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The pandemic has changed the way the world does a lot of things. The new norm is to wear masks, social distance, and clean constantly. Shopping for groceries has also changed from its typical situation. With the constant worry about contracting COVID-19, many consumers worry how to disinfect their groceries when they get home. The virus can be viable for up to 72 hours on certain surfaces, so taking extra care when handling your groceries can reduce your risk of exposure.
Including produce and packaged foods, anything can be contaminated. Touch only the items you intend to buy, and make sure to wipe down the cart or basket handles with disinfectant wipes. When you’re done, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands. This will create minimal exposure even before you bring your groceries home.
At the very least, wash your hands after unpacking and putting away your groceries. This will immediately get the germs off yourself. However, if you are concerned about how long the virus can be on certain surfaces, there are other precautions you can take.
Wiping and washing cans and boxes of food before storing them away helps reduce possible virus content, and you can store it away in cabinets and fridges without the worry of these potentially contaminating other boxes and cans in your storage. When you’re done, wash any tables, countertops or other surfaces that were touched by the groceries or bags with soap and water. Then wash your hands again.
If you are using reusable cloth bags make sure to wash them with laundry soap in a washing machine and there them thoroughly before reusing them. If you are using plastic bags, throw them out. As always, wash your hands again when done.
If someone in your family is high risk, adopt the modified “sterile technique,” which is to leave your groceries in your garage or porch for at least 72 hours to allow the virus to become inactive.
If this doesn’t seem possible, try setting up a cleaning station to avoid contaminating other foods or surfaces in your house. Once the station is set up, wipe down all the packaging with a disinfectant before putting your groceries away. Then discard the packaging and transfer the food to a clean bag or container. For fruits and vegetables, scrub them for at least twenty seconds with soap and water.