Women’s handbags are contaminated with more bacteria than the toilet, a new study of Initial Hygene in the UK has revealed this statistic.
Handbags are one of the important and indispensable accessories of women. It is not only extremely comfortable, but also attributable to the beauty of the lady as a sign of her sophisticated and trendy style.
Recently, there are tests showed that one in five handbag handles is home is more likely to suffer bacteria which pose a risk to human health.
The research also revealed that the dirtiest item in the average handbag is hand cream – bottles of hand cream were found to carry more bacteria than the toilet seat. On the other hand, lipstick and mascara packets were found to be little better.
The tests, carried out by Initial Washroom Hygiene, also revealed that leather handbags are the most bacteria-riddled as the spongy texture provides the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow and spread.
The researchers suggest that women should regularly clean their hands and bags with antibacterial wipes or gel to prevent cross-contamination.
Peter Barratt, Technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, 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.
‘Regular hand sanitation 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.’
The research comes after another study revealed that workplace kitchens are dangerously dirty, to the point that they could cause illness.
The study, also carried out by Initial Washroom Hygiene, revealed that half of surfaces in workplace kitchens are contaminated by dangerously high levels of coliforms – the bacteria present in feces which can lead to outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease.
It also showed that more than a quarter of draining boards were found to have four times the safe level of coliforms.
The research also revealed that the handles of shared fridge-freezers were bacteria-rife, with a third carrying high levels of coliforms, whilst 30 per cent of shared microwaves were also shown to be contaminated around the handles and buttons.
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