One of the things that have most people paranoid during the COVID-19 lockdown is disinfecting the groceries. Many have opted to stop using reusable bags but, if you’re proud of yours or simply is more convenient for you there are healthy grocery hygiene habits that you can follow to stay safe and virus free. The best way to disinfect bags will depend on the material that your grocery bag is made of and also the level of risk you’re facing. It’s true the risk of infections by groceries is minimum but, if you want to be safer, check out our list of ways to sanitize your bags, from most powerful to milder.
Hot water and soap
Some reusable bags might deteriorate if you wash them with hot water and soap, but most canvas or fabric bags can resist the power of a washing machine. Warm-up your water and pour your favorite soap. However, if your grocery bag is crocheted or made of jute, consider washing it by hand. Use the dryer or sunlight to dry. And one more thing: don’t take your bag to the grocery store unless it’s completely dry because a moist environment tends to attract mold and mildew.
Bleach is perhaps the most powerful household disinfectant you can use. With just a small scoop of blech, you can be sure any surfaces will be fully disinfected but consider that it can also decolor or damage delicate tissue. Wash your plastic grocery bag in abundant water and add a jet of bleach to do the trick. If you want better results, leave your bag for a couple of minutes in the water and dry in the sunlight.
White vinegar-based disinfectant
Want to try a DIY disinfectant? Just mix water with white vinegar and voila! Put the mixture in a spray bottle and sprinkle your bags with it. This mild liquid is a good alternative to harsh and commercial cleaning products and it will not damage your fabric, nylon, or other delicate bags. However, if you don’t like the strong odor of vinegar, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the bottle and enjoy a sweeter scent.
For the lovers of mother nature’s gifts, essential oil is a scented alternative for disinfecting your bags. The scents of some flowers, spices, and herbs contain pathogen-fighting qualities and can be used to disinfect delicate surfaces. Lavender, lemon, tea tree, and thyme oils are known for their antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties and leave behind the best odors you could find in a all-natural product. Just add ten drops on your load and enjoy the smell.
Perhaps you have noticed that we already mention sunlight as an important way to dry your bags. But, in fact, sunlight by itself is a powerful virus-killer. Many viruses, including the coronavirus, don’t “live” long while exposed to sunlight and can be just effective as other cleaning procedures. However, if you fill anxious by just letting your grocery bag to the sun, then try to combine this method with the next one.
Isolate your bags for 3 days
Coronavirus doesn’t last longer than 72 hours on a surface, at least that’s what scientists say. If you leave your bags in sunlight and then isolate them in a safe zone of your home and not use them for three days, you can expect that the virus is no longer infectious. You can do this exact thing with other objects like shoes.
Now that you know how to sanitize your reusable bags, we hope your safer and calmer during these pandemic times. Also, if you want a professional home cleaning and disinfecting, make sure to book our service online.