Bad Hygiene Habits You Didn’t Know You Had

By molly atherton 8 months ago
Step right up, hygiene aficionados and cleanliness enthusiasts! Buckle in for a journey beyond the realms of ordinary hygiene, where the spotlight shines on the clandestine culprits lurking within our supposedly spotless routines. Yes, that's correct—prepare to uncover the clandestine rogues, the undercover culprits, and the unassuming habits that make our squeaky-clean personas not-so-squeaky after all. So, fasten your seatbelts!

1. You clean your ears with Q tips

Ah, the infamous earbud ritual—a clandestine routine that countless souls partake in, seeking the elusive satisfaction of squeaky-clean ears. It's a dance familiar to many, a seemingly innocent act aimed at banishing ear wax into oblivion.Image Source/ blogspotThis is such a common hygiene habit, LOTs of people stick an earbud in their ear to try and clean the wax. And people often think that by doing this they are cleaning their ears. Instead, it results in pushing some wax further down the ear along with fibres which can get stuck in the eardrum and impair your hearing. Plus, it can increase the production of ear wax.Original content sourced from

2. You keep touching your face

Ah, the curious case of the face-touching habit—a subconscious symphony performed by our fingertips, often without our conscious consent. Yes, it's true, we're unwitting conductors of an unending touch-fest with our faces, an act that clocks in thousands of instances daily.Image Source/ squishyfaceblogDid you realise that we touch our faces thousands of times a day? But this is transferring bacteria and germs from our hands to our faces which can then increase the risk of acne or breakouts. As well as this, resting your face in your hands is a habit that can also lead to breakout.

3. You use your phone whist sitting on the toilet

Ah, the modern-day paradox: finding solace and entertainment in the digital oasis of our phones, even amidst the most mundane moments—like perusing while perched upon the porcelain throne. It's a ritual familiar to many, a brief escape into the world wide web while nature takes its course.Image Source/ TwitterWe get it. Scrolling on our phone whilst sitting on the loo can feel like a nice use of relaxation time. But when you think about it it's kinda gross. The bacteria that we acquire from the toilet goes on to our hands, and then onto our phone. We then wash our hands...but not our phone and so essentially the dirt is still there.

4. You don't wash your hand enough

Ah, the humble yet mighty hands—the unsung heroes in our daily escapades, tirelessly traversing a world brimming with surfaces, textures, and endless interactions. These loyal companions seldom receive the accolades they deserve for the ceaseless tasks they undertake.Image Source/HalsheyschoolsMost people wash their hands after the toilet (we hope). But it is also good to just wash them now and again randomly because our hands are used for everything, and they are constantly in contact with multiple surfaces - all of which can carry dirt. So, wash regularly to avoid getting sick and to stay clean.

5. You take very hot showers

Ah, the allure of a steaming hot shower—a blissful sanctuary from the chaos of the day, a comforting cocoon of warmth that envelops us in its embrace. It's a ritual cherished by many, a therapeutic respite from the daily grind. However, hidden beneath the steamy allure lies a surprising truth...Image Source/ tricityapplianceHot showers may FEEL good. But this hygiene habit is not actually good for you. The heat can dry your skin and can actually damage your skin. Plus, it will take the moisture from your skin too leaving you feeling dry afterwards. Try cooling down the shower instead when you wash.

6. You wash your hair too often

Ah, the hair-washing saga—a tale as old as time, woven into our daily routines like clockwork. For many, the inclination to lather up every single day seems like the golden ticket to pristine locks. Yet, hidden within this sudsy ritual lies a secret that might just flip the script on our hair care routines.Image Source/ blogspotWashing your hair too often, for example every day, is way too much for your hair. Plus, the more you wash it the more regularly it needs to be washed because your hair adjusts. It will dry it out and strip your hair of the natural oils it produces. So, lessen the washes and you should notice an improvement in the health of your hair.

7. You sometimes sleep in your makeup

Ah, the classic post-party predicament—those moments when collapsing into bed seems more appealing than a lengthy skincare routine. We've all experienced it, those nights when the exhaustion prevails, and removing makeup feels like a Herculean task.Image Source/ YouTubeWe've all been there. Rolling in from a night out...being so tired that you can't even grab a makeup wipe...or just totally forgetting. It happens. But it's not good to do often because the makeup can clog your pores and might even caught a breakout of acne.

8. You don't shower enough

The daily shower—it's the ultimate express lane to cleanliness, a quick rendezvous with water and soap that promises to scrub away the day's grime and refresh our bodies. In just a few minutes, we can emerge feeling rejuvenated, scrubbed clean from the accumulated sweat.Image Source/ NBCnewsShowering takes no time at all, so there's no reason that we can't be having one shower a day. It can be minutes. But it keeps us clean. If we don't shower enough, then all of the dirt/ sweat/ bacteria can build up on our bodied. And over time, poor hygiene might even lead to us getting sick more frequently.

9. You keep reusing your water bottle without washing

Ah, the humble water bottle—a steadfast companion in our daily adventures, faithfully carrying the elixir of life, H2O, through our bustling routines. It seems almost counterintuitive to scrub a vessel that's solely housed water, doesn't it?Image source/ PinterestIt seems a waste to wash a water bottle when the only thing that's been in it is water, right? But it's still important to make sure that you do wash it and don't just keep reusing it and reusing it without ever washing it in-between because it will still collect bacteria.

