Still Using Reusable Grocery Bags?

April 7, 2020

Many grocery stores are asking shoppers not to bring reusable bags into the store to help protect both customers and store employees from spreading the virus by minimizing the number of surfaces touched by cashiers. If your store still allows reusable bags, you’ll want to sanitize them after every use.

If they are cloth, wash them in the washing machine with hot water.

If they are plastic, wipe them down with disinfecting wipes. If you don’t have disinfecting wipes, you can make a homemade disinfecting solution with 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water*. Spray on and wipe with a towel. This can be used on fabric bags as well – but it is a good idea to spot test first if you are concerned about discoloration from bleach.

Once your groceries are put away, be sure to disinfect any areas that come in contact with your re-usable bags like kitchen counter tops or tables.

*If you need a larger amount, use 5 tablespoons bleach per gallon of water.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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