This kitchen counter staple traps oils, fats, and bacteria, which makes them prone to a funky smell if you don’t wash them frequently, says Eating Well magazine. Wash the dishcloth after every use with dish soap and hot water, then let it hang to dry between uses. Then launder them in the washing machine every few days on the hottest cycle, separate from other laundry. “Don’t let the cloths hang out in the washer,” according to Stacy Fraser, Eating Well test kitchen manager. “Get them into the dryer as soon as possible to prevent any straggling bacteria from growing again.”
Jo Gilchrist, a 27-year-old mom in the prime of her life, was paralyzed after contracting an antibiotic-resistant MRSA infection. The source of this devastating bacteria? An unwashed makeup brush. When she borrowed a friend’s brush she inadvertently swept the bacteria into an open sore left by a pimple, which then spread the infection throughout her body. While most of us won’t see such horrific consequences from rarely cleaned brushes, almost all of us carry the staphylococcus bacteria on our skin. So it’s likely that your makeup brushes, sponges, and applicators carry that and other harmful germs too. To avoid infection, breakouts, or skin irritation, experts recommend washing your brushes in warm soapy water after each use or at least once a week.
Bras may look beautiful, but thanks to the sweat and oils from your skin they can be the perfect environment to grow ugly bacteria-especially when you wear them day in and day out. While most of the bacteria found in a bra are harmless, in some cases they can cause rashes, odors, and even infections. Most experts recommend washing your bra every two to three wears, which can seem like a lot considering that many bras need to be hand-washed and air-dried. It’s best to stock up so you always have a clean option. And check out these other common bra mistakes you don’t know you’re making.