How dirty is your handbag?

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A handbag - the only accessory that nearly all women don’t leave the house without, filled with everything that’s required for the day. 

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…

 

Image copyright: Lauren Indvik

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Tue November 17 2015
I'd heard of this before, but not that it has more germs than a toilet seat.. Yuck. Maybe these people that are light fingered and steel them should read this!
Tue November 17 2015
I must get hubby to read this, then he'd understand why I keep buying bags! Wouldn't want dirty ones hanging around would we?!
Mon November 16 2015
Err YUK, I had no idea
Mon November 16 2015
Horrifying
Mon November 16 2015
Oh My Goodness, this really never crossed my mind, great article I will be steaming away the "Bag-Germs" this afternoon
Mon November 16 2015
interesting thought and scary
Mon November 16 2015
Eeew gonna sort mine out noe :)
Sun November 15 2015
im glad i buy new bags to often now lol :)
Sun November 15 2015
Well - that is an eye-opener!
Sun November 15 2015
Eww.!! Lol
Sun November 15 2015
Oh no I never new that about handbags
Sat November 14 2015
This is good to know. My handbag is always dirty. From crumbs to make-up.
Fri November 13 2015
Unbelievable
Thu November 12 2015
I only use a minuscule handbag so don't accumulate much clutter fortunately.
Thu November 12 2015
Wow this really makes you think !
Wed November 11 2015
This is such a well made point, and it is something I need weekly, the amount of germs on each handbag must be awful!
Tue November 10 2015
this is something I often talk about but never get round to doing so off to clean my bagstraight away
Tue November 10 2015
Love this thanks
Tue November 10 2015
great info, thank you
Mon November 9 2015
Very informative.
Mon November 9 2015
Never thought about this before
Mon November 9 2015
Seen test on Dr OZ. WOW
Sun November 8 2015
Seriously gross! Never crossed my mind.
Sun November 8 2015
This is great info to get out to the public. I've been wiping my purses down for years now after seeing Dr. OZ on Oprah. So disgusting.
Sun November 8 2015
I have a lot of purses so I'm going to get some wipe to keep them clean
Sun November 8 2015
Okay, totally new perspective on my purse, purse is now disinfected and will never come in the house pass the front door due to needing to be sterilized every night!
Sun November 8 2015
Did not think that about my handbag, away to give mine a good clean.
Sun November 8 2015
Thank you the tips we never know what's inside our purse I will use these tips to help save the life of me & my bags
Sun November 8 2015
Definitely worth the read! Most of it's just common sense but I still had not thought of my purse as being "dirtier than a toilet seat"! Gross!!
Sat November 7 2015
Good to know about this, it was news to me.
Sat November 7 2015
I haven't tried these, but I never leave without my wipes in my dirty purse!
Sat November 7 2015
Good article. Too many women don't think to clean and disinfect their handbags.
Sat November 7 2015
Thank you for this tip. I never considered my purse having so many germs.
Fri November 6 2015
I'm so grossed out right now. I will carry wipes and use them everywhere.
Thu November 5 2015
I never though if that. Thanks for the information.
Wed November 4 2015
Yuck!
Wed November 4 2015
saddle soap to clean
Wed November 4 2015
I didn't know about all that stuff....thanks for the info on it
Mon November 2 2015
gosh this has caused me to rethink about carrying a handbag its full of rubbish I don't need or use anyway
Sat October 31 2015
Also, the outside of the bag can be quite dirty, as well. Some women put them on public bathroom floors and public bathroom counters.
Fri October 30 2015
wow I really didn't think about that, yuck thank you for the advice
Tue October 27 2015
Wow! Will definitely remember to clean out my purse more often and be careful where I place it and what's put in it! :)
Tue October 27 2015
Great article..
Sat October 24 2015
This article didn't even touch the fact that purses aren't always set down in the cleanliest of places. I luckily have one that can be washed. I always think about how gross it is. LOL
Sat October 24 2015
WOW, eye opener. Never considered my handbag was dirty and had germs on it.
Fri October 23 2015
Great info!
Fri October 23 2015
I know it can gather germs, never out it on floors, especially in public bathrooms.
Fri October 23 2015