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

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