Don't put your purse on my table..

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CRC, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Its' something just about every woman carries with her.
    While we may know what's inside our purses, do you have any idea what's on the outside? <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com[​IMG]Shauna</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeName></ST1:place> put purses to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your purse in the future.<O:p
    Women carry purses everywhere, from the office to public restrooms to the floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their purses, but did you ever stop to think about where your purse goes during the day? "I drive a school bus, so my purse has been on the floor of the bus a lot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car, the floor in restrooms."<O:p
    "I put my purse in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of bathroom stalls while changing a diaper," says another woman. "And of course in my home - which should be clean."</O:p>
    We decided to find out if purses harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in <ST1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Salt</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></ST1:place>, and then we set out to test the average woman's purse. Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their purse. Most said they usually set their purses on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared. Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their purses were at least a little bit dirty. It turns out purses are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked. Microbiologist Amy Karren of Nelson Labs says nearly all the purses tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria.<O:p
    Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the purses could make people very sick. In one sampling, four of five purses tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. "There was fecal contamination on the purses," says Amy. <O:p
    Leather or vinyl purses tended to be cleaner than cloth purses, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids tended to have dirtier purses than those without, with one exception. The purse of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. "Some type of feces, or even possibly vomit or something like that," says Amy. <O:p
    So the moral of this story - your purse won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat. Use hooks to hang your purse at home and in restrooms, and don't put it on your desk, on a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop.<O:p
    Experts say you should think of your purse the same way you would a pair of shoes. "Would you consider putting a pair of shoes onto your countertops? Well that's the same thing you're doing when you put your purse on the countertops," says Amy.</O:p>
    The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a purse will help. Wash cloth purses and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather purses.


    and I checked it out on


    Never thought of it..
  2. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Think purses are bad, wait until you see what lives on the average door handle!!! :eek:

    Here's even one better, I hope I get the numbers right. One in every nine men that you shake hands with in a day has used it that day to masturbate!!! :rolleyes:
  3. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    The purses are serious business. Bricks in them and germs on them. Sheesh. Though it's better than the soft serve icecream machines I guess.

    As far as the masturbation thing. Good thing your hand can't get preggo. Scarey stuff out there. Some bacteria is good to have and we do have it all around us, though sometimes it gets scarey. Glad I don't have a pool.
  4. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I thought about the door handles the other day...I was in Publix restroom...

    washed my hands..

    and when I grabbed the nasty looking door handle..I wondered just how many people used it that didn't wash their hands....and there I was grabbing it...ewwwwwwwwwww......:mad:

    Guess that's why you carry extra paper was just gross...


    Years of nursing have me where I wash my hands , a lot...a whole lot...Just habit...but I see sooo many that do things and don''s just nasty...:rolleyes:
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