If he doesn’t already, insist that your partner cultivates these personal hygiene habits. By Sasha Gonzales
You might want to think twice about holding hands with your man after he visits the toilet. (Photo: www.pexels.com)
So your guy has a terrible habit of not washing his hands after a trip to the toilet. That isn’t out of the norm, according to a survey of 100,000 people across Europe. The findings showed that a whopping 62 per cent of men admit to skipping handwashing after going to the bathroom.
The same survey found that ladies share the same dirty habit too. The figure? 40 per cent of women don’t wash their hands after the loo either!
Even if everyone else is in on the major gross habit, it doesn’t mean you or your partner should continue doing the dirty deed. Especially when you consider the amount of contact with dirty surfaces – which is practically everything in a typical toilet, from the bowl to the door handle.
Take this scenario: Your man visits the toilet and conveniently forgets to wash up. What happens? Filty surfaces aside, his hands may have picked up harmful, disease-carrying microbes from human waste or discharge, and these organisms can find their way onto your skin or into your food. When he prepares food with his unclean hands, he risks contaminating the food, and this can lead to gastrointestinal problems like diarrhoea.
Get him to wash his hands before puckering up. (Photo: Katie Salerno / www.pexels.com)
Even worse, if your man touches his lips with his bacteria-laden fingers and then kisses you, you could become infected – the flu, herpes, and Sars (Severe Acute respiratory Syndrome) are just a handful of infectious diseases you could catch, says Assoc Prof Lee Yuan Kun from the department of microbiology at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
Beware of nail biters too. “Dirt and germs build up underneath the nails, and if your boyfriend bites his nails and then kisses you, he could spread these organisms on to you,” adds Assoc Prof Lee.
The bottom line: Get everyone to wash their hands up good!