15 Objects We Shouldn’t Share

Even if it doesn’t seem like it, sharing certain objects can be dangerous; in fact, some bring much more risk than we can imagine

We are so used to being generous to our family or closest friends that  we have no problem sharing some products and personal items.

As we consider these elements to be “harmless” we see no reason not to lend them to those who need them.

However, there are some risks that we must take into account, because, even if we don’t notice, some pathogens that transmit infections can accumulate in these objects. 

There are those who do not know exactly what these objects are that should not be borrowed and why we should take such action.

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1. We must not share bars of soap

Soap we shouldn't share

Bar soap for body use tends to be covered with skin -specific micro-organisms, which can give rise to infections or illnesses.

We don’t know if the other person has a fungus, a viral infection, or similar disorders.

2. Towels

This fabric tends to remain moist after use and this creates an environment conducive to the growth of germs and yeast.

Not only should we avoid sharing them, we also have to wash and disinfect towels at least every two weeks.

3. Deodorant

Personal Deodorant That Should Not Be Shared

Roll-on  deodorants or antiperspirants  should not be shared because they make direct contact with the armpits and accumulate bacteria.

Those that are sprayed or do not involve contact with the skin can be borrowed without fear.

4. Toothbrush

Some couples are in the habit of sharing toothbrushes. The problem is that these objects accumulate millions of oral microorganisms between their small bristles.

It is essential to have a personal brush and, in addition, carry out regular disinfection with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

5. Hair removal tweezers

Hair removal tweezers that should not be shared

This tool that is used to shape the eyebrows  can cause the contagion of some disease  in the plucking of the skin’s hair.

However, if they are disinfected before and after each use, there are no risks.

6. Lip Gloss and Lipsticks

In lip glosses and lipsticks, small particles of dead skin, impurities and bacteria that can be easily transmitted accumulate over time.

Sharing them with others increases your risk of developing cold sores.

7. Razor blades

Razor blade that must not be shared

Razor blades fulfill the function of removing hair and dead cells that accumulate in certain areas of the body.

The reason we can’t borrow them is because they accumulate bacteria and fungi that can transmit skin infections.

Also, in the case of cuts they can cause a bloodborne illness.

8. Headphones

These devices often grow various microorganisms that accumulate in ear wax.

Staphylococci and streptococci are bacteria that, in general, inhabit these places and, by borrowing the phones, we can cause infections and inflammation.

9. The shoes


Footwear, especially those with poor ventilation, are a common source of yeast and bacteria that cause foot and nail infections .

The fact that several people wear the same shoes considerably increases the risk of transmitting these diseases.

10. pumice stone

Pumice is a personal hygiene item that prevents the growth of bacteria that feed on dead skin.

Its use usually helps to soften the skin to eliminate calluses. However, if several people share it, the chances of suffering from warts and foot fungus increase. 

11. We must not share nail clippers

Nail clipper that should not be shared

Although we don’t notice, fingers and nails hide a lot of bacteria, fungi and viruses  that can cause infections.

By sharing this manicure and pedicure tool we can develop fungal diseases and HPV (warts).

12. Bath sponge

This very relaxing and useful article for the skin tends to be moist most of the time, which indicates that it  has a suitable environment for the proliferation of fungi and bacteria.

To avoid the risk of infection, it is best to use your own.

13. Earrings

Earring that must not be shared

Earrings can  spread blood diseases or infections. Fortunately, if they are well disinfected before use, they pose no risk.

14. Swimwear

As with underwear,  swimwear should be considered underwear  and for individual use.

Bacteria and micro-organisms in the skin, as well as the fluxes we secrete, carry bacteria that can lead to infections.

15. Makeup, brushes and eyeliners

woman who doesn't share her makeup

All cosmetic products, as well as their application tools, must not be shared because they make contact with the skin. 

Allowing others to use increases the risk of suffering from acne, fungus and allergic reactions.

Do you usually borrow some of these elements? Now you know what the risks are, try to change your habits and make exclusive use of these items.

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