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I'm trying to not use cash, since it's filthy even in the best of times. Any idea about whether running bills through the microwave would harm them or kill viruses?

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Websearch says it's not a good idea. Laundering in the washer/dryer is OK, though. Easy on the bleach...

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There are little strips of metal in some bills  (newer) that might react poorly.

Gwalchmai has a good idea.  Just don't let the authorities know you're laundering cash.

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As much as I believe in cash, I have been using credit cards almost exclusively, and Apple Pay when available.  I pay the bills in full each month, so I get the advantage of cash back. 

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Iron your bills. Old trick if you need a nice, crisp & clean bill to put in a gift card. 

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Ironing sounds good, especially if we're cooped up with nothing to do. Any data on what temp kills the COVID China Virus?

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Just now, gwalchmai said:

Ironing sounds good, especially if we're cooped up with nothing to do. Any data on what temp kills the COVID China Virus?

It supposedly doesn't do well over 85 degrees. I don't know about freezing, but read that at 35 degrees it can last for days on certain surfaces.

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20 minutes ago, gwalchmai said:

Ironing sounds good, especially if we're cooped up with nothing to do. Any data on what temp kills the COVID China Virus?

No but an iron is probably 450º. Can't much survive that.

 

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35 minutes ago, Walt Longmire said:

It supposedly doesn't do well over 85 degrees. I don't know about freezing, but read that at 35 degrees it can last for days on certain surfaces.

Some have suggested that time in a sauna (135* or so) works well to disinfect humans. 

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Lay them out in the sun for an hour then flip. The UV kills most pathogens.

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12 minutes ago, NPTim said:

 The UV kills most pathogens.

So does my sister-in-laws cooking.  Kills most things, anyway.

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51 minutes ago, Walt Longmire said:

It supposedly doesn't do well over 85 degrees. I don't know about freezing, but read that at 35 degrees it can last for days on certain surfaces.

It's spreading quickly in Australia where it's the middle of summer. 

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Use the cotton setting on the iron and do it fast to keep from burning the bills.

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Cash isn't paper, it’s rag.
Gently washed, dried, and ironed works just fine.

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I used to spray all of the bills and coins with Lysol when I had my Store.  Still do it!

 

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On 3/23/2020 at 8:17 AM, Historian said:

So does my sister-in-laws cooking.  Kills most things, anyway.

Does she put mayonnaise in her spaghetti sauce?

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18 hours ago, NPTim said:

Does she put mayonnaise in her spaghetti sauce?

May as well put Round-Up on your sushi. 😝

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On 3/23/2020 at 6:55 AM, Zonny said:

Iron your bills. Old trick if you need a nice, crisp & clean bill to put in a gift card. 

When I was super Jr Enlisted, living in barracks, and generally stuck there after duty, I regularly ironed my money.

Not cause I'm that compulsive, or it was going it a gift card - just out of boredom.

Finish ironing and starching the BDUs, and move on to bills in the wallets. Roomates thought it was hilarious.

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On 3/23/2020 at 8:55 AM, Zonny said:

Iron your bills. Old trick if you need a nice, crisp & clean bill to put in a gift card. 

or if you really wanna annoy the Stripper starch it too....

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Posted (edited)

I like to consolidate my special savings into $100 bills.  They don't get too wrinkled.

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9 minutes ago, janice6 said:

I like to consolidate my special savings into $100 bills.  The don't get to wrinkled.

And as a bonus, using $100 bills annoys those powers that be who want a cashless society. 

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Just now, railfancwb said:

And as a bonus, using $100 bills annoys those powers that be who want a cashless society. 

I often wonder about the looks I get from the Tellers at the bank, when I exchange the $20's for $100's.

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From time to time I see signs posted “No bills larger than $20” usually in fast food places. 

I can understand minimizing cash in the till to minimize risk of loss to robbery. 

$100 and $50 bills probably see more use in rural areas to pay for hay etc. 

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