Did you know there is a certain way to wash your armpits?
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An expert in hygiene has resorted to social media to criticise how people are washing their armpits, insisting that “some tutti frutti soap” is sufficient.
A revitalising bath or shower can help you relax at the end of the day or set the mood for an excellent morning.
But have you ever questioned whether you’re bathing your body properly?
Mary Futher, often known online as “Madame Sweat,” has gained popularity for her assertion that there is a proper technique to wash your underarms.
Madame Sweat, who has over 619,000 TikTok followers, is a hygiene specialist with a wealth of knowledge.
She instructs viewers on how to properly wash their armpits in one of her videos.
While mimicking a quick rub of her armpits, Madame Sweat says: “If you’re washing your underarms like this, with some tutti frutti soap, I can guarantee you still have yesterday’s deodorant on your underarms.”
She then gestures to a video that is playing behind her and features a person by the name of “Joey” washing their underarms.
Madame Sweat continues: “We’re here in the shower with Joey, and he’s lathering for 30 seconds.
“He’s doing it right. Plus he’s using an antibacterial soap.”
A decent antibacterial soap should have ingredients like apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and charcoal, the TikToker continues, advising viewers on which to use.
It has been widely acknowledged in the comments section that many people were unaware that they needed to wash their armpits for at least 30 seconds.
“30 seconds? I had no idea,” one person says.
Another adds: “Ooooohhhh now I know.”
We should spend more time washing our armpits, according to most experts, even though they may have different suggestions for the best body wash or soap to use.
Dermatologist Dr Sheila Farhang tells Today: “Using a body wash that contains alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acid in the shower and applying it to the under the arms can also help treat darker appearing skin.
“Using benzoyl peroxide can also help with odour in the area, especially if someone is sensitive or prefers not to use aluminium-based deodorant.”
This all sounds a lot more difficult than using just some charcoal, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar!
Put a bit more effort into scrubbing those pits the next time you give yourself a wash, regardless of what you’re using.
Woman Realises She’s Been Washing Her Hands With A Block Of Cheese – For Weeks
How did she manage that!
For weeks, a woman unintentionally cleaned her hands with a block of cheese after mistaking it for a bar of soap.
After seeing that her soap wasn’t foaming as normal, Miley from Vancouver, Washington, initially felt perplexed before understanding it was actually a lump of cheddar.
She did what most of us would do after a few drinks one night and opened the refrigerator to get herself a snack.
But it took her a few days to notice that she had actually left the cheddar out and was using it to wash her hands.
Miley said she normally uses liquid soap for her dishes, but didn’t realise her mistake as she does keep a bar of yellow, unscented soap on the counter for her hands.
After realising her mistake, she posted a hilarious snap of the cheese to Reddit.
Miley wrote: “Just realised my soap wasn’t working because it’s literally a block of cheese.”
And explaining why it took so long for her to realise, she added: “I use a liquid soap for the dishes, bar soap like dis is gentler on my hands after I do chores if that makes any sense.”
But Miley admitted to Cafe Mom alcohol may also have played a part in the mishap.
She said: “It was a couple days of ‘Why isn’t this foaming?!’
“I come to realise it was a dried-out square of Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese.
“I suspect I left it out when I was intoxicated and just forgot.”
Her Reddit post has racked up more than 100 comments, as people found her mistake hilarious.
One person asked: “But that must mean…… have we been eating Mac&Soap the entire week??”
Another added: “Does that mean you put the soap in the fridge?”
While a third said: “To be fair to you it does look like a block of soap.”
Underwear Brand Reveals Real Reason Why Men’s Boxers Have Hole In The Front
The reason will surprise you!
Most men probably have never pondered why the front of their boxers, briefs or pants is holed. Well, that’s quite clear, isn’t it?
However, one underwear company has recently disclosed the real reasons for that gap. And, believe it or not, it’s not just for urination.
Over the years, the primary purpose of the boxer hole, also known as a flap or a fly, has been questioned on numerous “ask-a-stranger” websites like Quora, Yelp, and Reddit.
Many underwear brands have begun to produce lines without the flap since some guys find it to be so unnecessary.
However, given that some men buy without and that many guys do, it might still be a matter of style.
Regardless, the underwear company Sheath recently declared: “The hole in your boxers is also known as a fly.
“You’re free to call them whatever name you want, but the functional term is still fly. Why is it there? You guessed it!
“The purpose of the fly is to make it easier for you to pee while wearing boxers.”
However, the business also claims that in reality, 80% of men never use the pee hole in their pants.
