10 Unhealthy Things You Think Are Healthy

Germs can hide in unexpected places in your house. And though you put unmatchable efforts in keeping your house clean, eating healthy foods, and exercising to be fit, you’re overlooking these things which make your work difficult:

1. Antibacterial Soap
Washing your hands with antibacterial soap does kill bacteria, but what about the viruses? Your antibacterial soaps don’t kill the viruses which cause cough, cold, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Some studies suggest that antibacterial soaps also could stimulate cancer causing cells and help them grow.

2. Your Chair
   For how long do you sit on your chair in a day?

Sitting in a place for more than 10 hours a day can shut your body down and prepare you for death. You will be at higher risks of heart diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Excess sitting can also cause colon, breast, and endometrial cancers.

3. Whitening and Antibacterial Toothpaste
Whitening toothpastes may get grittier and scrub off your teeth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and fragile. Look out for triclosan in your toothpaste which are the real villains.

4. Cotton Swabs
Cotton swabs take out all the itchy ear wax out of your ears. Your earwax cleans your ears naturally, and should not be removed mechanically from your ear. The cotton swabs can push wax deeper into your ear near your eardrum and harm it. It can pose long term damage to your ear, and impact your hearing too.

5. Humidifier
Heaters in cold temperatures can lead to dry air with low humidity, This can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses, and itchy eyes. If you don’t maintain your humidifier well, they can emit toxic air through them which leads to many health issues.

6. Loofah
A loofah is a must in your bathroom to scrub all the dead skin off your body. But if kept in wet and humid places, they can be a new habitat for mold, bacteria, and fungi. As you run the loofah on your skin, small cuts and scratches can let them pass into your skin and cause skin issues. In serious issues, it can lead to impetigo, folliculitis, etc.

7. Blender
Blenders are an essential for smoothie lovers. But if you don’t wash your blender properly, it can be a host of various germs, like salmonella, E.coli, yeast, etc. which can make you very sick.

8. Nail Tools
Pumice stones, cuticle clippers, and other tools to pamper your nails harbor all the gems you carry on your nails. These germs can potentially cause skin infections. Wash your tools in soap water after you use them.

9. Rubber and Wooden Spatula
No matter how much you process them, rubber and wooden spatulas decay. Also, once you wash them, and don’t dry them well, they can harbor yeast, fungus, E. coli, and mold.

10. Stuffed Animals
Stuffed animals collect dust and mites, which can cause respiratory issues, leaving you with itchy and runny nose, itchy eyes and other symptoms. Put your stuffed animals in a plastic bag and leave it in a freezer overnight, as dust mites die in cold.