6 Hygiene Mistakes It’s High Time We Stopped Making

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2. We don’t wash our hands before going to the toilet.

6 Hygiene Mistakes It’s High Time We Stopped Making

You can find bacteria not only on the toilet, but around the whole house. This means that if you have not washed your hands for a long time, bacteria is probably also present on them. When visiting the restroom, you touch private parts for which microbes are especially dangerous. Thus, washing your hands before going to the toilet is even more important than after.

3. We flush the toilet with our fingertips.

6 Hygiene Mistakes It’s High Time We Stopped Making

The toilet is probably the dirtiest place in the apartment. Observations show that even 90 minutes after a flush, dozens of droplets with bacteria are still on the surface. Therefore, try to flush the toilet not with your fingertips, but your knuckle or the back side of your finger. This can help a lot, in case you forget and touch something before washing your hands — you will not spread the bacteria around.

4. We sleep on the same pillow for a long time.

6 Hygiene Mistakes It’s High Time We Stopped Making

Feather and down pillows are a paradise for dust mites or mold. Over time they can move to a person’s face and provoke issues like demodicosis. This is another common cause of skin problems. A study says dust mites can trigger allergies, which cause nasal congestion, swelling, and irritation of the upper respiratory passages. It also recommends that you wash your pillow every week with water that is at least 130°F.

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