Eww--This Has Got To Be Gross

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
October 18, 2009 12:12am CST
A friend of mine just emailed me and shared a video link to the Dr. Oz website. I happen to be a fan of Dr. Oz (would love to have him as a doc..LOL)---anyway in this short video he discusses some of the germs and bacteria that one can find in the average woman's purse/pocketbook...not only that but on one's cell phone: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-s-really-your-handbag I'm doing the link double in case it doesn't come out the first time, so no, not going daft http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-s-really-your-handbag Now I've never been a germaphobic, but finding out what god-awful bacteria and germs can be in a simple thing like a woman's handbag is enough to make you have the willies. Please watch the video..it's not long. did you ever realize such yuk was in your handbag gals??
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• United States
18 Oct 09
Remote controls tend to be pretty gross as well because they almost never get cleaned.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Computer keyboards can be filthy too
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
Yeah I know gross is not the word. Also shopping carts, that's an eye opoener as well. It's no wonder people carry hand saitizer with them.
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
18 Oct 09
One of the major grocery stores in my area (Kroger) provides a big container of disinfectant wipes at the door for people to use on the cart. I do use one when I get a cart because of all the sick kids I see being pushed around by parents who apparently never think of what germs their kids are spreading to others.
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Door knobs are bad, even sink knobs... that's why some places have those motion-op faucets that turn on when you stand in front of them and the paper towel dispensers that eject paper towels when you stand in front of them. Of course you still have to touch the door, but that can be done with your back lol. I've heard horrid things about desks - like a desk at work? The computer keyboard, monitor, tower, in and out box, file cabinets... hmph. I had a container of lysol wipes under the desk when I worked and I still shudder to think of how dirty the desk was.
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• Canada
18 Oct 09
nova I agree and what gets me is parents taking the kids out when they're vomiting and have diahrea, I know if I was sick I wouldn't want someone biggar than me hauling me out shopping.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I saw that when he had it on his new show. Yeah, it is gross,... but think of this...look how healthy you have been all this time while you touched and carried those germs..before you knew they were there? Just goes to show that your immunity system is up to par and protecting you quite well. And that just cause they are germs, doesn't always mean they are going to contaminate you. Funny how life is so gross, yet we are all healthy inspite of it! However, hopefully Dr. Oz's reveal will help everyone keep "clean" and the H1N1 won't travel as much as they are telling us it is going to!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Like I said, I've never been a germaphobic. I sometimes wonder if the reasons for so much more germs and bacteria, or at least stronger strains due to people being a bit nutcasy about antibacterial products--it's making people more sensitive to germs and bacteria,don't you think?
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I didn't mean to write that sounding as tho I meant you personally. I thought about that later in the evening and thought I should have been more specific...I meant "you" as in everyone. Us, all of us, everyone...we have all been healthy while carrying those unbeknownst germs around! I'm not germaphobic either.. I just do the best I can to stay away from the germs but am not obsessed with it. I traveled alot years ago with my 2 little kids...in truck stop, rest areas and other "overly public" facilities alot... cleanliness was a must during those times and it just stuck with me all these years. I would have loved to have the antibaterial stuff and the wet wipes and stuff like that back then! But you have the opposite point of mine...mine is since we all do all we can to stay away from the germs so we are healthy, the opposite being your point of... maybe we are to healthy and might be overly sensitive to germs...makeing use more susceptible to the germs of H1N1....could be very likely. Guess we have to choose the better of 2 evils and hope for the best but plan for the worst!
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 Oct 09
DOnt know this Doc. but yup I have read the germs that are in hand bags probably in my fanny pack too lol
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Makes me think I should wash out my tote bag soon...LOL
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
19 Oct 09
yup
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
18 Oct 09
I watched the video and I agree “Eww--This Has Got To Be Gross!” I was amazed at the amount and type of germs growing on every day items in a woman’s purse including the bag itself. What about the cell phone? Yuk! I am looking at mine sitting on the table and I don’t want to pick it up! I suppose it makes sense; for a start there are probably a lot of adults and children who don’t bother washing their hands after they use the bathroom and we, along with our belongings can come into contact with many of these individuals throughout the day and putting your bag on the toilet’s floor is pretty gross!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I actually remember hearing somewhere that there's a lot of germs/bacteria and all kind of nasties on....gulp....a computer keyboard
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
19 Oct 09
Noooo!! I had not thought about that! That's it I'm going to clean it now...Eww!
