Canadian Plastic Bag Association - Reusable shopping bagsPublished on April 22, 2020
SHOPPING ALERT — TO SHARE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
MAKE SURE TO CLEAN REUSABLE BAGS AFTER EVERY USE
April 22, 2020
Public health officials tell us that the coronavirus is still viable on hard surfaces such as plastics after 72 hours. If shoppers continue to use reusable bags, they need to wash and sanitize their reusables to reduce the risk of spreading the pathogen.
If you are unable to ensure reusable bags have been properly sanitized, the most sanitary bag is the single use recyclable plastic shopping bag.
Since it is important to clean and wash reusable bags after every use, here are some tips on safe bag use. Hot soapy water or a sanitizer work just fine. Just remember to clean the bags after every use even after we beat this virus.
- Reusable Polypropylene Bags – The Most Common Reusable
- Do not put them in the washing machine or dryer. They will melt. Wipe both the inside and outside by hand with warm soapy water or use a sanitizer and air dry completely. Don't forget the inner and outer seams.
- Polyester and Canvas Bags- Toss them in the washing machine, launder in hot water with detergent, then, put them in the dryer.
- Nylon bags - Flip them inside out and wash them by hand in warm soapy water. If you prefer to machine wash them, use the gentlest cycle to prevent the bag from coming apart. Then, allow them to air dry.