Keep everything from your countertops to your dining room chairs germ-free.

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In light of the coronavirus outbreak, everyone is taking extra precautions to sanitize and disinfect the surfaces in their homes to avoid the spread of unwanted germs. And with the whole family at home more than usual due to school closures and mandatory work-from-home policies, the kitchen is receiving plenty of foot traffic. As everyone stocks up on extra canned goods, non-perishable foods, and other must-have ingredients to stay nourished during quarantine, you're probably wondering how to disinfect the food you bring from the grocery store, as well as other key areas in your kitchen.

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To start, experts recommend that you clean the kitchen in two parts, according to The Huffington Post. Start by cleaning countertops, the dinner table, kitchen floor, microwave, and refrigerator with soap and water or other specialized cleaning products designed for materials, such as wood or granite. These products do not kill germs, but they will polish each surface and rid them of sticky spots, stains, and other messes. "Cleaning removes dirt and the organisms that cling to dirt," William F. Carroll Jr., a chemist at Indiana University, tells The Huffington Post.

Next, it's important to sanitize these areas with bleach or disinfecting liquid to kill coronavirus and other germs. A previous study from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection found that coronavirus can live on porous surfaces, such as cardboard for up to 24 hours, and hard surfaces such as stainless steel for two to three days.

When cleaning your home, experts suggest wearing disposable gloves to avoid contracting the virus or other germs on your skin. If you don't wear gloves, thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after you've finished cleaning.

Once you arrive home from the grocery store, experts say that you should rinse fresh produce under water as usual. "You do not need to soak your produce in a sanitizing solution," says Aubree Gordon, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan. According to the European Food Safety Authority, there are no known instances of produce or food itself transferring coronavirus. However, if you've purchased packaged foods such as canned goods pasta, cereal, or prepared salad mix, consider transferring the food to an airtight container and disposing of the original packaging, as the virus or other germs could live on boxes or bags.

Comments (8)

Martha Stewart Member
August 10, 2020
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Martha Stewart Member
July 23, 2020
Martha Stewart Member
July 23, 2020
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Martha Stewart Member
July 23, 2020
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Martha Stewart Member
May 29, 2020
This is nonsense at this point. The CDC has indicated that groceries don’t need to be disinfected and in all likelihood there is little or no virus transmission from surface contact. Stop wasting people’s time with your nonsense
Martha Stewart Member
May 8, 2020
Martha, several years ago we had lunch in your green room. At that time, I suggested loading the flatware and cooking utensils into your dishwasher with the handle side facing up. This is very important now with the coronavirus adhering to surfaces. Especially if others in your family are helping you off load the dishwasher it is very possible for them to touch the eating parts of the utensils with contaminated fingers and pass the virus on to the rest of the family.
Martha Stewart Member
May 8, 2020
From early March onward, we’ve been using a Wipe Station set up in our garage. We made sanitizer with rubbing alcohol plus 20% aloe Gel (which is hard to find, but sunburn relief with aloe gel does work), plus lots of small, clean rags which we keep in a glass jar. We always use Nitrile house gloves and masks that we made. We wipe EVERYTHING except produce. We put Each wiped item into a reusable “Clean Bag” (marked with a C). The produce goes into the sink, where we wash it with sudsy water for 20 seconds each. Then dry on a towel and put towel in laundry. We do this with mail too. Mags get wiped unless it would ruin them. Those go into a 72-hour waiting bin. Nothing comes into our house until it’s been wiped with 70% alcohol. We are old, and just cannot risk getting COVID-19!
Martha Stewart Member
May 8, 2020
I use a Lysol dampened cloth to wipe cans and even boxed foods. Lysol, (now liquid gold) is used to wipe counters, exterior of cabinets, refrigerator, stove; sprayed on all the usual places, door knobs, etc. But I've been doing this way before coronavirus hit us.