Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I got this email forward about a week ago and can't stop thinking about it.  Read below and you will never want to set your purse down again..... ew. yuck.  icky.

While we may know what's inside our handbags, 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. Did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day.   '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. We set out to test the average woman's handbag. It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked. Microbiologist 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, four out of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. 'There is faecal contamination on the handbags'. People with kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without, with one exception.  The handbag of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. 'Some type of feces, or possibly vomit'.  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. 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?