hygiene

A Cheap Toothbrush With A Display That Reminds You To Replace It

Our dentists constantly remind us to replace our toothbrushes every 90 days so they’re most effective at battling plaque, but how often do we really remember to do that? To make it easier, Brush Buddies has created the 90 Day Brush featuring a timer and built-in LCD display that reminds users exactly when it’s time to get a new one. And at just six bucks, it’s as cheap as other disposable brushes.


Dyson's New Filtered Hand Vac Is Designed To Suck Your Mattress Clean

Most of us are happy to take an ignorance-is-bliss approach to the cleanliness of the mattress we sleep on every single night. But the truth is, your bed could be swarming with millions of feasting dust mites leaving a staggering amount of droppings behind. So now you understand why Dyson’s created a new hand vac designed to suck every last invader off your mattress.


That Time Listerine Claimed It Was Good For Cleaning The Vagina

Before Listerine found its true commercial calling as a mouthwash, it was a general purpose antiseptic meant to be used on cuts, sore throats, dandruff, and, most horrifying of all, down there. “It possesses great penetrating power,” touts the ad!


The Mint Breathalyser Can Detect Both Dehydration And Bad Breath

The term breathalyser is most commonly associated with a device used by law enforcement to measure someone’s blood alcohol content after they have been pulled over. But with a few tweaks made to the chemicals used in a breathalyser’s sensor, the device can also be used for detecting other problems. Instead of measuring BAC, Breathometer’s new MINT can tell if you’re dehydrated after a workout, or are making your co-worker’s uncomfortable with your halitosis — or bad breath.


This Is How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria

If you’ve ever had the sneaking suspicion that hand dryers in public bathrooms just spray bacteria into the air, then you’ll want to look at this spatterful photo. A trio of scientists set out to test exactly how hand dryers aerosolise bacteria, and the results are gross.


If A $4000 Toothbrush Doesn't Make You Happy, Nothing Will

How much was the last toothbrush you bought? Probably not enough to be worth remembering. That sort of casual indifference to your toiletries is a kind of luxury for those without any luxuries at all. More specifically, for those without a $US4000 toothbrush staring them in the teeth every morning.


A Razor With V-Shaped Blades Gave Me The Closest Shave Of My Life

I don’t like shaving. In fact, I don’t really know anybody that does. It’s messy. It’s time consuming. It’s sometimes painful. I started using an electric shaver a while back, but I’ve still never been happy with it. The new Norelco 9700 gives me hope.


Woman Replaced Her Soap With Daily Mist Of Bacteria -- And It Worked

Since we dirty buggers have already made the case against antibacterial soap, it’s time to consider the case against all soap. And showers. Basically all hygiene as we know it in the 21st century. In the latest New York Times Magazine, Julia Scott gives up soap for a mist of bacteria usually found in dirt — and finds her skin has never been better.


Shaming Soap Alarm Won't Turn Off Until You Wash Your Hands

If you’re someone who regularly washes your hands after going to the bathroom, statistics say that at least one of the people sitting on either side of you does not. And since personal hygiene clearly isn’t motivation enough for these bathroom bandits, Safeguard is resorting to good, old-fashioned public shaming to get the job done.


A Nick In Time: How Shaving Evolved Over 100,000 Years Of History

Removing unwanted body hair has been a part of human hygiene since the dawn of history. Over the centuries, this practice has served to denote everything from high-ranking social status to acts of contrition. And as the tradition of shaving has evolved in step with global culture, so too have the tools of the trade.