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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Do u know how much bacteria you carry in that bag?

A few days ago i received this article from a friend. Thought i should share...........
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!
Mum 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.Smart Mum!!! 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? Shauna Lake put handbags to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your handbag. 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 alot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car, and in toilets." "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 harbour 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 (ewwww) 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" (that's just nasty)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.



    oh my gosh.. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.... dang... i usually hang my bag on the little hook thing they have in the washrooms... but i put in on the sink when i'm washing my hands in those public toilets.. and obviously sometimes after i'll put it on my lap... but one thing i never do is put my bag on the floor of a bus... but dang!!! thanks for this info sha... i'll even be more careful!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 pm, November 29, 2006  

  • ONB come to my office and get your cabin biscuits and choco milo! I am guilty of putting my bag on the sinks @ restrooms. Need to more careful now (don't want to be carrying fecal contamination home lol)

    By Blogger Funmi, at 5:31 pm, November 29, 2006  

  • This is exactly the reason I dont leave my hand bag on any dining table or surface that I may eat from - They carry so much germs regardless of how much you cleam them.

    Thanks for making blogville aware of this - germ transfer item!!

    By Blogger The Life of a Stranger called me, at 5:51 pm, November 29, 2006  

  • THanks for the tip girl, I put my bag on the sink counter n on my desk too n on the carpet, hmmm I need 2 change my ways!

    By Blogger Biodun, at 9:53 pm, November 29, 2006  

  • @ LOSCM u r welcome (will be sending you the bill for the 'expert' advice :))

    @Biodun hmmmmm that means your bag has alot of possible bacteria culture :)

    By Blogger Funmi, at 9:58 pm, November 29, 2006  

  • Insightful...

    And I thought my mom was crazy when she never sets her handbag down. As a little guy back then, it used to be so demeaning and 'unmanly' to be given a handbag to hold with instructions not to drop it while my mom went somewhere...

    By Blogger azuka, at 12:15 am, November 30, 2006  

  • Ah this made me think of where I leave my bag. I don't put my bag on food surfaces, but I will be more careful from now on....

    By Blogger TP, at 3:39 am, December 02, 2006  

  • A friend sent me that email on "hand bags and germs". I stumbled on your blog and voila.. you talked about it.. is this a sign? lol. more like a reminder. thanks for blogging on this.

    By Blogger Treasure, at 6:04 pm, December 15, 2006  

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