When You Get Home From The Grocery Store, Should You Wash More Than Just Your Produce?

(CNN/KDKA) — When you get your groceries home, should you be washing more than just your produce?

KDKA’s Brenda Waters takes us inside her home for a look.


Make a game plan

  • Designate one person to be your errand-runner to limit your outside exposures

  • Set up a disinfecting station — an area outside your home or in a room with low foot traffic where you can disinfect packaged food

When you’re out

  • Avoid coming within less than six feet of others

  • Wipe handles on carts or baskets while shopping

  • You don’t have to have gloves or a mask — just wash your hands frequently while you’re out and avoid touching your face

When you get back

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

  • Disinfect takeout boxes and packaged foods at your disinfecting station

  • Thoroughly wash produce before putting it in your kitchen


  • Disinfect everything you touch — doorknobs, light switches, keys, phone, keyboards, remotes, etc.

  • Use EPA-approved disinfectants (these include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and certain Lysol sprays) and leave surfaces wet for 3-5 minutes


  • Ask workers to drop deliveries off on your doorstep or in an area of your complex

  • If they need you to come to the door, keep six feet of distance

  • Pay and tip online when possible

  • After you pick up mail from your mailbox, wash your hands

Our sources

  • Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore City Health Commissioner, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University

  • Dr. Koushik Kasanagottu, an internal medicine resident physician at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and who is among the thousands of health care professionals treating patients with coronavirus

  • Dr. Richard Kuhn, a virologist, director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease and editor-in-chief of the journal “Virology”

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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