10. You don't wash your bra enough

Ah, the unsung hero of our wardrobe—the bra, a support system that uplifts us both physically and, at times, emotionally. Nestled under our clothes, it silently performs its duties, providing comfort and structure day in and day out.Image Source/ PinterestYou don't need to wash your bra as often as knickers/ boxers - but you should still be washing it fairly frequently because it will be soaking up sweat and getting dirty even if it still looks clean. So, don't just wait until it smells - give it a wash.

11. You walk in public showers with bare feet

Ah, the public shower—a communal space where countless feet trot, water flows, and cleanliness meets its ultimate test. It's a shared oasis, a place where hygiene meets the masses, but hidden beneath the veneer of convenience lies a germ-laden reality.Image Source/ Time OutPublic showers are walked over by hundreds of not thousands of people per day before being cleaned. In bare feet. Combine it with the wet floor - it's a recipe for spreading germs. Sometimes it is inevitable, but it really is better to wear some kind of shower/waterproof shoes.

12. Your toothbrush is kept near your toilet

Consider this: the toilet, a bustling hub of activity, is no stranger to the dramatic swirling symphony that follows every flush. It's a scene where particles, invisible to the naked eye, dance freely into the air, caught in the maelstrom of water and motion.Image Source/ RedditYou wouldn't like to put your mouth near a toilet - so why are you keeping your toilet brush nearby? Think about when you flush the toilet, loads of particles are thrown up into the air. And, if your toothbrush is nearby then it's likely some of them are landing right on it. Which is then being used to clean your mouth.

13. You don't wash your sheets often enough

Ah, the infamous sheet wash day—a task that often finds its way to the bottom of our to-do lists, lurking there until the piling reminders finally nudge us into action. Yes, it's an effort, we admit—a chore that demands attention despite its sneaky ability to evade our routines.Image Source/ healthyfoodsmagSheet wash is an effort we admit. But it's got to be done. We spend almost half our time in bed. And you wouldn't re-wear the same clothes for a month. So, we shouldn't be sleeping in the same sheets, where we lie night after night and out sweat is absorbed.

14. You use strong soaps in intimate areas

Absolutely, the delicate balance of our intimate areas deserves the utmost care and attention. These sensitive regions have their own unique ecosystem, a finely tuned balance that can easily be disrupted by the wrong products or practices.Image source/ YouTubeNumber one rule - we shouldn't be putting soap... THERE. Because intimate areas are so sensitive, it is important to clean around the areas with soap specifically made for these areas. This is because Ph levels vary, and we do not want to upset the balance.

15. You leave tampons in too long

Absolutely, adhering to the recommended guidelines for tampon usage is crucial for maintaining intimate health. The instructions on the packaging aren't just suggestions—they're essential guidelines crafted to safeguard against potential risks that can arise from prolonged tampon use.Image Source/ stayathomemumYou don't want to be changing your tampon too infrequently. The packet gives the guidelines for a reason, and that is because leaving them in for too long it said to be potentially detrimental to your health. And it is reported that in some rare but severe cases it can lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome.

16. You don't clean under your fingernails

Our fingernails are unsung heroes, enduring the daily grind alongside our hands, often accumulating more than we can see. They're there through it all—assisting in tasks, making statements with nail art, but also, inadvertently gathering debris and grime underneath.Image Source/ scoopnestFingernails bear the brunt of a lot. We use out hands constantly, so it is so easy to collect first under them. And sometimes we cannot see it. It's good to clean them regularly so that we don't have any nasty stuff lurking under them that may be transferred to our mouths.

17. You don't clean your hair brush enough

Our trusty hairbrushes, those stalwart companions in our daily hair care rituals, often endure a fair share of neglect. While we diligently tend to our hair, we sometimes forget that our faithful brushes also deserve a thorough cleaning.Image Source/ allthingshairWe clean our hair all the time, yet when it comes to our hairbrush most of us neglect it. Yes, we might pull out the old hair. But you should properly clean it. Because the brush stores up excess product as well as your old skin cells and so by brushing your hair it can make it dirty.

18. You use mouthwash every time

Mouthwash, that potent elixir designed to tackle germs and combat plaque, is indeed a powerhouse in oral hygiene. However, its strength can sometimes border on the intense side for our sensitive mouths. It's a fantastic tool in our oral care arsenal.Image Source/ sickchirpseMouthwash is great for cleaning our mouth and really getting rid of those germs in our mouth and fighting plaque. But it is very string, so using it every single time is a little bit too harsh for our mouths which can actually be quite sensitive. Using it every couple of times should be better.

19. You moisturize too much

The importance of moisturizing is often hailed as a cornerstone of skincare routines. Yet, there's a fine balance to strike between hydrating our skin and potentially overwhelming it with too much moisture. While moisturizing provides a plethora of benefits...Image Source/ chickadvisorIt's drilled into us how important it is to moisturise. And it is great for the skin. But it is actually thought that moisturising TOO much may not be so good because it could lead to clogged up pores which may actually lead to a breakout. A pea sized amount is the recommended amount.

