8 Things You Should Never Lend, Even to Your Nearest and Dearest

It is a general rule that one must never borrow another’s toothbrush or comb. Yet, there are other personal belongings we are not aware that we occasionally share with others but really shouldn’t.

Here are the lists of objects that must not have more than one owner and how to keep them clean and in great condition!

8. Lip gloss and lipstick

Is it ok to lend a makeup set left by your friend at home? Actually, you shouldn’t do that. Diseases such as herpes are transmitted through sharing of lip gloss or lipstick. Even if the person does not have an obvious rash, the virus can still be present in the mouth’s saliva and mucous membrane. At this time, there is no 100% effective cure for herpes.

You must stop using contaminated lipstick if the virus has manifested itself. Buy a new makeup set after the rash goes away, to prevent the disease from coming back. Use a clean tissue to periodically remove the lipstick’s top layer in order to avoid accumulation of bacteria and dirt.

7. Headphones

A unique bacterial flora balance can be found in each person’s earwax. We risk disrupting this balance whenever we decide to share earphones with a friend. And this may provoke an ear infection.

You can use a stick or a swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide to remove earwax from the surface of earphones. Do not apply too much liquid as it may damage the speakers. An alcohol solution can be used to disinfect the pads. If you frequently use earphones, be sure to at least clean it once a week.

6. Hair clips and curlers

It is always a bad idea to lend your comb to another person. And this also applies to all hair accessories that come in contact with the scalp. Lice and fungi can easily spread by means of combs, scrunchies, curlers, and headbands.

Soft scrunchies, depending on the frequency of use, should be washed every few weeks. Metal hair clips and curlers can be rinsed with soapy water. Be sure to wipe them dry afterward.

5. Deodorants

Even you are using deodorants with antibacterial properties; its surfaces that come into contact with the skin may contain bacteria. It’s the bacteria that cause the smell of sweat which we are trying to neutralize.

Right after you’ve taken a shower, use deodorant while your skin is still clean. Wipe them with a moist tissue first if you need to refresh your armpits during the day.

4. Towels

A towel’s main function is to absorb the maximum amount of liquid from the surface of your body, and even when you think you’re perfectly healthy, increased humidity in the bathroom can gradually turn your towel’s damp fabric into a perfect breeding site for mold, fungi, and bacteria.

Hygiene experts advise changing towels every 3-4 days. It’s best to dry your towels out on the balcony or in a damp-free place as opposed to leaving them in the bathroom. Always make sure to dry your towels after each use, and don’t ever forget to iron them after washing.

3. Manicure and cosmetic accessories

Your tweezers, nail clippers, epilators, razors, and other accessories should only be used by you. No one else. When frequently used, these items are likely to have invisible microscopic droplets of blood on their surfaces. Don’t share them with anyone if you want to avoid getting herpes and fungal infections.

Following each use, wipe the accessories’ surfaces with alcohol.

2. Skincare accessories

Massage rollers, facial cleansing brushes, and special sponges all seem easy enough to clean. But over time, their bumps and bristles accumulate small bits of skin that contain bacteria. This can cause flaky facial skin and acne.

Always carefully wash these accessories with soapy water after each use. It is also wise to change them every two or three months.

1. Indoor shoes

It’s only natural to offer slippers when welcoming guests inside our home. But be sure to buy a pair or two especially in this occasions only.

Your feet tend to sweat when you’re wearing shoes, creating the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Always avoid unhygienic practice for putting your slippers on wet feet to prevent the appearance of bacteria and fungus.

Even if you have a favorite pair, never wear them for too long. It’s always best to change your slippers every six months. Occasionally wash your indoor shoes if the materials are washable. If you think that your slippers are infected with fungi or bacteria, treat it with vinegar.


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