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Hygiene Myths of the Modern Age

By Sara Butler

Hygiene myths have changed over the years. Getting clean used to involve a damp cloth used to wipe off your face and hands, with maybe a bath or a shower once a week (or less). Now that most people are fortunate enough to live with running water, the hygiene game has changed. But what do you really need to do in order to be clean and healthy (and germ-free too -- if you can)?

Myth No. 1: You Should Shower Daily

Showering every day isn’t needed. Unless you have a hobby or a job that gets you extra messy or dirty, there’s no practical need for it. Your body is covered in microbes that grow over time. If they become too plentiful then you will smell bad and run the risk of getting dandruff, skin irritations, or acne. But, showering once every few days should be all you need to keep the microbes balanced and stay healthy – and also to not be known as the stinky person at work.

Myth No. 2: Public Toilet Seats Are a Public Health Hazard

The thought of sharing a toilet seat with a stranger can give you the willies, but you should know that the toilet seats in public are no more dangerous to your health than the ones in your own home. The only caveat is that as long as you have no open wounds or sores where your skin touches the seat, you should be just fine. And don’t lick them, even in your own house. Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

Myth No. 3: Antibacterial Cleaning Products Are the Best

There are several places in the home that are hotbeds of germ activity, but antibacterial products aren’t the best way to go. In fact, many of these products contain something called triclosan, a chemical that doesn’t do a great job and may even be toxic to the environment. Bleach works better, but you can also use the eco-friendly hydrogen peroxide to clean up the germs in your house.

Myth No. 4: Deodorant is Better for You Than Antiperspirant

Back at the turn of the 21st century, people mistakenly thought there was a link between ingredients in antiperspirant and cancer. It was thought that the parabens and aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants promoted the growth of cancer cells. According to the National Cancer Institute, those links aren’t substantiated at all. The only thing you need to know is that antiperspirants will control the growth of bacteria in your armpits, which will help you stink less in the long run.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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