A friend of mine on Facebook shared this recent article on poop and shopping carts (those words should not be in the same sentence, right?) that has got me wondering how gross carts really are. The study was in Oregon (where I’m from- go Beavs!) so it’s likely you haven’t heard of it. A new store in Oregon now has a “new device that sanitizes your cart with a push of a button.” (Full article.)
Shopping cart sanitizer machines might be coming to a store near you!
I have to tell you, I pretty much never sanitize the shopping cart before putting Lucas in it. Okay, I don’t know if I’ve ever sanitized the shopping cart. I mean, now that I think about it, I’m sure they are pretty gross and full of germs but, you know, germs are everywhere, so I don’t sanitize the shopping cart handle just like I don’t sanitize the doorknob to the public restroom door before he or I touch it.
However. I think after reading this article, I seriously might change my ways.
Unfortunately, this sample study was small, but it’s still probably a good indicator: 72% (or 61 out of 85) of shopping carts had fecal bacteria – poop– on them.
Here’s part of the article, as reported by KVAL.com
More fecal matter than in bathrooms? Not only is that absolutely horrifying and disgusting, how is that even possible? Ick.
I think a sanitizer “machine” is awesome, but I haven’t decided if it’s something I would actually use or not. I can see myself using a wipe more often, if it does the same thing. It’s really hard for me to say of course, but if it does take just three seconds; heck I might as well push it through if it will kill all those germs, right? Especially with Lucas always eating while we’re grocery shopping, it’s probably even more important! Also, the employees could easily push them through which would be really nice if you picked out a cart that was already freshly cleaned for you! Can they pamper me with chocolate and snacks for my kids on the way in, too? (Kidding.)
What do you think? Do you think this is overkill or a good idea? Did you know shopping carts were that gross? Do you sanitize your shopping cart before putting your kid(s) in it?