In general, pulling them down is much simpler!
Given that only 20% of guys really use the boxer fly, this implies there may be another explanation for its existence.
Sheath’s website states: “Today’s modern underwear is nothing like what men wore even a few decades ago.
“The actual pouch where the fly is located has also been changing drastically.
“In the past, this area used to be flat. This design does not give the man a natural way for his penis to be contoured. Thankfully, men today have a better option.”
So, you’re telling me the flap is also used to better ‘contour’ our nether regions?
“New boxer briefs and men’s briefs have a design that actually has a roomier pouch,” the brand explained.
“This new pouch design gives the man more definition, comfort, support, and freedom.”
Evidently, the hole is intended for much more significant purposes than just urinating!
A decent pair of briefs should also have the following essential qualities: definition, comfort, freedom, and support.
Nevertheless, some men on Reddit think it is a pointless addition because they would rather wear trousers that are more secure and reduce the chance that their crown jewels accidentally falling out.
Each to their own, right?
People Are Shocked After Learning About How Long You Should Keep Your Underwear
Do you often alternate between quality underwear or do you tend to reach for the same worn-in, holey-yet-comfortable pair of boxers or knickers that you’ve had since you were a teen?
Most people have their tried-and-true favourites, but a number of internet users were shocked to find how long you should keep them around.
A TikTok user posted a video outlining the recommended time for replacing underwear in an effort to inform others about their underwear’s “expiration date.”
To be clear, I do not mean replaced on your body; rather, I mean tossed out and replaced by brand-new ones.
I can only hope that nobody took that to indicate the opposite.
“We should change the narrative about what they should feel comfortable about and what they should not feel comfortable about,” she continued.
“There’s nothing wrong with a nice new pair of underwear that fit nice that are cotton and that are clean. And I wouldn’t discourage anyone from wanting to buy new underwear. But I would not say that you have to throw away your old underwear.”
Though Momon-Nelson obviously isn’t wrong about there being no ‘rule’ on when to change your underwear, other experts have shared differing opinions.
Cosmetic doctor and intimate health specialist Dr Shirin Lakhani pointed out that underwear can take in ‘a lot of dead skin… as well as bacteria’.
“Even washing your underwear in the washer won’t always totally get rid of microorganisms like E. coli.”
As a result, the doctor advises replacing your underwear at least once a year; however, for underwear you “consistently wear for activities like the gym,” more frequent replacements are advised.
If you’re a frequent shopper, you might go through several weeks’ worth before you run out and won’t need to replenish as frequently.
You should go shopping, though, if you frequently find yourself rinsing pairs of clothes under the faucet and turning them inside out just to make it to the day you want to do your laundry.
Though it might be hard to separate yourself from the cash, I’m sure your crotch will thank you.
Is Your Underwear (And Other Things) Clean Enough?
We all think we’re clean, but in reality it’s a bit of a taboo subject. How often do you clean your household items, and is it often enough? Find out below…
Duvet Cover and Bed Sheets
Your bedding should be washed every two weeks at a minimum. I mean think about how much time you spend in bed! Plus, the feeling of clean sheets is enough of a reward in itself.
I know what you’re thinking – I’m already clean when I use a bath towel. Technically you’re right, but they still need washing – every three to five uses.
If you’re putting on your comfiest clothes to go to sleep, just remember to wash them after three or four nights.
If you seriously have to check this one, I’m worried. Underwear should be changed every single day – no exceptions.
Generally, bras are good to be worn three or four times before a wash. So they’re not quite on the same level as underwear – good to know.
This is less of a household appliance and more a case of personal hygiene, but we thought we’d throw it in anyway. The average head of hair should be washed every two to three days, but it mostly depends on whether it looks oily or feels itchy.
You probably forget about this one most of the time, but shower curtains need washing every three months.
Bath mats have wet feet walking over them all the time, so you should definitely freshen yours up at least once a month.
You can only imagine the things a kitchen sponge sees. Do yourself a favour and soak your sponge once a week, preferably with bleach.
You’d be surprised how much dirt comes out of your carpet when it’s scrubbed, even if it looked clean to begin with. Even if you don’t get a chance to deep-clean, at least hoover your carpet once a week.
Sofas need love too. They absorb an awful lot of dust and dirt over time, so it’s best to vacuum clean yours every two weeks in order to prolong its life.
Even though you keep it covered, your mattress is still going to get dirty, so it is recommended to vacuum clean it every three months. If you find any food or drink stains, cover them with baking soda and water for half an hour before wiping away.
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