20. You never clean your TV remote

The humble TV remote—a ubiquitous gadget in our homes, passing through countless hands, yet often overlooked in our cleaning routines. It's a truth universally acknowledged that appearances can be deceiving, especially when it comes to seemingly innocuous objects like remote controls.Image Source/ homelyvilleIf we think about how often we use out TV remotes in comparison to how often (if ever) we clean's a scary thought. Something may look clean - but that definitely does not mean it is. We should clean it a lot more often that we realise. Plus, there may be multiple people using it.

21. You don't floss regularly

Flossing, that often-neglected hero in our oral care routine, seems to fall victim to the 'easier said than done' category. It's a simple task, yet it often finds itself relegated to the realm of intentions rather than daily habits. However, the benefits it offers are as invaluable as they are straightforward.Image Source/ PinterestFlossing should be a part of our daily habits. But it rarely is. There's something about flossing which seems to feel like an excess chore or something we mean to do but never manage to keep up. However, it's so quick, so easy, and is so good for the health of our gums.

22. ...Or your phone

Our smartphones, those sleek, indispensable gadgets that accompany us through every moment of our lives, bear witness to a multitude of touches and interactions. Yet, amidst this constant contact, they often evade the cleaning attention they deserve.Image Source/ insidehookOur phones are constantly being touched, which means that they so much more germs and bacteria - yet we rarely even clean them. But by touching our phone means that even if we clean ourselves, the dame germs are going straight back to us again through our phones.

23. You leave your contact lenses in too long

Wearing contact lenses is a convenient way to correct vision, but it's essential to maintain good hygiene practices and adhere to the recommended wearing schedules. Our eyes, those delicate windows to the world, deserve care and consideration, especially when it comes to the prolonged use of contact lenses.Image Source/ veteransnewsreportLeaving your contact lenses in for too long is a bad hygiene habit to have. Plus, it's not kind for your eyes. Eyes are so sensitive, and it's important that they have a break and that the lens gets a clean in-between. And it may stop the feeling of dry eyes.

24. You share a razor/ don't change frequently

Razors, those trusty grooming tools that keep us looking sharp and polished, are also unwitting collectors of more than just hair. They often gather a medley of old skin cells, debris, and potential germs, creating a rather unsavory environment if not properly cared for.Image Source/ TAXIRazors collect hair and old skin, so they become pretty gross pretty soon - even using your own razor. But, when it comes to sharing, you are combining yours and that persons old skin and hair cells. It's much better to keep razors separate and not share.

25. You reuse towels a lot

Towels, those comforting companions after a refreshing shower, play a pivotal role in our daily hygiene routines. However, their very purpose of drying us off can render them collectors of moisture, creating an environment ripe for microbial growth if not properly cared for.Image Source/ ecotowelsTowels of course do not need to be changed every time. But they still need changing frequently. Otherwise, you are cleaning your clean body with something dirty. Yes, it may look clean, but after a few uses it is in need of a wash. And make sure it dries properly after you use it by hanging it up.

26. You don't wash your fruit and veg

Fruits and vegetables, those colorful delights of nature, often carry traces of pesticides, residues, or even dirt from their journey from farm to table. While they may look fresh and inviting, giving them a quick wash before consumption becomes an essential step.Image Source/ esnoticiaFruit and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides and different chemicals. So, while you may just grab your fruit and eat it straight away, this is a bad hygiene habit. It is thought to be much better to wash your fruit and vegetables so that it is better for your health when you can consume it.

27. You continuously wear acrylics

Acrylic nails, those glamorous extensions that add flair to our fingertips, come with a hidden side effect if not properly cared for. While they may look fabulous, continuous wearing without breaks or allowing for proper cleaning poses hygiene concerns that go beyond just aesthetic issues.Image Source/ theluxuryspotAcrylics may look great, but they can store a LOT of dirt. Getting acrylics continuously with no breaks and just infills is a bad hygiene habit. Not only is it terrible for the condition of your nails, but it also is a place which harbours bacteria because you can't properly wash and clean them.

28. You share your toothbrush

Sharing a toothbrush, while it might seem like an innocuous act of intimacy or convenience, can actually be a potential hygiene hazard. While the idea of sharing everything with a loved one is endearing, there are certain boundaries that should be maintained, especially when it comes to oral hygiene.Image Source/ PinterestYou might be sharing a toothbrush with a loved one at some points for periods of time, thinking it's fine because nothing about your loved one could disgust you - even their mouth germs. But it's a bad hygiene habit because you are transferring huge amounts of germs and bacteria from one mouth to the next.

29. You sleep in underwear

While sleeping in underwear might seem like a harmless habit, allowing your body to breathe freely during sleep comes with several benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. Consider this: our bodies naturally produce sweat and moisture, especially in areas covered by clothing.Image source/ YouTubeThere's nothing wrong with sleeping in underwear occasionally. But it's a habit that is better not done every single night. It is actually better to take it off at night and let your body breathe, rather than have moisture trapped in continuously day and night.

