Handbags are filthy dirty

 When you think about it, it  would be true. Now with cold and flu season coming on, it doesn’t hurt to  have a wipe in your bag to wipe the purse of. Door handles are also a big  passer of germs      Handbags are filthy dirty     Have you ever

 noticed gals who sit their handbags on public  toilet floors – Then go directly to their dining tables and set  it on the table? Happens a lot! It’s not always the ‘restaurant  food’ that causes stomach distress. Sometimes “what you  don’t know ‘will’ hurt you”!     Read on…  Mum used to get so upset when guests came in the door  and plopped their Handbags down on the counter where  she was cooking or setting up food. She always said that  handbags are really dirty, because of where they Have  been. Smart Mum!!!     It’s something just about every woman carries with  them. Do you have any idea what’s on the outside of  your handbag? Shauna Lake put handbags to the  test – for bacteria – with surprising results. You  may think twice about where you put your handbag.     Handbags go everywhere; from the office  To public toilets to  the floor of the car.  “I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been  On the floor of the bus a lot,” says one woman.  “I put my handbag in

 grocery shopping carts,  On the floor of the toilet while changing a nappy,”  Says another woman “and of course in my  Home which should be clean.”     We decided to find out if handbags harbor a lot of  bacteria.  We learned how to test them at Nelson  Laboratories in Salt Lake , And then we set out to  test the average woman’s handbag.     Have you ever stop to think about where your handbag  goes during the  day? Most women told us they didn’t  stop to think about what was on the bottom of their  handbag. Most said at home they usually set their  handbags on top of kitchen tables and counters where  food is prepared.     Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn’t be  surprised if their handbags were at least a little bit dirty.  It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the  microbiologist who tested them was shocked.     Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all  of the handbags Tested were not only high in bacteria,  but high in

 harmful kinds of bacteria. Pseudomonas can  cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause  Serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found  on the handbags could make people very sick.     In one sampling, four of five handbags tested positive for  salmonella, and that’s not the worst of it.     “There is fecal contamination on the handbags,” says Amy.  Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth  handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with  kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without,  with one exception. The handbag of one single woman who  frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contamination’s  of all. “Some type of feces, or possibly vomit” says Amy.     So the moral of this story – your handbag won’t kill you,  but it does have the Potential to make you very sick if you  keep it on places where  you eat. Use hooks to hang your  handbag at home and in toilets, And don’t put it on your  desk, a restaurant

 table, Or on your kitchen countertop.     Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way  you would a pair of shoes. “If you think about putting a pair  of shoes onto your countertops, that’s the same thing you’re  doing when you put your handbag on  The countertops” – your  handbag has gone where individuals before You have sneezed,  coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc!  Do you really  want to bring that home with you?     The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag  will help. Wash cloth handbags and use leather cleaner to  clean the bottom of leather handbags.   



  1. Posted September 12, 2007 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    You know, I’ve never really thought this. Gotta be careful where I set mine, and wipe it down more often! o.O

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