Travel luggage: Is your handbag infested with germs?

By | February 25, 2016
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‘Most handbags have the highest amount of germs than you will find in a toilet’, so reads the article published in the Daily Mail of 14 May 2015. This sounds like an over the top statement.

But let’s face it. How many times have you actually cleaned your handbag since the day you bought it?

I am not blaming anyone. Most of us fall short of meeting the standards of keeping our handbags hygienically clean. To be honest, I don’t remember a single moment when I cleaned any of my handbags.

The reason is that most of us don’t know where to start from when it comes to cleaning our handbags. Also, it depends on the choices that we make as individuals. Some people prefer seeking help from a professional handbag cleaner. Usually, leather bags will need a more thorough cleaning by a professional.

Yet, others would choose to clean themselves. Doing it yourself is a perfect solution. It is quite a good thing provided you have the cleaning know-how. In order to clean your handbag properly, you need expert advice. Otherwise, you may clean it in a way that may cause damage.

With special guidance, you will know the things you are expected to do and what things to avoid. Life becomes less complicated when you know which specialist you can use on a regular basis to keep your bag in a perfect condition.

The advantage of cleaning your handbag yourself is that you can make some awesome savings. You can use that money you would have spent on professional cleaners to pay the bills.

Another source of advice, which in my opinion, is the best, is to check for any manuals from the manufacturer, which your bag comes with. Most products are sold with instructions on how to maintain them. However, it’s not a guarantee that every product should have a manual or a cleaning guide.

With our busy lifestyles in today’s modern world, some of us don’t have the time to sit down and clean our bags. So it’s the professional cleaners who do the job for us. They ensure that your bag is kept in the best form by giving it some treatments.

Most professionals have opened up Handbag Clinics. Such clinics repair and restore damage to handbags and in some cases colour restoration to those with damages. A clinic’s commitment is to keep your bag at the standard you purchased it.

Tips

Tips

  • Cleaning the exterior of a bag removes surface dirt whilst cleaning the interior can get rid of common stains such as makeup and ink. Most importantly, to get rid of germs.

  • To completely get rid of germs can be a bit tricky. Once the dirt is removed, germs will not have anywhere to live. So you should not only focus on cleaning your bag but focus on the source, where germs come from.

  • You need to clean on a regular basis all areas in your home that as magnets to germs. Areas like the kitchen and the bathroom.

  • And you need to be extra cautious where you leave your bag. Is it on the toilet floor, restaurant floor or at the doorstep? Try your level best to avoid placing your bag in places where it gets germs.

  • To avoid germs, you should wash hands regularly and use
    antibacterial wipes to clean the bag and its contents.

  • Personally, I think before you start cleaning, always read the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. The good thing is it gives you a picture of what cleaning products to use. Although vinegar is widely used as a home remedy for cleaning or removing stains, it may not be a substance suitable for cleaning a leather bag.

  • Some products contain chemicals that can cause damage to the colour of your leather bag and cause it to dry out. It’s always better to make informed decisions.

  • Most bags can be cleaned by dampening a piece of cloth in a mild detergent solution and then wipe it dry. To get more information on how to prevent germs from spreading click here.

Please feel free to comment and leave some hints and tips for keeping handbags clean. 

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8 thoughts on “Travel luggage: Is your handbag infested with germs?

  1. Kevin

    Hello,

    Just what I think of. I’m travelling next month and I told my girlfriend to clean the luggage before leaving as I knew that I was right. (This post will be used as my proof).

    So, know that I confirmed this, do you know any suitable product I can use to clean my bag? I don’t know what is made of (I’m not good at this) but it seems to be cotton (?)

    Hope to hear from you

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    1. Femia

      Thank you, Kevin, for your interesting comment. I will explain the basic cleaning for a leather bag, that I am aware of, which you can easily do at home. You can use a store-bought leather bag cleaner which comes as a kit. Alternatively, you can make your own by mixing a few drops of a mild soap with distilled water. Then apply some cleaning solution to a soft cloth. Rub the area you want to clean and keep rubbing it until it is damp, but not soaked. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe off any soap residue or excess moisture. You can use any clean cloth like a soft kitchen towel or the one that comes in a kit.

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  2. Laurie

    I never really think about cleaning my handbag unless it gets a mark on it that needs to be wiped off. But truly, these bags do get really dirty in ways that we can’t see. If you’ve ever put your bag down in a public washroom because there was no hook on the door, you know what I mean. I think gently cleaning your handbags once in a while is probably a good idea.

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    1. Femia

      Thank you, Laurie, for your comment. In public washrooms, I have always seen the little hooks on the back of the doors without fully realising their importance.

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  3. Malia

    I’ve never given it much thought, but now that I am thinking about it, I’m pretty sure that my purses are probably the most disgusting germ covered things. I have a really bad habit of putting my purse on the floor. I’m so grossed out right now. This post is great, because you not only bring awareness to this problem, but offer good cleaning solutions. Thanks!

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    1. Femia

      Thank you, Malia, for your encouraging feedback. I share the same sentiments with you.

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  4. Summerly

    I never considered this before but it sure does seem like something that should be done. I know I sometimes think about where to put my bag when I’m out in a public washroom. I like to hang it on the door hook when possible, but when it’s not, it is a pretty gross thought about what kind of germs it could be collecting on the floor. Do you think it’s possible to get sick from the germs from your bag?

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    1. Femia

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I think so. Most importantly, it’s good to be aware of places where germs lurk knowing that a small percentage can spread. By touching a contaminated surface and then touching one’s mouth, or eyes, a person can also spread the infection to his body. Certain germs cause illness. Not all of them, of course.

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