5 Best Ways to Sanitize Your Groceries
So you've taken a trip to the grocery store and followed all of the proper safety precautions to avoid the spread of coronavirus, and now you're home with your bag of groceries. While your groceries probably seem perfectly safe to touch, it's important to still take proper safety precautions with your food before putting it all away in your home.
Pantry goods don't need sanitizing.
According to the FDA, there has been no evidence of COVID-19 spreading through packaged pantry goods, so you do not have to worry about sanitizing these items. However, if it makes you feel better to wipe down your products and let them air dry on a clean service, feel free to do so. But you don't have to worry about that can of beans or box of cereal transmitting the virus.
As for your other groceries, here are the exact steps to take in order to best sanitize your groceries when you get home from the store.
Wash your hands first
As soon as you get home, make sure to wash your hands. You don't want to go around touching items in your kitchen, or even touching your face, before washing your hands. The best course of action is to remove your mask, then wash, so you don't touch your mask with clean hands.
Sanitize your surfaces before unloading groceries
Wherever you usually unload your groceries should be properly sanitized first. Use an antibacterial wipe or cleaning spray to make sure the area is perfectly clean before placing your new groceries on the counter.
Put items in the fridge immediately
Coronavirus or not, it's important to get those perishable foods in the fridge right away before they spoil. While these foods will not transmit coronavirus, it's important you keep them properly stored to avoid any foodborne illness.
Properly wash fruits and vegetables
It still isn't scientifically proven that produce can transmit the virus, yet it's still important to take all of the right safety precautions. To properly wash your produce, you do not want it sitting in a bath of water. Instead, give it a "shower" and rinse it with cool water. You do not need to wash with soap. Even if your produce needs to be peeled (like carrots or potatoes), it's important to rinse them so whatever bacteria may be on the skin won't end up on your peeler, and then subsequently the inside of whatever you're peeling.
Wipe down containers often
Whether your containers are full of fresh produce or leftovers, it's important to be wiping them down often. To keep it safe, you could wipe the outside of the container each time you take it out to ensure that you're properly handling the food in a clean environment before taking it out of the container.