Why Cleaning Makes Some People Feel Less Anxious

A psychologist explains why doing chores leads to less stress.


Is There Any Reason to Use Liquid Soap Instead of Bar Soap?

The more heavily used a bar is, the more microorganisms it holds. But does that really mean it's time to leave bar soaps behind?


Madagascar Has a Poop Problem

A London-based startup hopes to lead a lavatorial revolution with an affordable toilet that's wireless, off-grid, and able to charge your phone.


Are Baths Really More Gross Than Showers?

Let's find out just how much filth you're sitting in.


Dust Isn't Just Gross, It's Full of Scary Stuff

Time to put your Swiffer Wet to work.


Life as a Restaurant Health Inspector Is Full of Dead Mice and Salmonella

"If you'd ever seen the inside of an ice machine with black mold along the sides, you'd be damaged for life."


Why Do My Feet Always Smell Like Vinegar and Piss?

Or on a good day, sour cream n' onion potato chips.


How Many Days Can You Wear the Same Pair of Underwear?

Don't rely on the sniff test.


I Used Dr. Bronner’s Soap for Everything and Now I'm Ruined

Washing your dishes and your genitals with the same soap is weird.


Living with a Partner Who Has OCD Is Hell

Because of his OCD, my boyfriend won't touch anything he perceives as "dirty"—public door handles, chipped cups, even his own girlfriend.


How Many Rats Does New York City Have?

Quite a town we've got here.


It Takes Mere Hours for Your Microbes to Colonize Your New Apartment

The second you move into a new home, the bacteria that live on your body get to work taking over whatever already lived there.