In a World of MRSA and Superfungi, You Need to Start Washing Your Hands Correctly

A harrowing article in the New York Times this weekend has set plenty of people on edge. It details the rise of a fungal disease in hospitals that – like so many infections – has steadily become resistant to the drugs used to treat it. But for all our justified fears about superbugs, there’s a simple precaution against infections that most of us fail to take: washing our hands correctly. Read More >>

Gillette’s Latest Innovation Is Removing Blades From Razors

Every couple of years, Gillette reveals the latest breakthrough in shaving technology. That has often involved adding more blades to its razors. More blades must equal a better shave, right?! One, two, three, four, five plus an extra one hidden on the back – the company has done it all. But now, after decades of famously adding all those extra blades to its razor cartridges, Gillette is removing them. Read More >>

US Government Study Says You’re Washing Your Hands Wrong, Which Is Gross and You Should Fix It

Hey, did you wash your hands recently? Well, you probably did it wrong. CNN pointed out a recent government study found that 97 percent of the time, people fail to properly wash their hands — a problem that can lead to all sorts of unnecessary illnesses being spread. Read More >>

Tech Urinal Promises a Blow-Dried Penis Happy Ending

Finally, a use for the endless sensors they keep making. It's the Urinary 2.0, a toilet for men that promises to wash and blow dry the little chap after you've been for a wee, leaving him fresh and clean and ready for whatever the evening may present. Read More >>

The Genius Nail Capsule Captures Flying Finger Shrapnel

For every genuinely clever device that manages to succeed on Kickstarter, there are 1,000 other ridiculous crowdfunding campaigns that thankfully don’t succeed. There’s a chance you might roll your eyes at the Nail Capsule, unless you’re not a monster and hate the thought of fingernail clippings flying all over the place. Read More >>

KFC Ice Found to Have Faeces Bacteria On It During Food Standards Investigation

The next time you visit the chicken shop -- if this hasn’t completely put you off, of course -- think twice about ordering a drink. A BBC investigation found faecal coliforms in the ice served at a KFC branch in Birmingham’s Martineau Place, and not just traces either. High levels of the stuff. Read More >>

The Most Effective Way to Wash Your Hands — According to Science

Keeping our hands clean is the best way to prevent the spread of infections, so it’s surprising to learn that that US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) disagree on how to do it right. A new study shows that the six-step hand-washing technique promoted by the WHO is the better option. Read More >>

The First Virtual Brushing Simulator Will Help Revolutionise Toothbrush Design

A lot of products, including toothbrushes, rely on the physical testing of prototype after prototype to help perfect a design. But it’s an expensive and time consuming process, so researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a virtual brushing simulator that promises to revolutionise how toothbrushes are designed and tested. Read More >>

Interactive Map Shows Which Restaurants in London are Dirty

If you fancy heading out this weekend to one of London's myriad restaurants, you might want to take a quick gander at this map before you do. Compiled using data from the Foods Standards Agency, it cleverly breaks down the pubs, restaurants and food outlets in London by their food hygiene score. The results just may make you re-think your dining choices in your area. Read More >>

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 (BAC) after they've 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 if you are making your co-worker's uncomfortable with your bad breath. Read More >>

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. Read More >>

If a £2,495 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 an overpriced toothbrush staring them in the teeth every morning. Read More >>

A Woman Replaced Her Soap With a 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 better. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>