It is true that every single human being on the planet is their own individual, with their own personal set of traits, morals and ideals, but even though we are all fundamentally different people, we all share some similarities. One of the things that we all share is the fact that we have certain tendencies and practices which are really hard to give up, and these practices are traditionally known as habits. There are in fact a multitude of different habits, which include good habits, such as exercising and eating at least one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. And then there are bad habits such as drinking tons of coffee, picking your nose, smoking, and eating a lot of fast food.
When it comes to bad habits, there are many different variations. Some bad habits like swearing and watching reality TV shows don’t really end up hurting anybody in a serious way. Then there are bad habits, which do in fact cause harm, such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or taking drugs. There are also bad habits that are less known, meaning that most of us do them, sometimes without even realizing that we do them, or not knowing that they are in fact bad. And it is in this latter category that we find habits which are considered bad, disgusting in nature, and quite shocking. Here is a list of 15 terribly disgusting habits which we all have.
15. Handling Money
Whether you want to believe it or not, money is the most important thing in the world, even more so than good health unfortunately, seeing as you need money in order to remain healthy by paying for required medications and surgeries. Money may in fact be necessary to keep people healthy, but ironically it can also make us sick as well, seeing as money also happens to be a major source of germs and bacteria. It is true that in 2016, people primarily use online transactions and some form of credit or bank card to pay for things, but people still carry around physical cash in case they need it, and the problem with physical cash is that it exchanges hands quite a bit between people who may already be sick with something contagious. For those of you who believe that you are fine because you hardly use any form of physical money, your cards can also cause you to get sick seeing as you need to enter pin numbers on germ/bacteria covered surfaces or you pass said cards to someone for payment who is already sick.
14. Peeing In The Shower
There are those of you who will deny doing this because of what people might think, but the truth is that this is something that basically everyone has done at least once: and that would be urinating in the shower. As it turns out, of all the disgusting habits on this list, this is probably one of the only ones that actually provides benefits instead of causing some kind of negative effect on our health. When people pee in the shower, they are actually killing two birds with one stone as they are going to the bathroom while immediately cleaning up right after, and it is actually quite economical and environmentally friendly, primarily in regards to women, as it eliminates the need to have to use toilet paper. Peeing in the shower may not actually be dirty considering that everything goes down the drain, but it is the idea that you are releasing bodily waste into an area which is supposed to be reserved for cleanliness, an area that other people use as well, that it is viewed as being a very disgusting thing to do.
13. Using Lemon Wedges In Drinks
Every single person likes to unwind after a long week of school, work, or a combination of both, and the most common way in which people like to unwind is by going out and getting drinks at a club or bar, You might think that either the bathroom and kitchen would be the most unsanitary parts of a bar or club, which may be true, but there is another unsanitary aspect of getting drinks which involves the habit of putting lemon wedges (or any other wedge) on or in the glass. Not all drinks come with these wedges, but many in fact do, and sometimes people even ask to have wedges placed in their drinks for flavor, which is fine if the wedges are washed and clean, but in most cases the wedges are left unwashed, meaning that all the bacteria they have accumulated will be in the glass when you drink from it. Even if they are washed though, they would need to be placed in or on the glass by a server wearing clean gloves in order to make sure you are not drinking someone else’s germs.
12. Forgetting To Wash The Bed Sheets
Every single animal on the planet sleeps for a determined amount of time, as it is necessary from a biological standpoint to make sure that every animal is able to rest up in order to properly function. Of all the animals on the planet though, humans are the only ones who want to sleep in a specific object known as a bed, and there is actually more than one disgusting habit that we all have when it comes to our beds; and forgetting to wash and change the bed sheets is one of them. Forgetting to clean the bedsheets, is actually much more common than you might think, considering that people can genuinely forget about doing so due to all the other things they have to worry about on a day-to-day basis. People usually realize that their sheets are in desperate need of a wash when they get into bed and notice an off-putting smell, but the smell is the least of your worries, as the accumulated sweat and dirt in the bed are easily taken care of; the real problem resides in the small multi-legged bedfellows that will love to call your unwashed sheets home as a result.
