hygiene

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.


This Connected Bluetooth Toothbrush Will Nag You More Than A Dentist

We all know we should be brushing more diligently several times a day, but without our dentists regularly shaming us into better oral hygiene, that rarely happens. So a Paris-based company called Kolibree has created what it claims to be the world’s first app-connected toothbrush that will encourage better brushing habits between dentist visits.


Millions Of Microbeads From Soap Have Contaminated The US Great Lakes

Who doesn’t like smooth, exfoliated skin? How about fish living in America’s Great Lakes?


You Can Buy Bacon Deodorant

The bacon-everything craze has mostly passed, thankfully, and things seem to be getting back to normal. The constant barrage of bacon Band-Aids and bacon office supplies is over. Bacon personal care products are apparently another story, though.


Do You Use Hygiene Gadgets?

I was at a friend’s house the other day and I noticed that she and her roommates all use electric toothbrushes. There were three of them charging in a row on the windowsill. With all the electric razors, bathroom scales, hairdryers and weird electric face cleansing scrubby things out there I started wondering if I should be smart-primping too. What are the advantages to plugging in? Go through your morning routine below.