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Tips on How to Shop Safely & Keep Your Groceries Virus-Free

It has been months since the COVID-19 started to attack but most of us are still venturing out to stock up on food and other necessities. And maybe until now, we still do not how to shop safely and what to do with your groceries once you are home.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

It has been months since the COVID-19 started to attack but most of us are still venturing out to stock up on food and other necessities. And maybe until now, we still do not how to shop safely and what to do with your groceries once you are home. Do you need to disinfect your groceries?  Well, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there has been no evidence of the coronavirus spreading through packaged goods so there is no need to worry disinfecting them. But it just feels weird and uncomfortable not wiping the items down and clean them, right?

Here are some things you should do when shopping in the market and how to sanitize your groceries when you get home from the market.

  • Focus on the people, not on the products.

Did you know that the biggest risk when buying some necessities in the store is being in the store itself with other people who may be infected with the virus? Yes, it is possible to get the virus from contaminated items and surfaces but being exposed to other people is still more dangerous. So always wear a mask when going out and keep your distance. Always.

  • Shop as quickly as possible.

Opt for a grocery store that limits the number of shoppers allowed to go in at one time. It is okay if you have to wait in a long line outside (if you are not in a hurry), at least you know there will be fewer people inside. Always stay at least six feet away from other people and shop as fast as possible to minimize your risk of getting infected by the virus.

  • Shop alone.

Going to the store with the other members of your family can increase our household's risk of infection. It is advised to go out alone.

  • Sanitize the handles of your cart or basket.

Being extra careful and safe is better. Wipe the handles with hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes. Avoid touching your face and using your cellphone while you are in the store.

Now take these steps to sanitize your groceries at home.

  • The first rule, wash your hands properly.

Be sure to wash your hands as soon as you get home. Scrub with soap for 20 seconds to get rid of pathogens. You can sing some songs while washing your hands. If you are tired of the "Happy Birthday" and "ABC" songs, try Queen Bey's "Love on Top" chorus!

  • Disinfect the surfaces before placing down your groceries.

Use a cleaning spray or antibacterial wipes to clean the area before placing the items on the counter.

  • Put the grocery items in the fridge right away.

It is significant to put the perishable goods in the fridge immediately before they spoil, pandemic or not.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables properly.

There is no scientific basis that produces can transmit the virus but it is better to be safe than sorry. Besides, there is no harm in practicing safety precautions. Shower your fruits and vegetables (even those that need to be peeled) with cool water to get rid of whatever bacteria they might have. Do not wash with soap. I know you want to be as clean as possible, but never ever use disinfecting spray nor wipes for cleaning your groceries. Rinsing fresh produce in cool water is enough.

  • Always wipe down containers.

Wipe the outside of the container with a clean cloth or antibacterial wipes every time you take it out just to be sure that you are handling the food properly in a sanitized environment before getting it out of the container.

  • Throw away the packaging of frozen food right after you take the food out.

Refrigerating or freezing can help the virus survive longer. So frozen food may contain bacteria and germs and even viruses. To be safe, just throw the plastic or packaging of the frozen food immediately after you remove it and wash your hands afterward.

It is hard not to feel anxious during this pandemic. But following these simple tips can help you feel safe. Just always follow safety precautions and avoid going out if not necessary. Find more helpful tips and advice on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic by checking out Cleaning Corona.