How clean is your handbag?

a recent study into the cleanliness of handbags has come up with surprising results. The most unhygienic item in your handbag is your keys, followed by the buckle or zip on your purse, your phone and then your handbag zip itself.

a recent study into the cleanliness of handbags has come up with surprising results. The most unhygienic item in your handbag is your keys, followed by the buckle or zip on your purse, your phone and then your handbag zip itself.

The study, which measured the biological contamination of ten handbags, found that the door and car keys tested were on average 33 times dirtier than what is considered to be a clean surface.

In a separate survey 51% of respondents thought that their phone would be the dirtiest item in their handbag, while only 22% thought that their keys would be the dirtiest item. 35% regularly disinfect their phone, but less than 5% disinfect their purse and only 3% disinfect their keys. Only 29% of respondents clean their handbag every few weeks; 74% said that removing receipts and rubbish was the extent of their cleaning, with 66% finding old tissues, 75% finding old sweet wrappers and 34% finding crumbs when they cleaned their handbag out. 52% admitted to keeping food in their handbag.

Dr Colm Moore, Technical Manager, Initial Washroom Solutions Ireland commented: “I was initially surprised at the high levels of contamination on the items we analysed, especially on the keys. However, logically this is an item that is touched every working day and is somewhat ignored when cleaning. While not dangerous, the levels of contamination could be attributed to the spread of bacterial associated illnesses, such as colds and other viruses. I would also be concerned if people were keeping uncovered food in their handbags.”

“We carried out the same study after using the Initial UltraProtect Wipepod disinfectant wipes and the level of biological material recorded was dramatically reduced. We recommend cleaning out your handbag regularly; ensuring keys, zips and buckles are cleaned thoroughly. Using a hand sanitizer, such as UltraProtect, is also a useful way of ensuring your hands are kept clean before consuming food and drinks when on the move,” he continued.

UltraProtect is a highly convenient range of hand and surface sanitising products for commercial and public use, featuring a gel hand sanitiser, a foam hand sanitiser and handy packs of hand and surface wipes.