How Clean Produce & Grocery Items to Prevent Covid-19 from Entering Your Home

Having to stay at home adoes not guarantee us safe from Covid-19 infections. Infact there have been news of an individual contracting the disease even though she never went out of her home. Turns out a delivery guy who delivered her grocery items, fruits & vegetables was an asymptomatic carrier. Crazy, isn’t it? So how can be we prevent Covid-19 from entering our home?

A popular ingredient not only for cooking but also in homemade cleaning solutions is vinegar. It is used as a natural disinfectant because it is acidic nature. This makes a natural but also potent cleaner. But it is also the safest way to clean your fruits and vegetables without introducing any harmful chemical substances in your body.

How can we clean our fruits and vegetables after our market run in the times of this health crisis in the Philippines? Here is a simple but natural way to clean our vegetables after buying it from the local market and before cooking and serving it to our family.

How you can clean your fruits and vegetables:

For fruits and vegetables:

  • Clean your fruits and vegetables with running water to remove any dirt and debris
  • Remove any wilted part or leaves
  • In a kitchen basin, mix a solution of 1:6 cups ratio of vinegar and water in your basin
  • Dip your fruits and vegetables and let in soak for 5-10mins
  • After soaking these, rinse the fruits and vegetables
  • Drain any water and wipe with towel or thoroughly dry.

For leafy vegetables:

  • For green and leafy vegetables, soak in the solution for two to five minutes, then remove.
  • Rinse off with water in a colander or the basket of a salad spinner. 
  • Dry it with paper towels or through a salad spinner. 
  • It’s recommended to do this right before you eat the leafy vegetables, since any excess moisture can lead to decay in the fridge.

How you can clean your fruits and vegetables:

  • Remove any items inside large packaging such as cookies, pack of soaps, 3-in-1 coffee sachets.
  • For cans or plastic packing, you can wash it under running water and clean it with dishwashing soap.
  • For those wrap in paper or any packaging that might leak through, it is best to get some paper towels and spray disinfectant solution on it and wipe the packing

How To Maintain a Tidy & Clutter-Free Kitchen

Our humble little rental is a box open layout of living room, kitchen, and dining room in one. It does not have much storage and we have to make do with what we have being renters as we are.

We are not very strict about tidying up all the time but we do tidy as we go. But there will be times that both Husband & I will be too busy to tidy after cleaning so we kinda leave things around until it piles up.

Here is a home hack to make your kitchen made up without doing

1. Tidy as you go or tidy along during the week.

Remember when we leave things anywhere, the space can easily get cluttered and can take away the empty space.

Before, in the middle and after workweek, we always find time to return things back to where it belong or whenever it get too cluttered.

2. Have a place for everything

Thinking about where to store things can be stressful, time-consuming and can easily demotivate you when you are cleaning and tidying up. So always have a spot or a home for every item you have. The unused plates in the drawers, spoon & forks in a utensil holder, pots & pans inside the cabinet, etc. Having a spot for everything makes it less stressful for you to put things away because you already know where to put and store those items.

3. Don’t overdo with shopping.

And since we are challenged with storage – every home item we consider purchasing always go through series of questions that includes budget, how long we will use it and if there’s an alternative that we can use with what we have. But these two questions are important in our decision-making:

  • Do we really need it? (Husband’s favorite line)
  • Do we have a place for it? (My favorite line)