Oh, and you know that soapy crud that builds up on your shower curtain? That’s a biofilm containing more than a billion bacteria per cubic inch. Between the shower head and the curtain, you’re basically surrounding yourself with bacteria, and when you add splattering water and steam to the mix, you’re effectively “enmeshed in a bio-aerosol” of germs. Which is as healthy as it sounds.
In fact, according to the National Jewish Hospital (but this applies to all religions that believe in bathing), dirty shower heads are largely to blame for the increase in respiratory infections caused by “non-tuberculosis mycobacteria” (NTM). One study worked backwards, testing the shower heads in the homes of 20 patients with NTM infections. Mycobacteria was present in all but one home. And it gets even worse. One shower head that researchers found loaded with mycobacteria was treated with a bleach solution to get rid of the nasties … which resulted in a threefold increase. This means the species of bacteria is, or is becoming, resistant to chlorine. Quick, go take a nice hot bath before we find out that’s somehow killing you too.
Any Surface In Your Home That Gets Dusty Is Full Of Toxic Chemicals
Nobody likes dust, but that doesn’t stop us from becoming big-time collectors. Trouble is, dust isn’t merely unsightly stuff that makes you sneeze and casts aspersions on your housekeeping abilities. It’s also full of toxic substances that can be more than a little harmful to your health. So “being incredibly hard to clean off Legos” isn’t the worst part about it after all.
A study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that household dust contains chemicals and microparticle residue from cleaners, electronics, cosmetic products, construction materials, and various other substances in your home. The team found 45 different toxic chemicals that were common in dust, with some of the most popular being flame retardants, phenols, and phthalates. Those sound like words we made up, but they’re chemicals associated with cancer, infertility, development problems in children, and other fun stuff like that.
“So what? It’s not like I’m licking the dust off my desk, Cracked!” That’s not how it works, dear straw reader. Keep in mind that the toxic dust doesn’t only collect on your flat surfaces. It’s in the air you breathe, and when you touch dusty stuff and get it on your skin, those chemicals can be absorbed into your body. It might be time to invest in a microfiber cloth or 20, is what we’re saying.