PURSES- Something to think about!!!! (for everyone!)

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    A friend sent me this, don't know where it came from, but it's excellent advice!

    Here is something to think about that could help everyone's health EVERY day of the week, year-round!


    Have you ever noticed females who set their purses on public toilet floors, then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? Happens a lot! It's not always the 'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress.. Sometimes 'what you don't know WILL hurt you'!

    "Mom got so upset when guests came in the door and plopped their handbags down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up food... She always said that handbags are really dirty, because of where they have been..."

    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? Women carry handbags everywhere; from the office to public toilets 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 handbag goes during the day.

    'I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the bus a lot,' says one woman. 'On the floor of my car, and in toilets.' 'I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts and on the floor of the toilet,' says another woman 'and of course in my home which should be clean.'

    We decided to find out if purses harbour a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake, and then we set out to test the average woman's handbag.

    Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their handbag. Most said at home they usually set their handbags 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 handbags were at least a little bit dirty.

    It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked.

    Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags 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 handbags could make people very sick.

    In one sampling, 4 out of 5 handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it.

    'There is faecal contamination on the handbags' says Amy. Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids ended having dirtier handbags 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 faeces, or possibly vomit' says Amy.

    So the moral of this story is that your handbag won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat. Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don't put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop.

    Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes. 'If you think about putting a pair of shoes on your countertops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your handbag on the countertops.' Your handbag has gone where individuals before you have walked, sat, sneezed, coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc!

    Do you really want to bring that home with you? The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag will help. Wash cloth handbags and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather handbags..


  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    The worst predicament to me is being in a bathroom stall and nowhere to put my purse other than hang it around my neck. The upside is, it makes me keep my shoulder bag light, tho!

    There have been times I have not carried a purse on purpose, but there are a few things I definitely need to take with me nowadays besides a DL and some $$ - hand sanitizer for one plus TP, as not all washrooms are stocked (here in MX or in the US for that matter).

    maybe I should re-title this,

    "Dirt Bags"?
  3. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    I saw about the fecal matter on pocketbooks on CNN/or Headline News so it is true.

    And people stopped putting pocketbooks on the door hooks that are near the tops of the doors because for a while some rotten people would reach over the door and take your bag while you were "indisposed." The smartest hook is half way down the door--but not on the sides as people can reach under the stalls. When the economy gets bad, people are desperate to rob.
  4. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    I'll be more careful after this.
    Jim lol
  5. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    Plus have you noticed some people have their child sit in the front and hold their pocketbook. I used to know people who did that because then the child could get what the mom wanted out of the pocketbook while she drove--like the ringing cellphone, mints, lipstick, etc.!!!!