30. You don't change underwear enough

Changing underwear regularly stands as one of the fundamental pillars of personal hygiene. It's a simple yet crucial practice that goes a long way in maintaining cleanliness, comfort, and overall well-being. Our underwear serves as a barrier between our bodies and the outside world.Image Source/ etsy.comIf there's any hygiene practice that we all need to do, it is definitely changing underwear frequently. It's super important if you want to stay clean that you have clean underwear. Plus, not changing underwear is thought to lead to more serious things such as infection too.

31. You Don't Brush Your Teeth At All

Skipping an entire teeth-brushing session, especially before bedtime, can indeed be detrimental to oral health. It's not just about maintaining a pristine smile; it's about preventing potential oral health issues that can arise from neglecting proper dental care, especially after a night out.Image Source / Ridgway DentalWe've mentioned how it's a very bad habit not to clean your teeth thoroughly, but if you're skipping entire teeth-brushing sessions altogether - such as not brushing your teeth before bed after a night out - this is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth.

32. Not Doing Your Laundry For Ages

Allowing dirty clothes, towels, or bedsheets to linger in the laundry basket for extended periods creates an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply. While the intention might be to eventually wash these items, the longer they remain in their soiled state, the greater the risk of bacterial growth.Image Source / BuzzFeedIf your dirty clothes, towels and bedsheets are stuffed in your laundry basket for days and days - maybe even weeks - they're only festering in their dirty, bacteria-filled state. Yes, you're going to wash them anyway so you may wonder why it matters, but the longer you leave them, the more bacteria is multiplying.

33. Sharing Your Hairbrush Or Comb

Sharing brushes or combs might seem like a simple favor, but it's a practice that can inadvertently transfer more than just hair maintenance between friends. In reality, it's a potential exchange of accumulated residues, dead skin cells and shed hair.Image Source / RedditWe've all been there - a friend asks to borrow your brush or comb because they've forgot to bring their own so you whip yours out of your bag. No biggie, right? But actually it's a very big biggie, because you're basically transferring and sharing all the built up dead skill cells, shedded hair and old hair product build-up.

34. Walking Barefoot Too Often

Walking barefoot, whether it's at home or in public spaces, can inadvertently lead to the transfer of dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants. While it might seem liberating or comfortable, especially in the comfort of our own homes, it's essential to consider the potential hygiene implications.Image Source / MoveUThis is more a big deal in public spaces, of course, but it's also unhygienic if you're making a habit of it all the time around the house, for example - especially if your floor cleaning routine isn't the best and you're constantly transferring dirt and bacteria wherever you walk.

35. Bad Sanitary Towel Hygiene

While it might seem convenient to keep the same sanitary pad on for an extended period, irrespective of flow, it's crucial to understand the potential risks associated with prolonged pad usage. Sanitary pads are designed to absorb menstrual flow, but they also become damp and collect moisture over time.Image Source / CosmopolitanYou may think that if you don't have a particularly heavy flow, you can keep the same sanitary pad in all day long if it doesn't feel like it needs changing. But if you leave your sanitary pad for too long, you're more likely to develop a host of icky things in your downstairs region, like UTI's. And, left too long, could cause toxic shock syndrome.

36. Neglecting Your Eyelash Extensions

While eyelash extensions offer convenience and reusability, it's crucial to care for them properly to avoid potential risks. The adhesive used for eyelash extensions contains chemicals that, if not handled carefully, can pose risks upon contact with the eyes.Image Source / The MirrorEyelash extensions are handy for their reusability, and a lot of people will store them on the side to wear more than once. But are you actually caring for them properly? If you're not, you could risk problems after glue-to-eye contact, including vision impairment or even inflammation of the cornea.

37. Reusing Your Kitchen Sponge Too Many Times

While reusing kitchen sponges might seem environmentally friendly, it's essential to understand that these sponges, while effective for cleaning, can also become breeding grounds for bacteria. Kitchen sponges, with their porous and absorbent nature, are excellent at collecting moisture and food particles.Image Source / ScienceEspecially in today's climate when many people are trying to help the environment, you may have got into the habit of reusing your kitchen sponge for cleaning as often as possible. But sponges are great at attracting and storing germs. You could be risking spreading more bacteria through reusing it, rather than cleaning.

38. Leaving Your Dishes To Soak In The Sink

Soaking dishes or pans in the kitchen sink, especially for extended periods, can inadvertently contribute to bacterial buildup and potential hygiene issues, despite the intention to tackle stubborn stains. Kitchen sinks, while used for various cleaning purposes, can indeed harbor a significant amount of bacteria.Image Source / ReviewedSometimes this feels necessary when you have a particularly stubborn stain on a pan or dish. But the kitchen sink is a nasty area of attracting germs and bacteria - even more so than your toilet bowl, studies have shown - so if you're soaking dirty items for a long time, it's only building more bacteria in your sink.

39. Following The Five Second Rule

The five-second rule, that tempting justification to salvage dropped food, might seem reassuring, but it's essential to understand that it doesn't necessarily protect against bacterial contamination. When food falls onto the floor, it immediately comes into contact with whatever bacteria or germs are present.Image Source / RedditHow many of us have dropped something on the floor and still eaten it? Because the five second rules says you'll be fine, right? Wrong! The moment your food hits the floor, is highly likely bacteria is transferred immediately - studies show that 99% of bacteria transfers instantly.

