Women’s handbags women are home to more bacteria than the average toilet flush, according to research by international hygiene company Initial Washroom Hygiene.
This news comes on #WorldHandbagDay, which is observed annually on 10 October.
While it is shocking to consider one’s handbag carries more bacteria than a toilet flush, discovering what the dirtiest items are is even more shocking: face and/or hand cream, closely followed by lipstick and mascara.
Swab tests also apparently revealed bag-linings, make-up and make-up bags carried plenty of bacteria.
Initial’s technical manager Peter Barrat, in a statement, said: “Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned. Once these germs are on the bags, they can easily be transferred via hands onto other surfaces.”
The hygiene company’s research further revealed leather handbags provided the best conditions for bacteria to grow and spread due to their texture.
Practising hand hygiene was said to be a good way to prevent the bacteria from spreading.
“Initial recommends regularly cleaning hands and personal items like bags with antibacterial wipes or gel to prevent against cross-contamination,” the company’s statement read.
“Regular hand sanitisation is essential to prevent the presence of bacteria in the first place and thorough cleaning of bags is recommended to prevent the build-up of contamination”.
Below are some pointers on how to ensure handbag cleanliness:
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