6 Products You Think Are Healthy (But Really Aren’t)
Some products meant to improve your health and well-being can actually have the opposite effect if used incorrectly. You buy these products with the best intentions, but everyday items like these can trigger your allergies, leave you with a skin infections, or cause other problems if used incorrectly. The good news: the fixes are resoundingly simple, super quick, and keep you safe!!!
It might make your shower nice and sudsy, but you wouldn’t believe what’s hiding in the nooks and crannies of your loofah. Any small open wounds are at risk for infections, from impetigo to folliculitis. Don’t worry loofah lovers, you can still use one. Choose one made with natural fibers, they have enzymes to control bacteria, mold, and mildew growth, and replace it every month. Rinse thoroughly and wring out all the water after each use, and store the loofah in a cool, dry environment.
Hooking up a humidifier can bring you much-needed relief from cold-weather ailments like stuffy nose and dry skin, but if not cleaned properly or has often enough, humidifiers can grow mold and pathogens, spewing plumes of the stuff into the air. Plus, having too much moisture in the air can turn your home into a breeding ground for dust mites, a problem if you suffer from indoor allergies.
Even though it’s gunky, wax exists to protect your delicate inner ear structures from dust and debris. So it’s healthy, but if it builds up, it can cause an ache or annoying feeling of fullness. That’s why you might routinely dig out whatever’s in there with Q-tips, something doctors don’t recommend because you can push wax further into the eardrum. Forget the cotton swab, there’s no reason to clean out any of the gunk from your ears except the part that can be removed by sweeping the pad of your index finger in the opening of the canal.
You know to wash your blender every time you make one of your yummy spinach smoothies, but you’re probably skipping one of the most important parts: the blender gasket (the rubber ring that helps hold the blade in place).The blender gasket can be one of the nastiest items in the kitchen, harboring Salmonella, E. coli, yeast, and mold. Stay safe: After sucking down the smoothie, disassemble the blender and pulling the blade and gasket out for a thorough washing. Yes, every time.
Sure, you clean it every time you use it, but you should consider adding an important step: pulling the spatula head off the handle before you wash. We are declaring the rubber spatula the number-two dirtiest kitchen item. It has been found to contain E. coli, yeast, and mold, not things you want to mix into your batter, right? Stay safe: If your spatula is detachable, wash both pieces separately. If it’s a one-piece, you still need to take precautions because yeast can hide and grow in the joint. Make sure to give extra TLC to that section when washing.
You rely on toothpaste for fresh breath and fighting cavities, and many are designed to make your pearly whites white again, but just because whitening toothpastes are available over the counter doesn’t mean they’re completely harmless. Long-term use of some of these toothpastes, especially grittier ones designed to scrub off stains, can wear away your enamel and increase sensitivity. Look for whitening toothpastes with the American Dental Association’s ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is an indication that they gently polish teeth to remove surface stains. If your teeth feel more sensitive after beginning a new whitening product, see your dentist.