Dirty Hermes Handbags, is that possible?

  1. I received this email and although it may seem disgusting to many, it is real. I cannot tell you how many times I have looked at the floors when I was looking to put down my birkin bag.

    Subject: dirty purses

    Mom always got so upset when her guest came in the door and 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 and 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, and salmonella and e-coli found on the purses could make people very sick. In one sampling, four of five purses tested positive for salmonella, and 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, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids tended to have dirtier purses than those without, with one exception. the purse of one 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 and in restrooms, and don't put it on your desk, on a restaurant table, or on your kitchen counter-top.
    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 and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather purses.

    A moist towel with some lexol leather cleaner will do the trick. (Lexol on leather ONLY, not to be used on crocodile)
    Creme Saphir can be used on the crocodile.
    I hope no one is offended by this, I just thought I would share this information.
  2. Wow, that's crazy but would anyone put their Hermès on the floor? ;)

    And I love this:
    Very scientific way of putting it :lol:
  3. CDL, thanks for this information. I will definitely have to do a wipe down of all of my purses.
  4. That's why I always ask for a seperate chair for my bag at restaurants if none is already available. Floors, even though many might seem OK, are greasy and I don't want anyone stealing or kicking my bag. I'm not some Germ fanatic but purses at restaurants are a concern.
  5. Ick! What is the best leather cleaner for veau epsom? I wonder what is on my wallet too? I pull it out and set it on a counter without even thinking - where others set their bags.... Gross!
  6. This was tough to read but thanks for sharing it!
  7. I agree Greentea. Tough to think of fecal matter & Hermes in the same sentence. lol.
  8. I have this thing of really protecting my bags, I never set them on the floor unless there is a clean cloth underneath and I never set them on counter's, well only at Hermes! Never put them in shopping carts. In my home, my bags have a special table they go on, so I'm pretty safe.

    The only time my handbag is set on my car floor is when someone is sitting on the passengers seat. But then again my car is most of the time clean,... am I in denial or what!
  9. I need one of these special tables!
  10. YIKES! :sick: Thanks for posting that info CDL.
  11. Gross - I think I'll give my bags a good wipedown this weekend!
  12. Good thing I always put my bag on top of a stack of clean paper wherever I go, and at restaurant I always make sure it's sitting at a clean place. This is scary ...
  13. I've zipped my purses in my jacket or hoodie before in the STALL, or place a stack of liners in the middle of the stall floor away from everything, or put it on my shoulder. I also put it on a chair in a restaurant, or lap, or BEHIND my chair and I rather scoot up and only have 1 Cheek on the chair =)

    YUCKY!! Thanks for posting this CDL.
  14. That's why I bought one of these. I don't own an Hermes (yet) but this works wonders. And it's also considered bad luck to put your purse on the floor.
  15. :roflmfao::roflmfao::roflmfao: