The Dirty Truth About Purses, Shoes & Cell Phones
Like Toting Around a Toilet
Put your purse down (on the floor that is). Here’s some totally gross news: Nearly a third of handbags are crawling with fecal bacteria, says microbiologist Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. So although the restaurant floor isn’t ideal, it’s better than putting your purse on the table and risking getting those germs near the food that’s about to go into your mouth.
You might want to wipe down your bag once a week (or anytime you’ve put it on a germ hot spot, like that restaurant floor or a hook in a bathroom stall) with sanitizing wipes such as CleanWell To-Go Disinfectant Wipes which are botanically based and safe on most leathers and fabrics. The same goes for pocketbooks, your husband’s wallet, your kids’ backpacks, and luggage after traveling.
Also Dirtier Than the Loo
The Soles of our Shoes. Growing up, my mom always asked people to take off their shoes when they came into our house. Now that I have a home of my own and a gravitational toddler, it makes perfect sense. Think of all the places you’ve been traipsing about—city streets, subway seats, public restrooms, dark movie theaters—and lord knows what messes I’ve left on those grounds before quickly shuffling away. You’ve probably walked miles in these shoes for years and years which means there is a lot of sh*t on those soles. Why would you want to walk all of that around the floors of your own house?
According to a Good Morning America (GMA) investigation, not only does bacteria live longer on the bottoms of our shoes than in other places, but more than 90 percent of the time, it also transfers to the tile floors and carpets in the home.
While it’s considered rude to ask guests to take off their shoes, you can lead by example (and if you’re the guest, follow the lead), and after your guests leave, give your floors a good cleaning with a sanitizing steam mop.
Dirtier than the Bottom of a Shoe
Buzz..Buzz…Ring, Ring. Most of us spend all day with ours, take it everywhere with us AND hold it up close to our face—it’s no surprise that our phones are one of the dirtiest things in our hands. We give it to our children, hand it to cashiers, and would wipe it with a dirty sock without a second thought if a smudge was in the way of a photo opp. A smartphone is a clean phone! Get in the habit of wiping it down daily with a microfiber cloth sprayed with disinfectant. And while you’re at it, wipe down the TV remotes too.
Take a quiz to see how dirty your cell phone is (mine is as dirty as 297 toilet seats—yuck!):
“purse” source: SELF September 2013