THE NEXT time you plonk your handbag down on the kitchen work surface just think about where it was last.
On the floor at work? On the floor of a toilet cubicle in a bar? In the footwell of a car?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above then the chances are that your bag is heavily contaminated with bacteria.
Research conducted by the American ABC News channel found that even a relatively new bag can quickly pick up a fairly unhealthy cocktail of germs.
Every single bag tested for bacteria was found to be contaminated but their owners were surprisingly unconcerned because they said they didn’t believe there was any real risk.
However, the microbiologist who conducted the research, Chuck Gerba, has said that bags can be a worrying source of infection, especially as they are transported from one place to another.
“I know too much,” he says. “I’ll never become a bag snatcher.’’