Be Safe and Use CLEAN Reusable Bags!

May 2, 2020

We want to remind you during this time about the importance of keeping your reusable bag CLEAN! You may help stop potential spread of infection and give workers more peace of mind by only using very clean reusable bags for shopping trips. Keeping your reusable bags clean is as important to your health and the health of those around you as washing your kitchen towels, dish rags, and sponges. Reusable bags can become soiled and unsanitary over time and unsuitable for carrying food. Here are some tips for keeping reusable bags clean:

  • Reusable bags made out of cotton can be machine washed with similar items such as kitchen towels.
  • Polyester/nylon bags and bags made out of recycled plastic can be hand washed with warm soapy water and hung to dry; let them dry completely, both inside and out and right side out.
  • Bags can also be cleaned on the inside with a disinfecting wipe or spray after each use.
  • Choose two bags that are easily identifiable and permanently designate one bag for meats and one bag for produce, also let your cashier know what should go into each bag.
  • Wrap items that can leak to prevent contamination of other foods or the reusable bag (There is no charge for bags used to contain perishable items, such as packaged meats).
  • Consider where you keep reusable bags; store them in clean dry places that will not be exposed to potential contaminants such as pets or shoes.
  • Do not store reusable bags in the trunk of your car; the hot temperature creates a nurturing home for bacteria.

We keep our environment healthy by reducing the number of bags used, and we keep ourselves and those around us healthy by making sure reusable bags are clean!



6 comments on "Be Safe and Use CLEAN Reusable Bags!"

  1. Rebecca St John says:

    Great suggestions especially in these Corona virus days.
    thank you

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      We are glad you like the suggestions! Please let us know if you have any additional suggestions!

  2. Home Plix says:

    Wow! Great informative post, thanks for sharing. I just read your blog, really amazing.

    Thankfully. Home plix

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Thank you so very much, glad you liked the post!

  3. Amy Maron says:

    This is excellent. Thank you for sharing. Can we put this on the public health website so it is more accessible to residents? How about under FAQ where the Coranvirus main page sits?

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Amy, please feel free to post this on other pages if you have access, we would appreciate it.

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