According to a recent study, 33% of women admitted to having never cleaned their purse… ever! No wonder they can have more bacteria than a toilet seat, as toilets are frequently seen as the dirtiest place in the house, and therefore, cleaned more often.
The cleaning experts of Helpling (http://helpling.ae), the leading online marketplace for household services in Middle East, unveils the hidden threats in your handbag and offers quick tips to keep it clean and free from nasty germs!
Yes, your handbag is way dirtier than you imagined!
If you are already feeling a bit guilty, well, you should! According to the Hygiene Fact Book, 10,000 bacteria can be found on just a few square centimeters of your handbag. From this amount, 30% of the bacteria are fecal ones! Also, a Science World Report interviewed specialists that stated handbags can have 10 times more microbial activity than a toilet seat, inside, outside, and especially in the handles!
Now think beyond all the places you carry your bag and focus on how many times you touch your bag. Now try to imagine how dirty your hands can be! To help you to have a full picture, The University of Colorado at Boulder published a study that pointed out 4,700 different bacteria species on the human hand!
Invisible threats can make you ill
Among these millions of bacteria your everyday handbag has, there are harmless ones, but also dangerous ones. And when we say handbag, we are not only referring to your purse, but also to your grocery bags!
A study from 2013 found dangerous bacteria in handbags, which are also present in grocery bags, according to a study of University of Arizona. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), these types found can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, or meningitis and pneumonia. So think twice before neglecting the hygiene of your bag!
Here are 4 easy tips to keep your handbag clean:
If you pay attention to these 4 simple hygiene tips, you can really decrease your chance of having a contaminated handbag!
1. To ensure your handbags are clean, first wash your hands, and then wipe the handbags with alcohol free wipes. From time to time, empty your purse and shake it to get the larger pieces of dirt out, and then use a brush or lint roller to grab the most resistant crumbs.
2. Careful where you place your bag! Avoid contamination by not leaving it on the floor - especially bathroom floors! And when storing your bag, make sure to place it in its original dust bag (or in a pillowcase), so you can protect the bag AND avoid cross contamination.
3. Pay extra attention to cleaning your hands before grabbing items in your handbag. Wash or disinfect your hands before touching anything, especially if you have been at a public place like a train or bus.
4. If you want to make your bag extra tidy, you can make baking soda sachets to keep in your handbag to get rid of any unpleasant odor.
It’s never too late to get your act together! Surely most of you will invest some time and follow some of these tips today.