On the Yahoo homepage this week was an article about a U.K. study which revealed that about a third of those surveyed admitted they NEVER clean their purses, briefcases, or gym bags! It also stated that a whopping 100% of bags swabbed and tested were contaminated with bacteria like, e.coli and strep. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.
Not only can germs linger on the outside of your bags, the items on the inside are likely just as bad. Just think for a minute about your cell phones, tissues, money, keys, etc.
With the help of this Yahoo article, here are 5 ways to keep your bags clean and avoid getting and spreading dangerous germs:
1.) When purchasing a new bag, pick a material that can be easily cleaned.
2.) Clean your bag regularly inside and out with a disinfecting wipe, or if your lucky, a UV Flash.
3.) Don’t forget to wipe off the contents of your bag too. Cell phones, keys, wallets and more with disinfecting wipes. Especially during cold and flu season.
4.) Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
5.) If you carry food in your bag, keep it in a zip-top bag to keep it from contamination. Items like shoes should be bagged as well so they don’t bring in more bacteria to your bag and its contents.
This short list may seem like common sense but they are simple things even medical facilities need to keep in mind as well. At times it can be a crossroads of a domino effect meeting a forest-through-the-trees situation where a large group of people are so focused on the science of healing, forget the basics and it carries throughout the entire facility.