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Clean Your Cans

Before opening canned beans, meats, fruits, or veggies have you ever thought about the top of the can? Just close your eyes and try to picture the life of the can in your hand. It went from factory to truck to store, and was probably touched by at least 3 different people before making it to the shelf. I don't even want to think about how many customers picked up that same can too. Maybe the can dropped on the floor and a kid picked his nose and then put it back on the shelf.

As if that isn't gross enough, who knows how long that can has been sitting there, just collecting dust and germs. And when you go to open the can, the top always slides into the food, so all that nasty junk becomes part of your dinner.

Here's an idea. Always wash and wipe off the top of your can before you open it. You'll have piece of mind knowing you got rid of all the dirt, and your food will be spared bits of dust and bacteria.

The same goes for soda cans and pet food. They can get just as grimy.

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:rotfl: i shouldnt be laughing when this is so gross, but the imagery of a kid picking his nose just got me! LOL!
aragornrain aragornrain 10 years
I totally never thought about this! UG. ACK. Sigh.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
Ewww- I've never even thought about this! And my daughter eats canned pineapple or mandarin oranges almost every day. Now I feel guilty- thanks so much for the heads up.
junemon junemon 10 years
some cans look cleaner than others but i've been washing them all since before i can remember. another "weird" thing to wash is eggs -- i don't know how true it is, but my mom told me a story when i was younger about a little boy in asia who died because the outside of an egg his mother cooked for him was covered in something.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
rkdub, I heard the same thing! Even though the store might not have mice and rats, you never know what kind of a warehouse the product was in before shipping. I always wash cans (even though my boyfriend thinks it's crazy).
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Ick...I always wash my cans...both steel and soda cans. One thing I never thought about...If I grab a handful of pretzels or something, I'll usually set them on a piece of paper instead of the table or counter...until The Man pointed out pretty much the same thing, "Think about everywhere that paper has been!"
Fitness Fitness 10 years
rkdub - it's true - I never thought about mice and rats and bugs but anything could happen to those cans before they get to you.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
funny this should come up now. i just started washing the tops of cans a couple of weeks ago and when i mentioned it to a froend she suggested the rat possibility too (blech). i don't really like the result of washing them though because then the paper is wet and starts to come off. i don't use a lot of canned stuff. maybe better to switch to boxed or frozen.
rkdub rkdub 10 years
I've been washing my cans for a long time because someone pointed out an even more disgusting observation.... if the cans are being stored in a warehouse somewhere, how do you know there weren't mice or rats or flies running or flying around pooping all over them??? GROSS!
Marci Marci 10 years
I read an article a few years ago suggesting this and it made so much sense to me that I've been washing my cans ever since.
daiseechain daiseechain 10 years
they say to clean the lid and can opener for baby formula cans... why havn't we thought to do this with our own food tins??!! thanks for the tip.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Gross. That's why I buy soda cans in boxes.
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