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Does Drinking Straight From the Milk Carton Pass Germs?

You Asked: Will My Hubby's Bad Habit Make Me Sick?

Dear Fit,
I caught my hubby drinking straight out of the milk container the other day and I was shocked. I asked, "Do you do that a lot?" And he confessed that he does it with the milk and the OJ. I told him that was a great way to pass germs and get me sick. He promised to never do it again, but I know he's just fibbing. Is this something I need to worry about?
—Grossed Out by Germs

I hate to admit it, but your question made me chuckle out loud because I too have caught my darling husband standing in front of the open refrigerator, guzzling down milk because he was too lazy to get a glass. While drinking from the same glass as someone is a surefire way to pass germs, are the rules different when it comes to the cold temps in the fridge? To find out, keep reading.

Most households keep their fridges between 35 and 38°F, and although your fridge is cold, it's not cold enough to kill germs. It will slow down the multiplication of bacteria, but won't kill germs that could make you sick. With that fact in mind, if your loving husband has a cold, flu, stomach bug, or other illness, and he sips straight from the milk container, the next time you pour yourself some milk, you'll be exposed his germs.

So if your husband won't stop his bad habit for your health's sake, try putting some glasses in the fridge next to the milk jug. Hopefully seeing the glass will remind him to use it.

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John15398860 John15398860 3 years
Whats the difference if he does that or if you take a drink of his pop or beer from the same bottle? Or even share food on the same plate? How is it different? If your sick then you don't do it and most people don't.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I always thought it was enough to refrain from that when you're sick.
magalaya magalaya 7 years
My boyfriend totally does this too! It's not a huge deal when he's not sick (I grew up in a house full of boys, so I've dealt with much more disgusting things, although it still grosses me out to a certain exten), and he never does it when he is so it doesn't bother me too much.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I really wouldn't stress, there are grosser things he could do. My dad for example has a REALLY bad habit of putting his stinky sweaty three day old socks on my bath towel. So in comparison drinking from the milk carton really isn't so bad. If it bothers you so much buy him a little carton of his own to guzzle from.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I agree with esweet!
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I don't worry about germs, but I do think it's gross and awkward! I think the worst would be if guest come over and want some. Once while I was at my boyfriends house I criticized him for drinking from a container, and his mom said "it's the community drinking hole (i can't remember the words exactly)". Lets just say I do NOT accept drinks unless it's bottle water. Maybe that's b*tchy, but it grossed me out to the extreme!
medenginer medenginer 7 years
Yuck. I can't eat or drink after anyone knowingly even if it's my husband or children. It would be time for individual juice or milk containers.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
my husband does the same thing, milk doesn't bug me since he drinks regular and I drink soy but I hate it when he does that with juice. I'm always reminding him to use a glass and he tries to use the excuse about not dirtying a dish for one sip so I now have plastic cups so that he can reuse if needed. He's been getting better at remembering the cups but every once in awhile I catch him the act.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 7 years
My boyfriend and I are both "germaphobics" to an extent. We do live together and we do share many (if not every) things in the house that pass germs back and forth. However, glasses are created for a reason. We both think it's just plain bad manners to drink back and forth out of a carton and agree that yes, it can get a bit gnarly after a while. I have also heard that once bacteria has transferred into a carton it can fester and grow. I'm not a fan of festering bacteria, bad manners, or offering my guests a side of saliva with their beverage.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I agree with most of the others...if you're living together, you're sharing germs, like it or not. I caught my husband swigging the Listerine directly out of the bottle once and told him I thought it was kind of gross, but hey, I figured the mouthwash would kill anything that he happened to be passing on, lol.
Vsugar Vsugar 7 years
Yeah, I was going to say pretty much what everyone here is saying, which is how can you avoid getting those germs with someone you live with and share a bed, and hopefully, kisses with? I'm usually the guilty party at our house, guzzling straight out of the jug. The one thing that I'm super careful with, however, is if we are going to have guests over, I make sure there are fresh bottles of things to drink that I'm certain we haven't drunk directly out of. I could really care less about giving "germs" to my husband, because, seriously, how could he possibly avoid them??
opisnowpro opisnowpro 7 years
we both do same!!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
beaner - if my man is sick, i still kiss him and sleep in the same room as him, for sure...i wouldn't want to be left alone when i was sick in bed :(
esweet esweet 7 years
I'm surprised too that most people did not find this disgusting. It's just rude and isn't respectful of the fact that two people live in the house and share the food! Plus, I immediately thought of guests. You would also BAKE with that milk, correct? So who wants their husband's germs and saliva in their baked goods? This is just gross, sorry. And when my husband or I are really sick, we do refrain from serious kissing and sometimes sleep in separate bedrooms so the other person can get a good night's sleep without being woken up ever hour with coughing and nose-blowing!
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
I'm not a germphobe, but backwash is not appealing. Get a glass!
shiny777 shiny777 7 years
LOL. THIS IS TOO FUNNY! we all have bad habits and that is just one of them you CAUGHT. who knows what else he does. hahhah. ummm i wouldnt worry about the milk. if all else fails buy one gal for you and one for him if it is so "sickening". these ladies are right don kiss right? and other stuff more fluid exchanging. i have caught my guy do it on occassion its more annoying then sickening...i say "why do we even have glasses?" esp when they are in the cupboard right next to the fridge....his smart ass says "i dont wanna dirty a glass for you to clean" i let it go and moved on...if anything he will get himself sick from drinking on the same unwashed gal of milk :) :) :)
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
Exposure to germs helps you build a better immune system (unless you're husband as Ebola or something life threatening) germophobia is the problem, not common germs from people who are otherwise healthy; perhaps you could question your husband's behaviour on account of good manners or social norms, but hardly germs.
tuliprush tuliprush 7 years
Hahha. I agree with what a few people have pointed out here - - - why on earth do germs from the milk bother you, when you're probably sharing a lot more germs in the bedroom?? I don't think your husband is SPITTING in the milk, if a little saliva gets in there, are you really going to taste it??? Pick your battles, ladies.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
What about setting up good example for the kids? Some of you are still young and may not have kids yet. I have to tell you my story here:- When my son was young, I got a note from his teacher one day. The note was about my son drinking directly from the milk carton. I asked my son why he was doing this and his response - Daddy was doing it all the time, I just followed him. I chuckle, and I have to remind my lovely husband not to do that anymore in front of the kids.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
Wow, I'm surprised so many people were shocked that she found this gross. I find it disgusting - kissing is one thing, having your husband's saliva in your juice just makes me shudder. Would it really be so bad for him to pour a glass? Geez.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I bet the woman who asked this question is also concerned about germs getting passed on to guests if they have milk or OJ from the container that her sick hubby drank straight from. And the topic of kissing is kind of weird - I'm surprised so many people brought that up. When me or my hubby is sick, we def refrain from kissing, and if we're really sick, we do the other person a favor and sleep in the guest bedroom. Wjo wants to get sick? So if we can do simple things to prevent it, I'm all for it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Lol. Funny. I'M the one that drinks out of the carton and my fiance is the one that reaches for the glass. He doesn't complain about my germs tho. We all have germs that we spread every day. Just take your vitamins and give your husband a kiss.
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