A friend of mine sent this to me today...thought I would share......MAKES YOU THINK I never put my purse on the floor in a restroom (gross), but I won't be putting my purse on the kitchen counter anymore! > Dirty Purses > Mom always got so upset when her guests came in the door & plopped > their purses down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up > the buffet. She always said that purses are really dirty, because of > where > they have been. Smart Momma! > > > KUTV - SALT LAKE CITY > It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may > know what's inside our purses, do you have any idea what's on the > outside? > Shauna Lake put purses to the test - for bacteria - with surprising > results. > You may think twice about where you put your purse. > > Women carry purses everywhere from the office to public restrooms to > the > floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their purses, > but did > you ever stop to think about where your purse goes during the day? > > "I drive a school bus, so my purse has been on the floor of the bus a > lot," > says one woman. "On the floor of my car, probably in restrooms." > > "I put my purse in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of bathroom > stalls > while changing a diaper," says another woman. "And of course in my > home > which should be clean." > > We decided to find out if purses harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned > how to > test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake, then we set out to > test the > average woman's purse. Most women told us they didn't stop to think > about > what was on the bottom of their purse. Most said they usually set > their > purses on top of kitchen tables & counters where food is prepared. > > Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if > their > purses were at least a little bit dirty. It turns out purses are so > surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was > shocked. > > Microbiologist Amy Karren of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the > purses > 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, & salmonella & e-coli found on the purses > could > make people very sick. In one sampling, 4 of 5 purses tested positive > for > salmonella, & that's not the worst of it. > > "There is fecal contamination on the purses," says Amy. Leather or > vinyl > purses tended to be cleaner than cloth purses, & lifestyle seemed to > play a > role. People with kids tended to have dirtier purses than those > without, > with 1 exception. The purse of 1 single woman who frequented > nightclubs had one of > the worst contaminations of all; "Some type of feces, or even > possibly vomit > or something like that," says Amy. > > So the moral of this story - your purse won't kill you, but it does > has the > potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you > eat. Use > hooks to hang your purse at home & in restrooms, & don't put it on > your > desk, on a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop. Experts > say you > should think of your purse 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 purse on the countertops," says Amy. > > The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a purse will help. > Wash > cloth purses & use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather > purses. > > Something most of us have never thought about?