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Health Tip: Keep Cloth Grocery Totes Clean

Last Updated: May 18, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- Reusable grocery totes may be friendly for the environment, but they can also befriend harmful bacteria.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to keep grocery totes clean:

  • Regularly wash grocery totes either by hand (use hot, soapy water) or in the washing machine.
  • Bag separately in plastic any fish, poultry or meat before placing them in a tote. Be sure to separate these products from prepared or packaged foods.
  • Carefully clean any kitchen areas (such as a counter) where you place totes while unpacking.
  • Don't leave totes in the trunk of your car; store them in a cool, dry place.

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