Bag Teria - Icky - but worth reading!

  1. A friend of mine sent this to me today...thought I would share......MAKES YOU THINK:yucky:

    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!
    > 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?

  2. :wtf::wtf::wtf:
    I gave my Speedy an evil eye while reading this :shame:
  3. I saw this before. I never ever put it down on the bathroom counters. I put it on tables or sofas and they get a good rubdown after a couple of trips.
  4. As much as possible, I try to "carry" my bag, or hand it to someone I'm with.
  5. Ew! :wtf:

    I never put my handbags on the ground anymore if I can avoid it and always have an ottoman pulled nearby so people can put their handbags and cases on it instead of my counter. That way, I don't get foodstuff on their bags (but more inmportantly, I don't get germstuff in my food!).
  6. I never put it on bathroom counters..just b/c they are always filthy & always have soap & water on them. There is no way my purse is going on that. When I go out to dinner I usually put it on another seat or beside me on the booth, if it's a crowded place, it never leaves my shoulder. But, the seat & booth is probably no cleaner! My mom puts her purse on the kitchen counter, I just cringe & tell her she shouldn't do that b/c her purse is way dirtier than mine..It travels awhole lot more. She just says it's her kitchen & she'll do what she wants. Oh well she doesn't cook anyways but when & if she does it will be her own fault if she gets sick.
  7. i always carry my purse or use hooks...not so much because of the germs (never thought about that until now!!) but because bathroom counters are wet most of the time, or i'm afraid someone'll snatch it and run off with my baby!
  8. I'm so grossed out by public bathrooms that if there isn't a hook on the door to hang it up by, I'll loop the handles over my HEAD and let it hang off the back of my neck!! When I'm washing my hands, if I don't have a shoulder bag, I'll put my bag between my knees and hang on to it that way.

    Floors of any kind? Only my office and that's because I know the spot I place it IS clean.

    Grocery stores: I actually do put my bag in the place the kiddies sit, BUT: I always flip the plastic gizmo up that the kids sit on so the bag is on the wire part of the cart. I may start using the complimentary wipes they leave by the carts and start wiping even THAT down now, though.....

    At home? In my rocking chair by the front door. If I even get to the kitchen, it goes on a dining room table chair.

    I used to work in a hospital and we were required to undergo regular training about hygiene matters. Let me tell you, it was a REAL eye opener!!! :wtf:

    Truthfully, you just can't let yourself get too hung up about all the germs out there, and there are plenty. Just keep your hands washed, avoid the obvious grossness and you'll be fine. Otherwise, you'll starve to death and start acting like Howard Hughes in his waning years.... :push:
  9. I never put my purse down anywhere! At home it has it's special resting place, Never never on a floor of anykind. I will hold it in my lap if need be. Never on a restroom floor (dear God) or counter of anykind, anywhere. Now, I may never let it touch a solid surface again!!!
  10. Thanks so much for the info!

    I have this silly habit of cradling my purse between my ankles when I'm at a restaurant or washing my hands in a bathroom...

    Like in "March of the Penguins" when the parents cradle their egg on top of their feet to protect them from the cold!:smile:

    I also have one of those hangers that fit on the edge of the table if we're out to eat. I'm also paranoid about someone grabbing my purse if it's hanging on my chair that I'm sitting in. And lastly, at work, all my coworkers giggle at this, my purse sits on a chair next to my own chair.

    This applies to ALL my purses, from SAK to Fendi. Plus I have the iconic superstitions of my Chinese ancestors (mom and granny) who always told me never to put my purse on the floor, because that means "money will easily flow out of your purse and other people will collect it..." or something like that. More melodic, I'm sure, in the original translation.
  11. That is something to think about. I am 30 yrs old and have been carrying a purse daily since I was 10 years old. I've never gotten sick from my purse, that I know of. But I may clean my bags more often now! Thanks for the info!
  12. :throwup::throwup::throwup:

  13. Oh dear!!!! :wtf: Yuck, yuck, yuck! :throwup:

    I don't like putting my purses on the floor anyway but after reading this, it will be over my dead body before I ever put it down on the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Oh, eww! :throwup: I'm a total germ-phobe, so I never let it out of my hands. I won't let my friends hold it, and I certainly won't put it on a bathroom floor!!! I always either hold it, or hang it around me somehow if I think my hands touched/might touch something that was contaminated (like anything in a public restroom... ugh, I hate those things!!) Just a bit OCD.... :rolleyes:
  15. I think I value my good bags too much so I don't put them just anywhere. The strangest incident as of late was that during a recent thunderstorm, I came home to a dark house and sat my LV Speedy on the dining room table. My husband had just finished a plate of watermelon and the wet plate was still there. Luckily, the Speedy wipes clean quite easily!