From purse to keys, to makeup and little things like gum and hand sanitizer, the handbag does everything that it is supposed to do for a woman. Unfortunately, as it carries pretty much everything we need it to, it also carries more germs than a toilet seat!
Yes, you read that right. A toilet seat.
Don’t let the prettiness and the useful functions of a bag fool you into thinking it is ‘just a bag’. Think about it, you use your hands everyday for everything you do and you obviously carry your bag with your hands which is the most common way of transferring bacteria and germs. Put two and two together and your handbag is a breeding ground for all these germs!
According to research, a 20% of handbags had more germs than a toilet seat and posed a potential health risk of contamination. The worst part of a handbag? Your bag handles, of course, which are touched all day long, often without washing your hands in between, and then touch your face where germs can cross contaminate. Leather handbags posed the greatest threat because of their ‘spongy texture’ which provides perfect condition for bacterial growth. Believe it or not, hand creams and face creams tested as some of the most bacteria-laden contents in your handbag too, without washing your hands rifling through your handbag, and then rubbing it deep into your skin….Yikes! All that money spent on those fancy creams, you’re basically giving yourself an expensive and dirty massage to the skin.
Get the picture? From a distance, you do have a beautiful-looking handbag but once up close and personal, it is a yucky, yucky sight.
Here are some common-sense ways you can keep your bag clean and avoid getting sick:
- Wipe your entire bag down with a disinfectant wipe then let it sit for 30 seconds, which will kill 99% of bacteria and viruses, and then rinse with a cold damp cloth. (If you are concerned about whether the wipe will damage the fabric, do a spot test on the bottom and avoid wipes with bleach.)
- Don’t forget the contents of your bag - wipe down your mobile phone and makeup containers, with alcohol or disinfecting wipes.
- If you must carry food in your handbag, place them in a zip-lock bag or a sealed container to stop any excess food crumbs/leaks from falling out. Also, if you need to put other dirty items in your bag such as shoes, remember to also put them in plastic bags to minimise dirt and bacteria from spreading inside your bag.
Don’t worry; we aren’t saying that you have to throw away your beloved, beat-up bag just yet - although, on second thought - it is the perfect reason to get a nice new, CLEAN upgrade…
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