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Mon Nov 11, 2013, 02:51 AM

Everything You Know About Your Personal Hygiene Is Wrong

Heads up, you're probably covered in bacteria and fecal matter right now.

Pretty much all aspects of your daily routine tend to be disgusting and your hygiene habits are way worse than you think. Although this list doesn't cover absolutely every way your life is a fungal-fueled fiasco, these are some of the more pressing habits you should probably address as soon as humanly possible.


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2. Washing your clothes might get rid of dirt, but it also has a good chance of covering your laundry in E. coli and feces.

Research performed by Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, concluded that doing just one load of underwear in the washing machine can transmit 100 million E. coli into the water, which can then transfer over to the next load. "There's about a tenth of a gram of poop in the average pair of underwear," Gerba told ABC. To reduce the problem, it is suggested you run the washer at 150 degrees and transfer laundry to the dryer as quickly as possible, since bacteria multiply in damp areas. None of this may help, however. Yale students learned in the beginning of the 2013 school year when they had a problem of students defecating into the laundry machines. At any rate, we're all wearing at little bit of feces. It's unavoidable.

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4. Not everything you put into the toilet stays there when you flush.

MythBusters' Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage confirmed this urban legend, finding that flushing open toilets causes fecal matter to fly into the air. And yep, your toothbrush is covered in fecal germs. Dr. Gerba told The Atlantic that the spewing effect is, "like the Fourth of July." With the lid open, the particles will float as far as 6 feet away so make sure at the very least that top is down and your toothbrush is out of range or covered.

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8. You haven't been scrubbing your belly button as much as you're about to.

Researchers found 2,368 unique species of bacteria after swabbing just 60 belly buttons, according to a report in The Atlantic. Of these, 1,458 may have been completely new to science. In this same study, one man's belly button was found to be home to bacteria previously known to exist only in the soil of Japan. Scrub those navels...


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jakeXT Nov 2013 OP
Scootaloo Nov 2013 #1
silverweb Nov 2013 #2
bemildred Nov 2013 #3
JDPriestly Nov 2013 #4
tridim Nov 2013 #6
tridim Nov 2013 #5
bemildred Nov 2013 #7
Lex Nov 2013 #8
RagAss Nov 2013 #10
flamingdem Nov 2013 #9
EvolveOrConvolve Nov 2013 #11

Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 03:19 AM

1. Well... duh?

Let's be honest here, the United States has this seriously strange obsession with utter sterility. Sure, it's good to keep things clean and hygenic... but you're never going to achieve sterility, and all these efforts on the "war on germs" are mostly wasted money and stress.

Wash your hands, wash your food, don't shit in the fridge, and you should be fine.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 03:24 AM

2. Couldn't have said it better.

Of course, manufacturers and trade groups for antibacterial soaps/detergents, paper towels, and nonbiodegradable wipes of all kinds will be delighted if there's a sudden surge in sales because of this article... ineffective and counterproductive as those products may ultimately be.

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Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 03:55 AM

3. Yeah, I understand those E. Coli can be found right in your gut too ...

We live immersed in a sea of microbial life, in fact we need them a lot more than they need us.

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Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 04:43 AM

4. What if some of that stuff is good for you?

I compost. I garden. I dig in the earth. I have a worm bin.

Lots of bacteria. But since I have been doing these things, I'm less prone to colds, etc.

How can that be? Maybe I need a certain exposure to the bacteria in my garden.

Maybe some bacteria is better than other bacteria.

Does anyone know?

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 08:14 AM

6. +1 billion bacteria nt

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Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 08:11 AM

5. People need to stop worrying about fecal matter.

It's everywhere and it's going nowhere. Your immune system deals with it, relax!

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Response to tridim (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 09:41 AM

7. Let's face it, anywhere you go, some creature has shit there many times already.

And the whole ocean has been pee at least a couple hundred times.

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Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 10:37 AM

8. Our immune system is equipped to handle these things. In fact, being super clean

is not very good for you and compromises your immune system. There was a recent study that showed that kids who grow up on farms around all kinds of animals and dirt and shoveling out stalls and all that actually had less asthma and were healthier than kids who didn't.



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Response to Lex (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 07:17 PM

10. It's the vitamin D3. Kids who grow up on farms....

get more sunshine.

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Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 11:19 AM

9. A lot of these factoids have been proven false

check the google and you'll see..

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Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 08:39 PM

11. Ah, the good old HuffPo, that standard-bearer of good science

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