Quarter of couples admit to sharing underwear despite dangerous health risks

A new survey has found that a quarter of couple admit they share each others underwear.

The study, commissioned by End of Tenancy Cleaning London, asked 4,330 couples to reveal all on their hygiene habits.

And there were certainly some surprising results, that's for sure.

As well as sharing undies, others admitted to sharing cutlery, towels and a toothbrushes too, despite the risk of passing on germs to their partner.

The data found that 27% of couples surveyed didn't mind sharing underwear.

This is despite the fact that sharing underwear or clothes with your partner can expose you to some nasty bacteria, which can trespass through your skin.

The most common habit that couples admitted to doing was sharing cutlery, which is pretty standard, wth 86% of couples admitting they had done.

Sharing lip balm came in second, at 81%, however those that do this need to be wary.

According to experts, lip balm is perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and can increase the risk of catching infections such as cold sores.

Couples sharing towels and tweezers with each other were also common hygiene habits.

Again, experts warn towels can increase infections like conjunctivitis.

Meanwhile, tweezers can pick up microscopic bits of blood, opening up both partners to the potential of catching blood-borne infections.

Sharing a razor with your other half is also reportedly a no-no as razors can pick up bits of blood, which can lead to bacterial and viral infections.

Other habits to make the list included sharing bars of soap, deodorant and your partner's unwashed clothes.

Meanwhile 39% of participants admitted to sharing a toothbrush with their other half.

More than three-quarters of couples quizzed admitted they hadn't considered the risks of sharing personal items with their partner.

Even after being told the risks of sharing personal items and clothing, 68% of people admitted they would carry on doing it.

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