15 Totally Disgusting Habits That Are Considered Perfectly Normal
Everyone has bad habits. While some seem tame, others are exceptionally disgusting even though many people consider them perfectly normal.
Forgetting to Wash Your Sheets
Nobody likes to admit this one, but it happens to everyone at some point. You crawl into bed one night and smell something slightly off. Then it hits you: you haven’t washed those sheets in a month. Along with sweat and dirt, who knows what’s lurking in your bed.
Not Washing Your Pillows
Even when people do wash their sheets, very few even think about washing their pillows. Even when you cover them with cases, pillows eventually collect germs, mites, and other yucky stuff. You also need to wash them once a month. This will rid them of those nasty things that make their way inside to the stuffing.
Not Cleaning Your Keyboard
More germs live on a frequently used keyboard than on a toilet. Just think about how you type that email and then chew on your nails. Now those germs are in your mouth. While most people do not even think about cleaning their keyboards, they should probably start.
Not Cleaning Your Phone
Phones are just some of the things you use throughout the day, and because they lie against your face and your fingers touch them, you really need to clean them regularly. A surprising amount of dirt and germs live on phones, and that thought will make you shudder the next time you put that dirty piece of tech up to your ear. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol once a day.
Not Using a Sheet or Pillowcase
Pillowcases and sheets are not just for style, as they add comfort and an extra layer of protection to beds. Sheets and pillowcases are a whole lot easier to clean and maintain than pillows and mattresses. Unless you plan on steam-cleaning your mattress on a regular basis, use a sheet to protect your bed from dead skin cells, sweat, and nighttime accidents if you have kids.
Using Lemon Wedges in Your Water
Lemons may help that plain water taste better, but unless you washed them thoroughly before placing them on your glass, just skip it. If you ask for a lemon wedge in restaurants, there is no way you can make sure the staff washed the lemon and that the server used a gloved hand or tong to place it in your glass.
Biting Your Nails
This is a common habit, especially with kids. While it may not seem so harmful, just imagine all of the dirt and bacteria that live on the ends of your fingers and under the nails. People who bite their nails end up ingesting all of those gross microscopic things. This is especially true if they don’t regularly wash their hands.
Wiping Your Mouth with Your Hand
Grabbing a napkin while eating is not all that hard, and yet people use their hands to wipe that food away instead. Most people do not even think twice about this behavior but unless your hands are very, very clean, you’re wiping germs onto your mouth in place of the food.
Not Washing Pot Holders
Pot holders touch so many different surfaces in your kitchen, including food, so it’s vital to throw them in the wash on occasion. Not washing them allows germs and bacteria to build up. They’ll transfer to food, your hands or mouth, and other food-preparation surfaces in your kitchen.
Picking Food Out of Your Teeth with Your Nails
Like biting your nails, this gross habits deposits even more germs into your mouth. Most people do not give a second thought about picking food from their teeth with their nails, so if you cannot break this habit, at least make sure your nails and hands are very clean.
Sleeping in Your Contacts
While sleeping in your contacts may seem more convenient, especially after a long and tiring day, it can cause eye infections. Sleeping in contacts exposes your eyes to bacteria, as it means you’re not cleaning the lenses as frequently as you should. Although taking them out is a hassle, it goes a long way in ensuring eye health.
Sleeping in Makeup
This one’s another habit that is hard to kick once you start because it’s so convenient, but can cause serious issues. Along with clogging your pores and wreaking havoc on your skin, that makeup you sleep in rubs off on the pillows and sheets, which makes them collect more dirt and germs more than they already do.
Not Rinsing Your Water Bottle
Drinking water is an excellent habit, but failing to rinse out your bottle is the exact opposite. When you don’t wash your bottle in between uses, those disgusting germs build up and can cause illness. Just like other dishes, you need to clean your bottle after every use.
Not Washing Your Hands
Most people would not admit to skipping hand washing, but it happens more often than you would probably like to admit. Washing your hands goes a long way in ensuring you don’t spread germs. Skipping that step exposes you and everyone you come into contact with to diseases and illnesses.
Peeing in the Shower
It’s no secret that water makes people feel as if they need to urinate, so jumping into the shower often brings this feeling about. What’s more of a secret is that people often just go with the flow and eliminate that need to pee, because hey, the water is washing it down the drain anyway. Right?