Where has your handbag been lately? If your purse could talk it would probably say, “Keep me off the dirty floor!” In an article titled “Myth: Toilet Seats Are the Dirtiest Thing in the Bathroom”, published by ABC News on Oct. 14, 2005, the floor was found to be the dirtiest area in a public bathroom.
Dr. Charles Gerba, co-author of “The Germ Freak’s Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu” was asked to test the ABC News bathroom with his germ meter and found about 2 million bacteria per square inch lurking on the floor, that is about 200 times higher than a sanitary surface.
Even more troubling, he found fecal bacteria on about 30 percent of the bottom of women’s purses he tested. “So you may be moving bacteria from the bottom of the restroom floor to maybe the kitchen sink area when you’re going to make lunch,” said Gerba.
Restaurant floors can be almost as bad. Food dropped by diners and wait staff can be left for hours, even days, before being mopped up. And how clean is the mop and water used? Is it killing all the harmful bacteria?
To protect yourself, and your family, you should take measures to keep your purse and other personal property off the floor.
So what are you supposed to do with your handbag? One stylish option is the Clipa, the instant handbag hanger. Made in 15 finishes that complement most handbag hardware, the Clipa fits right on the handbag strap for instant access. And don’t worry about those heavier bags, the Clipa was specially designed to hold up to 45 pounds.
Clipa also doubles as a bracelet you can wear alone or mix with bangles for a trendy look. Just in time for the holidays, look for the new Crystal Clipa Collection featuring Swarovski crystals, adding just the right amount of sparkle.
Priced from $19.99 to $39.99, the Clipa makes an unusual, affordable and practical gift. Each one is attractively gift boxed with a mini brochure showing the many ways it can be used.
Where to find it in Tampa Bay?
The Shop in St. Petersburg or Jewelry Boutique on Clearwater Beach. Also available at www.clipa.us or phone at 888-804-0661.