Correct Toilet Habit #3: You don’t douche. 

Douche Too Much

The advertisements for douches make it seem as if they’re a necessary part of being female. They’re not. Douching can worsen existing vaginal infections and even create new ones. The body naturally cleanses itself inside the vagina, so there’s no need to introduce products into the environment. Simply wash with mild soap and water when you shower, and you’re clean. 

Correct Toilet Habit #4: You don’t overdo the wiping. 

Toilet Paper Shortage

Common sense tells you that the more you scrub, the cleaner you get. Unfortunately, the more you clean “down there”, the more you can harm yourself. Aggressive toilet paper use can lead to itching and a rash. Add scented lotions, harsh soaps, and abrasive scrubbers to the mix, and you can develop a curious condition with the unofficial name of “polished anus syndrome”. This condition results in intense itching and rash in the area. So, it’s okay to get yourself clean. Just don’t overdo it. 

Correct Toilet Habit #5: You don’t go crazy cleaning with bleach. 

Bleach (2)

Bleach kills germs and makes the toilet white, so it would make sense to use it to clean the toilet bowl. Just like overzealous wiping, however, too much of a good thing can be bad. High concentrations of bleach can lead to breathing problems and pneumonia. When mixed with other cleansers, like ammonia, bleach may become toxic. Instead, add ¼ cup into the toilet, let it sit, and clean the area. In this case, less is more. 

Related: 12 Tips You Never Knew You Needed for Using the Toilet


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