How To Decontaminate Your Purse After Work

 

“One who maintains cleanliness, keeps away diseases” - Sam Veda. 

Due to the recent pandemic, almost everyone is cleaning their surfaces and washing their hands much more regularly. What we are probably not aware of the importance of, is cleaning our handbags and purses. We lay our wallets and bags on so many surfaces that could be carrying different types of germs. The question is, how can we clean our purses? Here are some ways to clean different types of materials that our purses and wallets are made of. 

Leather Purses and Wallets:

The COVID-19 germs may last 72 hours, and leather is its favorite breeding ground. When it comes to leather, you must be careful not to use common rubbing alcohol and scented baby wipes. Leather reacts sensitively to alcohol-based cleaning products as it starts losing its elasticity and shine by drying out. What you can use to clean your leather bags are wet wipes that are made of 99% water and 1% fruit extract.

Here’s how:

  • Before you start, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. You can even wear disposable gloves and a mask for further safety.
  • Remove everything inside the bag. With the help of a medium-sized brush with soft bristles, dust the nooks and crannies of your purse or wallet.
  • Use a lint roller to clean any small particles you might have missed. In case you do not have a lint roller, then masking tape can also do the job. A homemade lint roller can be made by wrapping masking tape around your finger and using it to clean your wallets and bags.
  • Take a Wipe and gently wipe the whole surface of your bag.
  • Leave it to air-dry in a cool place. Remember, leather bags with too much exposure to sunlight, will start showing wear and tear sooner.
  • If you do not have Wet Wipes, then use a clean, white rag and dampen it in lukewarm water. Be careful not to soak it in water. Use it to clean the handles and bottom parts of the handbag thoroughly.
  • Finish it by wiping the exterior of the wallet with another cloth and leave it to air-dry.

Canvas And Nylon Wallets And Handbags:

Wallets and handbags made from canvas and nylons are easy to wash to decontaminate them from any germs such as COVID-19. Nurses and women in professions who use handbags of this material can decontaminate their bags in the following manner:

  • Check every compartment of your handbag and empty it.
  • To protect it during the wash cycle, you can even put your wallet in a net laundry bag.
  • Make sure that your washing machine settings are set to gentle, and the temperature is cold. Remember that nylon trends to shrink with heat.
  • Protect your nylon and canvas wallets and handbags from heat and sunlight.
  • Air dry your bags as much as possible.
  • You can also handwash canvas and nylon goods with a gentle detergent. Make sure to rinse it thoroughly as possible.

Other Material Bags, Totes:

Except for canvas and nylon bags and wallets, no other materials can be washed in the washing machine. Other materials must only be hand cleaned with cold water and gentle detergent. Like all other materials, they should also be protected from direct heat and sunlight. If you are in a hurry, then with the help of a sanitizer or alcohol, any tote and handbag of other materials, can be cleaned. Just do not overdo this process, and once in a while, make sure to wash them with soap and water.

Other Tips for Decontaminating/Cleaning Your Purse:

You can also try to use hooks, if available, to hang your purse on, so they do not touch the floor or other surface. If your luxury handbags have any stubborn stains such as makeup or ink, then you may take them to a cleaning expert. Beware and do not try to clean them with things in your home as there is a high chance that it may cause irreversible damage. You can also keep the silica gels often found in handbags and wallets, to prevent bacteria from building up. If you are a nurse or a woman of any profession who works in a place where there is a lot of human contact, make sure to decontaminate your purse often, especially during this pandemic.

Resources:

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-disinfect-your-bags-1842899590

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4513311/

 

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