Some habits like showering or washing your bedsheets have obvious health benefits when it comes to good hygiene. We tend to assume that all hygiene habits help make us cleaner and healthier, but there are a number of hygiene habits that are actually pretty dangerous. Sometimes when trying to stay clean, we actually end up harming our bodies or exposing ourselves to more germs. These habits might come as a surprise, but with so much misinformation on the internet, there are a number of practices that become increasingly popular but that aren't actually good for you.
"There is an overwhelmingly continuous outpouring of hygiene info that we may receive from family, friends, colleagues, and other sources," says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., M.S. over email. "Sometimes it can be truly confusing to determine what is accurate and inaccurate health information. Nonetheless, it is so important to be aware of the hygiene habits that are indeed healthy and the others that are potentially dangerous in order to avoid health problems."
Even though it might feel weird to ditch these habits, it's for the best, especially if you're trying to protect your health in the first place. Here are seven hygiene habits that are actually quite dangerous,