8 Myths about Hygiene

Hygiene Habits have been something that has progressed from the simple bar of soap and hot water.  But are they really necessary? Take a look.

 

Myth 1: Showering Every Day

Nope, you don’t need to do it. According to experts, showering every day is not required. This does exclude if you are sweating profusely or are dirty.  This could be from a strenuous job or hobby. 

 

Myth 2: Pubic Toilet Seats are Hazardous to your Health

Toilet seats have germs, don’t get me wrong, but they’re harmless.  The germs on a public toilet seat are the same as the ones in your home. Of course, if someone has left a little gift on the seat, clean it up, but it won’t harm you.  The only way something could cause an issue is if you have cuts or sores on your skin where it would touch the seat.  

Myth 3: Hot Tubs are Harmful

Not all hot tubs are dangerous to your health. As long as the hot tub is cleaned regularly, it is good to go.  If it is one that is not cleaned regularly, it could contain MRSA, E. coli, and Legionella pneumophila, the cause of Legionnaire’s disease.  If you want to be cautious, don’t be afraid to, but if that tub is kept up with and clean, you have nothing to worry about. 

Myth 4: Antibacterial Products are Best for Cleaning

Kitchen and bathroom cleaners advertise how antibacterial they are.  But they are not necessary, in fact, they could be harmful.  Antibacterial products contain triclosan. Triclosan is a chemical that may be an environmental toxin and isn’t truly the best at killing bacteria.  A better option could be bleach.  If you want something more eco-friendly, reach for products that contain hydrogen peroxide. 

Myth 5: Hand Sanitizer Removes All Bacteria

Nope! Bacteria will always be on you all the time. It’s normal. Hand sanitizer is a great product for clean hands, it is convenient and quick, but old fashion soap and water still is the better choice. 

Myth 6: Ocean Water Helps Cuts Heal

Seawater does in fact, not help clean out cuts and scrapes. Ocean water contains microbes that can actually inhibit the healing process.  If you need a solution to help clean a cut, reach for sterile saline instead. 

Myth 7: Deodorant is Healthier than Antiperspirant

The rumor that antiperspirants can cause cancer have not been supported with facts. Deodorant actually contains chemicals that can increase bacteria and your smell. Antiperspirants keep bacteria at bay a little better. Feel free to use which ever, they’re both effective. 

Myth 8: Change Your Bedsheets Every Month or So

N-O-P-E. This is very wrong. Every hour while you sleep, you’re shedding millions of germs that come with sweat, oil, dirt, and other organic chemicals.  These have the potential to cause rashes, irritations, and even acne.  Unclean sheets can cause dust mites.  They feed off of the bacteria in our beds that we shed.  What you should be doing is changing your sheets weekly with hot water to kill off the bacteria.