Sharing is Caring, Except When it Comes to These 5 Items


We all share stuff every day. We share the road on the way to work. We share a meal with a friend or spouse. We share stories and swap ideas in meetings and social outings. And while sharing is a great way to foster a connection with someone, there are some things that we should keep for our own personal use. For the sake of health and hygiene, here are five things you should avoid sharing with others.


Sharing makeup is not going to kill you. But if you share your mascara or lipstick with someone who has an eye infection or cold sore, you are almost guaranteed to contract it yourself. Many makeup products contain preservatives that combat bacteria and germs. However, it is best to err on the side of caution, and keep your products for your use only.

Nail Care Tools

Nail files, buffers, and clippers should be used by one person and one person only. Why? Because sharing these items could easily cause the spread of nail fungus or bacteria into small cuts on the skin. In worst-case scenarios, warts, staph infections, and even Hepatitis C can be spread from sharing such products. So keep your own tools in a safe place, and clean them after each use.


While most deodorants have antibacterial properties, antiperspirants only serve to reduce sweat output. So sharing these could easily result in the transfer of germs and bacteria from one person to another. Even deodorant can spread hair and dead skin cells, which is not necessarily harmful, but it is not necessarily cleanly either. If you must share, wipe of the outermost layer before use.


Helmets, hats, beanies, and even brushes and combs are all things you should keep to yourself. Of course, there is the concern about head lice. But when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness, you could expose yourself to someone else’s sweat, dandruff, and hair follicles. Keep your gear for your use only.

Bar Soap

Bar soap does not actually clean itself, as many people believe. Therefore, it becomes a haven for bacteria and fungus, especially when it does not have the chance to completely dry between uses. One study in 2006 found that bar soap was the source of re-infection in some dental clinics. Liquid soap is a better alternative.  Opt for body wash in shared showers at homes, and if you use a cloth or scrubbing sponge, have one that belongs to you and you alone.


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Story Credit: 10 Things You Probably Don’t Want To Share by Sarah Klein

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