BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– For most people, there’s no avoiding going to the grocery store. Baton Rouge General’s Infection Prevention Doctor Connie DeLeon gave our BRProud team tips on how to safely get your essentials.
When bringing grocery bags inside your home leave the items sitting for 24 hours. If this is not an option wipe the items with a household cleaner or disinfectant. For fruit and produce, rinse thoroughly with water. These steps are not essential, but recommended especially if you have a high risk family member at home.
DeLeo said it can’t hurt to change your clothes when you get home. “I recommend washing your clothes in the hottest water you can. Now if you have certain things that can’t be washed in hot water the detergent will do the trick for you,” DeLeo said.
Dr. DeLeo suggests keeping your counter tops disinfected. It is important to understand how long the counter has to stay “wet” with cleaning product before the product can completely sanitize the surface. “Every disinfectant has what we call a dwell time. The general rule of thumb is this, wet the surface, wet it very well with a disinfectant. Leave it very wet for at least a minute and then you can wipe it off and let it air dry,” Dr. DeLeo said.
If you can’t get your hands on high demand cleaning products, Dr. DeLeo suggests carefully using bleach. 1/3 cup of bleach can be used per gallon of water for a DIY cleaning solution. DeLeo advised to be very careful to not mix bleach and ammonia.
Among other tips for household sanitization, the CDC recommends wiping down commonly touched surfaces such as remotes, cell phones, door knobs, light switches and handles.
DeLeo said her most important tip is what the CDC has stressed from the beginning, to wash your hands and don’t touch your face.