If you own a backpack, purse,fannypack,briefcase, or any other
type of "bag" then this applies to you. The topic here is gross
but not something many of us think about everyday......
but we should.
This is for the guys as well....
please let your wife / girlfriends know!
Where has your purse or bag been???
Probably true of diaper bags too, and backpacks.
So think where you put them........
Have you ever noticed gals who sit their purses on
public restroom floors then go directly to and place
them on their dining tables? 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 a 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
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
It turns out purses are so surprisingly dirty, even
the microbiologist who tested them was shocked.
Microbiologist Amy Karen 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, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen
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" your purse has gone where every individual
before you has spat, coughed, urinated, emptied bowels,
and more! Do you really want to bring that home with you?
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.
THIS IS WORTH SHARING!!!