Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

The 6 Unhealthy Habits That are Dirtier Than a Toilet Bowl

Thursday, October 13, 2016 17:18
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Follow TIS on Twitter: @Truth_is_Scary & Like TIS of Facebook-

Bad habits


You would never dream of eating food off a toilet seat, right? Some potential sources of germs are a lot more obvious than others. No sane person would try to claim that a public restroom is not a veritable breeding ground of germs, dirt and other unpleasantness, but if you look really closely at your daily routine, you might discover that you have a habit that is spreading even more germs than that toilet without realizing it. Here is a look at some of the bad habits that you might have in your everyday life that could actually make your toilet bowl look pretty clean by comparison.

Chewing on pens

When you’re sitting at your desk at work, do you ever catch yourself chewing on the end of your pen or pencil? If you’re one of the 20 percent of office workers who admit to sucking on the end of their pens, you could find yourself in a lot more trouble than simply turning your teeth blue temporarily if you happen to gnaw the pen open. Think about it: Your pen has probably been touched by germ-laden hands throughout the day. Worst of all, if other people in your office have used it or you pass it to clients to sign documents, their germs will be on it, too! The Daily Mail reports that accountants have the most bacteria on average on their pens, with 2,400; lawyers have just 670 on average. In a separate study, more than a third of the pens used by nurses in intensive care were contaminated with bacteria.

Biting your nails

Biting your fingernails or chewing on the skin around your nails does more than just wreak havoc on your manicure. This mindless habit is actually a very effective way to transfer bacteria from your mouth to your internal organs, and you could even be creating tiny abrasions that allow even more bacteria to enter your body. This habit also puts you at a greater risk of getting gum disease.

Leaving the toilet lid open

If you leave your toilet lid open every time you flush, you better hope you have good immune health because you are actually releasing what is akin to an aerosol spray filled with tiny droplets of germy water throughout the surrounding area. This is particularly bad news if you happen to keep your toothbrushes within the range of this dirty spray zone, as they will become covered in microscopic fecal matter.

Skipping hand washing after using the bathroom

Everyone should wash their hands every time they use the bathroom. If you’ve been skipping this step, you should know that feces carries norovirus, E. coli and salmonella, and it can even spread respiratory infections. A study from Manchester University found that a single toothbrush can harbor more than 100 million bacteria, including streptococcus, staphylococcus, candida and E. coli.

Using your teeth as a tool

If you’ve ever tried to rip open a package with your teeth, you put more than your teeth’s aesthetic appearance in jeopardy; you also transferred germs. Every time you do this, you’ll not only be vulnerable to the germs you pick up from the package, but you’ll be leaving behind some of your own for whomever needs to touch the wrapper after you did.

Read More HERE


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.