Have you ever thought about how dirty purses can be?  I have had the thought cross my mind but this information really drives it home.  Since my grandson recently came home from the hospital after getting "a bad bug," I am getting very germ conscious.  I received this from a niece of mine--hope it doesn't gross you out.  I bring this up so that when you go to someone else's home you do not put your purse on their table or kitchen counter.

Have you ever noticed gals who sit their purses on public restroom
floors - that go directly to their dining tables? 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 a guest came in the door and plopped their purses down on
the counter where she was cooking or setting up the buffet.
She always said that purses are really dirty, because of Where they have
been. Smart Momma!!!

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?

Shauna Lake put purses to the test - for bacteria - with surprising
results. You may think twice about where you put your purse.
Women carry purses everywhere; from the office to public restrooms
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 purse goes during the day?

"I drive a school bus, so my purse has been on the floor of the bus
a lot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car, probably in
restrooms." "I put my purse in grocery shopping carts, on the floor
of bathroom stalls while changing a diaper," says another woman and
of course in my home which should be clean."

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

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

It turns out purses are so surprisingly dirty, even the
microbiologist who tested them was shocked.
Microbiologist Amy Karren of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the purses
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
purses could make people very sick. In one sampling, four of five
purses tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of
it. "There is fecal contamination on the purses," says Amy.

Leather or vinyl purses tended to be cleaner than cloth purses, and
lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids tended to have
dirtier purses 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 feces, or even possibly vomit
or something like that,"

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

Experts say you should think of your purse 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
purse on the countertops" - your purse has gone where every
individual before you has spat, coughed, urinated, emptied bowels,
etc! Do you really want to bring that home with you?

The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a purse will help.
Wash cloth purses and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of
leather purses.


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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Thought provoking, Leslie! I had a client tell me once that it was bad luck to put your purse on the floor - ever!  maybe that legend was started by a microbiologist!  Feces? ewwwww. Thanks for a good post.
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