6 Hygiene Habits You’re Doing Wrong

By Lindsey Johnson

Everyone has routines and hygiene habits that have become so automatic that we never give it a second thought. But what if we’re doing it all wrong? Some of our habits may be doing more harm than good!

According to Medical News Today, researchers found that approximately 60% of toothbrushes in shared bathrooms contained fecal matter. Researchers also stated that there was an astounding 80% chance that it came from other people using the same bathroom! Change up some habits and start the new year off on the right foot for a healthier 2022!

1 – Washing Your Hair

While many people wash with shampoo daily, this is not necessarily the best strategy. While washing frequency can vary due to a variety of factors, Healthline recommends that most people don’t need to wash their hair every day, or even every other day. Hair really only needs to be washed when it appears oily. African- American hair needs to be washed the least – once a week or every other week – to minimize damage and hair loss. Skip the daily shampoo routine – your hair will thank you for it! 

2 – Showering Frequently

Harvard Health reports that approximately two-thirds of Americans shower daily. However, unless you are sweaty or grimy, showering less often may be better for your health (and your bank account!) Harvard Health states that most people can get away with showering a few times per week. Short showers lasting only a few minutes focusing on the groin and armpit areas may be enough for many people. 

3 – Using Cotton Swabs

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation advises against using cotton swabs or other objects to clean earwax from your ears. Doing so can actually push the earwax further into the ear, causing irritation and other problems. 

4 – Toothbrush Storage

The American Dental Association reports that toothbrushes stored in close proximity to a toilet can contain fecal matter. When the toilet is flushed, particles spray in the air and could come in contact with your toothbrush. While this is unpleasant, it’s a bigger problem if it belongs to someone else as your own waste is already a part of your body’s natural flora. Find a safe spot AWAY from the toilet! 

5 – Applying Antiperspirant 

Antiperspirants and deodorants are not quite the same. While deodorants sit on top of the skin and mask odors, antiperspirants contain aluminum salts to help prevent sweat in the first place. According to Arm & Hammer, antiperspirants work best if applied on clean, dry skin AT NIGHT. Since body temperature is lower during sleep, the product can fully soak in and block sweat before you get going for the day. 

6 – Medication Storage

Many medications are affected by light, heat, air and humidity. Bathrooms tend to get hot and steamy during showers and this heat and humidity can damage medication and impact its effectiveness. MedlinePlus recommends storing all medicines in their original containers in a drawer in another room or closet, away from heat and humidity. Even over the counter drugs like aspirin can break down and become vinegar and salicylic acid under hot conditions. Keep medications cool and dry to ensure you are getting the most benefit from them.


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