Everything You Know About Your Personal Hygiene Is Wrong

personal_hygienePretty much all aspects of your daily routine tend to be disgusting and your hygiene habits are way worse than you think. Although this list doesn’t cover absolutely every way your life is a fungal-fueled fiasco, these are some of the more pressing habits you should probably address as soon as humanly possible.

1. Your antibacterial hand soap could be messing with your hormonal chemistry. Also, it’s not as effective as you think.

Antibacterial soaps contain a chemical called triclosan that has been shown to alter hormone levels when tested on animals. Triclosan is in about 75 percent of antibacterial soaps, and also can be found in household cleaning products and some toothpastes. Regardless of the potential effects of triclosan, antibacterial soap is no more effective than regular soap at preventing illness.

2. Washing your clothes might get rid of dirt, but it also has a good chance of covering your laundry in E. coli and feces.

Research by microbiologists has shown that doing just one load of underwear in the washing machine can transmit 100 million E. coli into the water, which can then transfer over to the next load. To reduce the problem, it is suggested you run the washer at 150 degrees and transfer laundry to the dryer as quickly as possible, since bacteria multiply in damp areas. None of this may help, however. At any rate, we’re all wearing at little bit of feces. It’s unavoidable.

3. You probably spend a lot of time getting up close and personal with the dirtiest part of your home.

Bathroom floors can be home to 2 million bacteria per square inch, while more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch can live in just the kitchen sink’s drain alone. Researchers claim the kitchen sink is far less sanitary than your toilet bowl, as those plates and pots left to soak are breeding grounds for bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.

4. Not everything you put into the toilet stays there when you flush.

Flushing open toilets causes fecal matter to fly into the air. And yep, your toothbrush is covered in fecal germs, if you have a joined WC and a bathroom. With the lid open, the particles will float as far as 6 feet away so make sure at the very least that top is down and your toothbrush is out of range or covered.

5. If you’ve been drying your hands with air dryers, it might be time to switch back to paper towels.

Epidemiologists, after conductingvarious studies, have concluded that paper towels are actually more hygienic than hand dryers (while also using less energy to make than what is needed to produce the air in the dryer). When testing the effectiveness between paper towels, and a warm air dryer, researchers also found that paper towels are the cleanest way to go. Much of the benefit comes from how quickly paper towels get your hands dry, as leaving them wet makes them bacteria magnets. Paper towels have been found to take about 15 seconds, while air dryers take 45 seconds – too long, considering people usually only spend 13 to 17 seconds drying off.

6. Don’t eat food that has been picked up from the floor.

According to a recent study, 99 percent of bacteria is transferred immediately when food hits the floor. Some floors might be more dangerous than others, as dry, hard surfaces have a much harder time harboring bacteria than wet or carpeted areas. The type of food also matters. Those withhigher salt and sugar contents seem to pick up germs much more slowly.

7. You haven’t been scrubbing your belly button as much as you’re about to.

Researchers found 2,368 unique species of bacteria after swabbing just 60 belly buttons. Of these, 1,458 may have been completely new to science. In this same study, one man’s belly button was found to be home to bacteria previously known to exist only in the soil of Japan. Scrub those navels…

8. Your daily shower and shampoo routine is overkill.

Dermatologists say if you wash your hair every day, you’re removing the sebum (natural hair oils). Then the oil glands compensate by producing more oil. They recommend washing your hair only 2 or 3 times a week. If you do end up feeling the need to still wash your hair every day, just make sure it’s a gentle shampoo — and don’t rinse and repeat!

9. You’re probably taking care of your contacts all wrong.

Virtually nobody is taking proper care of their lenses. It’s fairly easy to getbiofilm on the contacts, which is a thin layer of bacteria. Rinsing with tap water causes the lenses to soak up the non-sterile water. Re-using contact solution day to day will cause the contacts to be contaminated with germs and greatly increases the risk of eye infection. Also, make sure to replace those cases often and remove all residue liquid after rinsing, because once again bacteria builds up on wet surfaces.

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