What is that on your handbag, ladies?


Have  you ever noticed girls who set 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………….Mom got 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. It’s  something just about every woman carries with them. While we  may know what’s inside our handbags, do you have any idea  what’s on the outside? Women carry handbags everywhere; from  the office to public toilets to the floor of the car. Most  women won’t be caught without their handbags, but did you ever  stop to think about where your handbag goes during the  day

‘I  drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the  bus a lot,’ says one woman. ‘On! The floor of my car, and in  toilets.’ ‘I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts and  on the floor of the toilet,’ 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.

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 contaminations of  all. ‘Some type of feces, or possibly vomit’ says  Amy.

So the moral of this story is that 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 on 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 walked,  sat, 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.

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