Germy Shopping Carts – Aloha Friday

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on March 4, 2011 · 47 comments

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Monday I got hit with a major sinus infection/flu bug combo.  I pretty much slept the day away on Tuesday, a rarity for me and usually a sure sign that I’m actually sicker than a dog.  Which, by the way, begs the question – how did that term ‘sicker than a dog’ come into play?  And the other term ‘healthy as a horse’ – are horses healthier than dogs?  Makes you wonder.

But I digress.

After sleeping the day away and feeling slightly better to where I could sort of squint at my too-bright computer screen and going over my list for my bi-monthly grocery shopping trip on Wednesday (that I was debating on putting off another day because of not feeling well), a headline on MSN caught my eye about shopping carts.  I always knew that shopping carts were rife with germs, but a signs of E. Coli found on 50-percent of shopping carts?   Scary.

When Princess Nagger was small enough to actually ride in the carts, I was semi-religious about bringing disinfectant wipes to wipe down the handles and seat to hopefully deter her from getting attacked by foreign germs.  I didn’t do that 100% of the time (since remembering to bring the wipes with me into the store was hit-and-miss at best).  Of the times I did forget, you could guarantee that two weeks later one or both of us would catch a cold.  Pretty much par for the course, since cold germs pretty much take two weeks to ‘incubate’.  Luckily I remembered more than I forgot about bringing wipes with me to keep the recurring cold mode down to a minimum.

Now that she’s in school and I get to do my marathon shopping solo (until summer where I’ll have to make sure I plan for an extra hour for her to peruse the toy section just for fun), I’ve been terrible at remembering to bring wipes to wipe down the handles of the cart to protect me.   When I did my bi-monthly grocery shopping two weeks earlier, I cringed when I noticed that the handle of the cart I had grabbed was sticky.  Gross.  Yet I forgot to put wipes in my car, and then forgot all about the stickiness once the shopping trip was done.  So when I got sick on Monday, I knew I pretty much did myself in.

I won’t be forgetting my disinfectant wipes in the future, you can bet on it.  I hate being sick, especially when I have foggy brain syndrome and am even more of a klutz than normal.  I don’t need that exacerbated by the foggy brain syndrome.  So my question for you this week is:

Do you wipe down shopping cart handles when you shop?

Have a great weekend!


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1 lisleman March 4, 2011 at 12:42 am

I use the dog phrase often but not the horse one. Maybe dogs just look really bad when they are sick.

I think people go over board on wipes and such but the store we typically shop at has a dispenser of wipes by the entrance. I’ve used them on occasion. I went through half my life before I ever touch a wipe.

2 SueAnn March 4, 2011 at 6:25 am

I use on occasion too! I forget half of the time…duh! Sorry you picked up that sickness and hope you feel better soon!
I know how you feel…I HATE being sick for sure!!

3 Serendipity is Sweet March 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’m a total germophobe and hate being sick as well. Most stores here have wipes available for carts, but I usually bring one in anyway, plus I have hand sanitizer in my purse. I always have the kids with me and I make them wipe off their hands every time we leave a store. I’m a bit of a nut, lol.

4 brian March 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

no way..esp if i have a cold…smiles.

5 Ellen-TCMom March 4, 2011 at 8:39 am

I wipe like crazy and use a cart cover for my littlest one. Carts are so germy and gross!

6 Xenia March 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

I never remember to clean the cart but it does always make me cringe thinking of how dirty it is!

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7 KerrieLynn Worthington March 4, 2011 at 9:14 am

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8 Charlotte March 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

I really don’t use the wipes. This is a good practice though. Something I need to start!

9 Denise March 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

Well after this post and the statistic you posted, I will be wiping down my carts from now on – GROSS!

10 Bibi March 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

I use wipes whenever they offer them or whenever I remember to put them in my purse. I hate germs.
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11 Menopausal New Mom March 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

I never think to but luckily I’m not a germaphob. Wouldn’t help, once our little one comes home from preschool, she probably has more germs and viruses on her than any shopping cart Lol!

12 Marissa March 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

newest follower from the hop…LOVE your blog! Ewww those carts are super gross and YES, I wipe down but still feel that it didn’t quite do the job! Now that I know E.Coli is all over them, I’ll try and shop solo as MUCH as possible….soooo gross!

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13 amber March 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

New follower from hop.

No! I usually do not take the time to wipe down the cart. But, I am thinking I really should do so. I put mittens on my toddler when it was cold so when he gripped the cart he was covered then I could just throw them in the washing machine after. I tried the shopping cart covers but they were a pain for me. Anyway, I need to remember the wipes.

14 Heather March 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hi! I hope you feel better soon! I most definitely wipe down the shopping carts, but thankfully the stores i shop at provide the wipes for you right where you pick up your carts. So I bring the purex hand sanitizer that is hooked to my key chain for both my son and me. Its a life saver…cost 80 cents at Biglots.

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15 Cheryl "Mash" March 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

I tend to forget at times but as soon as I get home, wash with very warm soapy water.

16 kyooty March 4, 2011 at 10:48 am

bring your mini gloves… the ones on clearance for about 25-50cents?

17 Debby Pucci March 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

Yes I wipe down the carts. I get very mad if they run out of whips. I am thinking that it may not be a bad idea to actually take the thin little disposable rubber gloves with you when you shop. Ever since the flu last season I have been on top of the germs!!!

18 Jennifer March 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

Most of the grocery stores in my area have wipes right by the carts so I always use those before shopping. I’ve become more lax lately though because I’m a bank teller and nothing is dirtier than money!

