‘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', according to Peter Barratt, Technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, in an article in Mail Online, from the London Daily Mail. ‘Once these germs are on the bags, they can easily be transferred via hands onto other surfaces. Regular hand sanitisation 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.’
Seems the prime culprit is the bottle of hand cream, followed by lipstick and mascara. Regular hand cleaning, as well as handbag cleaning, is suggested.
after restroom cleaning, a logical follow-on to these findings would involve touchpoint sanitation, especially desktops, but also door jambs, push bars, phone hand sets, and so on.
I wrote a bit, months ago, on womens' desks harboring more germs than mens' desks because gals tend to put their handbags down on the floor in restroom stalls; the restroom floors get a good dose of critters via a mist created whenever the toilet is flushed. The bag picks up whatever is on the floor, and is then set on the desk. But I'd only addressed the handbag exterior; this is the first I've seen on interiors.
Bear this in mind when, on the police shows, the arresting officer or investigator paws through the suspect's handbag.