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12 Rules to Always Follow When Ordering Groceries to Be Delivered

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11. Expect some disappointments

Even if you’re specific about what you want and what substitutions you’ll accept, sometimes there are omissions or mix-ups. They’re rarely catastrophic. Unless they’re really essential, in which case your shopper or shopping service should be able to correct the error, just add them to your next shopping list.

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12. Clean or disinfect your groceries

While some experts say it isn’t necessary to clean packaging or produce when you’ve unpacked it, it’s safe to assume that anything that’s been on the shelves or in the produce bins at the market has been touched by numerous people. To be especially safe, then, disinfect packages with antiseptic spray or wipes or soap and water. Don’t use either directly on produce, though; just a thorough washing with warm water is enough.