Disinfecting groceries shouldn’t be your primary concern as you can do it in the comfort of your home. However, you must exercise caution when you are in the store. The chances of you contracting the disease from another individual is much higher than from groceries. According to Matthew Davies, it is important to maintain strict safety standards to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during this period of lockdown. Given below are a few ways to disinfect groceries:
- Sunlight- If you have a terrace or access to direct sunlight, keep the veggies under direct light. UV rays can kill germs on vegetables and fruits. It may not be as efficient as some of the processes mentioned below, but every little bit of disinfection helps.
Also, after returning from the outside, you will be busy cleaning yourself. Instead of keeping the veggies at the doorstep, you can utilize the time for some light disinfection.
- Segregate your Stuff (Packaged Products)- Separate the packaged stuff from organic ones. For instance, if you bought a bag of pretzels, you should take out the inner box and place it in a sanitized area. Discard the outer box once you’re done.
Make sure you’re wearing gloves while working. In the case of cardboard items, take a small cloth dipped in cleaner fluid, and clean the box thoroughly. Leave it to dry, or if possible, leave it out in the sunlight for best results.
In case of plastic-wrapped items like chips and biscuits, you can spray the packages directly, and give them a little wipe to seal the deal.
- Segregate Stuff (Produce)- The situation might not be great out there but that doesn’t mean you start panicking and soak vegetables and fruits and consumables. You could end up with an upset stomach or something even worse like diarrhea.
Start by putting on your gloves and washing your vegetables in cold water. You can even use a vegetable brush for better results. Rinse and repeat for about 5 minutes before proceeding to dry them in a microwave, wrapped in a paper towel.
Viruses are not able to survive for long on porous surfaces such as plants and vegetables. You are more likely to get a stomachache from eating a rotten apple than contracting the deadly coronavirus.
- Clean the Counters– Once you’re finished with the food, it’s time to clean the basin. If you want to be more efficient, spread a layer of plastic wrappers before you start washing the groceries. You should still clean the counter for good measure as you can never be too careful. But you may not have to take the scrubber to the sink and wash it with some soap water.
Once you’re done, make sure to clean your hands right up to your elbows with a disinfectant for about 20 seconds. You should also change your clothes if you got cleaning water on them. For best results, Matthew Davies suggests that you take a hot bath right away. Follow these few steps to safeguard yourself from the rampaging onslaught of the virus.