When you are living with your friends or family, it is easy to mix up the things that you own and use. How many times have you used your sister’s toothbrush before you realised it wasn’t yours?
But sharing some of those seemingly harmless items can actually put you at risk for serious skin and health problems. So it’s just ok to be a little mean sometimes and not share any of the following personal items.
Even if you rinse the toothbrush off after using it, there are still bacteria on the bristles and it will grow overnight. If any of your friends or family attempt to use your toothbrush then, they may get sick as your mouth bacteria will be transmitted to their mouth. While your own germs wouldn’t hurt you at all, when you use someone else’s toothbrush you are asking for trouble as this might cause the common cold, strep and many other diseases.
2. Nail Clippers
Even if it looks like both people have clean and healthy nails, clippers still pose a risk because they’re used where warts and fungus hide out on our fingers, toes, and soles. Sharing them could lead to nail fungus. You can wipe the clippers in alcohol after each use, but you should probably just keep them to yourself.
You should never share anything that could exchange blood or bodily fluids and razor is one of them. Studies suggest that razors (when shared) can contribute to the transmission of hepatitis B, C, and HIV. Apart from these, sharing razors puts you at risk of fungal infections, like ringworm, and bacterial infections.
Tweezers can easily become a carrier of blood-borne infections if not properly cleaned between uses. While the chances of catching a disease through the average tweezer is fairly low, it’s not worth the risk when all you have to do is clean the tool first.
When you allow your friend to borrow a pair of earrings so that she will look good on a night out, you are not doing her a favour. On the contrary, you are increasing the odds of giving her a blood-borne infection this way. If she absolutely must wear the earrings, make sure that you sanitize them with alcohol.
Towels are a breeding ground for germs, especially when they’re hanging in a damp bathroom. Contaminated towels can transmit fungal infections on the skin, acne-causing bacteria, and even pink eye. Towels can also transmit the same dangerous CA-MRSA bacteria that can live on soap. Besides keeping your towels to yourself, it is suggested that you should wash them after four uses and always let them dry completely.
Most deodorants don’t actually eliminate any odor-causing bacteria, but instead just mask them. Therefore, sharing deodorant isn’t a good idea because it’s solely transferring someone else’s sweat and traces of their bacteria.
8. Lip Balm
Even though lip balm doesn’t even look like it could be a public threat, when the same stick is being used by many people it can transfer bacteria through the membranes of your mouth and into your bloodstream. So, if you use someone else’s lip balm, you might catch Herpes, which is an infection that causes painful sores on your lips and even fever and muscle aches.
9. Hair Trimmer
Unless the trimmer is properly sanitized like it is at the barber shop, you probably wouldn’t want to share it with a friend, — especially if you are doing a very close trim. “Sharing dirty trimmers can transfer the bacteria from another person’s face onto your skin, increasing the risk for acne and folliculitis.”