A CLEANING expert has revealed the huge suitcase mistake everyone makes that can give you an infection.
A cleaning expert has revealed the huge suitcase mistake everyone makes[/caption]
Luggage gets dirty as it moves through cargo holds and sorting facilities.
Think of all the surfaces your bags touch along the way: airport and airline staff, food and drink spills and exposure to airport germs.
“Cleaning luggage is more than just looks – it’s about health as well,” microbiologist Jason Tetro told Condé Nast Traveler.
“It may seem odd to think that a piece of luggage could lead to an infection, but remember that it’s merely a vehicle for spread.”
Dr Jan Jones, of the University of New Haven, added: “It is conceivable that several people have handled a traveller’s suitcase several times during its journey from one location to the next.”
She recommends using disinfectant wipes and washing your hands.
Leaving the luggage for a day or two is fine according to Tetro, but any longer could lead to germs spreading.
Tetro said: ” I would suggest cleaning them sooner than later because there is potential for growth if the environment is warm and humid.”
It comes as holiday-makers are being advised on how best to scoop their luggage first from airport carousels after landing.
One top suggestion to come first is to be last – that is, to check in any suitcases as late as possible when first setting off.