Is E.coli and Salmonella Lurking in Your Purse or Backpack?
E.Coli Germs Found in Women's Purses
Spreading Germs From Purses to Family
Your purse can be making you sick. It has only been recently that studies on dangerous E. coli and bacteria found on purses have been of concern. These germs are spreading like wildfire and most of us are completely in the dark about it.
The purpose of this article is to bring an awareness to others and generate a change. I have little doubt that after reading this eye-opening news there will be new habits formed as we learn how to protect ourselves and loved ones from germs.
It's time to start thinking about where we put our handbags, shopping bags, back-packs and even money both paper and coins. It's time to realize that setting our purses and other items on the table that we eat off is a sure way of spreading bacteria which could make our families very sick. And laying our purses on the kitchen counter where we prepare food is...well, think about it.
These actions have become such a habit we don't give it a second thought..We carelessly place our purse on the floor of a public restroom or in a shopping cart. We've done it for years. And even if we do pick up a few germs here and there what harm can it do?
Some Varieties Are More Dangerous Than Others
The Mayo Clinic based in Rochester, Minnesota devotes over 40% of their resources to research. In 2011, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, was ranked as the #1 overall hospital in the United States. This is what the Mayo Clinic says about E. coli.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E.Coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
You may be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food — especially raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef. Healthy adults usually recover from infection with E. coli O157:H7 within a week, but young children and older adults can develop a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
In a recent study done on purses E. coli was found predominantly on the bottom of the purse.
Spreading E.Coli Through Public Restrooms and Shopping Carts
Tips to Help Avoid E. coli, Salmonella and Other Germs
Here are a few tips to remember when carrying your purse with you:
- Never set your purse on the floor of a public restroom.
- Avoid the car floor. Remember your feet are in contact with that area.
- Do not place your purse on a public counter.
- Sanitize the shopping cart area before putting your purse down
- Never place your purse on a table or kitchen counter where you eat or prepare food.
- Keep your purse off of the movie theater floor.
- Do not set your purse or back-pack on a restaurant floor.
- Wash your hands before you un-pack your groceries.
How To Sanitize Your Purse and Backpack
Microbiologists found that 4 out of 5 women's purses that were tested contained Salmonella on the bottom of the purse. Both Salmonella and E. coli can cause food poisoning and gastrointestinal problems as well as pseudomonas, which causes eye infections.
Keep your handbags bacteria free. Remember germs can be moved from one place to the other. Make it a habit to clean your purse once a week. The best way to do this is to:
- Empty everything out of your purse.
- Using an anti-bacterial wipe, clean the lining first.
- Then wipe everything that was in your purse with a fresh anti-bacterial wipe. Include your cell phone, make-up (a real breeding ground for germs) and things like pens and such.
- Wipe off the outside of your purse with a mild detergent and then clean the bottom. You can also use Clorox wipes.
- Keep food out of your purse.
- Never carry your shoes in your purse.
Keeping Your Home Germ Free
Keeping Your Home Germ Free
It's impossible to live in a germ-free home but there are some things you can do to keep germs from spreading. The following suggestions can help and please leave some of your own tips in the comment section below:
- Always carry sanitizer in your car, purse, backpack or pocket. You never know when you'll need it. And even though you personally may not always need it, a friend, partner and especially children will.
Sanitize the following to prevent germs from spreading:
- Door knobs (inside and out)
- Computer keyboards and mouse
- Cell phones
- Washable shopping bags
- Kitchen counters
- Piano keyboards
- Gasoline pump handles
- Your hands after handling money
- Your hands after using public toilets (and doors.)
- Remote controls
- Light switches
- Refrigerator door handles
- Microwave buttons
- Soap dispensers
- Lipstick and makeup testers (loaded with germs.)
- Elevator buttons
- Car door handles
- Steering wheels
- Toilet handles
Always change the filters in your home regularly. The rule of thumb is to change them every 3 months but it depends on several factors, one being the quality of the filter. Cheaper filters may need to be replaced once a month. If the vents become dirty, the filter needs to be replaced immediately.
What about pets? Our pets become part of our family. We love them, pet them, clean them and play with them. They lower our blood pressure and heart rate and even help us to live longer. But what happens when our best friend plants a big old slobbery kiss on us?
Consider the way one dog greets another or how a canine licks himself all over. If this visualization doesn't cause you to avoid a kiss on the cheek from Fido then read on.
Our canine cuties carry a bacteria round the mouth that you wouldn't want on your face. And if you end up with a bad case of diahrrea and fever, it could be from the salmonella bacteria lurking on your dog.
There's also a bacteria found on the tail end of cats and dogs called "campylobacter" which causes more than 200,000 Americans to get a nasty stomach flu. So enjoy your pet as much as you like, but remember to wash your hands.
We don't have to be fanatic about keeping germs at bay, but at the same time taking a few precautions here and there just might protect us and our loved ones from needlessly getting sick.
And at least you know now, how E. coli, Salmonella and other germs can spread to purses and backpacks.
Thank you for taking time out to read my hub and I'd love to read your comments.
How often will you now completely clean out your purse/backpack
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© 2012 Audrey Hunt