One in five handbags is toting around loads of unhealthy bacteria, researchers from Great Britain’s Initial Washroom Hygiene Solutions say.
In fact, 20% of women’s purses have more bacteria than the average toilet, according to their study. Purses touch all sorts of surfaces--- the floor of a subway car, a restroom counter, or the sidewalk, for example.
Leather handbags, especially, are a haven for bacteria due to their spongy texture. And a hand-cream bottle is typically the germiest item in a handbag.
You can avoid catching an infection from your favorite tote by washing your hands regularly and cleaning your bags. And keep your bag on your shoulder or lap!