19 Ellie March 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I wipe the carts down 99.9% of the time. Most of the stores I shop provide wipes near the carts for you to use. For the times when the store doesn’t have them, I carry hand sanitizer in my purse and wipes in my car.

20 Cathi March 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Happy Aloha Friday!

21 Melissa R March 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Most of the time yes!

22 Lex March 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

My husband is borderline obsessive when it comes to wiping down the carts. I tend to forget, but I do have hand sanitizer in the car, so I guess that helps cancel out any germs picked up at the grocery…?

23 SaucyB March 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I don’t remember to clean them off as often as I should, but do try to most of the time. And when my little guy was a baby I had that big cloth thing that went over the whole top of the cart.

btw, i’m a big animal lover too. Although I just can’t warm up to reptiles. I’m terrified of snakes.

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24 JamericanSpice March 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I hope you will feel better soon.
It’s always hard when mom is sick because we don’t get a break.

I used to wipe the carts down, but as the kids got older I stopped. I tried to ensure they didn’t have to eat while in the store and remind them often not to touch mouth or face etc.

The moment we get back to the car, I use sanitizer on their hands and mine too!!!!

25 XmasDolly March 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

No, I don’t wipe them down, but after reading this maybe I should start. I have the same as you I think, but when I get sick I get one thing at a time. First comes being icky, then a cough, then a nose I have to chase, body aches & then fever. Can you believe it. Guess that’s why I’m always sick for so long. Now, I’ve finally got rid of the cough for the most part, but I’ve had this terrible sinus headache & they hurt & the grosses part I’m always having to spit. You know I found out that if you don’t that junks goes in your lungs & that’s how you get pneumonia. So, orange juice & chicken soup. And wiping down carts. Have a great weekend.

26 Andrea - Momma In Flip Flops March 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

No I don’t – I should because it’s gross but the baby is always in the carrier and I never know where the other two are going to end up. We do wash with sanitizer when we leave or wash really good when we get home.

I use sicker than a dog all the time. LOL!!

Feel better.

27 Keri March 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

LOL, what a good read. Yes I certainly do try to clean shopping carts of all the funk that has got to be on them. Even with that, I find shopping a filthy undertaking. When I come home and wash my hands, they’re usually so dirty, it’s scary..

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28 Kelly Lininger March 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

So glad our market offers little wipes before we touch the cart.. What really grosses me out is when mom’s allow their kids to suck/gnaw on the cart.. All that slobber and germs.. Yuck!!!!!
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29 Harriet March 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

You have a point about both the sicker than a dog thing and the cart wipe-down. I’m also a sleeve person- I use my sleeves when I need to touch something. Yuck, I even wash my hands after I put stuff away.

Have a great day!

30 bratts29 March 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

No but I use hand sanitizer afterwards!

31 Marie March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

When the kids were babies we had one of those shopping cart seat covers — it was really cute and worked great.

Nowadays I try to remember to disinfect my hands (and theirs if they are with me) but I don’t always remember. It helps that a lot of the stores now have germ stuff right by the carts!

32 Jan March 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Wow! Our local grocery store has a large container of Clorox wipes right next to the area where they corral the carts. I guess I didn’t realize they don’t all do that!

33 Amethyst Moon March 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I don’t worry about it, but hubby always always uses the wipes provided by our store to wipe them down.

34 doreen mcgettigan March 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I have no idea how I ever lived without wipes. I should have invented them because I used to soak napkins in alcohol..before wipes. Darn I could have been a zillionaire. Oh well; shopping carts are serious phobia for me. I usually wipe and cover my hands with my sleeve.
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35 Smellyann March 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Only if they’re visibly dirty. I’m a total non-germaphobe. Sorry you were sick!!

36 ange March 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm

yes very often I do wipe down the shopping cart especially if I have a child I am pushing in it

37 Tammy March 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I saw that about the shopping carts too…it was a discussion at our dinner table one night…(great conversations we have around here…lol). Anyways, I use to be just like you wiping them down when the kids were little…now it’s just me and no I don’t. I should! :)

38 Sonya - Belly Charms March 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Maybe this is what gave me a 24 hours stomach bug last weekend. I will now be a wiper:) I am following you back from Hop Along Friday.

39 Brandy M. March 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Bringing wipes is smart. So many things touch those carts, is hard to think about. I am hopping in from Friday’s Hops. Love for you to stop by.

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40 katie March 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

if/when the store supplies wipes at the door near the carts, I DEFINITELY use them. I have a 2 yr old, so diapers & wipes are still in my bag regularly. I know those aren’t disinfecting, but its better than nothing. I do much better with carrying hand sanitizer, that is also thrown in my bag, & I use that the second I unload the cart!
ps. LOTS of fecal bacteria on those carts too. aren’t kids great?! :)

41 Amy T. March 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

I inwardly cringe every time I touch shopping carts or put my little guy in them.
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42 Pinkim (kim wright) March 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hi Stacy, Thanks for stopping by my place…
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43 Kim March 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

That is so gross about the ecoli! I almost always use wipes but I guess I’ll have to fix the almost part! LOL

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44 Raven March 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

I don’t. I think people are way too concerned with germs and obsessed with antibacterial products. I think it’s doing more harm than good. We need to be exposed to a few germs here and there to build up an immunity to them.
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45 Beth March 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

No, I do not wipe things down unless they are completely disgusting. Our natural immunity depends on being exposed to things. Don’t get me wrong, I do have wipes and things – but use them for times when it is more obvious.
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46 noelle March 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

i have to use the wipes…
if not, i freak….

47 Liz March 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

Thanks so much for joining feed me friday and grabbing our button. I already follow on twitter but I now subscribe to your email. Hope you join us again next week!

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