Of Course You Should Pee in the Shower

Years ago, a close friend of mine tried to shame me for peeing in the shower. Apparently my tinkling habits were a barbaric way of life and I should simply use the toilet before I step in the shower. So it's good to know that I'm somewhat vindicated by the recent "Go with the Flow" campaign at the University of East… » 10/13/14 2:50pm 10/13/14 2:50pm

If a $4,000 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 $4,000 toothbrush staring them in the teeth every morning. » 10/06/14 12:39pm 10/06/14 12:39pm

How Often Do You Really Need to Shower?

Showering is about three things: Hygiene, cultural acceptance, and personal preference. But this doesn't make any clearer how often it's necessary. I'm not a daily shower type. I like the relaxation of showering, but I hate the squeaky clean feeling of super dry/tight skin, heavily moisturized skin from moisturizing… » 1/28/14 11:50am 1/28/14 11:50am

Here's Proof That Not Washing Your Face Is Totally Disgusting

Confession, guys: unless I'm in the shower and I feel particularly grimy that day, I rarely wash my face. I figured my face skin was sort of like dirty laundry — if stuff lays around for long enough, everything just kind of cleans itself (I realize, typing this out, that my logic is flawed). Anyway, long story short,… » 9/19/13 5:30pm 9/19/13 5:30pm

Victory Against Hygiene Achieved At 150th Gettysburg Re-Enactment

One not-so-fun fact about the 150th reenactment of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg: The whole not being able to shower for three days thing. Perhaps this contributes to the long-held notion that reenacting was a boys' club — some women insist is still an issue, as many groups don't allow women to play soldiers or… » 7/06/13 5:30pm 7/06/13 5:30pm

Hey, People -- Just Wash Your Fucking Hands, Okay?

It seems silly that we’re about to have this conversation, but people really need to start washing their hands. Like, right the fuck now. Oh, what’s that? You already wash your hands thoroughly after each bathroom visit, scrubbing with soap until you create a nice lather, and then rinsing under warm water? LIAR! » 6/22/13 2:30pm 6/22/13 2:30pm

Hospitals Hire Hand-Washing Coaches Because Staffers Are Fucking Gross

Despite major advances in technology and innovation, infection spreads at modern-day hospitals like dysentery spread on (your last game of) Oregon Trail. Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital employees only wash their hands about 30 percent of the time they're interacting with patients. Paging Dr.… » 5/30/13 4:20pm 5/30/13 4:20pm

Does It Matter What Kind of Deodorant I Buy?

Dear Lifehacker,
When I go to the drug store, I see so many different types of deodorant. Putting aside the huge number of scents, many offer a variety of features as well. Some feature antiperspirants while others claim to block body odor better than others. Does it really matter which one I get? » 5/28/13 2:10pm 5/28/13 2:10pm

Odorless Underarmers Walk Among Us, Buy Deodorant Just to Fit In

There exist among us, walking around as if they were also smelly animals, beings who do not produce any underarm odor, yet still insist on using deodorant, the better to hide their secret odor neutrality from the rest of the foul-smelling world. Some of these strange creatures might not even realize just how odorless… » 1/17/13 10:00am 1/17/13 10:00am

An Open Letter to Men Who Spit All the Time: WTF Is Going on in Your…

I'd like to start out by thanking the man walking toward me on East 33rd between Fifth and Madison who spit at my feet just as we crossed paths on my way to lunch today. Before then I had no idea what I'd be writing about, then voilà: inspiration. So, nasty yuck mouth spit at a stranger's feet, no manners having, rude… » 10/18/12 7:00pm 10/18/12 7:00pm

Unsurprisingly, Kids With Cavities Don't Do Well in School

According to a recent study from USC's Ostrow School of Dentistry, — also informally known as the Ostrow School for Aspiring Sadists — kids whose mouths are riddled with cavities do significantly worse in school than their cavity-free peers, which might have something to do with the fact that only nerds floss.… » 8/16/12 9:45am 8/16/12 9:45am

All That Antibacterial Soap You're Using Is Gonna Stop Your Heart

Let me just put this right up front, for all the die-hard disinfectors out there: REGULAR SOAP WILL DO. For almost everything. Really. Not every surface in everyone's life has to be wiped with antibacterial agents, not every child needs to be autoclaved on the daily, not every sneeze needs to be medicated with… » 8/14/12 4:40pm 8/14/12 4:40pm

You Don't Need Soap to Shower, Silly

During the winter, it's easy to find excuses to stay inside and avoid adult responsibilities. It's cold. There's snow all over, and it's covered with miniature ice canyons made of the neighbor's dog's pee. But sometimes putting off errands can lead to desperate situations, like realizing after turning the shower on… » 1/23/12 6:00pm 1/23/12 6:00pm

Leaving The Toilet Open Causes Everyone Else To Get The Vomits

You probably already knew that when you flush the toilet with the lid open, a great big cloud of bacteria shoots up into the air like a mushroom cloud of poo germs. But did you know that if you leave the lid open even when the toilet is just hanging out and not being shat in, you're exposing all nearby surfaces to a… » 1/03/12 5:00pm 1/03/12 5:00pm

Your Go-To Hospital For Dirty Speculums

Last year, dozens of women who had been treated at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas opened their mail and found a letter that read, "We would like to let you know that you may have been exposed to a speculum that may not have been properly sterilized." Two days later, another letter informed them "there is one… » 8/22/11 9:50am 8/22/11 9:50am