In a new study commissioned by Mentos Gum, researchers found that since we all wash our handbags so rarely, and plonk them down just about anywhere, we're continually collecting dangerous bacteria.
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The train station? Public loos? Even office toilets and workplace floors are a breeding ground for all sorts.
Among swabs taken from the handbags of thousands of women, researchers found the deadly food poisoning bug E.coli, along with Coliforms which come from the faeces of humans and warm-blooded animals. Bleugh.
Bacteria called pseudomonas found in soil, plants and animals also lurked in many of the women's gym bags, handbags and laptop cases, which hospitals now count as the second most common infection found in patients.
So ladies, we're asking, how often do you wash your favourite handbag?
How often do you wash your favourite handbag?
Once a week5.08%
Once a month11.86%
Once or twice a year5.08%
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