These everyday items in your home can make you ill

5. Your purse

You take your purse or bag with you everywhere you go and you regularly put it on the ground in the bus, train or on public toilets. No wonder your bag is a source of bacteria! There are easily 10,000 bacteria on a purse.

6. Stuffed animals

Stuffed animals are adorable to see, of course. But most of them rarely get washed and that makes them a source of germs and bacteria. A whopping 80 per cent of all teddybears contains contagious bacteria that can cause diarrhoea, asthma or urinary tract infections.

7. Pyjamas

Research shows that men wear their pyjamas for 13 days on average without washing and women for 17 days. That’s way too long and not very hygienic. Wash your pyjamas every few days, preferably at 60 degrees Celsius. If you don’t do this, you can get yourself a urinary infection before you know it.

8. Nail clippers

This might come as a surprise, but nail clippers are one of the items that can make you ill. This is because there are bacteria underneath your fingernails that are transferred to the nail clippers. Among these bacteria are bacteria from your intestines, which can cause diarrhoea. That’s why you should clean your nail clippers once a month using a disinfecting cleaning product. Also, don’t share your clippers with other people.

9. Sponges

An old sponge spreads more dirt than it cleans. On average, a used sponge contains more than 10 million bacteria per square metre. Do you use sponges on a daily basis? Take out a new one every week.

Read more: Oops! Accidentally ate something mouldy? This is what happens to your body

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