40. Neglecting Your Office Cleaning

Office spaces, whether at home or in a workplace, can indeed be hotspots for bacterial accumulation. Workspaces, desks, keyboards, telephones, doorknobs, and other shared items within an office environment are touched frequently by multiple people.Image Source / Principle Cleaning Solutions - WordPress.comWhether you have a home office or you're working in an office that has a particularly lax cleaning routine, it's likely your office is harbouring a lot more bacteria than you might think. Workplaces are exposed to so much bacteria, such as skin, nose and ears. And obviously you have everything within the office that's being touched on a daily basis, too.

41. Not Drying Yourself Properly With A Towel

Proper toweling after a shower or bath isn't just about drying off; it's also about ensuring that moisture-prone areas, such as the groin and armpits, are adequately dried to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. When we towel off quickly or neglect certain areas, moisture can linger on the skin.Image Source / The ListAfter you get out of the shower or bath, do you do a quick rub down with your towel and then quickly get dressed? If you're not towelling yourself properly, you could be risking the spread of bacteria and fungal spores - particularly if you're neglecting areas like the groin and armpit.

42. You Never Clean Your Keyboard

Keyboards, whether on laptops or computers, are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning, yet they can harbor a surprising amount of bacteria and germs due to frequent and direct contact with our hands. As we use keyboards daily, our fingers come into contact with various surfaces and objects.Image Source / T3You have a very good cleaning routine for your home, but do you ever actually remember to clean your laptop keyboard or computer keyboard? For a lot of people, it might not factor into the chore list. But think about how much bacteria is on there from your fingers being all over it day in and day out!

43. You're Reusing Floss

Reusing a piece of dental floss, especially after it's already been used, isn't the most hygienic practice when it comes to oral care. Dental floss removes food particles and plaque from between teeth, and in doing so, it can accumulate bacteria, debris, and saliva residue during use.Image Source / QuoraWe don't mean saving the same piece of floss to use on your teeth everyday, but if you're flossing your teeth and find you've run out with only a few teeth left to do, you might just rewrap and quickly use the piece you've already used to save you getting a fresh piece of floss from the container. Well, it's not the most sanitary thing, is it!

44. You're Not Washing Your Hand Towels Often Enough

Hand towels might not receive the same attention as bath towels, yet they play a crucial role in maintaining hygiene. Overlooking the regular washing of hand towels can lead to a buildup of bacteria and germs, especially considering their frequent use in drying hands. Image Source / TripAdvisorA lot of people neglect washing hand towels too often because the main towels can be the focus. Because hand towels get used as a second thought compared to main towels that dry you're entire body, you could be leaving hand towels longer than you should, letting them hang there and fester.

45. You Wash Off Your Makeup But You Don't Remove Eye Makeup Properly

Removing eye makeup properly is crucial not only for maintaining clear skin but also for safeguarding the health of the delicate skin around the eyes and preventing potential risks related to bacterial buildup. Eye makeup, particularly mascara and eyeliner, contains pigments and oils that adhere strongly to lashes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.Image Source / RedditEven through best efforts of washing your face, eye makeup is a whole other ball game. It often needs a separate product to specifically remove mascara and eyeliner. So if you're washing your face in general but failing to remove your eye makeup properly, you could still be putting your eyes at risk of all that bacteria.

46. You're Not Washing Your Makeup Sponges Or Brushes Often Enough

While the focus often remains on applying and removing makeup, the cleanliness of makeup tools like brushes and sponges is equally important. These tools, when not cleaned regularly, can harbor bacteria, oil, old makeup residue, and dead skin cells.Image Source / AllAboutEve - AllAboutEveWith such busy lifestyles, it's easy to put the focus on applying makeup and then washing it off properly after a long day. But what about all the little tools you use to apply your makeup in the first place? When was the last time you washed your foundation sponge or brushes? You should aim to wash once a week.

47. You're Not Washing Your Hair At All

Hair hygiene is a delicate balance, and neglecting to wash your hair or washing it infrequently can lead to various issues related to hygiene and scalp health. Our scalp produces natural oils (sebum) that, when left to accumulate, can attract dirt, bacteria, and other impurities.Image Source / PinterestWhile washing your hair every single day can be a hygiene problem, the opposite can also be an issue. If you're failing to wash your hair at all, or leaving it to wash say once a week, you're still risking the build up of bacteria and dirt. It might start to smell and your hair follicles may also clog up. A good routine is washing your hair every couple of days.

48. You Never Clean Your Nail Clippers

Nail clippers are essential tools for maintaining nail hygiene, but they, too, require regular cleaning to prevent the buildup of dirt, bacteria, and nail residue. Nail clippers come into direct contact with nails, which can contain bacteria, dead skin cells, and other debris.Image Source / QuoraIf you go out of your way to keep your nails trimmed and clean, that's great - but what about the clippers themselves? If you're never cleaning them, they're basically getting clogged up with the dirt or bacteria from nails that get onto them each time you're using them.

