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Updated: 9th May 2019

Things That You Should Keep to Yourself

 
 

Many say that it is good to share, but there are times when sharing should not be something that you are contemplating. We're not talking about posting something on Facebook that could cause a family civil war, we are talking about sharing items that you may use daily. This can be because of the spread of bacteria, germs, or other unpleasant things that can leave you feeling less than perfect. There are things that you should definitely not share at all, or at least, without ensuring that they have been cleaned sufficiently.

 

Why is it not always good to share?

Sharing things such as shower gel, shampoo, or toothpaste are completely fine, that they are all secured in packaging. However, that wouldn’t be the case for things like a toothbrush or handkerchief. The simple reason being that germs can easily spread. Keeping things to yourself can be a good thing.

 

Shower Head

 

What shouldn’t be shared?

There are more items than you probably be realised that you really shouldn’t be sharing. This includes things like earphones, which isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to not sharing things. You shouldn’t share things such as roll-on deodorants, or a sponge either. There are more things than you think, that should not be shared.

 

Why shouldn’t earphones be shared?

The reason why you should not share earphones is simple, the ears can easily become infected. You have probably shared an earphone with someone when showing them a funny video online or checking out a new song. However, the earphones block the ear and carry all kinds of bacteria. It is not ear wax that is the problem here. The problem is the germs from the surfaces that you leave the earphones on when not using them. Also, earphones in the ear trap moisture and create heat, a fertile environment for bacteria to thrive. This isn’t exclusive to earphones; as over-ear headphones can also cause unpleasant infections. This is especially relevant when exercising, as sweating will cause bacteria to grow. The solution to reducing the risk of bacteria besides not sharing is to regularly disinfect them using cotton and an alcohol-based treatment.

 

Earphones

 

Isn’t sharing a bar of soap common?

In many households, sharing a bar of soap is likely to be a common occurrence. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be done. If you wash the soap before using, then the risk of bacteria is reduced. Though, it is recommended that if there are multiple people who regularly use soap e.g. in the workplace, then liquid soap should be used instead.

 

Why should a razor never be shared?

Sharing razor blades, or an electric shaver for that matter, should not be shared between people. Unlike soap, this is a riskier thing to share because of the risk of blood and dead skin, as well as bacteria. When shaving, microscopic tears occur on the skin, which can allow for bacteria to enter which causes infection. Sharing the same razor as someone simply increases the risk of infection.

 

Gillette Mach3 Razor

 

Deodorants can be shared, right?

Yes, it is fine to share deodorants with someone. In this case, a deodorant spray. This is because the spray does not come into contact with the skin. When it comes to a roll-on deodorant, it is best not to share, for the opposite reason. This is because of the risk of spreading germs and bacteria.

 

Can makeup brushes spread bacteria?

Any type of makeup brush, whether it is for the face, eye, or anywhere else, can cause the spread of germs and bacteria. This can also affect sharing makeup itself, as the brushes come into the contact with the makeup, so when someone else uses their own brush to apply make-up they could get bacteria on that brush. This also applies to other types of make-up, such as lipstick as well. There may be a lot of bacteria on it from the lips and those can spread easily if a lipstick is shared.

 

Makeup Brushes

 

Should a hairbrush not be shared?

In simple terms, no. Hairbrushes get old hair tangled up in them. This can cause the spread of bacteria, which increases the risk of infection. Sharing a hairbrush can also increase the risk of spreading head lice as well. To prevent this, do not share the brush and wash it in order to remove the old hairs.

 

Is there such a thing as bath towel bacteria?

Bath towels are crawling with bacteria. A reason that alone should rule out sharing a towel. People do share towels a lot and they are shared in public places, such as in hair salons. The recommended thing to do in this scenario is to take your own towel when going to places such as a salon.

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