Something to think about....
>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...
>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 ...
>
>Smart Mom!!!
>It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may
>know wh at'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. It has been 'on the floor of my car, and in
>toilets.'
>'I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts, 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 La ke, 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 fec al 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 - 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, cou ghed, 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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momof...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 10:07 AM i totally agree with you

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Deyla...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM

I actually heard that a while back, and totally freaked out. I'm glad you're posting it here because it applies to diaper bags and purses...two things women usually carry!

I don't carry a purse in to the bathroom anymore unless it's absolutely unavoidable. I try to just go in there by myself, lol.

Thanks again for posting this!!! It's good info!

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