49. You're Not Washing Your Towelling Robe Often Enough

Toweling robes or dressing gowns serve a dual purpose, offering comfort and practicality after a shower. However, due to their clothing-like feel, it's easy to forget that they require regular washing just like towels. Toweling robes come into direct contact with damp skin, absorbing moisture.Image Source / Breathe LifestyleA lot of people have towelling robes, which are dressing gowns that double as a towel so you can wrap it around you after a shower and help you to get dry more quickly. But because the towelling robe feels more like an item of clothing than a towel, you may not be washing it as often as you should (as often as you would a dirty towel!).

50. You Never Replace Your Shower Or Bath Sponge

Cleaning tools such as sponges, cloths, or loofahs used in the shower need regular attention and maintenance to prevent the buildup of bacteria, yeast, or mold. Consider this: shower tools come into contact with water, body products, and dead skin cells.Image Source / TripAdvisorBecause you're using your cleaning sponge, cloth or loofah in the shower, you may think it automatically cleans itself when you use it with products and water. But it needs cleaning and changing regularly because of the build up of bacteria, yeast or even mould it can get on it.

51. Coughing without putting your hand or elbow over your mouth

The awareness about the spread of germs, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak, has highlighted the importance of simple yet effective hygiene practices, such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands afterward.Image Source/ NOAA Ocean ExploreAfter the coronavirus outbreak, I think we should all now be more aware of how quickly and widely germs can spread. It comes as no surprise to hear that, no matter where you are, you should cover your mouth with your hand or elbow when you cough. Then you should wash your hands!

52. You open packages with your teeth

Using your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles is not only risky for your dental health but also for your overall well-being due to potential exposure to harmful bacteria. Our teeth are strong but are designed for chewing food, not as tools for opening objects.Image Source/ RedditDespite how tempting it may be, resist the impulse to use your teeth to open a package or a bottle. A tooth may break, chip, or become loose by doing this. If you've got a broken tooth, it can lead way to an infection too. Also, you don't know what bacteria is being harvested on that packaging!

53. Openly sneezing

Sneezing without any form of coverage is a significant contributor to the spread of germs and respiratory droplets. When we sneeze, forceful expulsions of air and droplets occur, potentially carrying infectious particles from our respiratory system.Image Source/ RedditIf you sneeze out in the open without using a tissue, handkerchief or even your hand to cover it, then you've got a weird perception of how the air and germs work. In actuality, it's been proven that a sneeze can travel to distances up to 8 metres... I bet you didn't know that.

54. You don't drink enough water throughout the day

Maintaining oral hygiene involves more than just cleaning your mouth; it also involves making mindful choices about what you consume. Sugary drinks, such as sodas or sweetened beverages, create an environment conducive to the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth.Image Source/ RedditCleaning your mouth of microorganisms and food particles with water is an excellent idea. However, consuming sugary drinks won't do anything but raise your risk of developing cavities if you don't enjoy drinking water. Instead, make an effort to train yourself to drink water. Your mouth will appreciate it!

55. An untidy desk

Surfaces like desks, particularly messy ones, can harbor a multitude of bacteria if not cleaned regularly.  Consider this: desks accumulate dust, food crumbs, spilled drinks, and other debris over time. These surfaces become an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.Image Source/ RedditWhile it might sound like a norm, and not something that should be considered unsanitary, you'd be surprised. Any kind of area that doesn't get cleaned often is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your messy desk is no different. While it might be tempting to neglect it, always consider the worst.

56. You brush your teeth too soon after a meal

Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or beverages can potentially harm your tooth enamel. Foods high in acidity, like citrus fruits or certain carbonated drinks, temporarily soften the enamel, making it more susceptible to abrasion during brushing.Image Source/ Stornoway GazelleAfter eating, brushing your teeth could offer you fresh breath but also harm your tooth enamel. After consuming some foods with a high acid content, your teeth are more susceptible. Delay brushing for at least 30 minutes. If you need to, think about gargling with water or chewing gum.

57. Your bins are constantly overflowing

Emptying your bins regularly is a crucial step in maintaining a hygienic environment. Bins, whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, collect various items, from food waste to used tissues or personal hygiene products. Over time, these items can harbor bacteria and unpleasant odors.Image Source/ RedditIf you take on thing away from this... empty your bins more often!! Of course, that's where the bacteria is, as you have used unsanitary products sat in there for long periods of time. Whether it be your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom bin, force yourself to empty it more.

58. You eat too much sugar

Indulging in sugary treats can contribute to the development of plaque, which poses risks to your oral health. Sugars from candies, chocolates, or sweet snacks interact with bacteria in your mouth, leading to the formation of plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that adheres to teeth and produces acids.Image Source/ Diabetes UKIndulging your sweet tooth, while tasty, can be detrimental to your oral health. Plaque can develop on your teeth when sugar combines with the bacteria in your saliva, which isn't a good luck. You thus increase your chance of developing cavities and dental decay.

59. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink

Leaving dishes sitting in a communal sink, whether at home or in a workplace, can lead to hygiene issues. Dishes left unattended in a communal sink create a breeding ground for bacteria. Food particles, liquids, and residues on the dishes can attract bacteria and mold.Image Source/ RedditWhile we've already covered why it is bad practice to leave your dishes to soak in a sink (even when we're feeling lazy), even just leaving them there until you get round to them can be a bad decision, especially if it's a communal sink like at the workplace.

