As an adult living in a modern society, it’s expected that you maintain good personal hygiene and be well-groomed.
While being a kid, your mom used to clean your body. Now, as you grew up, it’s your turn to execute those personal care activities on a daily basis by yourself.
And the reason to do that is because good-looking and healthier people are welcomed in social gatherings and build human relationships much easier.
Besides that, it builds stronger self-esteem.
The question is what exactly should you do to maintain your body clean and healthy?
Find below a complete personal hygiene and grooming checklist that'll give you ideas into what is missing from your hygiene routine. Let’s dive right in …
Proper personal hygiene checklist adults
Following a personal hygiene routine you maintain your body fresh and clean. Maintaining your body clean prevents the spread of infectious diseases and unpleasant and disturbing odors.
These are the hygiene activities that help you prevent getting an infection or spreading infectious bacteria all over the place.
1. Wash your hands
Did you know that your hands are the dirtiest part of your body?
That’s because, you touch different things using them which may carry dirt, dust or harmful bacteria. This way, unhealthy bacteria lands on your hands from where it makes its way inside the body.
Washing your hands with soap eliminates 95% of all the microbes living on its surface.
2. Wash your face
When I say to clean your face, I also mean to clean your neck, cheeks, forehead and eyes.
These parts of the face require regular cleaning because during the day it gathers dust and sweat, which clogs the pores on the skin.
Wash your face first thing in the morning and a couple of times per day to maintain the skin on your face fresh and clean.
Oral hygiene activities help you to maintain your mouth healthy.
A good oral hygiene routine removes the food particles from between the teeth, eliminates the bacteria from the surface of the teeth and tongue and improves the freshness of your breath.
3. Brush your teeth
If you want a healthy smile, teeth brushing is a must.
The basic requirement is to brush your teeth during your normal oral hygiene routine before bedtime and in the morning.
But if you want improved teeth cleanliness, brush your teeth after the meals too. But that’s optional.
After teeth brushing, some food may remain between teeth in the areas where the brush bristles couldn’t reach.
Flossing reaches those hard to reach areas in the mouth and removes the remaining food residues from between teeth.
In short, flossing completes the teeth cleaning process but not the entire oral hygiene routine yet.
5. Clean your tongue
Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean the white coating from the surface of the tongue.
This thin film on the tongue is build of food residues and bacteria, which is often the main source for bad breath.
Cleaning the tongue, you maintain your breath fresh.
6. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Most dentists recommend replacing the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months of regular daily use.
Consider changing your toothbrush when its bristles start to bend, which makes the cleaning not so effective.
7. Visit the dentist 1 or 2 times per year
It’s recommended to visit the dentist at least 1 or 2 times per year.
Even if, you follow a proper oral hygiene routine, the dentist may discover minor carries outbreaks at their earliest stage of development and treat them accordingly.
The human body releases sweat, odors, wax, hair, etc, which affects your hygiene.
If these natural reactions of the body are not maintained it becomes unattractive and an unsafe source that may spread infectious bacteria or diseases.
Body hygiene activities help you maintain your body clean and fresh.
8. Take showers
Showering is the hygiene activity that maintains your body fresh and clean head to toe.
It washes away the sweat and dust off your body, which removes the unpleasant body odors.
Your coworkers will appreciate you for taking that morning shower.
9. Shave your armpit
By shaving your armpit, you reduce the areas where unpleasant odors may develop.
These are normally the hairy areas on the body where the humidity is high and which is the perfect location for bacteria to live and develop.
So, by shaving the armpit hair, you may sweat less and prevent releasing unpleasant body odors.
10. Moisturize your skin
You need to moisturize your skin to maintain it healthier, especially the skin on the face.
Moisturizing helps to hydrate the skin and leaves it feeling softer and smoother.
11. Wash your feet
After a long day on your feet, they deserve some good treatment.
Take off your shoes and socks and soak your feet into warm soapy water. It’s very relaxing. Trust me.
Once your feet are in the water, wash the bottom, the both sides of the feet and in between the toes. Use a pumice stone to scrub the dry skin off the heels.
When you’re done, dry out your feet, especially, between your toes because that’s where fungal infections are most likely to develop.
Last, trim your toenails.
This procedure cleans your feet and removes the odors.
12. Trim your fingernail
That black line of mud under the fingernails looks embarrassing. It’s also unattractive and unhealthy.
Teach yourself to trim your fingernails at least once per week.
TIP: trim your nails after showering when they are softer and easier to cut.
13. Clean your ears
Having too much ear wax in the ear tube is unhygienic. And it also looks nasty.
Use a cotton stick to clean your ears after having a shower. After showering, the wax in the ear tube melts and it’s much easier to remove it from there.
The hair releases oils that makes it look greasy if not washed.
Hair maintenance is another important area of your personal hygiene checklist.
14. Take care of your hair
Keep your hair clean and fresh to prevent the development of lice and dandruff.
Wash it daily or a couple of times per week, depending on your hair type and length.
A good rule to follow is to wash your hair every time it gets greasy and dirty.
Also, visit a hairstylist to maintain the look of your hair.
The intimate area is a unique ecosystem inhabited with 100's of microorganisms species.
Maintaining the cleanliness of your genitals is an important aspect of health and immunity.
15. Maintain your privates clean
Even if, nobody knows what you’re doing down there, you should keep that are clean.
- Wear clean underwear.
- Wash your privates to prevent odors.
- Trim your pubic hair.
Male genital hygiene:
- Rinse away the debris collected under the skin.
Check out this personal hygiene, grooming and style tips for men.
Female genital hygiene:
- During the period, wash your genitals more than you are used to. 2 to 3 times per day, for example.
- Use special intimate gels.
- Wipe from front to back.
Check out this personal hygiene and grooming checklist for women.
Grooming tips for better appearance
Following a grooming routine enhances your physical appearance hence improves your self-esteem and self-confidence.
16. Wear clean and neat clothing
Once your hygiene is nearly perfect you should maintain its benefits.
You do that by wearing clean clothes on your fresh body.
The formula is simple:
Clean body + clean clothing = lasting good personal hygiene.
Tips to follow:
- Avoid wearing items containing vomit, fluids from injuries, sweat, polluted foods.
- Dry out your clothes after washing them. Clothes left wet for too long may develop mold, which is odorous and unhealthy.
- Wear clothes that fit your size. This makes you look attractive.
- Iron your shirts and trousers. Ironing kills microbes and ensures that you wear clean clothes.
17. Have a timely hair-cut
Once your hair on your head starts looking like a bush you need to cut it down.
Visit your hairstylist to cut the unnecessary hair on the head and neck.
18. Use a signature scent
After taking a shower try adding a few drops of your favorite scent on they body.
+1 Karma to your attractiveness.
19. Maintain your facial hair
Growing beards doesn’t necessarily make you more manly.
If you don’t maintain it makes you look like a monkey.
Hair also grows in your nose, ears and on your eyebrows. And as you age, it starts growing faster, which means that you need to trim to maintain an attractive look.
20. Carry a handkerchief
In the old days, the noble people carried a handkerchief with them, as a sign of good manners.
They used it to cover their mouth whenever they felt the urge to sneeze or cough because sneezing in a person’s face was considered an impolite gesture.
This didn’t change much today.
Good-mannered people are still welcomed everywhere and appreciated for the culture.