Should Your Groceries Be Sanitized?

Should Your Groceries Be Sanitized?

During peak cold and flu season, it can be very tempting to approach life with a giant can of disinfectant spray. In fact, there are some of us who would probably admit to spraying down our work clothes, car seats, and even bed pillows out of paranoia. 


In many ways, we’re kind of fighting a losing battle. Germs and bacteria are everywhere, even on our skin. 


This shouldn’t stop us from fighting the good fight and doing what we can to manage the spread of sickness, but ultimately, we are going to get sick from time to time, and we are going to spread germs, even if just a little. 


According to the CDC, though, there are certain things we can do to help slow the spread of viruses. These efforts include:


  1. Maintaining distance. When you’re sick, or when you know someone else is sick, you should keep a safe distance of six feet. If you’re living in the same household, this can be difficult, but if at all possible, sleep in separate rooms and avoid sharing the same spaces too often.

  1. Stay home. When you’re sick, the best remedy is to rest. You can’t get better by being at your office, and your child can’t get better if you send them to school. You’d also be putting your coworkers and your child’s schoolmates at risk of getting sick -- not cool. 

  1. Cover your mouth and nose. Most of us are living behind a mask right now, but don’t forget to still cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, preferably with your elbow so you aren’t adding germs to already germy hands. 

  1. Keep your hands clean. The best way to get rid of bacteria on your hands is by washing with soap and warm water. However, if you’re unable to get to a sink, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% isopropyl alcohol, which is the official effective alcohol amount for reducing the amount of bacteria on your hands. 

  1. Don’t touch your face. We heard this mantra a lot at the onset of COVID-19, and for good reason -- you’ve probably already touched your face at least once while reading this! Avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean and sanitized. Touching your face with dirty hands can transfer bacteria from your hands to the mucus membranes in your nose and mouth and give germs a free pass into your body. 

  1. Keep your devices clean. According to this study, your smartphone is ten times as dirty as a toilet seat. That’s pretty gross, so don’t forget to regularly sanitize high-touch objects like your smartphone in the fight to stop the spread of germs. 

Should Groceries Be Sanitized?


We regularly sanitize door knobs, countertops, smartphones, car keys, and much, much more. 


But, should we be sanitizing our groceries? 


While most of us have probably never considered doing this prior to this year, many of us might be wiping down each and every grocery item we bring home before it goes into the fridge or pantry. But is this level of disinfecting even necessary?


According to the Food and Drug Administration, the answer is no. 


There’s no evidence that food packaging is associated with the transmission of COVID-19, so you can rest easy and trust that the box of cereal you reach for each morning has a special surprise inside or out. In fact, trying to disinfect your groceries could actually cause more harm than good.


For instance, if your disinfectant penetrated the outer layer of porous packaging and made its way into your food, you and your family could get really sick from unknowingly ingesting a harsh household cleaner. 


How Can I Safely Get Groceries?


While you don’t need to sanitize your groceries, there are some other precautions you can take to make sure your grocery trip is as safe as possible: 


  1. Wear a mask. When you go grocery shopping, wear a mask for your protection and the protection of others. 

  1. Practice social distancing. Many stores have made it simple to social distance by placing stickers on the floor and putting up signage to help you keep a safe distance from the people around you.

  1. Buy several weeks’ worth of groceries at once so you don’t have to make multiple trips. The less you go out, the better. Try to do a biweekly trip instead of your usual weekly shop to reduce the number of times you’re leaving your home and going out into the public. 

  1. When you return home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also sanitize high-touch surfaces in your car like your steering wheel and door handles, using a sanitizing spray that contains an isopropyl alcohol concentration of at least 70%.

  1. Once you have put your groceries away, throw away (or better yet, recycle) any non-reusable bags they came in.

Should I Be Using Hand Sanitizer at the Grocery Store?


If you’re looking for a little added security when you’re shopping, you can always carry a hand sanitizer spray along for the trip. You can also use it to sanitize non-porous surfaces as long as it has an alcohol concentration of 70% or higher. 


Here’s how handy a hand sanitizer spray can be while you’re shopping:


  • Spray down shopping cart or basket handles. Use your hand sanitizer spray to clean cart or basket handles. 

  • Spray your hands prior to shopping. This helps reduce the germs you might spread as you shop. 

  • Spray the credit card terminal. If your store doesn’t offer touchless pay, you can use a hand sanitizer spray to spritz the pin pad on the credit card terminal, or to just sanitize your hands after using the terminal. 

  • Spray your hands when you are done shopping. Once you’re done shopping and all the bags are loaded into the car, sanitize those hands before you get going to your next stop. 

A high-quality hand sanitizer spray makes all the difference when doing even basic things like grocery shopping. Luckily, you can even get effective yet affordable sanitizer delivered directly to your door through Sanitizer.com. 


Our monthly sanitizer subscription option gives you the benefit of setting and forgetting -- you can also rest easy knowing that our prices won’t change with demand and that our marketplace will always have stock. 


Our subscription helps eliminate consumer hoarding (which we are not fans of) and price gouging (which we are really not fans of). No more paying double or even triple the price of what your hand sanitizer should be. 


With Sanitizer.com, you’ll always get the sanitizer you need, when you need it, for a fair price. 


Our hand sanitizer spray contains just a few ingredients:


  • 80% isopropyl alcohol, making it effective for both hands and surfaces
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Glycerin (to keep your hands stay soft, no matter how many times you sanitize them)
  • Purified water

Our formula is gentle, yet effective. Our hand sanitizer spray kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria and spores on your hands and on non-porous surfaces like your smartphone and tablet. We also offer our spray in small, convenient two ounce bottles. You can easily stash a bottle in your pocket, handbag, bookbag, or car, so you can make sure you have sanitizer anytime and anywhere you need it, say… the grocery store? 



Sources:


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/infectious-diseases/in-depth/germs/art-20045289


https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm


https://time.com/4908654/cell-phone-bacteria/


https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/shopping-food-during-covid-19-pandemic-information-consumers




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