11. Not Washing Pillows
With this entry, we return right away to the bed, except in this case we will be focussing on the pillows specifically, which people have a bad habit of not washing when they decide to wash their sheets. Now it is true that people do wash their pillowcases to get rid of all the sweat, dandruff, drool and germs that accumulate over time from your head, but what many of us tend to not do is wash the actual pillow itself as well. Many of us just assume that the cleaning of the case is enough, but the case does not offer complete protection as sweat, germs, mites and other unhygienic things eventually seep their way through the case and into the pillow. It might not be common knowledge, but it is actually recommended that people wash their pillow at least once a month to make sure that all these nasty things do not embed themselves deep into the stuffing, which would basically turn your pillow into something like a petri dish.
10. Brushing Teeth
On a list dedicated to disgusting habits that we all share, many of you were probably not expecting to see tooth brushing as an entry, but you will be pleasantly surprised as to why it does make this list. There is nothing wrong with the actual act of brushing one’s teeth, as it is an incredibly important part of a person’s hygiene, which also serves to help keep both a person’s teeth and gums healthy; but it is a habit which people do with the toothbrush itself that is disgusting. No matter how clean you think your mouth is, it is filled with germs, and those germs get transmitted to your brush via your saliva, which is why people tend to rinse off the brush as soon as they are done brushing, but the rinse does not take care of all the germs from your mouth. Some saliva does in fact trickle down to the bottom of the toothbrush, and when you place it into any kind of holder, the germs multiply in that holder and cover the brush anyway, making it so that you are basically putting even more germs into your mouth the next time you brush your teeth. That is not all though, as depending on where you place your toothbrush, the toilet can actually spray additional germs onto it whenever it gets flushed.
9. Not Cleaning The Keyboard
We now live in a world that relies heavily on the internet, which is why basically every single business and household in the world has at least one computer, but although computers make life easier, we have a bad habit of not keeping them clean. Obviously, we clean our computer whenever it gets infected with viruses or other malicious software, and we clean the inside from time to time to make sure dust does not cause it to break down; but what many of us neglect or forget to do, is clean our computer’s keyboard. It may surprise you to know that the surface of an often used keyboard can actually contain more germs than a toilet, which means that every time you are typing and go to scratch your nose or eye, you are transferring those germs onto your face, which is a great way to get sick if you either share a computer with someone, or allow someone to use yours for a bit.
8. Wiping Your Mouth With Your Hand
Everyone eats food, the only question though, is whether you eat the food at home or out at some kind of restaurant, but no matter the venue or the food itself, we always need something close by in order to wipe ourselves in the event of the food dirtying us in some way. This is where napkins come in, as we can use these pieces of cloth or paper to wipe either our hands, clothes, or mouths whenever they get dirtied; but even though we have napkins, many of us continue the bad habit of using our hands to wipe our mouths. It is true that using your hand is a quick fix, and for many people it is simply a reflex, but the problem with this is that even though you might be wiping the sauce or grease from your mouth, you are essentially replacing all the stuff on your mouth for the germs on your hand. Obviously, this habit is not that disgusting if you sit down to eat with a pair of very clean hands, but let us be honest, almost no one’s hands are ever that clean.
7. Drinking From Soda Cans
Whenever we go to the supermarket, we get the food that we want and the water that we need, but many people who go into a market end up coming out of it with at least one case of some kind of canned soft drink. When it comes to soft drinks and soda, the actual liquid inside the can may in fact not be good for you, but it is actually the method with which we consume these liquids that is the disgusting habit. It is true that many of us pour the soda into a cup or glass after opening the can, but a lot of the time we simply just drink from the can itself, meaning that we place our mouth on it. What makes this disgusting is that from the time the drink is made, it is canned, packaged, shipped and stocked before it makes its way into our hands, which means that several other people have handled the can with their own likely germ covered hands; and to make things worse, it has been observed at times that while these cans are in storage in a facility, there is the possibly of either mice or bugs getting into the cases and urinating or defecating on the top of the can where people put their mouths. Obviously, drinking straight out of a can will be fine if you wash it first, but very few people would waste time washing a soda can.
