Reusable Shopping Bags
The use of reusable grocery bags has exploded over the past few years, and for a good reason. Growing concerns about the environmental impact of plastic bags has led many consumers to opt for the use of reusable bags. It has also led to several cities, towns and even countries to begin taxing or banning the use of plastic bags.
Since reusable grocery bags come in direct contact with food and may become contaminated with bacteria, they need to be treated in the same manner as you would other items in your home that come in contact with food – counter tops, cutting boards, utensils, etc. All of these items must be kept clean, so why not keep your reusable grocery bag clean as well.
Here are some helpful tips to help keep your reusable bags clean:
- Wash or disinfect them on a regular basis, just like you do with all the things in your kitchen that you use to prep and cook your food.
- If you ever notice that your steak has leaked some juice on your bag, wash it before its next use.
- Keep raw meat, chicken, and fish separate from other groceries to avoid cross contamination. Wash all bags carrying raw foods after each shopping trip to get rid of any bacteria that may be present.
- Bag fruits and vegetables separate and remember to wash all produce before eating.
- Store the bags in a place that allows them to air out so that any moisture in them can evaporate. Do not stuff them in a small confined space or closet.
It is also important that you use insulated reusable bags for perishable foods to keep them cold. The insulated bags should be cleaned after each shopping trip.