Ok. Show of hands...how many people know that putting your lipstick and mascara in the freezer overnight will sterilize it?
Or dipping your lipstick in alcohol for 15 seconds - then wiping it with a tissue* - will sterilize it?
I didn't. But according to Dr Oz on Good Morning America this morning, both of these things work.
Apparently, you can get really sick from the things in your purse.
For example, I had no idea most people used a tissue more than once. (Ew.) Not only that, but a lot of women are guilty of sticking the used Kleenex back in their purse. (Gross.) This little beauty is left to fester in your purse, contaminating everything else you keep in there. (Throw those nasty used tissues away - they're like $0.03 each...you can buy more. I promise.)
And if your purse is anything like mine, you have everything - including the kitchen sink - in there. Seriously. I think I have gum wrappers from 1985 buried in there. Ok, probably closer to 1995. But still.
Dr Oz says it isn't an urban myth that there are traces of cocaine on most American currency. There are also traces of fecal material found in most purses. Even in the purses owned by those of us chronic hand washers. It comes from money. Maybe that would be a good drug deterrent? I know the idea of sniffing up some pooh does not appeal to me. In. The. Least.
Back to germs. Most germs can only survive on money for about an hour. That's gross - but not disgusting enough for me to stop using money. (Or wishing I had some.) However, that goes out the window if someone coughs or sneezes directly on the money. When those same germs are mixed with a bit of mucus, they can live for about 17 days. DAYS, people. That's...well, literally, sick!
I always knew money was dirty - but yuck. And I could have done without the 9-1-1 regarding purse grotiness. Seriously. I just wish this information was gross enough to my kids to keep them out of mine.
PS: Did you notice that wallet covered in bacon? It just proves not everything is better with bacon.