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RealSimple.com: The 8 Germiest Items in Your Home

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Your Purse

Most handbags have tens of thousands of bacteria on the bottom alone, and some have millions, says Reynolds. When you consider all the places your carryall has been—restaurant floors, the locker room, grocery carts, gulp—it’s amazing the numbers aren’t even higher.

Clean up: Mist sturdy cloth and nylon purses, along with gym bags and kids’ backpacks, weekly with a fabric-safe sanitizing spray, such as Lysol ($5, drugstore.com). Or, launder them if they are machine-washable. Clean vinyl with disinfecting wipes and leather with a specialty product, like Michael Kors leather cleaner and conditioner ($10, michaelkors.com). Try to hang bags on hooks whenever you can and, at the very least, “avoid putting the purse that sat on the mall bathroom floor on your kitchen counter,” says Reynolds.

(Alexandra Rowley)
RealSimple




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