It’s no secret that, at On-The-spot, we live and breathe personal hygiene.
We all know we need to brush our teeth and wash every day, but there are some aspects of personal hygiene that so many people leave out of their routines. Plus, we don’t always realize that some of our habits are unhygienic (check out our blog on The Dirtiest Things We Touch Every Day & How To Keep Them Clean).
To help you out, here are our 17 personal hygiene tips.
Protect your feet at public wash spaces
Alarmingly, it’s really easy to pick up diseases from public washrooms. Just one example is how easy it is to get verrucas in the showers at swimming pools, gyms and water parks. When you go to these types of places, remember to wear flip flops or verruca socks and thoroughly wash and dry your feet.
From preventing gum disease and cavities to giving you fresher breath, flossing every day is an essential part of dental hygiene.
Clean your facial hair
As a general rule, the longer your facial hair is, the harder it is to keep it clean. This guide to beard hygiene by Scruffy Jack’s will tell you everything you need to know about looking after your facial hair and keeping it clean.
Makeup brushes - when not properly cleaned - are breeding ground for bacteria, which is not good for your skin. Give them a quick rinse after every use and a deep clean at least once per week, depending on how often you use your makeup brushes.
There’s a fine line between washing your clothes too much and not washing your clothes enough. As a rule, underwear and socks need to be washed after every use. Most other clothing should be washed after roughly every 2-3 wears, unless they actually get dirty.
Clean your tongue (gently)
Cleaning your tongue should be part of your daily routine because it has a big impact on your overall oral hygiene (and the smell of your breath!). When you brush your teeth, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush. Or, invest in a tongue scraper.
Dry your clothes quickly
Clothing can get damp and moldy quicker than you might think if you don’t properly dry it. Not only can this be really smelly, it can also cause you health problems. Use a dryer when you can, or hang your clothes to dry on a heater or outside in the sun.
Get a hand sanitizer spray bottle
Hand sanitizer spray bottles are brilliant when you need to clean your hands on the go. A good quality hand sanitizer spray will kill over 99% of harmful bacteria on your hands.
Use hypoallergenic bedding
On average, we spend around 26 years of our lives in bed. But our beds can get really dirty with skin cells (we shed around 15 million per night), dust mites, mould, mildew and body oils. As well as being gross, this can irritate our skin and cause allergic reactions and breathing problems. Using hypoallergenic bedding reduces both the amount of allergens that stay in your bedding and the effects they can have on you.
Wash your bedding regularly
On a similar note, your bedding should be washed around once per week. If not, dirt, grime, and more nasties will quickly build up.
Don’t neglect your feet
Be honest, do you actually take the time to wash your feet in the shower? If you do, that’s awesome. But not everyone does. You need to actually wash your feet - don’t be afraid to give them a good scrub. This will help to remove fungus and bad smells.
Keep your desk clean & tidy
If you have an office job, keep your desk clean and tidy. Some studies have shown that there are 3 times more germs found on the average office desk than the average toilet seat. With that in mind, make sure you’re cleaning your desk with an antibacterial cleaner at least once per week.
Clean your jewelry
Jewelry is something that we get really up close and personal with, so it needs to be kept clean. This article from Martha Stewart will tell you how often you should be cleaning your jewelry, as well as giving you some jewelry cleaning tips.
Clean behind your ears
If and how you should clean the insides of your ears is a controversial topic, but one thing that’s definitely not up for debate is that you should clean behind your ears. If you neglect to clean this part of your body, you can get a buildup of gunk and grime.
Do you wash your hair every day? Chances are you probably don’t need to. Everyone’s hair type is different, but washing your hair every day can make you produce more oils, making your hair greasier quicker. If you’re not sure what your specific hair type needs, ask a professional.
Invest in a good facial cleanser
The skin on your face is the most sensitive skin we have! So, we recommend getting a good facial cleanser that matches your skin’s specific needs. Gentle daily cleansers are available for all skin types. Similarly, remove your makeup before you go to bed.
Carry antibacterial wipes with you
You can get pocket-sized antibacterial wipes which are really easy to carry around with you. Making sure you have antibacterial wipes to hand makes sure you’re able to clean up any cuts, blisters or wounds you may get when you’re out and about. This significantly reduces your chances of getting an infection.Shop our range of scented hand sanitizers and hand sanitizer dispensing systems here.