Hygiene Habits of the World That May Surprise You

Do you shower in the morning or at night? Or do you prefer a bath? How often do you wash your hair? How often do you brush your teeth? And how often do you wash your hands? Chances are that you will have different answers to those questions than your best friend, your partner, or your next door neighbor.

Everyone’s hygiene habits are different. And, while you might be surprised at how the hygiene habits of those around you differ from your own, you may be even more surprised at these common hygiene habits from those around the world…



  • In the USA, it’s been said that men shower more than women, with women taking an average of 6 showers per week and men taking an average of 7.

  • Similarly, people in South Africa take an average of 7 showers per week.

  • Most Australians prefer shower gel to soap when bathing.

  • In Japan, it’s not unusual to bathe in ‘onsen’, which are hot springs.

  • Most people in India bathe by pouring water over themselves.

  • 21% of Chinese men shower once a day.

  • A fifth of Russians don’t have a water supply at home, so they can only shower once per week.



  • In Thailand, many public restrooms don’t have toilet paper. However, don’t be surprised if you see a hose next to the toilet. The hose is there for you to clean yourself in an almost bidet-like fashion.

  • At the other end of the spectrum, it’s not uncommon to see state-of-the-art toilets (a.k.a. Washlets or super toilets) in Japan. In fact, most Japanese households are home to washlets. Washlets can have integrated bidets, heated toilet seats, a massage function, a blow dryer, automatic flushing, and more.

  • Also in Japan, female urinals were trialled for a period of time but never gained popularity. These were cone-shaped items which were installed into restroom floors and, while they’re few and far between, there are still some female urinals standing in Japan to this day.

  • Many Japanese people have ‘toilet slippers’ in their households which, like it says on the tag, are slippers that are specifically worn in the bathroom to separate the unclean from the clean (i.e. the bathroom from the rest of the house).


Oral health

  • In some parts of Africa and Asia, people use a miswak stick instead of cleaning their teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Miswaks are twigs that come from the Salvadora persica tree. They have antibacterial properties and are effective in removing and preventing dental plaque and being used for general dental hygiene.

  • It has been said that around 30% of people in the United Kingdom have admitted to only brushing their teeth once per day.

  • Most people in Brazil carry a toothbrush around with them and brush their teeth after lunch.


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