Are you making these common mistakes that could affect your health? The odds are that you’re probably not, but it would make us feel a whole lot better if you just took a quick look.


1. Radon Exposure

Via columbian.com

This naturally occurring radioactive gas is colorless, odorless, and the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. About 15 percent of homes in America may have dangerously high radon levels, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s almost one out of every six. We would get the place checked out just in case, but, you know, that’s us.


2. Food Poisoning

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Always keep your refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is probably its default setting. Also, make sure to carefully wash any cutting boards used for raw meat, not that you wouldn’t anyway. You probably don’t eat undercooked eggs, right? This stuff seems obvious, but, like. Better safe than sorry.


3. Smoking

Via news.bbcimg.co.uk

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Do you smoke? If you do, it’s not like you haven’t been told a million times that smoking is bad for you. It is, though. We just, it would be presumptuous of us to assume that this was some big news flash. Also, vaping isn’t as safe as people say. That stuff still has carcinogens in it. It’s probably a little safer than smoking, but why risk it, you know?


4. Drinking Enough Water

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There was actually an article online recently saying that the “eight glasses of water a day” rule is kind of an urban legend, because it really depends on your lifestyle. But at the same time, we also heard, probably not in the same article, that if you feel thirsty your body is actually already dehydrated, so you should basically just be drinking water all of the time. It can’t hurt. Unless you go overboard; water poisoning is a real thing also. Maybe just use your best judgment?


5. Epithelioid Sarcoma

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Okay, so hear us out. Technically, this rare soft tissue cancer only affects about one out of every 2.5 million people, but that’s the thing—it’s so rare that doctors won’t even look for it! Like, realistically, do you have epithelioid sarcoma? Okay, sure, probably not. But can you say with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT certainty that you DON’T have epithelioid sarcoma? 


6. Grilling Meat

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You know what, never mind. Grill all the meat you want. We don’t want to ruin this for you.


7. Sponges

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Yikes, you use sponges? No, we get it. It’s just that…well, no, we’re just gonna back off and let you do your thing.

Okay, fine. It’s just that they are literally the filthiest thing in your house. Every time you use a sponge, you’re basically spreading bacteria all over your “clean” dishes. Sponges need to be dipped in a diluted bleach and water solution before every usage and microwaved for two minutes once a week. But if you would rather live in ignorant bliss, we understand.


8. Vacuuming

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Okay, we can practically hear you rolling your eyes, because this is so something we’d say. But most vacuum filters are only designed to pick up, like, big clumps of dust, and fine particulates just pass right through, so when you vacuum, all that stuff just kicks back up into the air for you to breathe right into your lungs and…we’re not telling you not to vacuum, exactly. But we just thought you’d want to know that. That’s us, though.