5. Produce

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The study found an abundance of germs in the produce section. The reason is that many customers touch and replace produce as they search for the perfect one. You never know how many customers have touched that same fruit or vegetable before you. Buying produce in a sealed bag will likely be safer and contain fewer germs. Another way to avoid germs is to thoroughly wash produce before use and wash your hands when you’re done shopping.

4. Refrigerator Bumpers

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Grocery store workers have been instructed to disinfect refrigerator bumpers often, as they are high-touch areas in the store. Customers often come into contact with the bumpers when they reach for an item. To avoid these germy areas, make a habit of not leaning on the bumpers.

3. Self-Checkout Counters

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In the self-checkout area, touch screens are used by hundreds of customers to scan items and pay. These touch screens see a lot of traffic and require your fingers to complete your transaction. In addition, there are many other contact points, such as bagging and weighing your items.

2. Credit Card Machines

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Another surface full of germs are the credit card machines. Many customers use credit cards these days and use the screen to sign and agree to the charges. Make sure to use gloves and remove them right after you leave the store. Another option is to use hand sanitizer after touching the machine.

1. Bulk Bins

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The number one germiest place in the store is the bulk bins. Many stores have closed down these bins due to the coronavirus, as there is no way to keep them clean and safe. They require you to use your hands to scoop the items and you may even catch someone stealing a snack! Either use gloves or find these items pre-packaged if you can.

Related: Coronavirus Grocery Shopping Tips


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