While basic hygiene is something you ought to have learned as you grew up. Truth be told, many people make it to adulthood with some gaps in their hygiene practices. And if they’re really concerned about their hygiene status, they’ll start looking for ways of filling up these gaps. They could sharpen their knowledge on this in the course of their interaction with friends or even attend seminars in case they’re available within their reach.
Why observe good hygiene? Not only is this practice important for an appealing appearance, but also very key in keeping your health in good shape. Take something like showering, for most of us it’s a way of ensuring we look presentable, yet it keeps your skin and vital organs free from germs.
What entails good hygiene? While most of us grow up knowing that basic things like showering, brushing of teeth and washing hands is what good hygiene entails, it involves a lot more than this. You may be surprised to know that even simple things like keeping your nails and hair clean are part of maintaining good personal hygiene.
To help you fill up your gaps in hygiene knowledge, we’ll take you through a simple guide on how to adopt good hygiene practices while at the same time retaining what you already know.
- Form Solid Hygiene Habits
You may know what to do but when it comes to implementation you fail to do what’s required of you. Something like brushing your teeth is normal but it’s possible to find yourself missing out on this. It’s recommendable that you brush your teeth after every meal, and you can achieve this by constantly picking that toothbrush and toothpaste immediately you’re done with any meal. With time it becomes a habit and you’ll have reached your hygiene goals. Therefore, it’s important to tune your mind completely to certain practices and make them a routine.
- Don’t Rush Your Hygiene Process
If you’re the kind who wakes up late and have to do things in a hurry to catch up with time, then it’s time you wake up early so that you have enough time for your hygiene. If you rush the hygiene process, you’ll realize that there are some dips in your grooming and general cleanliness. This will also have serious effects on your health since you’ll not get rid of all the germs, yet even a single germ can make you sick. Always ensure you take time to shower, brush your teeth, oil your skin, wash your hands, and any other hygiene practice. If you feel you don’t have enough time for this, try waking up early and dedicate ample time for it.
- Fragrances aren’t Mandatory for Personal Hygiene
Don’t use perfumes to cover up the fact that you’ve not showered for days. While it may give your body a sweet fragrance for some time, your body’s natural scent will come as the day progresses and the smell will be unbearable. Moreover, failing to shower regularly may do much harm to your body. It’s therefore important to use perfumes only after showering. In case you sweat a lot don’t hesitate to use deodorants as they’ll help prevent you from too much sweating.
- Remember Your Clothes and Bedding
It’s always important to ensure that anything that comes into contact with your body is cleaned regularly. Your underwear should be cleaned after its first use, since the genital organs get sweaty and moist, and form perfect surfaces for the spread of fungal and bacterial infections. As for your clothes you can wash them depending on how long you wear them and what you use them for. Like for your sports clothes, you’ll have to wash them after use since they absorb a lot of sweat. Your bed sheets should be changed at least after a week, and going beyond this will give room for the growth of bacteria.
- Develop Wholesome Hygiene Practices
Take things beyond just showering and brushing your teeth. It’s important to think about other parts of the body that can be invaded by bacteria and start keeping them clean. Places like your nails, hair, ears, or even your legs will need proper cleaning. These are places that germs tend to hide in, so you should be keen on them. Above all, ensure your hygiene process is as thorough as possible for it’s more than just doing it.
With the above guide, you should be able to improve your hygiene.