Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by happycanuk, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. happycanuk

    happycanuk New Member

    Have you ever noticed gals who sit their purses on public restroom floors
    that go directly to 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 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 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
    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 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" - your purse has gone where every individual before you has
    spat, coughed, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! 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.


  2. whoachief

    whoachief New Member

    Never thought of that. Thanks!
  3. maedaze

    maedaze New Member

    I had never thought of that. How true!! Will definately treat my bag as i would shoes......... I would HATE to think what my handbag would test positive for!!!!

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