Earbuds — you can't live without them, right?
But carrying your earbuds everywhere and repeatedly shoving them into your waxy ears is actually pretty gross.
FYI: Your ears are full of wax, dead skin cells, and bacteria — all of which ends up on your earbuds.
But earbuds also get covered in germs from the surfaces they touch, like the inside of your purse or a public table.
And sharing earbuds with someone else only coats them in even more germs.
To make matters worse, earbuds physically trap heat and moisture in your ear, making it the perfect place for all of that bacteria to grow.
Bad earbud hygiene can increase your risk of ear infections, ear fungus, pimples or boils, and more.
The solution: Disinfect your earbuds regularly, store them in a clean case, and keep them to yourself.