Reusable bags. We all use them or at least most of us use them/have them. But do you ever wash them? There have been loads of studies and research about the bacteria and grossness that is living on reusable bags. Think about it. They house raw meat, they’re thrown in a dirty grocery cart, then in your car, then maybe the floor of your kitchen. Lots of strangers touch them such as cashiers and grocery baggers. I mean it’s clear that they would be filthy.
So, your PSA today from EO is to wash your reusable bags! I just washed mine over the weekend, I try to every few months, which in all honesty I should do so more often than that. You can google around and you’ll find loads of info on washing reusable bags. I think it’s bull. They’re bags, you don’t need to waste your time washing all the different types separately or hand washing them. Throw them in the wash with a tiny bit of detergent, wash on delicate cycle, remove and hang to dry. Even better if you have the outdoor space to do so, hang them out in the sun. The sun is a natural disinfectant.
Other steps I take to prevent food spillage: I always put meat in a small paper bag before putting it in one of my bags. Too many instances of leaked meat, so this helps. I never put raw meats in the same bag as fresh produce. And while we’re on the topic of bagging things, I keep all cold items together in one bag, that way they keep each other cold. Do you guys wash your bags or have any specific way of loading groceries?
Ok, I will go wash my bags right now….
Lindsey T says
Gretchen, you crack me up!
that’s exactly what i do. twice a month/