Cleaning Your Groceries During COVID-19 Outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak has so many people, all around the world, staying at home other than essential work or essential activities. There are practices in place, like social distancing and washing or disinfecting your hands, which can all help to reduce your risk of exposure. When you shop for your groceries and bring them into your home, it does bring an extra risk factor. You’ll be around other people, but the products could have been touched by others, and even coughed on. Of course, we still need to go to the shops, so here are some extra precautions that you can take when handling groceries during the outbreak.
From going to the store to get our groceries, to ordering a delivery, it is best practice to handle them with care when you bring them into your home. This will help to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus to people in your home, as well as to other surfaces in the home. Once you have unpacked your groceries and put them away, it is advised to wash your hands once you have unpacked and put away your groceries.
You may be concerned about the contamination of the groceries themselves, so there are things that you can do. Wiping down boxes or cans with alcohol wipes can help to kill the virus and disinfect them. Throwing out any plastic wrapping or packaging can be a good idea to stop the spread from packaging to kitchen surfaces. When you have done all of this, cleaning your kitchen with disinfectant will help, as well as reusable grocery bags, and even your car where they were placed. If you use linen or cloth bags for your groceries, then they should be washed in the washing machine, using normal laundry detergent. Wash your hands at the end of this, again.
Another option could be to leave groceries that aren’t perishable, out in your garage, car, or porch for at least seventy-two hours, in order for any potential traces of the virus to become inactive. For many people, though, this isn’t going to be possible, but it could be a potential consideration for some people, depending on housing and lifestyle situations.
For fruits and vegetables that are loose and not in packaging, then it is advised to scrub them for at least twenty seconds, using normal soap water. Make sure that they are rinsed thoroughly after, before they are put away. For other produce it isn’t advised to clean with soap, because there is a chance of this going into the food and being ingested.
These things may feel excessive, because it is so different to what you may have done before. But if you take these precautions with your groceries, it really can help you lower your risk of being exposed to the virus. It can live on hard surfaces and be passed on through touch, so these extra steps can make a big difference, and aren’t time consuming to do.