Have you been to the grocery store today? And while you were there how many times you did think about germs and bacteria and the diseases they might cause?
You might not know it but your average grocery store is germs central and everyone is in danger. Just think about how many people use the same cart you use on a daily basis and how many of them didn’t wash their hands before going shopping.
But it’s not all that bad. There are many things you can do about it so that you and your children are safe at all times.
1. Wash your hands.
Make sure you wash your hands before and after visiting the grocery store. This is one of the most basic things you can do but it is really effective. You don’t have to waste your time on antibacterial soaps. A regular one will do the job just fine.
2. Careful with the fruits and veggies
This is one of the places where you ought to be most careful. If you have to touch the fruits or vegetables make sure you put a plastic bag over your hand and just put them in that way. After all, many people pick them up and then put them back down leaving a trail of bacteria behind.
3. Wipe your cart.
Well, not the whole cart. Just the handle would be enough. That’s the place where the most germs are living. Studies actually show that there is about 70% chance that you find fecal bacteria on your cart handle. However, using a wet wipe should solve that problem.
4. Take a seat cover with you.
Bringing your child with you? Make sure you get a seat cover if you’re going to put your little one in the cart. Children like to sit there when they are very young so think about how many other children have been sitting/stepping in the same cart you’re going to be using.
5. Watch for the conveyor belt.
Just about ready to check out? The conveyor belt at the till is a place full of various germs and bacteria. If you have vegetables in your cart and you have not put them in a plastic bag yet, now is the time to do it. Don’t leave anything that is not wrapped on the conveyor belt in order to best avoid the risk of diseases.
The grocery store is not a place you should dread visiting but it pays to be careful. Even though it truly is laden with bacteria of all kinds, that doesn’t mean you’ll get sick every time you go in. But it only takes once so make sure you take all necessary precautions. After all it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What measures do you take when going to the grocery store? Take a look at this great infographic exploring The Germy Side of the Store You Don’t See.