(MEDICALNEWSTODAY) — Astonishingly, a high percentage of women’s handbags carry more bacteria than the average toilet, says British company Initial Washroom Hygiene.

The company reported that, on average, one in five handbags contains a significant amount of harmful bacteria that can pose a threat to human health.

Technical manager at Initial Hygiene, Peter Barratt, said:

“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.

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