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Oct 09
Hi pyewacket I must be one of the last holdouts in the Us as I do not own a cellphone. he he. but I can imagine what sorts of bacteria are in our handbags as we handle the objects we carry all the time, and we go from here to there, and I suppose we pick up more of the bacteria all the time. One of my biggest peeves is restrooms where there is no place to put your purse, so it ends up on the floor , the germiest part of the bathroom I would think, I tried to clean my handbag off as often as I can but the inside of course is another matter. Because it is flu season I do have a bottle of Purell hand cleanser in my bath room and I do use it often on my hands, and also wipe the outside of my leather purse with it too. I had never thought of thte inside of my handbag but it d oes make sense. I know phones and keyboards are germy and door knobs. Guess we just do the best we can and hope we are strong enough to combat the little beasties.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I do happen to have a cell phone but ironically never use it and never take it with me..just not into cell phones--I have it though for emergency usage only I'm lucky that I use a cloth tote bag as a handbag, so at least I can wash that out from time to time
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I, too, am a fan of Dr Oz and saw the show when it aired. The things they found on the cell phone were astounding! I knew handbags were nasty, but was shocked at the cell phone. Guess it just never crossed my mind about that one. I will surely be spraying mine with sanitizer daily from now on.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
When I think of all the people I see walking on the street with cell phones glued to their ear, it makes you wonder if they are aware how dirty they are
18 Oct 09
Hi pye, That is sooo gross, but when I go out, I am not alone so I either get my friend to look after my bag or my hubby so I don't have to take it in toilet and I never share my makeup with anyone, but I must admit, my makeup sponge is extremely old so I have just thrown it away and get a new one tomorrow. Thanks for the link, very helpful. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I've never shared make-up with anyone..LOL. Good thing you threw away that makeup sponge
@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
it makes sense when lots of tv programs teach the basic of proper hand washing now. it seems in our time now that people need to get back to the basics and learn how to do them all over again. i think that we should really take good care of our hygiene specially many or lots of new diseases stem from bacteria that can be avoided if we just learn how to maintain proper hygiene.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
It does seem people have forgotten some very basics like hand washing, doesn't it?
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I had gotten an email a while back about not setting your purse on the floor..especially in bathrooms....you can't imagine what might be on the floor in some of those stalls in public restrooms....so try to never ever set my handbag on the floor!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
LOL--yeah kind of aware how gross public bathroom floors can be--that's why I try to hang up my tote bag on a hook
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• United States
18 Oct 09
I love Dr. Oz and have followed him and taken his advice for years. The handbag on the toilet floor is something I have been forced to do on occasions. I have put it on the sink rather that the floor but I can imagine the germs are just, if not more, prevalent as on the floor......YUK!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I try never to put my handbag on public restroom floor, not so much for fear of germs...which never thought of before seeing this video but a fear that someone could reach in and under and steal the purse/handbag..I know silly right?
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
18 Oct 09
This is bordering on paranoia. There's loads of germs on everything that we use and it's actually good for us to be exposed to a wide variety of germs on a day to day basis because that helps to build up and maintain a healthy immune system. I doubt that anyone has ever got sick from using these everyday objects.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
well as I said, I've never been a germphobic type person. I never use anti-bacterial type cleansers or soaps as I think that's the reason people are more sensitive now to germs and bacteria....still I did think it was "interesting" what kind of germs might be in one's purse/pocketbook.
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@savak03 (6693)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Well, I've carried these germs around with me for so long now that I've built up a resistance to anything they can do to me. Being clean, is or course important, but some people take it to far. I have a friend who was a real clean freak. She bleached down everything. She would even periodically (like once a week) bleach and scrub the frames her window screens were in. After several years she started suffering from allergies to all kinds of things. Her doctor finally told her that she had lowered her resistance to germs by not allowing herself exposure to them.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
20 Oct 09
Yes, some people got a bit fanatical about germs and bacteria thing with using so many antibacterial products, and bleach? Ick...I can't even stand the smell of it--did you know the active ingredient, chlorine isn't exactly healthy to use? So your friend may have been affected to inhaling the bleach all the time as well.
