In our daily lives, we develop habits that often seem harmless on the surface. However, what if I told you that some of these seemingly innocent routines could actually be causing harm to your health and well-being?
It’s time to uncover the dirty truth about these 11 habits and why you should break them as soon as possible.
12. Excessive Screen Time
In our digital age, spending hours on our devices has become the norm. However, excessive screen time can lead to health problems, such as eye strain, sleep disturbances, and even depression.
Make a conscious effort to reduce your screen time, especially before bedtime.
11. Drinking from Soda Cans
The fact that the spout of these cans is exposed is a clear sign that you should probably not drink from it without being sure it’s clean.
It is good practice to wash first before opening and/or drinking. Just imagine where the can had been and what type of hands—or creatures—have touched them!
Better yet—simply bring and drink your own water!
10. Handling Money
Handling money to pay for things or as a part of one’s job is done countless times daily. But when you think about it, how many people handled those coins and bills before you? How many people touched it who were sick or didn’t wash their hands? How many times has it been on the floor or the ground?
As enjoyable as kissing may be, it’s also a rather dirty activity. The human mouth has a crazy number of germs, a user states. A human bite can be more dangerous than many animal bites simply because of the type of bacteria and viruses present. You’re exposing yourself to those germs with each pucker, someone warns.
8. Wearing Shoes Indoors
Wearing the same pair of shoes inside your home that you wear outside of your home is not in the least bit sanitary, a user in the forum admonishes. Everything you’ve walked on or stepped in is on your shoes’ soles, surfaces, and shoelaces. If you want to keep that grime outside of your home, change into a pair of house shoes or slippers as soon as you walk in the door.
7. Touching Door Handles
This is an almost impossible activity to avoid unless everywhere you go (including your own house) has automatic sliding doors at every outside entrance and in every inside doorway. As dirty as they are, touching door handles is a necessity. This is one of the times when having a small bottle of hand sanitizer on your person is a good idea.
6. Blowing Out Cake Candles
Making a wish and blowing out the candles on a birthday cake is a cute tradition, but it’s also gross when you think about it. When you blow air out of your lungs, saliva particles can be mixed in, and guess where they land? Someone in the discussion describes how their entire family caught the stomach flu that way. This may be a ritual that needs to be retired.
5. Setting Purses/Backpacks on Clean Surfaces
For people who carry purses, backpacks, and cloth bags, setting them down is a common habit. They may be placed on car floors and seats, restaurant chairs, office floors, shopping cart seats, or other surfaces of dubious cleanliness. Those same bags are then placed on clean countertops, sofas, and beds at home. They can be as dirty as shoes.
4. Not Cleaning Decorative Pillows
Decorative pillows add a nice touch to various rooms throughout a house. But how often do you clean them, if ever, an individual in the group asks? Some can be machine washed, and others must be dry cleaned, but how many people do that? Those pillows can contain a lot more than a pretty design.
3. Coughing and Sneezing
Coughing and sneezing happen to everyone at some point. What you do when you cough and sneeze is the problem. Using your hands to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing increases the risk of passing viruses and bacteria to others. Use your elbow instead.
2. Licking Your Fingers
Whether you’re doing it to turn the pages of a magazine, separate the edges of a plastic grocery bag, or eat a meal with your hands, licking your fingers isn’t a good idea. Resist the urge to lick those fingers, even if your hands look clean. You don’t know what germs may be on your hands, and what you don’t see can make you sick.
1. Using PIN Pads
If you use a bank card at an ATM or a store checkout, you may have to use the electronic keypad to enter your PIN. Many people operate those machines daily, and there’s no assurance that their (or your) hands are clean and germ-free. This is another instance where having a personal-sized bottle of hand sanitizer is helpful.
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