part baking soda and three parts hydrogen peroxide – apply with a q-tip and let sit for a minute before drying again.
Note: never put money directly into the microwave without covering them up first because different denominations will react differently when exposed to heat or radiation (such as zebra notes)!
- Allow cooling before handling.
Money should be dried as soon as possible after getting wet because the longer they stay damp, the more likely it is for them to pick up dirt and other residues from being handled!
If you have any stubborn marks or stains on banknotes, try using a mixture of coconut oil with baking soda made into a paste – gently rub onto the stain until removed, then rinse under warm tap water and pat dry with a paper towel.
When you buy things with cash, it’s challenging for merchants or banks to trace where that money comes from. With COVID-19 continuing to be a devastating pandemic, you might want to take some extra care while handling the money.
Washing out hands won’t be enough. Cash is still in circulation, and you will have to come across some in one way or another. So, how do you sanitize the money to reduce the risk of getting exposed to COVID-19? This post discusses the few steps you can follow:
The last thing you want to do is spread germs and diseases by handling dirty or wet money, so make sure they are clean before putting them back into circulation!
Most of the methods for sanitizing coins and banknotes can quickly be done at home using everyday household items like baking soda, vinegar, hand soap/sanitizer, and even vodka!
If none of these work, visit your local supermarket or coin dealer for professional services that will not damage but properly clean all denominations. With some patience and time, nearly any type of currency can be restored to mint condition, making it look as good as new again once dried off. One last bit of advice, you’ll want to use some currency straps to band up your money and a money counting machine to count up your cash to keep it organized!