Your physical appearance reflects a lot about you.
If you pay close attention to the cleanliness of your body and your own environment, then you’ll benefit from two habits that most successful people do. First, you’ll be good-looking by following a grooming and personal hygiene checklist. Second, you’ll be living in a safe environment by keeping clean your clothing and the places where you spend most of your time.
These benefits make you feel good about yourself, and as a result, this attracts interesting people and new opportunities in your life.
On the other hand, the effects of poor personal hygiene leave a bad impression on you and nobody wants to connect with you.
So, if you want to know which steps to take to improve your self-image, keep reading.
Below, is a list of grooming and personal hygiene actions destined to maintain you healthy and good looking.
Personal hygiene checklist for adults 101
Personal care tips
1. Wash your hands
During the day, you touch a lot of objects that may carry harmful microorganisms for your health. That’s why hands are considered the dirtiest part of the human body.
When you share money, shake hands, touch pets, use the bathroom, or take meals, you potentially may grab a set of foreign microbes.
Once landed on your hands, the infectious microbes are a step closer to getting inside your body through a simple touch of your eyes, nose, or mouth. Once these microbes get inside your body they may cause you serious health troubles.
But you can prevent this by keeping your hands clean. SOAP is your best friend in this case because it cleans up to 95% of the microbes when you wash your hands.
2. Maintain your hair
An attractive appearance requires having clean and shining hair.
So, if you want to look good wash your hair as often as it needs to. Wash it with shampoo and give it a nice shape by using your favorite hair-maintaining products.
3. Keep your odors under control
Your body odors are most noticeable during hot weather when your body is sweating abundantly. It releases an awful smell that repels everybody in your surroundings.
The solution is simple – showering.
Showering washes the smelly sweat off the skin making your body smell fresh.
- Don’t shower too often. This exfoliates the protective flora of your skin.
- Shave your body to limit the places on your body where bacteria may settle.
- Use antibacterial soap.
- Use a deodorant or antiperspirant after you dry out.
4. Don’t share your own hygienic tools
Never share your toothbrush, towel, comb, or any other personal hygiene tools with another person. It’s unhygienic and unhealthy.
What if that person has an infectious disease? Those harmful microbes may be transmitted to you through your own personal care instruments.
5. Keep your ears clean
The wax inside the ear tube hurts your image for two reasons. First, it looks embarrassing, and secondly, the excessive wax in the ear tube promotes hearing loss.
You can prevent these bad consequences by cleaning the wax from the ear tube with cotton sticks. For an effective removal of the wax from your ears, do it after showering when the wax is melt.
6. Brush your teeth
When you brush your teeth on regular bases, you maintain your oral cavity healthier and your smile shines brighter.
Teeth brushing removes the remained food in your teeth, which may alter the overall health of your oral cavity. It also prevents bad breath, gum disease, and carries.
As a result, your smile becomes another aspect of your physical appearance that improves your self-image.
After you brushed your teeth, there may still be some food stuck between your teeth that may affect your image. These food particles may be visible when you talk or smile, and it looks embarrassing.
Flossing takes care of this.
Flossing is the process of using a thin thread to remove the remaining particles of food from between your teeth. It completes what teeth brushing is not able to do at 100%.
8. Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper
You need to scrape the white coat off your tongue because it is often the main source of bad breath.
You may notice this white layer on your tongue in the morning and feel the unpleasant breath that it gives you. This layer is an accumulation of toxins that your digestive system is trying to get rid of during the night, but for some reason wasn’t able to do that. You can scrape it using a tongue scraping tool or a spoon. In this way, you’ll regain a pinky-color tongue and a fresh breath from your mouth.
Regular tongue scraping ensures that the toxins from your tongue are not reabsorbed back inside your digestive system and it provides you with a kiss-ready fresh breath.
9. Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Your new toothbrush is not going to be as efficient forever. Tooth brushing may become less effective because, with time the toothbrush wears out, the bristles lose its form and its thickness.
You can’t do anything about it then just change the toothbrush. In the end, it is just a tool.
Dentists recommend changing the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to ensure that it provides you the best result on investment.
10. Have regular check-ups at your dentist
Though you take care of your oral hygiene properly, you need to be aware that there is still a risk of developing teeth related diseases.
