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Don’t forget to wash those reusable bags!

Posted Jul 02 2010 6:39am

by kiwilog

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If you help yourself remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to the grocery store by leaving them in the trunk of your car, you may be doing more harm than good, finds a new study by the University of Arizona. In addition to holding food, canvas totes that aren’t washed regularly often harbor harmful bacteria like E. coli (especially during the summer, when temperatures inside the car can soar to well over 100*F). Fortunately, it’s easy to banish the germs. Some tips:

  • Keep raw meat in it’s own bag to prevent cross-contamination
  • Scrub bags with soap and hot water in between uses, or toss them in the washing machine
  • Only use the bags for groceries (as opposed to also using for gym or beach supplies)

-Victoria Kasselman, KIWI editorial intern

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