60. You defrost your meat on the countertop

Thawing frozen items on the kitchen counter might seem convenient, but it poses significant risks in terms of food safety and hygiene. Leaving frozen items, especially meats, at room temperature allows bacteria to multiply rapidly, increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses.Image Source/ RedditAlthough we're guilty of this, the kitchen counter isn't the ideal location to thaw out frozen items. This is because bacteria grows more quickly at room temperature, which also promotes the growth of countless numbers of dangerous pests. Instead, to lower your risk of food poisoning, defrost meats overnight in the refrigerator.

61. Eating at your desk

Taking lunch breaks away from your desk not only allows you to recharge but also helps in maintaining a clean and hygienic workspace. Eating at your desk can lead to food crumbs, spills, and debris accumulating in your workspace.Image Source/ RedditIf you decide to take lunch at your desk rather than the staff room because of how swamped with work you are, consider the negatives. While it's obviously very important to take breaks away from the desk, it's also important to keep a tidy, clean workspace.

62. You leave your dirty dish rags lying around

Dishcloths and kitchen towels, when left damp and unwashed, become breeding grounds for bacteria due to their moisture-retaining nature. Damp and used dishcloths or towels provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply.Image Source/ RedditWe all have been known to leave used and moist dishcloths and kitchen towels hanging around the sink. This is a fantastic place for germs to grow. Make sure to wash the cloth after each use and hang it up to dry properly rather than leaving it in a tangled mess on the sink or countertop.

63. Biting your nails

Nail biting, though a common habit, can pose several hygiene and health risks. Biting your nails transfers bacteria from your hands and nails to your mouth, increasing the risk of oral infections and potentially causing stomach issues if ingested.Image Source/ RedditBiting your nails can lead to all sorts of problems. Not only are you transferring the bacteria from your nails to your mouth (ew), you're also making your nails and hands susceptible to infections, which can obviously cause further problems. Remember to try not to bite them!

64. You rinse your meat in the sink

Food preparation, especially handling raw meat, requires attention to hygiene to prevent cross-contamination and ensure food safety. When washing meat in the sink or handling it on countertops, water droplets can spread bacteria to surrounding surfaces, utensils, or plates.Image Source/ The New DailyWater splashes everywhere when you wash meat in the sink and these water droplets could contaminate your plate or utensils. The same is true when preparing meat on countertops without sanitising them. Cooking meat is the greatest way to get rid of the bad germs in it!

65. Not washing your bedsheets regularly

Neglecting to wash bed linens regularly can lead to a buildup of germs, bacteria, dust mites, and even fungus, creating an unhygienic environment in which you sleep. Bed linens accumulate dead skin cells, body oils, and sweat, providing an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms.Image Source/ RedditSome people dread doing laundry and it's not just about clothing as bed linens left unwashed for weeks turn into a breeding ground for germs, fungus, dust mites, and more. What's more, bacteria multiplies rapidly which means that you're literally lying in it.

66. You don't rinse your utensils

Even if cutlery and dishes appear clean, they can still harbor bacteria or contaminants, especially if they're left exposed on kitchen surfaces. Nocturnal insects or pests might crawl over uncovered dishes or cutlery, leaving behind bacteria or debris.Image Source/ RedditWhile your cutlery and dishes may appear clean, they might not be. Bacteria can be left behind by nocturnal bug crawlies, especially if they're left uncovered on the kitchen countertop. Always rinse dishes and other items before using them, then wipe them down with a fresh microfiber cloth.

67. Walking barefoot in a public shower

Shower floors, due to constant exposure to moisture and body fluids like sweat and urine, can become breeding grounds for bacteria, fungus, and mildew. High moisture levels and organic matter create an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria and fungi on shower floors.Image Source/ KidspotBecause sweat, hair, and urine can produce bacteria, fungus, and mildew on shower floors, it makes it an excellent ground for bacteria. Consider wearing flip-flops and water shoes to avoid problems like ringworm, athlete's foot, and nail fungus, which can be contracted easily.

68. You don't properly clean your cutting board

Properly cleaning cutting boards is essential to prevent the spread of bacteria, especially when they come into contact with raw meat or seafood. Cutting boards, particularly those with crevices or grooves, can trap food particles and bacteria.Image Source/ RedditMake sure to thoroughly clean your cutting board as food particles and bacteria can get trapped in the board's crevices. If the cutting board came into contact with raw meat or seafood, wash with hot water and soap and remember... never use the same cutting board to chop vegetables or cut fruits when chopping raw meat.

69. You don't brush your teeth properly

Dental hygiene statistics often highlight disparities between genders in terms of oral care habits. Research, including the study by the American Dental Association, shows variations in dental hygiene practices between men and women.Image Source/ RedditAccording to a research published by the American Dental Association, only 66% of males clean their teeth twice a day, compared to 86% of women. One of the most prevalent bad male hygiene practises, according to reports, is not brushing their teeth thoroughly, notably not flossing and not brushing their tongues.

70. Your food isn't sealed properly

Storing open cans or containers in the refrigerator poses a risk of cross-contamination and can compromise food safety. Open containers or uncovered Tupperware stored in the fridge can allow microorganisms from the refrigerator to come into contact with the food inside.Image Source/ RedditOpen cans and containers should never be kept in the refrigerator. You run the risk of cross-contamination by leaving Tupperware inside your fridge opened. Your fridge contains a variety of microorganisms that can get into it too. Use containers with secure lids to prevent air from entering.

