With all the recent news about swine flu, everyone has clean hands on their mind. We use our hands all day everyday. There was a recent study that is not entirely shocking but rather disturbing. I am going to go out on a limb and say that most handbag lovers on Purse Blog and Purse Forum are entirely conscious of keeping their bags clean and off the ground. Either way, our hands pick up germs everyday and our handbags are on the receiving end of man-handling our most prized accessories. So keep your hands clean and your handbags in turn may stay a bit cleaner. The other other advice given is to wipe down your bag with a sanitizing wipe and not place your bag on the ground. What do you think?

We wanted to find out what kind of germs a woman’s bag might pick up along the course of a day. A lab tested more than two dozen handbags for traces of various bacteria. Even the scientist who conducted the tests was surprised at what she found.

“I had no idea that it would be that much bacteria,” said microbiologist Amy Karren of Nelson Labs.

This was not just the harmless kind of bacteria you find around your house, this was the kind that makes you sick.

“We found pseudomonas, staphylococcus aureus, E-coli family and salmonella”, she said.

Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staph aureus can cause skin infections and E-coli and salmonella can cause serious intestinal problems.

The test found leather or vinyl purses were generally cleaner than cloth bags and women with kids tend to have dirtier purses than singles.

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  • EDIBLE718

    That comes from those nasty women that put their bags on the floor in public places…….I even seen some on the floor of the bathroom….ewwww

  • Mandy

    I have seen stories like this before. So disgusting. I too see bags on the ground and on restroom floors. These people are then spreading germs and bacteria when they put their bag down next to you later! I’m not a germophobe, but this just seems like such an easy thing to avoid by taking some basic steps.

  • cari

    how do you get rid of the bacteria? was it found inside or outside the purse?

  • Misa

    There are times where you HAVE to put a bag/backpack/etc on the floor. Thanks for telling us something we already know, but what about telling us how to safely disinfect our designer bags? It’s not like we can easily toss them in the washing machine…

  • The only advice they give is to wipe down your bag with a sanitizing wipe on the outside. That could be ok for the leather, but it really just depends

  • Loquita

    I am not affiliated with them in any way, but Lovin My Bags sells a very gentle antibacterial leather cleaner just for this purpose. I have used it on all of my leather bags, and especially on any pre-loved ones that I buy. It’s great!

  • MizzJ

    Eww how gross! Have a little common sense people! If you wouldn’t put your bum on the bathroom floor, why would you put your bag there?!

  • wongy74

    I once told a co-worker that I don’t put my bags on the floor because of the germs and told her about the reports on how germy and gross the bottom of your bags can get. She now thinks I’m a total germaphobe. This from a lady that doesn’t use soap to wash her hands after using the restroom and merely runs her hands under the water for like 2 seconds. Ick!

  • PhotoGirl

    Oy! I feel ill. (Not that I’ve been putting my bag on the restroom floor, but still. . .)

  • Pamela M

    And I work in a hospital. I don’t even want to think about what are on my bags! Ok, so I can wipe down my leather bags, but what about my cloth bags? Get a steamer? And I’m sure I’ve had them on my bed when I’m changing them out!! ICK!!

  • Merve

    I never put my bag on the ground no matter where are i am. My friends used to tease me when i was at school many years ago saying that we would need an extra chair for my handbag no matter where we went. They even used to ask if i wanted to book an extra seat on the plane.

  • Rufina

    I got tired of always trying to find a place to rest my bag if I have to use a restroom and invested in a purse hook-hands down best investment ever.
    and I always have baby wipes with me and some antibacterial hand lotion and/or soap. Just in case my bag has to be on the ground or floor, after I pick it up, take a tissue, some lotion on and wipe the bag-clean and moisturize at the same time.

  • joyce

    That is so nerve racking. I think I’m going to hurl