I was reminded again today of the email that makes the rounds every so often about another household bacterial hazard – your purse. Since household germs seems to be my little theme of the week, I thought I would dig this one back up for you. You can read one email about dirty purses on this blog – hers is a little different than the one I always get. Let me just leave it at this: Think about where you put your purse, and then think about where you put your purse. It also doesn’t hurt to give it a wipe down on a pretty regular basis, don’t ya think? Be careful with using antibacterial products too – a good wipe with a damp cloth (not a sponge for pete’s sake!) will probably do the trick. If you want to read the email that always makes it to my inbox, continue on…
Bacteria on Purses
A study was performed on womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s purses. A health team went to a local mall and took samples from the bottom of 50 womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s purses. The purses were swabbed with cotton swabs along the entire bottom of the purses and placed into special containers. The swabs were then processed at a local laboratory.
The Health Report also showed where women place their purses: public rest-rooms (on the floor beside the toilet), kitchen counters & kitchen tables, on tables & chairs in restaurants, etc. The results of the laboratory tests contained the following most serious result: 1 out of 4 purses Ã¢â‚¬â€ E COLI
Other extremely serious bacteria also were listed, including Hepatitis.
They recommended that women should DAILY wipe their purses (particularly the bottom) with a disinfectant wipe and to be extremely careful where you sit your purse. Most important, do NOT place your purse on a table (anywhere) where you will eat or on a kitchen counter and do not put it anywhere close to a toilet.
Remember, when you flush a toilet, the spray goes a distance that is unrecognizable by the human eye.
WASH YOUR HANDS as often as you can! Keep an antibacterial hand sanitizer cleaner (no water needed) in your purse and use it often! And as soon as you get home from shopping (or wherever you have been and used your purse), immediately wipe it all over with a disinfectant wipe.
This is from me Ã¢â‚¬â€ MEN who do not wash their hands after relieving themselves should be ASHAMED! Not only that, they are seriously affecting your health and their own. My husband has told me many, many times (over 50% ratio) that he has seen men in public rest-rooms relieve themselves, zip up, and immediately leave the rest-room without washing their hands!! Women get on your men and be sure they are washing thoroughly after using the rest-room.
My hubby also noted that everyone spends all this time washing their hands and then grabs the door handle to exit the rest-room. So DAH! All those other folks who did NOT wash their hands have their germs all over the door handle! And I have seen many women who do NOT wash their hands after using the rest-room. So, use that paper towel you dried your hands on to open the door and then dispose of it in the closest waste receptacle (women, please do not put it in your purse!).
Repeating, this is a factual report aired today on Health News, Fox 5, Atlanta, GA. Please do your part for yourself and everyone else! As soon as I saw the report, I immediately cleaned my purse with my Clorox Antibacterial Wipe and then set it on a paper towel where I normally place it on a table in our den. And I asked my hubby to PLEASE scold me if he ever saw me putting my purse on the kitchen table or counter again!