7 safe practices to follow as you return home after grocery shopping
01/8Tips for safe grocery shopping
In the present times, when the world is struggling to cope up with the COVID-19 pandemic, people have become more aware and conscious in terms of their health and hygiene. They are going an extra mile to ensure that they take all the necessary precautions in order to protect themselves from the deadly disease. Be it wearing a mask or a glove or sanitizing everything before touching, all this has become a part of our daily lives.
One important and essential thing to ensure to further protect yourself is to handle groceries with utmost precaution. The grocery items that we buy from outside are handled by various people and pass from one hand to another. Thus, it becomes very important to treat them the right way. Here is a look at 7 things to so as soon as you return home after grocery shopping.
02/8Sanitize your hands before entering the house
When you are outside, your body is exposed to numerous bacteria and foreign particles which might pose a risk to your safety. It is always advisable to carry a sanitizer in your pocket when going grocery shopping and use it before entering the house. Also, when outside, avoid touching your face with your hands.
03/8Put your packet of grocery items, keys, mobile and bags on the floor
Grocery bag, your keys, purse and mobile, are suitable living spaces for germs and they could stay on them for several hours. Therefore, it is advisable not to keep these items in their designated places without disinfecting them. The grocery bags must be thoroughly disinfected before keeping on the kitchen counter.
04/8Take off your clothes and shoes and wear a fresh set of clothes
The moment you come from grocery shopping, take off your shoes outside the house, and go straight to the bathroom. Put your clothes in a bucket of hot water and soap, take a bath with soap and water and wear fresh set of clothes. The shoes must be left outside for a few hours. Before bringing them inside to keep in the shoe rack, they could be sprayed with a disinfectant.
05/8If wearing a cloth mask, wash it immediately
A lot of people use cloth masks every time they go outside. It helps to contain respiratory droplets you produce by coughing, sneezing, or even just exhaling from spreading to other people. Thus, washing these masks in hot water and soap after each use is essential.
06/8Before unpacking your things, wash your hands thoroughly
It is advisable to wash and sanitize your hands for 20 seconds before unpacking the groceries. It ensures that you don’t transfer the bacteria to all the surfaces that you are about to touch at home.
07/8Get rid of disposable grocery bags immediately
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says, "If using a disposable grocery bag, discard it once you are home. Reusable bags can be stored for later use." Thus, if you brought your groceries in a plastic or a disposable bag, then get rid of them immediately after emptying them.
08/8Disinfect and wash your hands again after unpacking and disposing off grocery bags
There are chances of bacteria on the surface of grocery items that you just unpacked. Thus, after unpacking them and throwing away the disposable grocery bags, it is essential to disinfect and wash your hands thoroughly.