The grocery store has become one of the riskiest places to be, with the cross-contamination of people in the store as well as the many hands that have passed the food to the shelves.
With a growing amount of people in self-isolation and quarantine, people are using the kitchen more as well. Increased time in the kitchen means that we need to be spending more time cleaning up, as well. Making sure everyone in your home can safely use high-touch surfaces and food products.
How to Disinfect
The Cleaning Institute has created a coronavirus guide, which includes the reminder that it is necessary to pre-clean surfaces before disinfecting. This step removes dirt or residue from the surface. After disinfecting, let the surface air dry to allow the product to have full effectiveness. Any surface that is in the kitchen or that a child may touch should be rinsed with water after it is air dried.
Nik Sharma from Serious Eats explained that a clean surface does not necessarily mean a sterile or sanitized surface and understanding this difference can be the key in coronavirus prevention in your kitchen. Sharma also recommends checking the expiration date on the sanitizing products you use around your home.
The CDC has also released guides on disinfecting your home, including what to do if someone in the household has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
Coronavirus has been demonstrated to last for up to 72 hours on some surfaces. So while it is important to clean your home often, this is especially true when it comes to high-traffic areas and the parts of your home that are often the first stop on the way back into the house.
According to William F. Carroll Jr. in speaking to HuffPost, high-touch areas should be most frequently wiped down with a cleaning product or soap and water. These areas include door handles, cabinets, buttons on the stove and microwave, and any light switches. Disinfecting counter tops should be done with a diluted bleach solution or a disinfectant product.
Experts are recommending the use of a dishwasher, if you have one, to clean off your dishes, pots, pans, and other tools. The high temperatures will kill the virus. You can put your sponge or dish brush in the dishwasher as well to disinfect it.
After the Grocery Store
When you get home from the grocery store, begin by using a disinfectant wipe or product to clean off glass or metal containers. Consider removing food from any cardboard or plastic containers to transfer them into clean containers.
If you do not have any plans to use some of the product immediately, you can leave them in a well-ventilated area of your home for 72 hours. Food Navigator wrote that there have not yet been any reports of transmission through food, so washing off your fruits and vegetables as normal will suffice there.
Proper hand washing remains one of the most surefire ways to prevent COVID-19, using alcohol-based hand rub and using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Remember to wash your hands before and after you touch food, prior to eating, and after cleaning up the kitchen.
From the team at Kitchen & Bath Center, we are focusing on hand washing, staying socially distant, and disinfecting our showrooms to keep them sanitized. We hope you are staying healthy.
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