Use Time To Sanitize Your Mail And Packages

April 10, 2020

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Anytime you bring something into your home, you could be bringing potentially harmful pathogens with it. Recent research shows the germs that cause COVID-19 can survive for up to 72 hours on hard, nonporous surfaces like tables, your kitchen counter, and doorknobs, and up to 24 hours on cardboard. That’s why it’s so important to be careful unloading groceries, and why you should definitely wash your hands after you bring in the mail. But when disinfecting products are in short supply, you have to be creative. Fortunately, we all have access to one of the most effective sanitizers, it is in stock and it's totally free: time. When a package is received or your mail carrier has delivered today's mail, move it to your entry way, garage or other isolated area, wash your hands and leave it there for at least 24 hours. The same rule holds true for groceries. While you may want to sanitize perishable items, those non-perishables can remain in your car's trunk, garage or isolated area for 24 hours before putting them away.  If a package contains essential or perishable items, and you need to open it right away, experts suggest opening the package outside the house or on the floor. Stop and wash your hands once the box is open. Remove the contents of the box. You likely don’t need to sanitize the contents, since they were probably packed in the box more than three days ago. Leave the outer packaging outside for 24 hours if you plan to re-use it, or put it straight into the trash or recycling bin. Wash your hands once again thoroughly. And throughout the process, don’t forget the most important rule: Never touch your face!

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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