There are some common hygienic practices that you should perform on a regular basis. While you might think you are already doing this, there are some that you might forget. You can avoid common hygiene mistakes if you take a few simple steps to smell great, stay healthy, and feel better every day.
Method 1 of 3: Wash your body
Step 1. Brush your teeth
You should do this several times a day. Most dental hygiene specialists suggest brushing your teeth twice a day, morning and night. This prevents the formation of cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. You should also use dental floss every day for the best possible oral hygiene.
- You should use toothpaste that contains fluoride because it strengthens your teeth and promotes good mouth health. You can also use a mouthwash containing fluoride.
- You should also clean the rest of your mouth when brushing your teeth. You can encourage bacteria to grow in your mouth when you don't clean your tongue, palate, and inside cheeks. Run your brush over all surfaces of your mouth and also brush your tongue whenever you brush your teeth.
- Change your toothbrush every three months. This will allow you to have the most efficient brush possible for impeccable hygiene.
- Have your teeth checked regularly by the dentist. Most dentists recommend two check-ups per year, but yours may suggest a schedule that works best for you.
Step 2. Floss your teeth daily
You should do this in addition to brushing your teeth. This allows you to fight bad breath and cavities. You should floss your teeth every day. Make sure you reach for the back teeth as well.
- Do not saw your gums with dental floss. It can cause them to bleed, which you wouldn't want.
- You could have an underlying problem if your gums bleed every time you floss your teeth. You should see your dentist.
Step 3. Use a mouthwash
One way to ensure fresh breath throughout the day is to use a mouthwash. Gargle with it after each brushing. You can also use it after meals when you can't brush your teeth to get rid of odors in your mouth.
You should never use a mouthwash instead of brushing your teeth or to treat the underlying causes of bad breath. It is only intended to give you fresh breath and to strengthen your oral hygiene
Step 4. Wash your hands
You should do this often to maintain good hygiene. The most common hygiene mistake is not washing your hands often enough. You should do this after using the bathroom, after sneezing, before preparing meals and drinks, before meals, and after handling objects that have already been touched by many other people. This keeps you clean and prevents the growth of bacteria that promotes disease.
- You should rub your soapy hands under hot water for at least twenty seconds, when you wash your hands. Be sure to rub your fingers and fingernails as well. This allows the soap to have time to kill all the germs on your hands. You should then rinse off the soap and dry yourself with a disposable towel or blow dryer.
- You should sneeze into a tissue if you want to keep germs from growing. This allows you to cover your nose and mouth well and prevents germs from spreading on your hands.
Step 5. Use disposable wipes
These wipes are no longer intended for babies. You can use one to wash yourself if you can't access a bathroom. They are also very useful if you have to have a bowel movement and want to cool off later.
You can find them at the supermarket. They are found in the adult hygiene department
Step 6. Take a shower regularly
You should take a shower a day or a bath every two to three days to stay clean, tidy, and to smell great. This is the best way to avoid unpleasant body odor and also prevent the unnecessary build-up of bacteria or germs on your skin. Recent studies suggest that not taking a shower once in a while is healthy for the skin and helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria. Make sure to wash all parts of the body well, including all of the feet and behind the ears.
- You should shower every day to prevent germs from spreading and keep clean, whether you go to the gym, take public transport, or come into contact with sick people every day.
- Be sure to wash your belly button as well. You might forget about this area, but lots of bad odors can develop there and promote bacteria growth.
- Ask your doctor to prescribe an antibacterial wash solution if body odor is a constant concern for you.
Step 7. Wash your hair
You should do this two to three times a week. Most of the time, it is not recommended to wash them every day. You can strip the natural sebum from your hair, which makes it brittle and damaged, if you wash it every day. This may however be necessary if your hair is very oily.
- How often you wash your hair can vary from person to person. Be aware of how your hair looks and smells, and watch it if it is oily. Check the condition of your hair daily to find out how often you should wash it.
- You should wash your hair more often if you play sports or have any activity that causes your scalp to sweat profusely.
Step 8. Cleanse your face
You should do this morning and night, it is part of your overall hygiene habits. This will rid your face of its impurities and the sebum that has accumulated on the skin overnight. It also allows you to remove makeup, day cream or sunscreen that you may have used during the day. Facial cleansing prevents the appearance of acne and gives you a fresher and brighter complexion every day.
- Make sure you choose the right facial cleanser for you. All skins are different. So you should try a few products before you find the one that works best for you. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist who can help you find the best cleansing solution for your skin if you need help.
- You should moisturize the skin after cleansing it. This will keep him from drying out and getting irritated, which will also promote his good health.
Step 9. Change your privacy protection often
You should do this regularly when you have your period using tampons or pads. You can soil your underwear if you don't. You should bathe yourself and find some other protection to keep you clean until your next shower, if it happens to you.
- You will feel cleaner when you change your privacy protection often, which will also prevent bad odors from forming.