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
20 Oct 09
No doubt you are right. She is doing much better now that she has quit using bleach but she will never be completely normal.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
19 Oct 09
You are right Pye.. it's interesting to see the different types of germs that can be around. Speaking of detox huh, LOL.. I am not that squeaky freaky person when it comes to cleanliness, but I believe in the normal washing and drying/cleaning and all that. I think germs can be anywhere and everywhere, even if detoxing for a thousand times, it will still come. I think the best aim is to minimize the existence of bacteria formed. That would be a new mission for me.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I can't help thinking though that people have gotten a bit germphobic in general though especially with all the anti-bacterial products to disinfect things
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
20 Oct 09
ROFL.. I can see that too..
@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
Good morning...dear pye....I am a huge fan of Dr. Oz, and get his daily update in my e-mail, and one of our Channels carry him at 3 p.m. everyday, so quite often miss it! (Now, if I were you, I would have the "techno" knowledge to record)! But, alas, I did see this clip, and boy, what a wake up call! And mine must be even worse, as often I carry my lunch in it...and even more revolting, there is more often than NOT, a used tissue.....YUCK!!!! Have a great Sunday! Cheers!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I sure wish I could tape his show...my DVD/VCR though doesn't have a TV tuner in it...the manual says there is a way to hook it up, I guess directly in my converter box (have no cable)--but never got around to doing that--I have so many things hooked up in the back of my entertainment center it's not funny
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• Canada
19 Oct 09
Sounds like the back of my computer, pye! I decided to move my computer into a much less used room of my house...took one look at the back of it, and said "self, that is a job for your son to do when he comes home." There must be a thousand wires back there, with a bunch of goodies I never use, like video cam, microphone, Majic Jack, etc.! Would you like me to send you the link for his daily e-mails? Cheers!
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• Malaysia
19 Oct 09
Ewww... The percentage of all those diseases I would have never thought comes from our very own personal things!! When my dad was discharged from the hospital a few months ago, the moment I got home, I washed my handbag because it was obvious that I touched many things around the hospital. However, when I think about the cell phone, that was scary!! Especially when it is inside my bag with all other things like my face powder... And, I have never clean my luggage and I wonder how many germs it has picked up!!! Thank you for sharing this very useful information, Pye!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I never even heard of any of those diseases before that video and yes, who would think one could have such germs/bacteria in something simple like a handbag or cell phone
@GardenGerty (116528)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Yes, I know they are gross. Mostly I try not to carry one. I certainly NEVER set them on the table. Just think of all the places you have set them and you will never want them on the table or on the kitchen counter.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I've used a cloth tote bag for eons and can sling it over my shoulder like a shoulder bag,and also can clean/wash it out from time to time
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
19 Oct 09
hey pw, I'm a Dr.Oz fan too-I learn alot from that show. Some stuff I wish he wouldn't tell my DM is a worry wart lol |:)
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I sure wish I had a doctor like him...LOL
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Hey pyewacket! That was gross! I would hate to think what one of my handbags might have in it! I do wash most of mine that can be washed in the washing machine now and then! But, unfortunately not all of them can and I would really hate to think what they might be "growing" in those! I think now I might even wash them with some dish liquid by hand just to be safe or maybe some antibacterial soap! I also am a Dr. Oz fan! At least as long as he is away from Oprah!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
LOL--I take it you're not an Oprah fan then? Hate to say it I am...LOL. Well for years I've been using cloth tote bags that I can sling on my shoulder so that means I can wash them out without a problem--come to think of it...could stand to wash it out soon
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I'm constantly using hand sanitizer and watching where I set my purse at. Often times I leave my purse in my car or at home and carry just what I need but if I do have to take it with me, I'll hang it up on the bathroom stall on the lower hook so it can't be taken so easily on the other side but I do still wash the outside with a soapy towel and then use a dry one to wipe it clean. A friend of mine had a young daughter, she's grown up by now, and she told me she constantly worried about her little girl sitting on public seats and was using toilet paper for her to sit on. I told her to get a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it on the seats before her daughter sat down on it and she thought it was a brilliant idea! I can imagine we could use that on our purses as well if we need to.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
19 Oct 09
That's a brilliant idea about cleaning off the toilet seat with a sanitizer! Ever notice women's public bathrooms are dirtier then men's? In the past, when I'd be out and on those rare occasions the women's bathrooms were closed off for some reason say in the library, I'd used the men's room...it was cleaner!!!