There are possibly many things that we either do (or don’t do) almost every day and we know for a fact that it is definitely not the healthiest of things to do. Not flossing your mouth before sleep? Definitely not a good thing. Forgetting to cover your mouth at the time of sneezing? Jeez! even a kid knows that’s not right. Anyway, my point is – we all are guilty of doing something or the other every day that doesn’t exactly classify as a healthy habit.

But what if I told you these are just the basic no-no’s, and that there are tons of more everyday habits that are way grosser than you actually thought they were. So, in order to inform our readers about some of those, we’ve compiled a list of 13 everyday habits you should definitely give up on, right now! Let’s check out the list without further ado.


Keeping your bag on the table

Keeping your bag on the table while having a meal is not only against most table manners, but is also super gross. According to research conducted by Initial Washroom Hygiene, a bag contains on an average more bacteria than a toilet does! In fact, one out of every five bags has so much harmful bacteria that it could make a perfectly healthy and normal person sick. Yes, that’s true. And if you actually think about it, your bag travels everywhere – right from the washroom, to those public trains, and every single place you go to. So, the next time you’re headed out for food, do keep the bag away for your own good!



Defrosting your food at room temperature

Contrary to what most people around the world believe, you should never defrost meat on your kitchen counter. Yes, that’s right! According to Department of Agriculture U.S, whether it is raw or cooked, meat that is left at a temperature more than forty degrees centigrade helps bacterial growth. This is precisely why you should never defrost meat on a countertop, but instead in your refrigerator, cold water or your microwave oven.



Using hand dryers

Most people believe that using a hand dryer at a public toilet is the best way to dry their hands without contacting germs. Well, guess what – that can’t be further away from the truth. According to a recent report, a contactless hand dryer sends 40-60 colonies of bacteria when you use it on your hands! And just for comparison, you are only exposed to around 1 colony of bacteria while using the washroom otherwise! So, the next time you visit a washroom, stick to the regular towels and sanitizers.



Poking your fingers in your ears

This is perhaps the most annoying thing we all are guilty of doing – poking our fingers to clear ear wax. This can not only cause harm to your ears, but is also quite useless in cleaning the ear wax. By using fingers to clean your ear wax, you are more likely to further push it down inside – making it block your ear canal and affect your hearing senses. It can also cause injury to your sensitive eardrums, and attract harmful bacteria as well. It is, therefore, advised that you should visit an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) doctor to get your ears cleaned by a professional and save yourself from a possible injury.



Never cleaning the earbuds

While it is recommended that you don’t clean your earwax yourself, this doesn’t stand true for your earbuds, obviously. The earbuds need frequent cleaning and if left uncleaned for a while, they puts you at risk of getting rashes, allergies, infections and can increase the buildup of wax in your ears. So, the next time you step out of your bathroom, don’t forget to clean the earbuds with a soft cotton cloth.



Forgetting to change the dirty kitchen sponge

Do you remember when was the last time you actually changed that dirty kitchen sponge with a new one? If you can’t, it’s not a pleasant sign. According to recent research, you should change the kitchen sponge once every month or so. Also, if you notice the sponge giving off a foul smell, it should be replaced immediately with a new one. When you decide to clean the damp sponges, make sure to dry them out in the dishwasher or microwave them for a couple of minutes to kill the harmful germs and bacteria.


Having other’s drinks

Though most of us don’t hesitate in sharing our drinks with our friends, it isn’t exactly a healthy practice. According to the US department Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, when you decide to try out your friend’s drink, you are not just sharing the drink, but also the saliva of the other person. This saliva can easily transmit a number of diseases your friend or you might be carrying. Therefore, the next time you head out to a pub, do make sure to order a new drink for yourself if you really like what your friends are having, instead of sharing it!



Sleeping wearing contact lenses

Most people think that sleeping while wearing contact lenses is no big deal. In fact, some even believe that it protects their eyes from bacteria and germs. Well, they cannot be further away from the truth, as wearing contact lenses while sleeping actually increases the chances of your eyes catching harmful bacteria. It increases the risk of infection manifold, and can also harm your sensitive cornea, as the eyes do not get a chance to rest during sleep if you’re wearing contact lenses. So, do take off those lenses the next time you go to sleep, please!



Sneezing on your palms or hands

Thanks to awareness on this issue, some people already know how harmful it is to sneeze or cough on the palms or hands. It keeps harmful germs to your hands, which not only affects you, but also spreads easily as you keep touching various items and shake people’s hands throughout the day. The better way to prevent your sneeze from spreading is to make sure you use the crook of your elbow to hide your mouth. According to experts, this is the best method to prevent spreading of germs to those around you.



Biting nails

A large chunk of people has found themselves to be addicted to this bad habit. However, according to health experts, this goes beyond just being a bad habit. Firstly, it gives a direct pathway for germs hiding in your nails to directly enter your body through your mouth – increasing the chances of you getting ill. Secondly, it is also bad for your teeth, as it not only affects the enamel, but also brings your gums in direct contact with the germs residing in your nails. Add to that the toxins your nails possibly have, if you paint them! So, the next time you get an urge to bite your nails, just don’t.



The ‘five-second rule’

Most people believe in the five-second rule, which apparently states that once a food item falls on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up before germs attach themselves on it. This is clearly a false notion and shouldn’t be believed. The germs and bacteria remain around us all the time, including the floors of your house. So, the moment you drop that last pizza slice on the ground, it is gone! Forget it and move on if you don’t want to be affected by harmful germs that can cause some serious illness.



Same loofah all the time

This might come as bad news for the loofah lovers. While you think that your favorite beauty accessory is your all-weather friend, it is actually not! According to numerous reports and researches, the damp nature of the loofah makes it an easy place for germs and bacteria to make it their home. So, to make sure you stay away from those illness-causing germs, do try to change your loofah once every two weeks preferably.



Wet towel in your bathroom

Most of us are guilty of this bad habit. Leaving a wet towel in the bathroom can seem like just a careless mistake, it is much more than that. It not only attracts new germs, but also sticks the bacteria and germs you left on it after using it. According to numerous experts, a wet towel in the bathroom can be a breeding ground for even harmful bacteria such as MRSA! So, the next time you head to take a bath, do try to clean it after the use to prevent the build-up of bacteria that can affect your health.