Your body is like a temple and it’s all yours to use. However, there are some spots that are sacred, so you shouldn’t put your hands on them. According to research, the hands have a major role in transmitting germs even after you wash. It is easy for your hands and fingers to be contaminated once again due to the germ-filled surroundings.

So which body parts should you avoid using your hands on? Here is the list:

1. Ears: You should never stick your fingers in your ears as they can penetrate your ear canal. If this happens, you can tear the very thin skin around the canal. Many of us try to stick a finger when something itches inside. However, it is much better to see an otolaryngologist instead of doing it on your own – even if the cause is just earwax.

2. Face: Sometimes, when we are thinking, we absentmindedly place our hands on our face. Unfortunately, this can introduce bacteria to your body because you may not be able to recall where you put your hands on before placing them on your face. This increases your risk for disease-causing bacteria and breakouts as well.

3. Butt: Of course you need to wipe and wash, but it is not a good idea to pick on your bottom. Remember that this is where a lot of harmful bacteria reside. Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after pooping or touching your butt for whatever reason.

4. Eyes: Yes, you shouldn’t touch the area around your eyes for no particular reason, other than putting contacts in or washing away foreign particles. If you touch your eyes with your bare hands, you can easily introduce germs that can cause pinkeye or something scarier.

Be careful where you put your hands / PicHelp
Be careful where you put your hands / PicHelp

5. Mouth: Whenever you are bored, you probably place your hand around your mouth. In fact, a study discovered that people place their fingers around this area almost 24 times in just an hour. This can be a problem because you can transfer germs from your hands to your mouth that can easily spread to your body.

6. Nose: According to a 2006 study, people who pick their nose had 51% chance of carrying Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria type that can cause several diseases, including boils, food poisoning, and cellulitis.

Next time you try to put on the parts of your body mentioned above, think again. If you don’t want to spread infection or dirty looks from other people, avoid touching them at all costs.