Household Items That Are So Unhealthy To Touch

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Maintaining a clean home is very important. If you fail to keep your humble abode clean, there is every chance of you developing certain types of diseases.

Germs and bacteria are omnipresent, which is why extra caution needs to be taken to rule out the infections caused by them. For folks who have pets at home, cleaning of the house has to be done every day.

Unlike cheese and wine which can be stored for years, things like baby bottles, pillows and bedsheets need to be changed at least once in a week.

Today, Boldsky presents to you a list of things that you should not ignore to discard or change. According to health experts, it is essential to change your toothbrush every month.

By doing so, you will be protecting your gums and teeth from oral problems like gingivitis. So, take a look at some of the other dirty items that are unhealthy to be retained in your home.

Make sure you keep your home clean in the summer to prevent infections and other ailments.



Undergarments are a breeding ground for bacteria. They need to be changed everyday as wearing dirty undergarments can give you an infection in your private area. Having a bath too is important as it helps to remove the dirt from the body and keeps your pores fresh and clean.


Kitchen Sponge

Did you know that the kitchen sponge is as dirty as your toilet seat. Yes, you might be using it to clean your utensils every day, but re-using it more than 20 times can give you a stomach infection. So, discard the old sponges immediately.


Water Bottles

We all have the habit of washing water bottles with hot water and salt. But, according to experts, though this habit helps to kill 70 per cent of the germs, the mouthpiece of the bottle is humid and more prone to bacterial growth again.


Baby Bottles

The nipple of the baby's bottle needs to be changed every month. The inside of the bottle needs to be cleaned thoroughly too. Boil the baby's bottles in hot water and salt to kill the germs. This clean habit will prevent a stomach infection.



Whether it is a synthetic loofah or a bath sponge, changing them every now and then will help prevent bacteria from infecting your skin. Hence, protect your skin from infections by following clean habits.



How often do you change your toothbrush? According to experts it is necessary to discard your old brush every month. Rinsing your toothbrush before use is extremely important asit hosts bacteria which when transferred to your mouth, can cause mouth ulcers, gum sores etc.


Bed Sheets

If you have pets at home who laze around on your bed, it is unhygienic and not good for your skin. Studies have also proven that using hot water to wash your sheets will help kill bacteria faster.



You should know that pillows are prone to dust mites, dead skin, dust and bacteria, which can infect an open wound (pimple) on your face causing the infection to spread throughout. Pillow cases need to be changed every week to help look after your skin.

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Story first published: Friday, March 11, 2016, 12:30 [IST]
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