Unhealthy Bathroom Habits

9 Things You Shouldn't Do in the Loo

There are plenty of healthy things you can do in the bathroom like stretch in the shower, lube up on sunscreen while naked to protect every inch of your skin, and floss to prevent gingivitis. There are also plenty of things you shouldn't do in the ladies room:

  1. Drink water from the shower head: Not only have studies found that shower heads are breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria, but the hot water itself is also not safe to drink.The hot water heater is also a place where bacteria thrives.
  2. Keep the shower curtain closed: Mildew and mold love dark, wet surfaces, and breathing them in can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Aside from letting the curtain air out, you can prevent mold and mildew by running a fan or opening a window, allowing air to circulate.
  3. Flush with the lid up: Germs and other particles can become airborne when you flush, so limit the amount misting into the air by lowering the lid before flushing.
  4. Store your toothbrush on the counter: Although toothbrush holders look neat and tidy next to the sink, it's healthier to put your toothbrushes away in the medicine cabinet or vanity drawer. Why? Every time you flush the toilet, your toothbrush gets sprayed with bacteria. Even if you put the lid down as suggested above, microorganisms can still be ejected into the air and land on your toothbrush. So gross. Keep your mouth protected by drying off the bristles after each use and putting your toothbrush away.
  5. Use Q-tips inside your ears: The label clearly states, "Do not insert swab into ear canal. Entering the ear canal could cause injury." Along with potentially rupturing the membrane, the swab is likely to push wax deeper into the ear canal, where it will need to be professionally removed. Using cotton swabs isn't even necessary since earwax naturally moves toward the opening of the ear canal and is sloughed off during daily routines and showers.

Keep on reading to find out what other unhealthy habits you should avoid in the bathroom.

  1. Dry your hands with a hand towel at someone else's house: If several guests use the same hand towel after washing their hands, you're just passing their germs back onto your clean hands. Use paper towels or tissues instead so you know they're germ-free.
  2. Use the same contact lens case for more than three months: Bacteria builds up on the plastic, which can transfer to your contact lenses and cause eye infections. Replace your case every three months (at least). In between replacements, disinfect the case after every use by rinsing it with your sterile contact lens solution. Then leave it open to air dry to prevent bacteria from growing.
  3. Wipe from back to front: Helping to pass bacteria from your rectum to your urethra is a great way to sign yourself up for a UTI or other infection. Keep your lady business healthy by wiping from front to back.
  4. Douche to cure a yeast infection: Cleaning your lady parts seems like it would wash away the yeast, but it actually does the opposite and helps the infection spread by pushing it up through your cervix and into your uterus, making it a million times worse. If you think you have a yeast infection, see your doctor to confirm, and he'll prescribe medicine to relieve your uncomfortable symptoms.
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