A reader submits this information about what could be lingering on the bottom of your handbag.

Our thanks to this reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) who provided this very informative but possibly upsetting story.

“Have you ever noticed girls who set their handbags on public toilet floors, then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? Happens a lot! It’s not always the ‘restaurant food’ that causes stomach distress. Sometimes ‘what you don’t know will hurt you’!

My mother got so upset when guests came in the door and plopped their handbags down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up food. She always said that handbags are really dirty, because of where they have been. It’s something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know what’s inside our handbags, do you have any idea what’s on the outside? Women carry handbags everywhere; from the office to public toilets to the floor of the car.. Most women won’t be caught without their handbags, but did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day.

We read about some testing that was conducted at a testing laboratory in Utah. It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked. Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria. Pseudomonas can cause eye infections. Staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin infections and salmonella and e-coli found on the handbags could make people very sick.

So the moral of this story is that your handbag won’t kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you place it on places where you eat. Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don’t put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop.

Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes. You’d never think about putting a pair of shoes on your countertops, its the same thing you’re doing when you put your handbag on the countertop.

Watch where you put your bag…or better yet send it to Arrow for a thorough cleaning and rejuvenation. It will be much more hygienic and look so much better too.  Arrow also has a very attractive pursehook at a reasonable cost for hanging your purse off the edge of the table when dining.