Since childhood, our parents have taught us that sharing is good, whether it’s the last piece of candy or deep emotions and fears. However, when it comes to sharing some personal things, there’s a bold line that should not be crossed for the sake of your own health.
Bright Side created a list of 8 things for you that you should avoid sharing…even with your nearest and dearest.
That’s right: hats or anything that covers or touches your head (including brushes, combs, pillowcases, etc). We believe that you’re already familiar with the almost magical ability of combs and brushes to spread lice, especially at school. However, the same unwanted guests on your scalp can come from sleeping on someone else’s pillow or wearing a friend’s hat.
- So next time you need to hide your head from the sun, make sure that the hat you’ll be wearing is yours.
Masks, serums, or face creams that come in a jar are very personal items of skincare. As you’re dipping your finger into it repeatedly, there’s potential for the spread of bacteria, especially if you share it with a friend. This may lead to fungal infection, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and many other skin problems. Don’t share your beauty products with anyone so as to avoid numerous doctor appointments.
- One of the ways to protect your skin is to buy products in airtight pump bottles that prevent the growth of bacteria.
3. Underwear or socks
You share most things, so what’s wrong with sharing your underwear? However, you should always remember that some areas of people’s bodies are completely different. Sharing underwear with your partner can lead to urinary tract infections, a switch of genital germs, rash, itching, etc. As for sharing socks, it can lead to foot fungus, heel infections, itching, and hives.
- Whether it’s an overnight stay or a long-term relationship, make sure you’ve got enough socks and panties in your drawer.
4. Floss, toothpicks, or toothbrushes
We can’t even imagine a more personal item of hygiene, and doctors put a strict ban on sharing toothbrushes with anyone. According to the American Dental Association, sharing a toothbrush could result in an increase of infections. An average toothbrush (that you’ve been using for 3 months) might hold a lot of bacteria like E. Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, oral herpes bacteria, the remains of food, etc.
- Dentists advise using a clean towel to brush teeth in case of emergencies and to never borrow someone else’s toothbrush.
5. Shaving razors
Shaving razors are among the many products that should be reserved for your personal hygiene only. According to Dr. Feinberg, you should never share your razor with anyone because hepatitis and other infections can be spread this way, as well as HIV. A lot of bacteria and even fungi thrive on your razor and can cause many skin problems.
- Don’t forget to change your razor regularly, and never ever share it with someone else. The dangers are real.
6. Pumice stones
Many people use pumice stones to exfoliate their feet and remove dead skin cells. It’s not what you want to catch from other people, right? Sharing them increases the probability of getting warts and fungi on your feet. These infections are highly contagious and are hard to get rid of.
- Always bring your own pumice with you if you’re going to have a bath at your friend’s, and avoid sharing it with someone.
7. Earbuds and earphones
A very important item for every music lover is their earphones. However, people rarely think about the fact that earphones get covered in germs from the surfaces they come into contact with. The bacteria growth on them is a proven fact that shouldn’t be ignored. Plus, everyone’s ear bacteria is unique, and nothing good can come from sharing it with friends.
- If you want to share or lend your earphones to someone, make sure they’re clean. If not, use a cotton ball to clean the surface with disinfecting spray. Don’t be too lazy to do it. Your health is at stake.
Flip-flops are probably the best footwear choice when it comes to spending time at the beach, pool, or gym locker room. Many people share them with relatives and see it as the most natural thing. However, a pair of flip-flops exposes your feet to filth and germs and might contain several thousand kinds of bacteria on it.
Have you ever shared any of the items listed above with your friends? We hope not. Tell us in the comments if you know more things that should be reserved for individual use only.