By Wen-Cheng Liu (Flickr: Listed) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wen-Cheng Liu (Flickr: Listed) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The TODAY show reported one scary statistic this morning.  It’s been years since research began regarding the cleanliness of our handbags…and we’ve long known it was headed nowhere pleasant. However the results of one recent UK study are especially frightening.  It has deemed our handbags dirtier than a toilet seat! Think about all that time you spend lining public toilet seats – little did you know you were toting an even bigger germ culprit around on your arm every single day!

Naturally, the bottom of your handbag is the grossest part. Think about where you place that thing – the train seat, your desk, the bathroom floor?! We can only hope that this makes you think twice about throwing your bag on your bed tonight after work. The things inside of our bag are not safe, either – they are often covered in the same level of bacteria as the exterior.

The moral of the story – it’s important to take extra steps to clean your bag on a regular basis to avoid getting sick. And sure, we know to line public toilet seats and wash our hands before eating at a restaurant…but all of this has got us thinking about other germy items and places that we may have overlooked in the past. We’ve scoured the web and as a result, here are some germ hot spots that you probably come in contact with on a daily basis:

  • Wet laundry
  • Shopping cart handles
  • Gym equipment
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Escalator handrail
  • ATM keypad
  • Restaurant salt & pepper shakers
  • Headphones
  • Yoga mats
  • Cell phones

It almost feels like nowhere is safe! One option? Keep yourself protected like our editor, PJ, and carry around an industrial sized bottle of scented anti-bac 😉