To make sure that your teeth are healthy it is recommended to have annual check-ups at the dentist. The dentist checks the oral cavity and can discover mild carries outbreaks at their earliest stage of development.
As a result, the dentist may treat this issues preventing a bigger damage to your teeth in the future.
11. Wear clean and neat clothing
If you make an effort to keep your body clean, then you should also try to maintain it so for a longer period of time.
One such tactic is to wear clean and neat clothing.
Let me ask you this.
What keeps your body cleaner after you take a shower?
a) Wearing the same clothes you wore before the shower;
b) Wearing new fresh and clean clothes;
You’ll agree with me that the second option keeps your body cleaner.
A few tips to follow:
- Don’t wear any items containing vomit, fluids from injuries, sweat, polluted foods;
- Dry out your clothes after being washed. Clothes left wet for too long may develop mold, which is odorous and unhealthy;
- Wear clothes that fit your size. This will make you look more attractive.
12. Cut your nails
Uncared fingernails affect your image as well because they are too visible to others.
You’ll embarrass many people if your fingernails will be too long or the black line of dirt will show up under them. Especially, the people from the corporate world will avoid shaking your hand and that may become an obstacle if you want to have a place in it.
Everybody knows that the layer under the fingernails is an accumulation of microbes and germs which may be shared through shaking hands and nobody wants to put their health at risk.
Get yourself a good nail clipper or scissors and trim your nails.
13. Have a timely hair-cut
The hair on your head is continuously growing making it look like a bush. Maintain an attractive look by visiting a hairstylist on a regular basis for a timely haircut.
14. Use a signature scent
When you come out of the shower, your body smells fresh, but if you add a few drops of your favorite scent to it, it makes you even more attractive.
15. Maintain your facial hair
Most young men believe that a beard makes them real men. But, it also requires more maintenance of the facial hair on their face, which is also a real man’s duty. Otherwise, you risk leaving an impression of an uncared person.
When your turn 30’s, depending on the amount of testosterone in your body, your eyebrows, nose hair, and ear hair begin to grow faster, adding lots of stray hair to your face. As a result, you need to spend more time on facial hair maintenance as you grow to maintain a good business look for example.
Here is what you’ll need to do as your facial hair grows faster.
Plug out the hair from your nose, ear, and eyebrows at least once a weak to maintain your facial hair and look younger.
16. Carry a handkerchief
In the old days, the noblest people carried a handkerchief as a sign of good manners.
A good-mannered person behaved in a way that didn’t affect someone’s else’s comfort zone. His neighbors were not disturbed by having him around or afraid that his actions may hurt their activities. In simple words, they trusted these good-mannered people.
For example, a good-mannered person covered his mouth with a handkerchief every time he couched or sneezed, following with an “Excuse me”, or “Pardon”.
Things didn’t change much nowadays. In our modern society, good-mannered people are still much more appreciated than the less-mannered people.
So, use a handkerchief whenever you sneeze or a cough and the people in your surroundings will appreciate that. That will improve your karma.
Maintaining cleanliness in your living environment
17. Maintain the cleanliness in the kitchen
The kitchen is the place in your house where the food is stored, cooked, and served. To prevent food contamination and later serving it to your family, the kitchen and all the tools in it must be clean before you do any manipulations with food.
18. Keep your house clean
What makes a house a safe environment to live in? A comfortable sofa? A high-tech TV? Or the minimalist design?
Neither of these.
The main ingredient of a safe home is its cleanliness.
It provides you with that zen-like state of mind, that allows you to be confident about the safety of your family, guest, and your own, in your own house.
Ventilate, lighten up and clean your house at least once per week.
19. Clean your working place
If you are used to serving your coffee at your working desk make sure to clean it up afterward.
The problem is that leaving your desk dirty increases the chance to alter important documents. Secondly, dirty cans, plates, and cutlery left on your working desk attract flies, which is unhygienic.
Make sure to clean up your working desk after you eat.
Think about personal hygiene from a wider perspective.
It doesn’t limit only to showering or to hand washing. Personal hygiene embraces habits that maintain your environment clean, that are not offensive to the public health and grooming habits.
If yes, scan through the above list of personal hygiene checklist, pick your favorite habits, and make your personal care routine.