10 Things You Think Are Healthy But Really Aren’t (#4 Even Surprised Us!)

Female hands using antibacterial liquid soap

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2. Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Soaps

Antibacterial soaps sound like such a great idea, don’t they? Marketers want you to believe that using antibacterial soaps will stop you from becoming sick by killing germs and bacteria, but what they don’t tell you is that antibacterial soaps do little to fight viruses, which are the main reason people become sick. The Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases published a systematic review in 2007 which found that antibacterial soaps containing triclosan did not offer any additional benefit over other types of antibacterial soaps. In fact, triclosan has been shown to have numerous adverse health effects, including hormone disruption and breeding antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Soap all by itself kills germs and bacteria, so why do we need “antibacterial” soaps at all? Just use plain old soap and water regularly.


3. Nail Tools

Cuticle clippers, pumice stones, and emery boards all harbor bacteria from your skin and nails. Most people never think to wash these items, but you should! Nail clippers and other nail tools can cause skin infections and transfer ugly things like toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Everyone in the family should have their own set of clippers, pumice stones, and other nail tools. Also, get in the habit of washing these items at least once a week. Pumice stones, in particular, tend to hold onto ugly stuff, so replace them once a month, even if they look fine.

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