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(A friend of mine, who is a medical doctor in Canada, has sent me the article below. It's an "interesting" read, to say the least... - Janneman)

 

I never gave it a thought. Who would have thought?

 

Have you ever noticed gals who sit 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...

 

Mum 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 Mum!!!

 

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? Shauna Lake (a news anchor at KUTV) put handbags to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your handbag.

 

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 handbag in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of the toilet while changing a nappy," 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. 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 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 handbags.

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Hmmm, just a quick thought on this "cleanliness" subject (which has really shocked me since I arrived here).

 

Kids eat sand that everyone walks on, dog food that the dog slobbers all over and mothers suck on the teet of the bottle to check if its working properly.

 

I've seen towellettes at the grocery store and watched people wipe the handle of the cart before using it. WHY? when the same tin of beans you pick up from the shelves has been through about 20 pairs of hands before you get yours on it.

 

Just a thought.

 

:rolleyes:

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To a degree, Dee, I would agree. :rolleyes:

 

The toilet's floor is a different matter though.

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I think people go completely overboard when it comes to germs and cleanliness in this country. Felt sorry for my kids when we initially moved here. They were 5 and 6 and went from carefree barefoot kids to kids who were not unable to do so much of what they did in SA in the name of 'dirt' and germs. Siestog! :(

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:P And I'll leave it to you Janneman, to call my wife a dirty bag...

 

Aaahh the murderous rage that will ensue. :whome:

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What about the guy (girls included) that do not wash hands after urination.

Some people are so fixated on this aspect that they have a problem when the bed partner gets up to urinate in the middle of the night and do not wash hands.

 

This handbag deal is probably something to watch-out for. Die vrou gaan raas kry!

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I think people go completely overboard when it comes to germs and cleanliness in this country.

 

Yeah you go into Petsmart and they have a dogs water purifier :o

 

 

Andrew

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:P And I'll leave it to you Janneman, to call my wife a dirty bag...
So you want my (Canadian) goose to be cooked, eh? <_<

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Yeah you go into Petsmart and they have a dogs water purifier :o

Andrew

Our boerbuls only drink Ice Mountain Spring Water since they got here...even they have cottoned on to this hygiene thing :huh::lol:

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Doesn't surprise me at all that handbags are so dirty! I took to using a slingbag/long handles years ago so that I could shop with my hands free.

 

One other thing - carry your kid's school bag then check your hands! By the time that they have been allover the classroom floor, bus floor, toilet floor etc., you need to spray them with Lysol occasionally!! :blink:

 

Actually I thought the thread would be about messy insides. I have to own up to soggy sweets, clean crumpled tissues, lots of loose change, 2 lipsticks and perfume testers in the bottom of my bag.

 

My pens disappear at the drop of a hat, so now I carry a pencil and nobody keeps that. My purse and credit card wallet are also full of perfume testers.

 

My daughter wanted to buy the fancy water for her hamster!! :lol:

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Definitely hamster!

 

The guinea pigs drive me scatty with their constant chattering! I get them all started when we go into petshops to cuddle kittens and puppies. :P

 

We don't have a fence for a puppy or kitten, so we just hg them in petshops for now. :)

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And there is the reason why this Mommy has a men's wallet in her back pocket iso a purse... YUCK!

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(A friend of mine, who is a medical doctor in Canada, has sent me the article below. It's an "interesting" read, to say the least... - Janneman)

 

I never gave it a thought. Who would have thought?

 

Have you ever noticed gals who sit 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...

 

Mum 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 Mum!!!

 

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? Shauna Lake (a news anchor at KUTV) put handbags to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your handbag.

 

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 handbag in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of the toilet while changing a nappy," 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. 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 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 handbags.

Strange, I thought of my handbag just the other day. I always put it on the floor, but I must admit I never put it on the table. From now on that dirty thing stays on the floor only.

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The other day I was googling baby inventions ( some strange stuff out there waiting to be patent :huh: ) and came across this.

 

The Purse Hook

 

I'd like to get one for the diaper bag.

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