19 Gross Things Couples Do In Secret That Are Even Less Hygienic Than Making Out


This just in: Kissing is super gross, and not only in the fourth-grade-cooties kind of way. According to a recent study published in the journal Microbiome, every time you kiss someone, you swap 80 million bacteria. (Just to compare, someone once measured how much bacteria was on the subway and only found 137 different types.)

Luckily, we the germ-phobic need not give up romance just yet. As Bustle reports,

Well, that's great news for those of us who enjoy kissing, but the fact remains that people who kiss — especially those of us in long-term relationships — are gross in ways that far outweigh the bacteria exchanged from a make-out sesh.

I'm not saying I personally do any of these things (okay, fine, I do most of these things), but here are 19 secret things couples do that are far grosser than even making out in public. (Oh, and I'm not even going to get into the fact that you call each other "pookie." This is strictly hygienically speaking, people.)

Popping Each Other's Pimples

It's the grossest of the gross, and just so satisfying.

Sharing a Toothbrush

Sure, it might not be as many germs as kissing, but the idea is just disgusting.

Going To The Bathroom With The Door Open

It's officially the end of romance.

Sniffing Each Other's Armpits

I happen to really like the smell of my boyfriend's armpits. SO SUE ME.

Brushing Away a Bat in The Cave

It's just faster if you get it.

Wiping Gunk on Their Shirt

What? My SO isn't a walking napkin?

Looking in The Other Person's Ear To See if They Have Wax

Extra gross points if you clean them.

Watching and/or Helping The Other Person Clip Their Toenails

For some reason, this is where I draw the line.

Picking Something Out of Their Teeth

Again, it's just faster if you do it.

Checking Out a "Weird" Bump, No Matter Where It Is

Yeah... you know where it probably is.

Cleaning Up After Period Sex

Nothing like seeing your blood on your partner's junk to really seal the deal.

Caring For Them When They Have The Stomach Flu

This would actually the end of romance if it weren't so damn romantic, in a weird way.

Throwing Away Their Dirty Tissues When They're Sick

What? You're gonna get sick anyway.

Sharing Chewing Gum

Ugh, just think of the food bits!

Tweezing Out Their Errant Hairs

(Let's be honest, they're usually on their back.)

Which Goes Hand in Hand With Helping Them Trim Their Nose Hairs

Yeah, you know who you are.

Sharing a Bar of Soap in The Shower

You know where they put that, right?

Taking the Last Sip of Their Drink

Aka their backwash.

Letting Them Wipe Their Snot on Your Sleeve When They Cry

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Gotta admit, that was on point, Garden State.

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