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  • cruisewidower, pontefract
    started a topic Beating Norovirus......

    Beating Norovirus......

    Avoiding Norovirus is a continuous battle that most if not all cruise lines wage . Most of the emphasis on avoiding catching the virus centres around toilet hygiene ,but how many people realise that the TV remote control is the most germ laden part of the cabin ? This is because it rarely gets cleaned/disinfected . Another source of germs, which many of us carry around with us constantly is your mobile phone. Apparently the average mobile phone contains about 10 times more germs than the average toilet seat.
    Well don't panic ,help is at hand.An enterprising Japanese company have designed a new mobile called a "Germaphone" which claims to be the world's first hand soap-washable handset. The RAFRE , as it is called , can be used with wet hands ,and programmed via an App to be used without touching it . The phone can withstand running water from a tap ,but does not enjoy a hot bath .It is available in three colours ,pink ,blue ,and white.
    Do you have any anti Norovirus tips .Personally I wash my hands thoroughly whenever I handle substantial amounts of money ,particularly notes.

  • Stan, Plymouth
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    Everybody has a gob and your no exception. I bet your jaws are glad when your asleep!!!!!!

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  • Yogini, Waterlooville
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    The only time I've had a severe bout of something that may have been noro was in 1972. I got it from the local water supply, along with a lot of other people in the city; it was nicknamed the Pompey Bug. I lived in a small flat and even then struggled to get from the bed to the toilet, I was so weak. I was a tiny little thing and lost around half a stone, which was the only thing that pleased me.

    I don't clean my cabin. I do use handrails on the stairs, but then I do that everywhere. I wash my hands a lot, and I use the gel on board ship. Touch wood, I haven't come down with it on board ship.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by andyn, kensworth View Post
    Brilliant!

    Annie

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  • andyn, Bucks
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    Originally posted by 1fifthavenue, birmingham View Post
    At least it's not another political thread and actually relates to cruising!!
    Object moved

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  • Delboy, Essex
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    Originally posted by Mrs M View Post
    Too right!!

    I use Lakeland vacuum bags at home. Spare bed duvets/bedding are kept in them. My cashmere sweaters are 'summered' in them as they take so little space in wardrobes and other items are vacuum packed away, saving loads of space.
    Vacuum packed summer cottons etc always need ironing but that's no hardship at home.
    As for packing, I have an excellent packer in the form of my husband. It's a bit of a palaver but all our clothes come out virtually creaseless, even after days in a case. Grrrr.
    Hi Mrs M

    Thanks for that we have summer and winter duvets and bedding which we keep in the original duvet bags, kept in the loft where we also have a couple of clothes hanging rails, where our winter clothes are kept hanging during the summer in suit bags etc, visa versa in winter. Our loft has easy access and is boarded and well lit.

    I pack my own case when we go away and I like to think I am a pretty good packer as none of my clothes ever need ironing when I unpack and I am fussy about shirts and trousers being creaseless, except where they are meant to have creases.

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by 1fifthavenue, birmingham View Post
    At least it's not another political thread and actually relates to cruising!!

    As we fly cruise, and unpack as soon as onboard/luggage delivered, having only packed one or two days before flying, the clothes aren't in there long enough to get too creased. I'd guess when using them for storage as the clothes are packed away much longer they'll be more susceptible to creasing.
    Too right!!

    I use Lakeland vacuum bags at home. Spare bed duvets/bedding are kept in them. My cashmere sweaters are 'summered' in them as they take so little space in wardrobes and other items are vacuum packed away, saving loads of space.
    Vacuum packed summer cottons etc always need ironing but that's no hardship at home.
    As for packing, I have an excellent packer in the form of my husband. It's a bit of a palaver but all our clothes come out virtually creaseless, even after days in a case. Grrrr.

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  • 1fifthavenue, birmingham
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    At least it's not another political thread and actually relates to cruising!!

