From Bic pen lids, squashed lipsticks, plastic forks, crushed tampons, bits of grey fluff, that kind of thing make for a pretty gross situation at the bottom of your purse…
But, according to new reports from German researchers, it could be home to up to 10,000 different types of bacteria. Nice. And, let’s be honest, most people clean their toilets more often than they clear out their handbags.
Our hands touch everything and certainly all the things you have inside of your handbag, also contaminating it.’
How to ensure your handbag isn’t a cesspit of bacteria:
- If you are going to carry food in your bag, make sure it’s in a sealed container.
- Hang your bag on the back of the door in public loos, rather than putting it on the floor.
- Remove any trash as soon as possible.
- Regularly clean your hands before rifling through your handbag.
- Have a clear out from time to time.
Those tests also found also that leather handbags are the biggest bacteria breeders, as the spongy texture creates the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow and spread.