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15 Things You Were Told Never to Touch as a Kid

As a child, we were told, "Don't touch that!" or, "You can look but do not touch!" And today, you hear yourself saying it to your child, right? Here's a look back at 15 things we were told to never touch as a kid.

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Frogs and Toads

There’s a good chance you were told that if you touched a frog or toad, you’ll get warts. The truth is that there are no amphibians that will give you warts. These DIY backyard pond projects will surely attract some frogs to your yard.

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Kitchen Knives

Even if you liked helping out in the kitchen, you were probably told to keep your hands away from the sharp kitchen knives. Teach young chefs knife skills early on to keep them safe and build their confidence in the kitchen. Here are 13 expert sharpening tips for knives, scissors and tools.

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Stove and Oven

Chances are, you probably touched the hot stove top even though your mom told you to stay away. About 5,800 children are injured each year by touching a hot heat element on a range, according to the Burn Foundation.

Learn how to repair a gas or electric range.

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Car Controls

What is it about buttons that make them irresistible to little hands? You were probably told to keep your hands off all those buttons in your parents’ car when you were little, including the power windows, radio and thermostat. Broken car radio? Try these stereo repair tips.

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Real Tools and Hardware

There’s a good reason you were likely told not to touch tools in the workshop or garage. Tools like saws are obvious dangers for young hands, but even nails, screws and staplers can lead to injured fingers when youngsters are left unsupervised. Here are 12 perfect projects to do with kids.

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Fragile Figurines

There’s something about breakable figurines that attracts kids. Did you ever go into a store as a kid and were told, “Keep your hands to yourself”? And you probably got a lecture about what was off limits when you visited Grandma’s house. Break something? Try these 15 uses for super glue.

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Pocket Knife

Pocket knives are appealing to little hands since they are shiny and have all sorts of functions and hidden tools. Admit it, you probably touched Dad’s pocket knife once or twice even when he told you not to. And once you were old enough to have one, it was the best gift you’d ever received! (But don’t bring it to school.) Check out these cool pocket tools.

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“Don’t leave your finger prints on the window!” The last thing your mom wanted after cleaning the windows is for you to touch them, or better yet, press your face up against it. And if you had old-fashioned double-hung windows with the internal weights, you were told to watch out because an open window could come crashing down on your fingers without warning. This is the best way to clean windows.

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Unfamiliar Animals

Were you told to leave animals alone when there wasn’t an adult around if you didn’t already know the animal? There’s a good reason for that. Even domesticated animals can get aggressive when confronted by unknown faces and situations.

Show your pet some love with these 40 DIY projects for pet enthusiasts.

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Back before cell phones, many kids were told not to touch the phone (The one and only phone, as in the landline phone that sat on a little table somewhere.) This may be especially true if one of your parents worked from home and tool business calls at home. Do you know how to monitor your home from your phone?

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“Leaves of three, let them be. Berries of white, take flight” is a common thing to tell kids to make sure they don’t touch poison ivy. Here are 12 plants in your yard that may be dangerous.

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Pet Food

Young children are often drawn to pet food. They see the cat or dog eating it and some pet food looks a lot like some people food! This attraction will likely end quickly if the child actually gets a taste. These are the 14 cleaning tips every pet owner should know.

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Like windows, kids love to play in front of mirrors. Chances are, Mom told you to keep your fingers off the bathroom mirror so she didn’t have to clean it once again. Plus, there’s the seven years of bad luck you’ll have to endure if you break a mirror! This is the essential home cleaning checklist.

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Guns and Other Weapons

If you grew up in a home with people who hunted, then guns, ammunition and other collectible weapons, such as swords, were certainly things you were told never to touch. If you have guns at home, keep them locked up—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of all child and teen gun deaths happen at home.

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Mom’s Makeup

The last thing Mom wanted is to clean her makeup off your face or worse yet, the bathroom walls. If this happened, she probably made sure to hide her makeup so it didn’t happen again. Consider these 10 inspiring beauty vanity ideas.

Rachel Brougham
Writer and editor with a background in news writing, editorial and column writing and content marketing.