Friday, February 17, 2017

Be Careful Where You Set Your Bag

We've all seen those undercover reports that reveal germy things. It's the very reason most of us never stay in a hotel room without taking along these:


But if you carry a purse, you may want to look for that tub of Lysol wipes before you read this. Even if you don't carry a purse, if you have one of these...


...or these...


...this could apply to you.

A study found that a woman's purse was germier than a toilet seat. Yes, a toilet seat. Why? Because of this:


Even if you never take your bag into the bathroom, are you really sure about the cleanliness of that restaurant floor? Chances are the bottoms of people's shoes have walked right over that spot after a trip to the bathroom.


People also put their purses here, which just may also have something to do with the fecal matter the research found.


The solution? Some people use these:


Or these:


You could also choose a lightweight purse that you can just wear if you're in a location with no place to store your purse.


If you're superstitious, there's one more reason you shouldn't set your purse on the floor. Feng shui says, "A purse on the floor is money out the door." Supposedly by setting your purse on the floor, you're showing disrespect for all of the money it contains.

Do you ever set your bags on the floor?

48 comments:

  1. Not disrespecting my money.
    Fortunately, I have no bag to worry about. But setting it on the bathroom floor is disgusting.

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    1. I'm waiting for someone to say their bag doesn't have any money in it anyway, so no worries. I guess credit and debit cards count?!

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  2. My bag touches the floor only in an emergency. When my daughter was in middle school, she took a microbiology class for young people. They checked various spots in the classroom building to find bacteria. The drinking fountain was filthier than any other spot.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. My current purse does NOT hang on the back of chairs well. There's a water fountain at the gym and I eye it every day when I'm thirsty. A lot of men drink out of it, but you never see women doing so! I knew I'd read something about water fountains being nasty, but I couldn't figure out why. Is it because morons put their mouth over the spigot?

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    2. I don't hang my purse on the back of my chair (unless I'm in my favorite spot with my back to a wall). Many years ago, a server walked by my chair, made a loop around a couple of tables and returned my purse to me. I hadn't even noticed it was gone. She said a couple their customers had recently had their purses stolen by hanging them on the back of their chairs.

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    3. I don't know if it's because people put their mouths on the spigot, or if it's because as a nursing instructor told our class, "Wet means germs." Bacteria grows well in wet places. When I worked at the nursing home, I often saw male patients spit into the drinking fountain. Come to think of it, I never saw the drinking fountain cleaned by the housekeepers.

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  3. This is where things are easier for us men (keeping things in pockets and wallets), but placing a purse (or handbag as we call them over here) on a toilet floor definitely doesn't sound like a good idea!

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    1. They're called handbags here a lot, too...I wonder if "purse" is a Southern thing?

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  4. I shall well remember this "a purse on the floor is money out the door".
    Feng Shui are right about a lot of things.
    The truth is that with or without germs, I got problems with the purse; it's always full of stuff and badly affects my back and arms.

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    1. Mine, too! Don't purses seem to get heavier and heavier over time? I'm always thinking, "What is IN here???"

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  5. I recently read that proper purse etiquette is actually to place your purse on the floor beside your seat, but I'm just going to have to be rude, I guess. I never do, mostly because I'm afraid I will be more likely to walk out without it. And in the bathroom, never. I almost always use a purse with a long cross strap so I just wear it. Seriously never thought about the grocery cart seat issue, though. I'm going to have to reconsider how I place my groceries. EEEWW!

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    1. There's a study about that seat in grocery carts, actually. A lot of people put their produce there, too! Now that I do online shopping, I can't remember the last time I've used a cart. It's been a couple of years! If I do run into the grocery store, it's for a few things and I use one of those handheld baskets.

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  6. This makes me want to go disinfect my bag. Yikes!

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    1. I know...probably can't hurt to wipe it down occasionally. Same with your cell phone. Those have been found to be pretty germy, as well.

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  7. I probably look like a dweeb but I wear a fanny pack. I've forgotten or misplaced too many times to trust myself now. :) Except for bathroom visits, the purse always stays attached to me.

    But this is good information. Thanks for bringing it up.

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    1. That's why I like crossbody purses. You can keep those on even when you're seated.

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  8. Never! But I did learn something here--the grocery cart thing. I don't put my purse there because of the possibility of theft; however, I do (did) put food in that little seat area. I didn't think about the dirty diapers that may have been there. Yuck! Never again. Thanks for the wakeup call. Great blog.

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    1. I'm sure most of the time, you're safe, but definitely can't hurt to wipe that area down, too!

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  9. I use the hooks on the back of public restroom stall doors. I hadn't thought about putting my bag on the grocery buggy. Ick!

    Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely remember these. lol

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    1. Occasionally I find a bathroom that doesn't have one of those hooks. What a PAIN that is!

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  10. That explains a lot. I keep mine on the floor at home. I never put it on public restroom floors, ugh. I've been known to hang it around my neck if there is no hook. But I knew purses rank high on the gross scale, so I never put it on counters or tables at home.

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    1. Good point! I'm sure your purse is pretty clean, but it's probably best to keep it off of eating surfaces.

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  11. I try to not think about germs everywhere. I prefer a hook. I am very careful out in public. We all become jugglers

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    1. LOL, yes, we all become jugglers. I've thought about buying one of those hooks for the purse I have now because sometimes there's just nowhere to put it.

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  12. I don't carry a purse, but I do have to put down luggage in airport bathrooms when we travel. Ugh. I really need to douse my carry-on bag with some Lysol. Thanks for the tip!

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  13. I try NOT to carry a purse. I keep my debit card and cash in my pants pocket. If I buy pants with no pockets, I sew one in, on the inside of the waistband.

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    1. Very creative solution! I can't sew but if I could, I'd have pockets on the inside of every pair of yoga pants, since I tend to wear those most of the time!

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  14. Never. I have a small cross body bag I use. I put it on before leaving the house and unless I'm in a restaurant for a meal, I leave it on.

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    1. I love my crossbody bags. I've been carrying a bucket-style one for a while now but I miss my crossbody!

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  15. I never put it on the floor, but never considered the grocery cart to be an issue. Awww.

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    1. I know--people and their babies with cheap diapers, I guess! That's one of the reasons they started putting wipes at the entrances to grocery stores...well, that, and the fact that the handles are bacteria breeding grounds.

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  16. I try not to put mine on the floor if it can be avoided.

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  17. Like Jamie, I never put my purse on the floor, especially in a restroom. YUCK!!! Although, the grocery cart I do put it in the child's seat. I need a hangar...

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    1. I'm thinking about one of those hooks.

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  18. I figure we've survived with all these germs floating around for like tens of thousands of years, they're probably not going to do much harm now.....

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    1. Probably not...although the traces of feces could cause some issues, I guess? Maybe just upset stomach.

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  19. I always try to avoid putting my bag on the floor, especially in public restrooms as you can never tell how clean they are. I like to carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser now too just in case! I always put my bag across my body, like in the photos you showed above, or rest it on a wall if I'm on my own. Good post and important to know! - Tasha

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  20. I read a news article about this years ago and I think about it ALL THE TIME! I try never to put my purse on a table now, but it happens sometimes.

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  21. I never put my bag on the floor in a restroom or anywhere else. I'll lug it around on my shoulder if I must! :)

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  22. Never!! I never put my bag on the floor anywhere. I cringe when I see other people do it, especially in a bathroom!!

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  23. I used to until I read about the germs on the floor.

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  24. ha! great post! that picture of the purse in the bathroom floor made me want to puke LOL that's why I hate carrying a purse arund. I recently decided I was going to be like a guy. I just carry my iphone with my license and a credit card in my pocket :)

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  25. I never put my bag (purse) on the floor anywhere. I use the hooks provided on the back of doors in the public rest-rooms and my bag, no matter how big it is, usually sits on my lap or on an empty chair directly beside me at restaurants/cafes. At home, it rests on a stand in my bedroom. I've always wondered why a lot of Americans call them purses — here, a purse is what we carry coins in.

    Be aware that the tap knobs at the public rest-rooms harbour a ton of germs too. I always carry a small bottle of hand-sanitiser in my bag. I LOVE rest-rooms where you just hold your hands under the tap/soap dispensers and they automatically turn on.

    OH yes, I'm with you on the drinking fountains. I don't go near them at all. Ewwwww!

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  26. YIKES! I have serious OCD about bathrooms, so I don't place anything on the floor, and even though I don't EVER sit on the toilets outside of the home, I still carry hand wipes and lysol wipes to take care of the seats. I learned many years ago from my mom who was very superstitious, don't put your purse on the floor or you'll never have money. This was a pretty neat post, Steph! Hugs...

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  27. Yucky! This is disgusting! Thanks for this post! I have to get some of those hooks!

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  28. Yet one more reason why I don't carry a purse. And I am super picky about what I bring into the restroom and what I do with it. Usually I hang things on the back of the restroom door … like my coat, my camera, etc… When I do carry a purse, I usually use a cross body bag, because I'm always afraid if I take it off, I will leave it. Plus, my bag is super small so I don't take a bunch of things I don't need. I really don't know how women carry heavy purses on their shoulders every day.

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