- You can get a personal hygiene deodorant if you find that your period is smelling. Use this product according to the directions on the bottle. Do not spray it directly on the genital area, as this can irritate it.
Method 2 of 3: Fight odors
Step 1. Wear deodorant
You should do this to prevent yourself from smelling bad when your body is naturally sweating every day. This helps you mask those sweaty smells and keeps you cleaner. You can also buy a product that limits and dries up sweating when it occurs. Many products offer a formula that combines the simultaneous action of a deodorant and an agent against perspiration.
- There are all kinds of deodorants and sweat products that target both men and women. You can choose the one that suits you the best. Some scents can be overwhelming or may not be suitable for your skin type. You just have to try it until you find a subtle product that keeps you dry and makes you smell great.
- Talk to your doctor if you sweat a lot or if you continue to have a bad odor despite your good hygiene. You could be suffering from an underlying health problem that needs to be treated.
Step 2. Don't wear strong fragrances
You want to smell good, but it is just as bad to smell perfume or cologne. You should choose a pleasant scent that is not too overwhelming when you are looking for a fragrance. You should use it sparingly if it smells strong enough, and use only the right amount so as not to inconvenience others.
Do not spray the body with fragrances to mask body odor. A fragrance should make you smell good, not mask your body odor. You should find the cause of your smells if you have them, and take care of them rather than trying to cover them up
Step 3. Change and wash your clothes
You should do this if you want to have good hygiene. You should also wash your clothes regularly to make sure they stay clean and smell great. You can wear most clothes twice before washing them, except underwear, shirts and socks. Don't wear clothes without washing them if you think they don't smell good.
You should always only wear your outfits once for sports, fitness, or any activity that causes you to sweat a lot
Step 4. Change your sheets weekly
You should do this, just like you change your clothes often. You sweat at night and shed dead skin cells, which can build up in your sheets over time. You don't run the risk of sleeping with your dead skin cells every night or transferring the smell of sweat from the night before to your skin while you sleep when you change your sheets often.
You should change the pillowcase more often. Your face has more sebum and you can drool overnight too, which will also build up on your pillows
Step 5. Use talcum powder for the feet
Smelly and sweaty feet can also promote infections such as yeast infection. An anti-fungal talcum powder that dries out the feet that you can also put in your shoes can help keep feet dry and germ-free.
Step 6. Watch your diet
Certain foods and drinks can promote body odor. Avoid strong smelling foods like garlic or onions if you need to smell good. Make sure you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with mouthwash after a meal if you have to socialize and enjoy these foods.
Method 3 of 3: Toiletries
Step 1. Cut your fingernails
Poorly maintained fingernails can promote dirt and encourage germs to pile up under the fingernails. It is not hygienic and it does not contribute to an overall clean look. You should cut your nails with suitable scissors or a nail clipper whenever they are too long, broken, or irregularly shaped.
- You should also try to keep your nails as dry and clean as possible. Otherwise, you can spread an infection, and bacteria can grow under constantly wet fingernails.
- You should moisturize your nails often to keep them healthy by rubbing a cream into the cuticles and under the nails.
- Do not cut or push back your cuticles. They protect the nail matrix.
Step 2. Brush your hair
You should do this every day to get a clean look. It rids the hair of dandruff and tangles and makes it smoother and healthier. It also helps distribute the sebum in the hair, which promotes good health. It also cleanses and stimulates the scalp.
- Make sure you don't brush your hair too often. It can break them and will actually do them more harm than good.
- Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to comb and detangle your hair before brushing it. This will prevent them from breaking.
Step 3. Shave in some places
You promote bad smells or give a sloppy look if you are too hairy in some places. Shaving the hairs can be an effective hygiene technique, as it will ventilate the skin better, which reduces bad odors in these areas. It also allows you to highlight certain areas of the body if you maintain a beard or shave close. Shaving, however, is a matter of personal choice and you should choose what makes you most comfortable.
- The most common areas to shave are the armpits, chest, legs, genitals and face. You reduce odor when you shave your armpits or groom the hair in your genital area. These areas are known to sweat profusely and promote the development of a musky odor in hairs that are not well groomed.
- Maintenance or shaving of the chest, legs and face is optional. You don't need to do this if you're comfortable with your body hair.
- Shave gently in the direction of the hair (therefore, the direction in which the hair grows). Use shaving gel or foam to avoid irritating the skin.
Step 4. Remove unwanted hair
Some parts of the body have hair that is not dense enough to be shaved. In these cases, you should epilate them to maintain good personal hygiene. These places are commonly found on the cheeks, neck, and eyebrows. An isolated black hair can also grow anywhere on the body.
- This problem affects both women and men. These areas of hair appearance may be different, but the personal maintenance needs remain the same.
- Use tweezers to remove the hairs by grasping them firmly and pulling on them. Continue like this until you have removed all unwanted hair.