http://www.glamour.com?mbid=synd_yshineBy Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
Not to be too snoopy, but... what's in your purse? I think it would be easier to tell you what's not in mine: any sort of organization, a diamond watch, Justin Bieber, the one bill that I can't find anywhere. Hmm... yep, pretty sure everything else is in there. So this news connecting purses and illness caught my eye...
You're probably well aware of the fact that the outsides and bottoms of our purses harbor lots of germs (due to the fact we place them just about everywhere--floors, bathroom counters, changing tables, you know it--and later throw those same purses on our dining room tables or kitchen counters). But what about the insides of our purses?
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Everyday Health reports that there's stuff in there that could be making us sick, too: wallets, phones, glasses, tissues, business cards, makeup, credit cards, cash, pens. (And those are normal things that normal people carry--this is where I pretend I did not, in fact, find a who-knows-how-long-it-was-there Babybel cheese squished at the bottom of my bag last week.)
The solution? Clean that sucker, of course--daily. Everyday Health recommends wiping everything down--inside and out--with a cloth or moist towelette, and keeping tissues and other objects that might soak up germs from your purse and transfer them directly to your body in tightly closed bags (I'm thinking loose gum or mints might be good to baggie, too--though heaven knows I've chewed a suspect, slightly-linty piece of loose gum in desperation before).
Oh, and if you're looking for an excuse to buy a new bag, this is a good one: cotton and wool fabrics are more apt to hold onto germs than materials such as leather, suede, or plastic.
How dirty is your bag? How often do you rotate purses? What are your best tips for keeping purse germs at bay?
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