Handbags, Long ( A must read)

reeree_naturalJuly 22, 2008

This was emailed to me and I would like to pass it on to you ... after reading, just think of wearing shoes in the house! pass it on...

Have you ever noticed gals who set their handbags 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'!

Read on...

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. Smart Mom!!!

It's something just about every woman carries with them. 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. Most women won't be caught without their handbags, 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 hand bag in grocery

shopping carts, 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 handbags 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.

Psudomonas 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 of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and

that's not the worst of it. 'There is fecal 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 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' says Amy.

So the moral of this story - 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 onto 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

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




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I think I just threw up a little in my mouth!!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 11:18AM
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turned my stomach as well..but it is good to read and good to be aware of it.. who would think??

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 11:51AM
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I suffered one bout of food poisoning, and i never want to have it again! Thanks for the warning!!!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 2:26PM
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Good advice Ree, thanks for posting it.

How have you been?


    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 6:37AM
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By the way, this information checks out on Snopes.com, so it's reliable.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 10:11PM
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