While it’s easy enough to wipe down containers, canned goods and cereal boxes, handling fruits and vegetables is a trickier question. Some have suggested washing produce in a soapy bath, though the CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture have all stated that “currently there is no evidence of food, food containers, or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.”
Dr. Ford understands the impulse to give raw vegetables and fruits a deeper clean. But when it comes to washing produce with soap and water, “I suspect it may be overkill,” he says. “But people should do what they feel most comfortable with.”
Keep in mind that alcohol, bleach, and cleaning detergents are not safe to consume, which is why rinsing in water is the general recommendation.