6 Basic Hygiene Mistakes That You Immediately Need to Control

Basic hygiene practices contribute to overall good health. Ever since the recent coronavirus has emerged, the hygiene values and precautions are highly emphasized by all leading organizations working for community health. Not only everyone should follow hygiene rules but also these should be followed correctly. Sometimes people tend to do basic hygiene mistakes that devalue the whole process and don’t affect health at all.

Here are the 6 most common basic hygiene mistakes that should not be ignored.

Showering too much

Well, probably no one has ever talked about this but showering too often is equally bad for health as not showering for long. A research team from Columbia University has found that too many showers put your skin to a risk of dryness, cracks and leads to infections as the skin is cut open for microbes to reside and attack. Medical experts do not encourage showering more than once in a day.

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Not washing hands “before” using the toilet

It is highly unlikely that someone would tell you to wash your hands before going to a toilet too. As you roam around the house and touch a number of surfaces, the chances of washing hands after touching every surface are practically zero. People only tend to wash their hands when they suspect them to be dirty i.e. after cleaning. But randomly doing chores at home which do not involve dirty hands also transmits bacteria and viruses to your hands. Some of them might enter the body via an oral-fecal route which is why you need to wash your hands before using the loo.

Pushing the flush button with a finger

Probably the toilet is the most dirty place in your house and anything that “looks” clean might not be clean after all. Various studies show that bacteria and viruses can survive even after 3 hours of using a toilet. So there are a lot of pathogenic microbes on a toilet seat, which is why you should never press it with a fingertip. Instead, use the side of your finger or knuckle. This would not end the risk but surely minimize it.

Cleaning and changing pillows

Have you realized that we tend to sleep on the same pillows for years without a change or deep clean? Typically the comfiest, pillows are a hub of mites, dust and even mold. Gradually this could overgrow and lead to a number of health problems such as skin and respiratory issues.

Research says that dust mites are the biggest triggers or allergies that involve nasal congestion, inflammation, and irritation felt inside the respiratory tract. For everyone who is prone to allergies should wash their pillows once a week.

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Sleeping with pets

while it sounds cute but sleeping with pets is not a very hygienic idea.  Researchers don’t recommend sleeping with pets i.e. cats and dogs in the same bed with you. Even if they are super clean and groomed, there are a million bacteria and viruses in their fur that could cause serious health problems in humans.

Using soap on the face

It’s a common assumption that washing the face with soap will make it clean and prevent breakouts that are typically associated with dirt. But in reality, soap actually clogs the skin pores and encourage breakouts.

That is why dermatologists suggest not using soap on the face, as it was not originally made for the facial skin but the body. Washing face with soap several times a day would change your skin’s PH and destroy the protective layer.

Don’t follow these basic hygiene mistakes if you want to be healthy and free form diseases. If you have more mistakes to add to this list, share them with us in comments. 




Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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