As an adult, it’s expected that you follow a grooming and personal hygiene checklist.
The checklist makes following your personal hygiene daily and weekly hygiene routines easy as a breeze.
You don’t need to think of what is the next personal hygiene activity to clean a certain part of the body.
The checklist is broken down into smaller groups of activities.
So, without further ado, check the below grooming and personal hygiene list and clean your body.
What is personal hygiene and grooming?
Let's define what is the purpose of personal hygiene and grooming.
The importance of personal grooming and hygiene
The importance of following a personal hygiene list and being well-groomed is to maintain the body clean. That means keeping away all the bacteria, viruses, and unhealthy microorganisms that may weaken someone's health.
Another point why body cleanliness is important is because it prevents the spread of diseases from one person to another. That prevents the embarrassment of people around you and keeps everybody healthy.
That is especially important when joining different social gatherings.
For example, personal hygiene in the workplace speaks about your personality as a good coworker. While going out, you won't embarrass your mates with the unpleasant smells and poor physical appearance. Or your lover may actually enjoy spending time with you.
Having good personal hygiene makes connecting with people so much easier.
Besides that, people with good hygiene are perceived as being more educated and well-mannered.
Find out more personal hygiene tips and advice in this personal hygiene guide.
The personal hygiene checklist
These hygiene activities maintain your body clean and healthy by washing out harmful germs off your body.
1. Wash your hands
Hands are the dirtiest part of the human body because you touch or grab everything with your hands. You may touch with your hands different dirty or dusty things that contain harmful microorganisms.
The worst is that, after landing on your hands, the germs may get inside your body through the mouth, eyes, and nose.
After getting in contact with dirty things or objects, wash your hands with soap. Soap eliminates up to 95% of all the existing microbes.
2. Trim your fingernails
The black line of mud under the fingernails looks embarrassing.
Because of that, some people may feel embarrassed and refuse to shake hands with you after noticing your poor hand hygiene.
They don’t know where your hands have been before the handshake, so they may feel that shaking hands with you may be unhealthy for them.
For them, that kind of behavior is a measure of preventing the spread of microorganisms and diseases.
Trim your fingernails at least once per week. Do that after showering when your fingernails are softer and easier to cut.
3. Wash your face
During the day, the skin on the face gathers sweat and dust, which leads pores clogging on the face.
To prevent this, wash it a couple of times per day.
Make a habit of washing your face first thing in the morning and a couple of times per day. That keeps away the sweat and dust that accumulates on the skin of the face and makes it look tired and old.
For skin face washing, use a mild soap.
These oral hygiene tips help to maintain a healthy mouth.
These oral hygiene activities help to remove the food particles from between the teeth, to eliminate bacteria, and to improve the freshness of the breath.
4. Brush your teeth
Daily teeth brushing is the main oral hygiene habit.
If you need extra teeth cleanliness, brush your teeth after each meal. But this is optional.
Floss every day to remove the food residues from between the teeth.
Teeth brushing isn't always able to completely clean your teeth because the blisters of the toothbrush can’t reach all areas of the mouth. As a result, small food particles remain stuck between the teeth.
6. Clean your tongue
Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to scrape the white coating off your tongue. Scrape it until it becomes pink.
The thin film on the surface of the tongue is a collection of food residues and bacteria that may serve as a bad breath source.
7. Replace your toothbrush
Dentists recommend replacing the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months of daily use.
The reason for that is that the toothbrush bristles start bending over time, and they become less efficient.
8. Visit the dentist
Even if you follow a proper oral hygiene routine it is still recommended to visit a dentist for a check-up once or twice a year.
The dentist may discover minor carries outbreaks at their earliest stage of development and the dentist might treat them.
The human body releases sweat, odor, wax, and hair. If not controlling these natural body eruptions, it may affect the cleanliness of the body.
9. Take showers
It’s recommended to shower regularly.
How often to take showers will depend on whether you live in warm or cold weather areas. If you live in a warm-weather area you may need a couple of showers per day to stay clean. But if you live in a cold-weather area, taking one shower per 1 or 2 days may be enough.
Use your common sense.
The main point of showering is to wash away the sweat and the dust of the body, to prevent odors, and to maintain it fresh and clean.
10. Shave your armpit
Shave the hair in your armpits to reduce odor-releasing areas of the body.
The armpit is the area on the body where bacteria thrive due to the hair and high humidity.
Hairy armpits also increase the temperature of the body, which promotes sweating.
11. Moisturize your skin
To maintain your skin healthy, use skin-moisturizing products. These products hydrate your skin and make it softer and smoother.
12. Wash your feet
To wash your feet properly, soak them into warm soapy water. Wash the bottom and the sides of the feet, and between the toes. Use a pumice stone to scrub the dry skin off the heels.
When you have finished, dry out your feet. Especially between the toes because that is where fungal infections usually start developing.
13. Clean your ears
Remove the ear wax after taking a shower.
That's when the ear wax melts and can be easily removed with a cotton stick.
The hair releases oils, which, if not washed away, makes your head look greasy.
Such hair is difficult to maintain.
14. Maintain your hair
Wash your hair with shampoo.
Your washing schedule may differ depending on the length and the type of your hair.
A good rule to follow is to wash it whenever it gets greasy and dirty.
Also, it helps to visit a hairstylist from time to time.
The intimate area is an ecosystem inhabited with 100's of microorganisms and species.
Maintaining the cleanliness of your genitals is an important aspect of your health.
15. Maintain your privates clean
Keep the area down there clean and fresh.
- Wear clean underwear.
- Wash your privates.
- 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.
- Use special intimate gels.
- Wipe from front to back.
Check out this hygiene routine for females checklist.
Grooming activities checklist
Once your body hygiene is top-notch, these grooming activities will help you maintain the cleanliness of your body for a longer period of time.
16. Wear clean and neat clothing
A lasting personal hygiene equals = clean body + clean clothing.
Once you’ve done with your personal hygiene activities and your body is clean, always wear clean clothes on a clean body.
Tips to follow:
- Don’t wear items containing vomit, injury fluids, sweat, or foods.
- Dry out your clothes after washing them.
- Wear clothes that fit your size.
- Iron your shirts and trousers.
17. Have a timely hair-cut
Once your head starts looking like a bush, cut your hair down.
Visit your hairstylist who can do your hair and trim the unnecessary hair on the head and neck.
18. Use a signature scent
After you’ve taken a shower, add a few drops of your favorite scent on the body.
This adds +1 Karma to your attractiveness.
19. Maintain your facial hair
As you age, the facial hair grows faster, which means that it needs to be maintained.
Trim the hair from your beard, nose, ears, and eyebrows to maintain an attractive look.
20. Carry a handkerchief
In the old days, the noble people always carried a handkerchief with them, as a sign of good manners.
They covered their mouth with it whenever they felt the urge to sneeze or to cough
Sneezing in a person’s face was considered an impolite gesture.
This didn’t change much today.
Good-mannered people are still welcomed and appreciated.