Why You Need to Clean Your Reusable Shopping Bags
The most important part of owning reusable shopping bags is remembering to take them with you to the store, but remembering to wash them regularly is a close second. A recent study showed way too many creepy-crawlies lurking in grocery totes.
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… Canada’s Times Colonist reports the results of a study that tested random samples of reusable grocery bags:
Of the bags tested, 64 per cent were contaminated with “some level of bacteria,” about 30 per cent had “elevated bacterial counts” higher than what is considered safe for drinking water, 40 per cent of the bags had yeast or mould, and some of the bags had “an unacceptable presence of coliforms.”