8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health

Most of us are generally confident that we do everything right. We use an air dryer to dry our hands, put the dishes in the sink, and can’t get through a day’s at work without at least a cup of coffee.

But the truth is that dryers spread infections, a wet sink is more dangerous than a toilet, and a clean cup won’t save you from the germs in a coffee machine.

Here are 8 scientifically proven facts about the harm of some common habits: This information will help protect your health.

We picked up some habits that may seem completely innocent, but are actually extremely unsanitary from a scientific point of view and this has been shown by research.

Bad Personal Hygiene Habits

8. Soaking Dishes In A Sink

8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health
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A sink is a perfect environment for bacteria: there you can find salmonellacolon bacillusor staphylococcus.

To avoid disturbances in the stomach and intestines, it is necessary to wash the sink not only after washing the dishes but also after coming into contact with foods such as fish, raw meat, dairy products, and vegetables.

A pile of soaked dishes is an easy but an unsafe solution.

7. Washing Hands With Hot Water

8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health
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Some researchers say that the temperature of the water does not influence the death of germs. The time spent washing your hands is more important in this case: in 5 seconds you would not clean anything, but in 30 seconds you could kill all the bacteria on your hands.

Frequent washing of hands with hot water decreases the protective functions of the skin and may lead to irritation or dermatitis.

6. Working Out With Makeup On

Sometimes we run from the office to the gym and think that spending time removing makeup is useless because we will end up taking a shower after training anyway.

However, during training, our skin needs to breathe and clean. If you wear makeup, it may clog your pores. As a result, it can become prone to skin problems. Take off your makeup before training.

5. Using A Hand Dryer

8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health
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The fact that we don’t touch the dryer with our hands is just an illusion of cleanliness. In fact, electric dryers are very unhygienic:

They take up a lot of bacteria and spread it with an airstream, and can reach the lungs, skin, or body. Paper towels are more efficient and cleaner than electric hand dryers.

4. Using A Food Bag More Than Once

8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health
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A bag used more than once has a lot of germs on it 99.9% of the time. If you bought raw meat in a bag (even if it was packaged), the bacteria are likely to spread in other products, especially fruits and vegetables.

The solution is to use a disposable bag or a bag that you will always have to wash.

3. Cutting Meat And Vegetables On The Same Board

Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist, says that a cutting board contains 200 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, so it is not safe to cut the salad.

After cutting raw meat, a cutting board is contaminated with salmonella and campylobacter, the two most common reasons for food poisoning.

The solution is to use 2 different cutting boards for meat and vegetables and to choose glass boards instead of wooden boards.

2. Using An Office Coffee Machine

8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health
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A coffee machine reservoir is an appropriate environment for different types of bacteria. There are more germs in an office coffee machine than on the handle of a bathroom in your home.

To protect your health, wash the reservoir as quickly as possible with very hot water and dish soap. It’s safer to make one portion of coffee.

1. Keeping Your Phone In Your Purse

8 Innocent Hygiene Habits That Are Actually Bad For Our Health
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It may seem like your purse or backpack is a nice and clean place where your device is completely protected from the environment, but this is not true.

It is best to keep the phone in your pocket and put it in a case; this is how it is less contaminated with germs. An ordinary phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. It is best to clean your phone with a damp cloth every day.

How can we stay healthy with all the threats that await us in public places, at work, and at home? Do you have a trick? Share them with us in the comments!


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