12 Personal Hygiene Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes (Mom Never Told You About #4!)

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7. Only Using the Vacuum

Many types of viruses, including the Norwalk virus and norovirus (which causes severe digestive distress) can live for at least a month on your carpets and rugs. Vacuuming is great at picking up some types of bacteria and dirt or food particles, but vacuuming is useless against a virus. Try using a steam cleaner or a disinfecting spray on a regular basis. If you have rugs, washing them regularly in hot water to kill viruses.


8. Using Public Urinals

Gentleman, we understand. When you have to go, you have to go, but if you are using a public urinal and you are getting splashed, keep in mind that you are getting splashed by every other guy who came before you. Pretty disgusting thought, isn’t it? Experts will tell you that you should stand a little closer and aim a little lower to avoid splashing about. Don’t worry if this new position makes a little noise, that’s what you are there for, right?


9. Peeing in the Shower

Urine contains a chemical called urea, which is known to kill both bacteria and fungi. Many people mistakenly believe the old wives tale that peeing on your toes in the shower will prevent toenail fungus and prevent athlete’s feet. This isn’t true. Toenail fungus grows under and inside the nails, not on top of them. Athlete’s foot is due to poor hygiene and wet feet; peeing on your feet will not cure this condition either. Feel free to pee in the shower if you like, but don’t do so thinking that it will actually accomplish anything.

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