Will using plain rubbing alcohol on surfaces such as keyboards and telephone put to death flu microbes?
Careful with rubbing alcohol on plastics--many degrade, losing their shine.
Yes, straight rubbing alcohol should take out the bacteria, but you might do better, with smaller amount damage, using a wipe intended for that purpose.
This is a common misconception. It will butcher bacteria but Flu is a virus, Alcohol may do some damage but it have already been shown that alcoholic hand-wipes are pretty much useless against Swine flu at the least. Anyway you should be more concerned in the order of the air than what you touch because you will only go and get infected by something you touch with your hands if you later go and put your hand into your mouth, feeler, anus, etc.
Yes, it will kill the flu.
First, the flu is not a bacteria, it cause by the influenza virus.
Second, many viruses are what we call upon 'enveloped' and fortunately, influenza is one of these. Alcohol will destroy the viral envelop and kill the virus contained by the process. Just make sure you use a high concentration of alcohol - do not dilute it next to water. Source(s): virologist