• Mary-Catherine Stockman

Cleaning Your Produce during the Coronavirus

True or false? You have to spray your groceries with bleach to prevent the coronavirus.


While it is true that you should take extra precautions when making those essential grocery trips, applying bleach to your produce is not the way to go.

First, some facts:

  1. Although possible, it’s unlikely that food carries the virus.

  2. Bleach has health risks of its own. Regardless of the coronavirus, it’s important you don’t use bleach to clean any foods or food products

  3. Since the virus dies in high heat, it’s safest to cook them -- though again, food itself doesn’t carry the virus and you should still take care to wash your produce. It’s just if someone has sneezed/coughed/etc. on it and you eat it shortly after before the virus can die.

Now that we’ve set the record straight, let’s chat about how to properly clean your produce.

Step 1: Wash your hands

The CDC’s instructions: Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Step 2: Rinse with warm water

Wash your fruits and vegetables under warm, running water. Don’t use soap, detergents, or bleach solutions. When it comes to berries, rinse them again under cool running water before serving.

That’s it!

Seems too good to be true, right?

Rest assured, as long as you wash your hands, rinse your produce under warm water, and avoid cross contamination, you’re [squash]ing any risk of getting coronavirus from your food.

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