71. You clean out your ears too often

Trying to remove excessive earwax using items like cotton swabs or other objects can lead to various complications and potential damage to the ear canal and eardrum. Inserting objects into the ear canal, even cotton swabs, can push earwax deeper, causing it to become impacted.Image Source/ RedditAttempting to remove too much earwax means the wax is simply being pushed down and impacted farther into the ear canal, leading to even more problems. Anything that can fit within the ear canal and eardrum poses a severe risk of damaging them permanently or even temporarily.

72. You don't clean your sinks well enough

Regularly cleaning your sink is crucial to prevent the buildup of food particles and the growth of bacteria, reducing the risk of potential infections like salmonella and E. coli. Sink basins, drains, faucets, and surrounding areas can accumulate food residue and harbor bacteria if not cleaned regularly.Image Source/ RedditIf your sink isn't cleaned regularly, food particles and bacteria could still be there and cause infections like salmonella and E. coli. To clean the basin, drain, faucets, tap area, and the area around the rim of the sink, use mild, non-toxic soap, warm water, and a soft cloth.

73. Washing your hair everyday

Shampoo is intended to cleanse the scalp and hair by removing dirt and excess oil while preserving the essential natural oils that contribute to healthy and nourished hair. Over-frequent shampooing can strip away these natural oils, leaving the scalp dry and disrupting the hair's natural balance.Image Source/ RedditThe primary function of shampoo is to remove impurities and extra oil from your hair while maintaining the natural oils that your scalp secretes, which are vital for healthy, lustrous hair. Soaking away all of those natural hair-boosters too frequently will dry up your scalp, deprive your hair of key oils, and ultimately result in dry, lacklustre hair.

74. Your pets are allowed in the kitchen

While we love our furry friends, it's essential to be cautious about their access to certain areas like the kitchen, especially considering the potential health risks associated with their presence in food preparation spaces.Image Source/ RedditWe all adore our pets, but allowing them access to the kitchen can be dangerous for their health and ours. Because their faeces include bacteria and parasites, pets are particularly prone to spreading germs and pathogens after a stroll or simply passing through a crowded area.

75. You keep your toothbrush near your toilet

The proximity of toothbrushes to toilets can pose a risk of potential cross-contamination due to the dispersal of microscopic particles during toilet flushing. Flushing toilets can release a fine mist of water droplets and particles into the surrounding air.Image Source/ RedditYou put yourself at risk of cross-contamination if your toothbrush is close to the toilet. When you flush the toilet, an invisible cloud of small particles can spread. Also, toothbrushes should be kept upright in a space where they may fully dry off in between uses.

76. Your hot showers are way too long

While hot showers might feel relaxing, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can have various adverse effects on the skin and body. Hot showers can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and potentially exacerbating certain skin conditions.Image Source/ RedditHot showers can have a lot of unfavourable side effects, such as drying out the skin and removing vital natural oils. Due to the dilation of peripheral blood vessels brought on by the high heat, blood pressure may even decrease. Try to take brief showers.

77. Microwaving leftovers in the same container

Reheating leftovers multiple times in the same container and consuming from it can indeed pose health risks due to the potential growth of harmful bacteria. Each time food is reheated and cooled, it provides an opportunity for bacteria to multiply.Image Source/ RedditReheating leftovers in the microwave three, four, or five times and then simply eating from the same container each time is dangerous. Put the leftovers in several single-serve containers before splitting them up, or microwave your portion in a different bowl. This inhibits the development of all types of bacteria.

78. You're overusing mouthwash

Mouthwashes containing alcohol can indeed cause dryness in the mouth and potentially counteract the benefits of regular toothpaste use. Alcohol-based mouthwashes can be harsh on oral tissues, leading to dryness and potentially disrupting the mouth's natural balance.Image Source/ RedditSome people find mouthwash to be overly harsh. Mouthwashes with alcohol in them frequently dry up the mouth and undo a lot of the work being done by the toothpaste you've just used. Instead, it is preferable to use mouthwash sparingly over the course of the week.

79. You forget to throw out old food

Mouldy bread isn't something to salvage by scraping off the visible mould. Mould on bread indicates potential contamination, and scraping off visible mould doesn't eliminate the presence of invisible spores that may have spread throughout the loaf.Image Source/ RedditDon't scrape the mould off the bread, you're not doing anything. Food poisoning or a severe stomach ache can frequently be brought on by poor or expired foods in your fridge and cupboards. Regularly clean out your food storages so that you know you're not harvesting bacteria in there.

80. You crunch on ice

Biting down on hard objects like pens or chewing ice might seem harmless, but it can have detrimental effects on your dental health. Teeth aren't designed to withstand the force of biting down on hard objects like pens or ice. Doing so can potentially cause cracks or fractures in the teeth.Image Source/ RedditIf you like to bite down on pens or chew on ice, you run the risk of breaking a tooth. These cracks may cause sensitivity to extremes of cold or heat. Not only that, but crunching ice can possibly raise your risk for tooth decay over time by wearing down your enamel.