To easily manage personal hygiene activities, you need to break them down into daily, weekly and possibly monthly hygiene routines.
Many hygiene maintaining activities need to be done daily while other activities need to be done weekly. The good thing is that you don’t need to do them all at once. You pick only the specific activities that cleans a certain area of your body, for example, ears, hair or mouth.
And that makes sense.
Breaking down personal hygiene into small groups of 3 to 4 activities makes the body cleaning process much more manageable.
Do you see how easy it becomes to maintain your body clean and hygienic in this way?
Today, I’ll teach you how to group hygiene activities into manageable body cleaning routines.
What types of personal hygiene to care and when
Daily personal hygiene routine
To maintain your mouth healthy, clean it every single day.
Bacteria is the worst enemy of your mouth’s health. It invades the mouth area and locates in the environment that stimulates bacteria development. Such an environment includes food residues between teeth, increased saliva acidity and the dry mouth effect.
Your goal is to control the balance of bacteria by taking good care of your oral hygiene.
Follow the below oral hygiene activities twice a day – first thing in the morning and before bedtime.
- Teeth brushing:
Brush your teeth to remove the food residues from between teeth and to clean them from bad bacteria.
Flossing after teeth brushing serves as an additional cleaning activity that removes the food from the areas where brushing wasn’t able to reach.
- Tongue scraping:
Clean the white coating off the surface of the tongue to prevent unpleasant breath from the mouth.
To have good toilet hygiene here’s the activities you need to follow:
- After doing your thing, clean the area with toilet paper and use baby wipes as a final clean-up.
- When you are in the shower, clean that place with warm water and soap.
- After using the restroom, wash your hands. Scrub with soap for 20-30 seconds between fingers, palms and under nails.
- Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel.
Toilet hygiene is crucial when using it at work, in the gym or at the airport. In that case, it prevents the transmission of germs and infections to other people that share the same facility.
- Never leave the restroom dirty.
- Don’t forget to flush once you’re done. Check the toilet seat for unwanted stains, droplets or substance.
- Don’t throw the tissue paper inside the commode. Throw it into a trash can.
Your hands are the dirtiest part of your body that needs to be cleaned daily to keep harmful bacteria and infections at bay.
During the day, you touch all kinds of dirty and dusty things and objects that may transmit unhealthy bacteria. The bacteria lands on your hands and easily gets inside your body when you touch your mouth, nose, eye or ears.
Here is how to clean your hands:
- Wet hands and wrists and apply soap.
- Distribute soap to each finger, between the fingers, the back of the hand and around the wrist.
- Perform a steady motion for at least 15 seconds.
- Rinse with cold/tempered water.
- Dry with disposable tissue.
To keep your hands clean, make a habit to wash them:
- After using the bathroom.
- Before and after taking meals.
- After using public facilities, public transport, gyms.
- After handling garbage.
- After touching a pet.
- After sneezing or coughing.
The frequency of taking showers is very individual.
However, doctors recommend washing your face, underarms, and genitals every single day.
Showering once per day or two washes away the unpleasant eliminations and unpleasant smells of the body.
So, once you’re in a shower or a bath:
- Wash your hair with warm water. Pour a quarter-size amount of shampoo into your palm and massage it into your scalp. When you’re done, wash the shampoo and apply conditioner. Let it sit for a few minutes while you clean the rest of your body.
- Wash your face with mild non-abrasive soap.
- Wash your underarms with soap thoroughly because this area releases the most unpleasant body odors.
- Wash your feet and scrub that embarrassing fungus off your toes and the bottom of your heals.
- Wash your genitals carefully with soap or simply with warm water.
Wear clean clothes
You don’t need to wash your clothes every day as long as these are clean and fresh.
Avoid wearing clothes that have stains and wrinkles on them or that smell bad.
This prevents germs invading your body which in turn leads to diseases or release of unpleasant smells that turns people off.
This also refers to your underwear.
Dirty underwear has additional problems, like more traces of germs from body fluids and residues of defecation, which makes the infection more likely if worn again without washing.
So, to stay healthy and to protect your image try to wear only clean and fresh clothes every day.
Weekly personal hygiene routine
Trim your nails regularly to keep them short and clean. Rinse away the under fingernail buildup of dirt and germs.
This prevents spreading germs into your mouth and other body openings. Also, avoid biting your nails.
Change your sheets once a week
Change your sheets once a week to eliminate the amount of moisture and dead cells your body leaks during the night. I'm talking about the sweat, oils from your skin and any other fluids.
If you don't wash your sheets for an extended period of time, it's kind of like you're sleeping in a pool of your own makings.
If you share your bed with someone else or a pet, they could be contaminating your sheets as well.
Clean your ears
It is recommended to remove the wax from the ear tube but at the same time, you don't do it too often because excessive cleaning of the ear wax stimulates even more wax creation.
The best time to clean the wax from the ears is after taking a shower. Then the wax is melted and it can be easily removed with a cotton stick.
Change your towels often
If you shower every day and use the same towel to dry out, at the end of the week you should probably throw into the laundry to be washed.
Don’t share your towels with anybody and throw them into the laundry at least once a weak for a clean-up.
Monthly personal hygiene routine
Change your toothbrush every 3 month
Your toothbrush may be worn out if you use it twice every single day. Once its bristle begin to change its form it's time to replace it.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
Visit a dentist every 6 months
Though, you follow a daily oral hygiene routine, it's still recommended to visit a dentist to check the health of your mouth.
During these check-ups the dentist might find minor break outs at their earliest form of development and treat them accordingly.
You don't need to do all the personal hygiene activities in the same day to maintain yourself clean and healthy. Group your hygiene activities by the type of hygiene you want to care on.
In the end you should have an oral hygiene routine, a showering hygiene routine, a toilet routine, which includes all the necessary hygiene activities to maintain that certain area of your body clean and hygienic.