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Purses Are Filthier than the Average Toilet, Study

Update Date: May 14, 2013 10:17 AM EDT

Women's purses are dirtier than the average toilet, a revolting new study has revealed.

Bacterial tests found that 20 percent of purse handles have surfaces that are teeming with bacteria that are harmful to human health, according to the Daily Mail.

Researcher found that the dirtiest thing in a purse is hand lotion, which was found to carry more bacteria than the average toilet seat. The study found that lipstick and mascara fared just a little better in cleanliness.

The study conducted by Initial Washroom Hygiene found that leather bags have the most bacteria on their surfaces because the spongy texture provides a perfect environment for bacteria to multiply.

The latest findings suggest that women should regularly sanitize their hands and bags with antibacterial wipes to prevent cross-contamination.

"Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned," said Peter Barratt, Technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, according to the Daily Mail.

"Once these germs are on the bags, they can easily be transferred via hands onto other surfaces," Barratt said.

"Regular hand sanitization is essential to prevent the presence of bacteria in the first place and thorough cleaning of bags is recommended to prevent the build-up of contamination," he added.

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