Report: Handbags a Hazard to Your Health?

In What's New, Industry News by Dana Cassidy

Women's HandbagsSurrey, England—Sorry ladies, but here’s some news that really stinks. That to-die-for handbag that cost you a pretty penny actually ain’t so pretty after all.

According to British company Initial Washroom Hygiene, women’s handbags harbor more germs and bacteria than the average toilet!

The company reported that, on average, 20% of handbags contain a substantial amount of harmful bacteria that can pose an actual threat to human life, with leathergoods being the most susceptible because of their spongy material.

The culprit? That’s right, it’s us.

“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,” says Peter Barratt, technical manager at Initial Washroom Hygiene.

“Once these germs get on the bags, they can easily be transferred via hands onto other surfaces. Regular hand sanitization 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,” Barratt said.

So if you don’t want your precious Michael Kors to turn into a cesspool of bacteria, the solution is simple—clean your bags! Antibacterial wipes and specific handbag cleaners are recommended to help keep you and your bag germ-free.

The report also suggested that perhaps women should wash their hands or use hand sanitizers after placing their hands inside their bags.


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