What You Need To Know About Hygiene

03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Liza Lentini and David Mouzon Discover

1 "Hygiene" comes from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness, and . . . the moon. Ancient Greek gods apparently worked double shifts.

2 The human body is home to some 1,000 species of bacteria. There are more germs on your body than people in the United States.

3 Not tonight dear, I just washed my hands: Antibacterial soap is no more effective at preventing infection than regular soap, and triclosan (the active ingredient) can mess with your sex hormones.

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