We Indians believe in ‘sharing is caring’. We do share everything among us, from shoes, lipsticks to bar soaps without knowing that sharing our personal things is very much related to our health. For the information, sharing items with other persons is quite hazardous and might lead to health problems. Here are some items or hygiene products you should probably not share with anyone and keep only to yourself.
1. Bar soaps
A bar soap is one item not to be shared. A study says that sharing soap can lead to infection. That is why, it is always recommended to use liquid soap over bar soap. However, if you prefer bar soap then get your own especially when it is bath soap because it is also used in the intimate areas of the body.
2. Lipstick or lip balm
Lips are the favorite place of almost of the germs, some dangerous and some harmless. Lips crack and bleed and area around lips are prone to herpes. The worst part is that we can’t make out if the person has lip infection or not. So, it is always the safe side to avoid sharing your lip products with anyone even though it is difficult to say no especially if she is your friend.
Headphones can generate lots of bacteria, a study says. Bacteria can increase if you wear the ear plug when your ears are wet or have moisture because moisture helps the bacteria to build easily. So, avoid using other’s ear plug.
4. Nail cutter or any manicure tools
Skin around finger nails or toe nails tend to have breaks and most of the breaks are invisible. These breaks can absorb harmful germs easily. So, when you use nail cutter used by another person, the nail cutter can carry germs produced by the person and transfer into your skin breaks.
If you stay with your friends, then you must have probably used the same razor used by your ten friends. Sharing of razor can transmit fungal infection like ringworm and bacterial infections.
It is very common to share combs among our family members which is wrong. It is also difficult to avoid using the shared comb while visiting salon. So you make sure the comb is cleaned with sanitizer before using on your hair. Sharing combs can lead to transfer of lice, dandruff and other diseases.
Eyes are yet another very sensitive parts of your face. So, don’t take any risk by sharing your eyeliner or mascara with your sisters or friends. Corners around eyes have variety of germs that we are not much aware of. Sharing of eye makeup can cause Pink Eye (conjunctivitis).
8. Flip flops/Chappals
We easily exchange our chappals among our family members. Chappals easily catch the fungus and bacteria from a person’s foot especially if the chappals are wet. If you share your chappal with people, it is likely to transmit warts, and a virus called molluscum, which can cause acne-like whiteheads on your skin.
Most of the earrings are worn by piercing your ear. So, this is obvious that earrings come in contact with body fluids or blood which can carry serious diseases. Never borrow earring from others or don’t let them use yours.
10. Mobile phones
It is hard to believe that mobile phones that we use should not be shared but it is true. Unexpectedly, researches had proved that mobile phones have more germs than toilet seats. Our cell phones are damn dirty as they are always close to our mouth, faces, and ears and we humans are too lazy to follow the cleaning routine.
Sharing toothbrush is absolutely not a good idea not only from hygienic point of view but also from medical standpoint. Some of the couples when interviewed said they do not find sharing toothbrush unhygienic. In fact some had been sharing their toothbrush for one year. By sharing toothbrush, you are sharing millions of bacteria with the person through the brush you use which might lead to gum diseases.
12. Deodorant stick or Roll on
Deodorant stick or roll directly touches your skin while applying. So, sharing them with another person can transfer bacteria.