Surprisingly, one of the sneaky factors that cause us to get sick is the germs collected on our handbags. While you’re toting around your stylish new purse, you probably aren’t thinking about the bacteria and other gross materials that have accumulated on your accessory from just a few hours out in public. We keep our handbags close to our bodies, and those collected germs are quickly getting into our systems. Here are a few tips to keep your handbags clean and germ free to avoid illness and to keep your bag in tip-top shape.
- Avoid setting down your purse – If you are in a restaurant that offers purse or jacket hooks, take advantage of them. If there are no hooks to be found, try hanging your purse on the back of your chair or keeping it on your lap. Restaurant floors are covered with germs and other bacteria from the ground outside, and those can easily get on the bottom of your bag, on your hands, and into your system via your mouth, nose or eyes. Always hang your purse up in public bathrooms as well.
- Keep a pack of anti-bacterial wipes in your bag – If you set your bag on a public bus or subway seat, it’s a good idea to keep it germ free by wiping your bag off when you leave. It’s a good idea to learn how to clean handbags based on their specific materials. Look for a cleansing leather or suede protector for your nicer bags. It’s a good idea to wipe down your bag’s contents, including wallets, keys, pens, headphones and makeup, to keep them germ free and clean as well.
- Clean bags from the inside out – About once a week, empty the contents of your bag and clean the inside. Here’s how to clean handbags: Once your items are all removed from the interior, give it a good shake outside or over a garbage can to get rid of any crumbs or wrappers. Next, use a lint roller along the inside fabric. If you spot any stains, try using a baby wipe or Windex to blot it out. Use anti-bacterial, alcohol free wipes along the outside, and your bag will be clean and germ free.