Everything You Know About Your Personal Hygiene Is Wrong

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Heads up, you’re probably covered in bacteria and fecal matter right now.

Pretty 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.

You’ll probably want to do a lot of this after reading.

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Just remember, you’ve survived this long without freaking out, but you should still know…

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

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Antibacterial soaps like Dial Complete contain a chemical called triclosan that has been shown to alter hormone levels when tested on animals. The New York Times has reported on the FDA’s ongoing investigation on triclosan’s safety, but the results have remained inconclusive. Triclosan is in about 75 percent of antibacterial soapsand also can be found in household cleaning products and some toothpastes. Regardless of the potential effects of triclosan, the FDA has concluded that 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.

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Research performed by Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, concluded 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. “There’s about a tenth of a gram of poop in the average pair of underwear,” Gerba told ABC. 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. Yale students learned in the beginning of the 2013 school year when they had a problem of studentsdefecating into the laundry machines. 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.

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Bathroom floors can be home to 2 million bacteria per square inch, while more than500,000 bacteria per square inch can live in just the kitchen sink’s drain alone. Eileen Abruzzo, the director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York, claims 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. The Harvard School of Public Health unfortunately had similar findings.
4. Not everything you put into the toilet stays there when you flush.

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MythBusters’ Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage confirmed this urban legend, finding that flushing open toilets causes fecal matter to fly into the air. And yep, your toothbrush is covered in fecal germs. Dr. Gerba told The Atlantic that the spewing effect is, “like the Fourth of July.” 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.

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