I was never one to worry about germs. I mean, when I was a kid, I once picked up a lollipop off of the floor and licked it, even when it passed the five-second rule (although in my defense, that lollipop was really good. I didn’t want to waste it). But now, it’s a completely different story, because I actually get paranoid about things like touching garbage lids and eating from food trucks on the street. I wouldn’t say that I’ve turned into a full-fledged germaphobe, but still, I now understand why it’s so important to avoid spreading germs (and of course, why eating food off the floor probably isn’t a good idea).
Believe it or not, some of the smallest things that we all do everyday, like using our cell phones in the bathroom (admit it, you’re totally guilty of this) or walking around the house in our shoes, can actually lead to the spread of germs or even get us sick. So if you want to curb the nasty spread, you need to take a look at these seven common habits that are actually dangerous and really gross.
Putting Hot Food In The FridgePutting hot food in the fridge to speed up the cooling process might seem like a harmless idea, but did you know that doing so could actually create more bacteria? Putting hot foods in cooler temperature actually causes uneven cooling. This not only makes bacteria multiply but it can actually get you sick. Instead, allow your food to cool before putting it in the fridge. Image source: iStock
Walking Around The House In Your ShoesImagine all the dirt, grime, bacteria, and fecal matter that stick to the bottom of your shoes when you walk down the street. Now, imagine walking around your house in those shoes. You’re basically leaving little traces of germs with every single step. And even worse, if there are people who love to sit or lay on the floor, just imagine the amount of germs that can get to their clothes and skin! Image source: iStock
Putting Your Purse Or Bag On Your BedPurses and bags hold a lot more bacteria than you realize. In fact, a study from the University of Arizona found that when women’s purses were swabbed, tens of thousands of bacteria were found on most, and some even had millions. So by putting your bag on your bed, you could actually get yourself sick, because you’re spreading germs to the place where you sleep. Image source: iStock
Leaving The Toilet Seat Open After You Use ItAccording to research done at Leeds University, a germ called “Clostridium difficile” is released up to ten inches away from toilet seats when they’re not closed. Also, the bacteria released can linger for over an hour, so make sure to close the lid before flushing! Image source: iStock
Using Your Cell Phone In The BathroomI’d be lying if I said I haven’t done this before. But actually, it’s one of the grossest things ever. According to a study done at the University of London, one in six cell phones are contaminated with fecal matter. So, just imagine how much bacteria is being stored in your device, and imagine how that bacteria spreads to your skin when you’re holding it against your face. Pretty gross, right? Image source: iStock
Not Washing Reusable Grocery BagsReusable grocery bags are pretty awesome because they’re easier to use and they’re good for the environment. However, there’s a downside. If you don’t wash them on at least a weekly basis, you’ll be carrying extra germs and bacteria along with your food. Image source: iStock
Not Disinfecting Your Computer KeyboardFun fact: A British microbiologist named James Francis swabbed 33 keyboards, one toilet seat and one toilet door handle to see what germs would be picked up . You’d be surprised to know that most of the keyboards actually had way more bacteria than the toilet seat, and some of them were even labeled as health hazards. So when it comes to your keyboards, clean them on a regular basis and wash your hands before using them. Image source: iStock
Which of these habits shocked you to most? Tell us in the comments below!