We keep our toothbrush in a little cup on the sink next to our toilet. Bad idea, says Prevention.com.
“There’s nothing wrong with the sink itself, but it’s awfully close to the toilet! There are 3.2 million microbes per square inch in the average toilet bowl, and all of those germs are propelled as far at 6 feet every time you flush. Those germs then settle on the floor, the sink, and yes — your toothbrush,” a story on the health website claims.
Below are 8 other health no-nos we didn’t know about:
Worst place To stash sneakers and flip-flops: Bedroom closet
Walking through your house in shoes you wear outside tracks in allergens and contaminants.
Worst place to fall asleep: Under piles of blankets
A natural nighttime drop in your core temperature triggers your body to get drowsy, so experts believe that being overheated can keep you from nodding off at night.
Worst place to cool leftovers: In the refrigerator
Placing a big pot of hot leftovers directly into the fridge is a recipe for uneven cooling and possibly food poisoning.
Worst place to sit on an airplane: The rear
If you’re prone to airsickness, avoid the back of the plane.
Worst place to set your handbag: The kitchen counter
In tests, swabs showed up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch on purse bottoms — and a third of the bags tested positive for fecal bacteria.
Worst place to use a public bathroom: The stall in the middle
The center stall has more bacteria than those on either end.
Worst place to keep medicine: The medicine cabinet
It’s not uncommon for the temp in a steamy bathroom to reach 100°F — well above the recommended storage temperatures for many common drugs. The cutoff for the popular cholesterol drug Lipitor, for instance, is around 77°F.
Worst place to use headphones: On an airplane, train, or subway
Studies show that you’re probably cranking the volume too high if you’re listening to headphones in a noisy environment.
How many of these bad habits are you guilty of?