    As we fly cruise, and unpack as soon as onboard/luggage delivered, having only packed one or two days before flying, the clothes aren't in there long enough to get too creased. I'd guess when using them for storage as the clothes are packed away much longer they'll be more susceptible to creasing.

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  • Delboy, Essex
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    Well here is another post on laundry bags/vacuum bags, we have only used vacuum bags for storing clothes, these we purchase from a store called the Range, which sell virtually everything for the home and garden.

    But have always found when we take the clothes out they still need ironing, no matter how well you fold them before putting them in the bags.

    Going on holiday the only clothes which I really need ironed are my shirts and trousers, I find if they are ironed, folded and packed properly in the case, they do not need vacuum bags or ironing when I unpack. I understand how they may save space if used to pack clothes which do not need ironing.

    Maybe we are using the wrong bags, what size vacuum bags do you use.

    We always take a plastic laundry bag for our dirty laundry and keep that in our case.
    Last edited by Delboy, Essex; 31st January 2017, 09:57 PM.

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by 1fifthavenue, birmingham View Post
    The laundry bags on MSC are paper and not exactly massive, maybe the size of A3 paper perhaps, so not a great size or sturdy for taking things home
    M&S for you then or maybe you've reached Waitrose status or you could always sellotape up those holes in a Tesco bag.

    'Our' hotels have large laundry bags. Between them, Cunard and M&S...we're sorted! Re-cycled bags rule...'ish.

    Wow, nearly a whole page on laundry bags for a cruise. Let no one say our forum doesn't have diversive cruising threads!
    Last edited by Mrs M; 31st January 2017, 09:20 PM.

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  • 1fifthavenue, birmingham
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    Originally posted by Mrs M View Post
    50p each??

    Golly. Good job mine are pretty sturdy. They've got years of value to catch up on!!!!

    Mind you, the laundry bags in the cabin are 'free' so I guess my laundry bags are even better value.

    Tesco, M&S and Lidl bags are pretty useful as laundry bags too although obviously, if one has a choice, the M&S bag offers a much superior product. I aspire to a Waitrose bag, one day!
    One can but dream!
    The laundry bags on MSC are paper and not exactly massive, maybe the size of A3 paper perhaps, so not a great size or sturdy for taking things home

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by andyn, kensworth View Post
    Tesco bags are better than M&S, they have larger holes to let the smell out
    I can't say I have tried any olfactory experiments on bags used so I will have to bow to superior knowledge. Luckily, I'd like to think we are pretty clean in the dirty laundry dept. so no potential problems anyway.
    Bottom drawers on Cunard and the hotels we frequent can breath again...as it were!

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  • Neil Down, Southampton
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    Coming from the forum member with the biggest and most obnoxious one I find that ironic....stick that up your nose...or where the sun don't shine...I don't care which.

    Regards
    Garfield


    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post
    Gentlemen

    You are both better than this - JMO.

    Annie
    Annie, I am bemused as to what the fine and most eloquent gentleman refers.

    The biggest and most obnoxious what I wonder. Has he been peaking again; I was unaware he had seen my Adonis-like good looks ? The mind boggles.

    "Enough is enough" he says, so I am sure that shows he's been peaking ....... but I say when you have it, flaunt it.

    Mind you, you are absolutely right; I am much better than this and have no intention to follow his unusual instruction.

    I'm sure he'll be alright in the morning though Aaaaaahhhhh.....Neil

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  • andyn, Bucks
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    Tesco bags are better than M&S, they have larger holes to let the smell out

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by 1fifthavenue, birmingham View Post
    No, I buy new ones for every trip - from discount retailers like B&M and Poundland. They're about 50p each. This ensures that they have a fresh smell too
    50p each??

    Golly. Good job mine are pretty sturdy. They've got years of value to catch up on!!!!

    Mind you, the laundry bags in the cabin are 'free' so I guess my laundry bags are even better value.

    Tesco, M&S and Lidl bags are pretty useful as laundry bags too although obviously, if one has a choice, the M&S bag offers a much superior product. I aspire to a Waitrose bag, one day!
    One can but dream!

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