Some areas of the body require daily cleaning activities while other parts of it require weekly cleaning activities.
Understanding this, you can break down the entire personal hygiene list into small but manageable daily, weekly, and monthly routines making personal care much easier.
Today, I’ll teach you how to group hygiene tasks into small but manageable body cleaning routines.
Daily personal hygiene routines
Clean your mouth every single day to remove the unhealthy bacteria from it.
Once bacteria invade the mouth, it settles in the areas where it finds food to feed itself. Such areas are between the teeth, on the surface of the tongue, and the case when the acidity level in the mouth is high.
Controlling the bacteria in these areas of the mouth, allows you to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth.
Follow the below oral hygiene routine two times per day, first thing in the morning and before bedtime.
- Teeth brushing
Brush your teeth to remove the food residues from between teeth, plaque, and bacteria.
Floss removes the stuck food from between the teeth area where brushing isn’t able to reach.
- Tongue scraping
Clean the white coating off the surface of the tongue to prevent releasing an unpleasant breath from the mouth.
A natural reaction of the body after eating is to release out the processed food from the intestines.
That's why you visit the bathroom every day.
After each visit to the bathroom, make sure that your bottom is clean and the toilet area also remains clean.
Here is a good toilet hygiene routine to follow:
- Clean the area with toilet paper and use baby wipes as a final clean-up.
- When you take a shower, clean that place with warm water and soap.
- Don’t leave the restroom dirty.
- Flush once you’re done. Before you go, check the toilet seat for unwanted stains, droplets or substances.
- Don’t throw the tissue paper into the commode. Throw it into the trash can.
Your hands are the dirtiest part of your body because they touch all kinds of things during the day that may transmit unhealthy microorganisms.
To avoid harmful bacteria from getting inside your body through your mouth, nose, eyes or ears, wash your hands daily.
Here is how to clean your hands:
- Wet hands 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 individual.
Some people living in the warm geographical locations may need to shower daily while those living in cool geographical locations may need less frequent showering.
The reason is that the human body releases more sweat and oils under high temperatures rather it does under cooler temperature.
The areas of the body that release most sweat, oils, and odors are underarms and genitals.
Daily showering maintains your body clean and fresh.
Follow this shower routine:
- Wash your hair with shampoo and massage it into your scalp. After that, wash the shampoo and apply conditioner.
- 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 heals.
- Wash your genitals carefully with soap or simply with warm water.
Wear clean clothes
Make sure you wear clean and fresh clothes every day.
Clothing hygiene routine:
- Wash your clothes often.
- After clothes are dried out, iron them.
- This also refers to your underwear.
- Wear clean socks daily.
- Avoid wearing clothes with stains, wrinkles, and bad smelling.
Weekly personal hygiene routines
To keep your fingernails short and clean, trim them once per week.
- Use clippers.
- Trim the nails after taking the shower when nails are soft.
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 not too often.
The reason is excessive cleaning of the ear wax stimulates even more wax creation.
The best time to clean the wax from the ear is after taking a shower because it’s melted and can be easier removed with a cotton stick.
Change your towels
If you shower every day and use the same towel to dry out, at the end of the week, the towel most likely is dirty and you need to throw it into the laundry.
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.