By Britt Bickel

Ladies, take note. If you’ve never washed your handbags, it’s time to start.

A study conducted by British company Initial Washroom Hygiene Solutions not only says that 33 percent of women never wash their purses, but tested bags and the contents inside them contain harmful bacteria including E Coli.


“Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned,” Peter Barratt, Technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, said in a press release, according to New York Daily News.

Items inside your purse aren’t safe from bacteria, either. According to the study, common handbag items like hand cream and cosmetics were found to harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat.

The study also found leather handbags tend to carry the most bacteria because the spongy texture makes a perfect breeding ground, reports CBS New York.

One tip to prevent bacteria from growing on your handbag is to use anti-bacterial wipes to clean the bottom of your bag along with the handles. And remember to never, ever set your bag down on the restroom floor.

Listen to more on the study conducted on purses in the clip below:


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