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The odds of getting sick from handling groceries is much lower than the odds of eating them and developing food poisoning. Nonetheless, following a kitchen hygiene protocol when you un-bag your grocery haul at home will make you feel safer. From wiping down packages to washing fruits and vegetables, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your food supply. Just be sure not to overdo it with toxic cleaners. The goal is to remove contaminants without compromising the healthy goodness of your groceries.

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1. Plastic wrapped food

Already protected from the environment, plastic-wrapped foods only need a quick wipe down with a disinfectant, or better yet, soapy water. Let them dry and store as you normally would. Or, remove the plastic and dispose of it, transferring the food within to clean storage containers for refrigeration or freezing.

Cellophane Wrapped Apples Buena Vista Images / Getty Images
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