6. Using The Gas Pump
Most of us own at least one car, because it makes our lives far easier in terms of getting from point A to point B much faster, and in order to actually drive most cars, you need to pump gasoline into them, which is why this disgusting habit is actually pretty much unavoidable. In order to get the gas into the car, you have to go to a gas station and use one of their pumps, and depending on where you live, the pump you use could have been used by dozens of people in the past hour, making the handle a haven for germs and bacteria, especially since the station’s employees are not required to actually clean the handles. To give a sense of how disgusting gas pumps are, some gas stations actually offer people disposable gloves while they are getting gas; and it is stuff like this which helps to make the idea of an electric car even more appealing.
5. Getting Licked
Many of us have pets, and in most cases people either have a cat, a dog, or even both, and although we love these animals for the companionship they offer, we have the bad habit of letting them lick us. Both cats and dogs clean themselves by using their tongues, meaning that their tongues basically scrape off all the unwanted dirt that they do not want in their own fur, and when we let them lick us, we are essentially allowing them to transfer some of the dirt and bacteria from their tongues on to our hands or face. The best way to break this habit is to not allow your pet to lick you, which is a fairly tough habit to break considering that people enjoy the show of affection that the act entails. Pets are not the only living creatures that lick people though, as people do lick each other at times, which is disgusting in its own right due to how much bacteria our mouths contain.
4. Biting Your Nails
There were times growing up when our parents would see us biting our nails and they would tell us to stop, and at the time we may have been too young to understand why we should not have been doing it, but as it turns out, they were simply looking out for our health. Of all the habits on this list, biting your nails is probably the most disgusting compulsive habit that people have, as sometimes you might not even be aware that you are doing it. What makes this habit so disgusting is the fact that the tips of your fingers are the dirtiest parts of your entire hand when it comes to germs and bacteria, as evidenced by the fact that your fingernails will get black stuff in them after an accumulation of dirt. It is because our fingernails attract dirt and other bacteria, that when we bite them, we end up inadvertently swallowing those microbes, and those are things that none of us would want to eat under normal circumstances.
3. Not Cleaning Your Phone
Earlier it was stated that virtually every home and business has at least one computer, but in fact, virtually every single person on the planet now basically has a small computer in the palm of their hand in the form of a cell phone. We use our cell phones for everything, whether it be banking, text messaging, games, internet searches, social media, and yes even phone calls; but even though we use our phones virtually every hour of every day, we still have the bad habit of not cleaning them. Whether you use a touchscreen or physical keypad, you are constantly using your fingers to operate your phone, and as was mentioned earlier, our fingers are by far the dirtiest parts of our hands, meaning that we are constantly adding new germs and bacteria to something we place on our faces, which is even more problematic when you consider that we now cannot even go to the bathroom without bringing our phones along with us.
2. Dropping Food And Eating It Anyway
We have already established that people have some disgusting habits when it comes to eating food, but the most disgusting of all those habits is eating something which has fallen onto the ground. There is a reason why parents have to tell their young children to not put things in their mouths, and that is because the parents know that eating anything off the ground is basically just eating a handful of disgusting bacteria which could get you sick. Kids may be more prone to eating things that have fallen on the floor, but older and more adult people do it too, and usually justify doing so by invoking the ‘five second rule’ which entails that as long as the food has only been on the floor for five seconds or less, it is not covered in any germs or bacteria; but this reasoning has been debunked multiple times as the food basically becomes dirty as soon as it touches the ground. Food does not just get contaminated by falling on the floor however, as it is also bad to eat food which has fallen on the couch, bed, or even the clothes you have on-but most of us go on to eat the food anyway.
1. Not Washing Hands
The most disgusting habit that we all have, is probably the most obvious one, seeing as many of the habits already mentioned on this list center around the fact that this very habit happens to exist. We use our hands for everything, whether it be for work, chores, sports, eating, communication, or going to the bathroom, and we have the unsanitary tendency of sometimes not washing them. You might say that you always wash your hands after doing something like going to the bathroom or pumping gas, but you know full well that there have been times when either you have forgotten to or decided not to wash your hands, which subsequently causes your hands to become infested with germs. Hand washing is actually very important, as the very act helps to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses and diseases, which is why it is in all our best interest health wise to keep our hands as clean as possible.