Women’s handbags (and baby bags!) contaminated with more bacteria than the average toilet.

Tests showed that one in five bag handles is home to sufficient bacteria to pose a risk to human health.

Leather handbags were the most bacteria-ridden as the spongy texture provides the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow.

Research also revealed that the dirtiest item in the average handbag is hand cream.

Game consoles, bicycles and children’s toys are all also worse than the toilet for lurking nasties, with the backyard trampoline also included.

Researchers said women should regularly clean their bags to prevent cross-contamination.

Eucalyptus Spray has been proven to kill 99.99 percent of household germs including E.coli  (the most common germ found on children’s toys) and salmonella.   Spray anywhere fingers regularly touch including door handles, computer keyboards, TV remotes, IPhones and tablets.  And of course, handbags!

It is important to remember that parents are often toting a baby bag with them wherever they go. Give them a regular clean too!

When did you last clean your bag?

Share your comments below.

  • Ewww! Yuk! Timely reminder for me to wipe over all of my handbags with disinfectant. When you think about where you take them and what you do with them, it’s not at all surprising really.


  • This doesn’t surprise me but thanks.


  • Ewww! I must admit my handbag has never been cleaned and it gets all sorts of debris in the bottom. It is probably pretty disgusting so should definitely look into this!


  • You don’t put your leather handbag in the washing machine, but Eucalyptus spray is easy and efficient and I love the smell !


  • Gosh, I guess I always think how grubby my handbag gets and I wipe it down on the outside occasionally but I guess I should do a deep clean more regularly. And the trampoline too!!!!!


  • In all honesty how many check what is in their bags but never actually clean them. I reckon the majority wouldn’t clean their bags. Another of the dirtiest things is the baby carseat. How many take the covers off and wash them. Yes, they are definitely washable Its harness and clips need to be cleaned too.


  • I have a regular schedule for cleaning my bag – I like it clean and organised too.

    • All of the bags in the household get cleaned too.


  • Right, time to clean my handbag !


  • That is kind of gross, but I think hyper-vigilance is what is making more superbugs and creating more sicknesses, allergies, etc. You naturally become used to germs and are protected against them like the kids that swim in the Ganges River in India.


  • Germs don’t scare me that much. As long as food is cooked properly, hands get washed after using the toilet and everything gets a wipe down at the end of the day.


  • I must admit I didn’t clean my bag often. :-(


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