Following good personal hygiene etiquette is a form of showing your good manners.
The etiquette of good manners is your doorway into social acceptance.
Many know that their body provides ways for germ and parasite growth and multiplication making them sick. But few follow a behavioral etiquette to stop spreading out the disease or to prevent negatively affecting the close by people in a way.
This creates obstacles in social acceptance.
What if I’d show you how to behave in a way that makes everybody happy to have you in their company? Would you find it useful?
Please note the below list of personal hygiene etiquette of well-behaved and good-mannered people.
What is personal hygiene etiquette?
- Etiquette is a set of politeness and good manners guidelines that allows people to behave with kindness to each other.
- Etiquette makes us aware of our conduct and how it affects the feelings and the rights of other people.
- Etiquette helps us to get along with others treating them with respect.
- Etiquette makes others glad that you are with them.
Personal hygiene etiquette is a form of behavior that prevents embarrassing people with poor personal hygiene such as bad breath, body odor, or poor physical appearance.
The importance of personal hygiene and good manners
- It makes a person more acceptable and respectable in society.
- It makes someone a good role model to follow.
- It promotes good health physically, socially, mentally, psychologically, or spiritually.
Following a personal hygiene etiquette:
- Allows you to know how to behave appropriately around people to feel more comfortable.
- Protect the feelings of others by making them feel comfortable in your company.
- It makes communication clearer.
- It enhances your status at work by being perceived more capable, more professional, and more intelligent.
- It makes a good first impression about you.
Good personal hygiene rules
1. Eating etiquette
If you happen to take a launch with business partners or with some friends follow the next rules of etiquette while eating:
- Eat at a normal pace and hold your mouth closed when chewing.
- Do not talk with food in your mouth.
- Avoid discussing issues that can make other colleagues lose their appetite.
- Don’t criticize the food prepared by others.
- Use a serving spoon when taking food. Don’t serve food with your hands or with the spoon that you eat with.
2. Coughing and sneezing
When you feel the urge of coughing or sneezing doesn’t do that in front of someone's face.
Take a step back and do that on the side or cover your mouth with a tissue, or with an elbow. That prevents spreading out your microorganisms to someone else.
3. Sickness hygiene
If you have flu try avoiding any close contact with people to prevent infecting them.
When you are sick, stay at home from school or work until you get healthy.
This behavior keeps your school or work colleagues safe.
At the same time, if you notice a sick person, avoid getting in contact with that person to protect yourself from getting sick.
4. Keep your hands clean
Your hands are the most noticed area of the body.
If they are uncared, you’ll embarrass a lot of people that are having a launch with you in a restaurant, sharing money, or shaking hands because they’ll pay attention to this aspect of your physical appearance.
Make sure to trim your fingernails and wash your hands thoroughly with soap.
5. Toilet hygiene
While being in the toilet, you may sense that nobody will know that you didn’t clean after yourself after using it.
The problem is that the person waiting to use the toilet after you will notice all that mess.
So, make sure to flush after doing your stuff in the toilet. If droplets of water or urine are left on the toilet seat, wipe them out. And wash your hands after leaving the restroom.
6. Prevent bad breath coming out of your mouth
Whether you attend a business meeting, job interview, or social gathering, communication is key.
If this is the case, make sure to avoid bad breath coming out of your mouth because this leaves a bad impression on you.
This is especially important if you are planning a romantic meeting, where bad breath is a big turn-off.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Brush and floss regularly.
- Treat any existing oral diseases.
- Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables.
- Cut out coffee.
- Chew sugarless gum.
- Eat yogurt.
- Avoid tobacco products.
7. Don't share your hygiene tools
If you feel hard-pressed to share your comb or shower towel with a friend but you shouldn’t.
It’s not recommended to share personal hygiene tools with other people simply because along with the tools you share the microorganisms between each other.
It’s not ethical to ask for someone’s care tools. And if you do that, it leaves an impression that you are not aware of this etiquette rule.
8. Bathe regularly
Bathing maintains your body clean and odor-free.
To be socially accepted, being odor-free is very important.
Bad body odor is one of the most embarrassing types of poor hygiene at work or in any kind of social gathering.
Bathe as often as you feel that your body needs a refresh.
The regularity in which you may need to shower depends on the temperature in your area. If you live in a warm area, you might want to bathe daily but, if you live in a cold area, bathing a couple of times per week might be just enough.
9. Take care of your hair
Well-cared and clean hair improves your physical appearance and leaves a good impression about you on other people.
Depending on the type of your hair, wash it as soon as it gets greasy.
For example, short hair gets greasy faster, which means that you’d need to wash your hair more often.
Also, get a timely haircut.
10. Wear Clean Clothes
To look attractive you don’t necessarily need expensive clothes but you need to wear clean and odor-free clothes.
Make a habit of wearing fresh and clean clothing.
Wash your clothes and linens regularly.
If possible, dry them out in fresh air.
11. Clean your ears
Accumulated wax in the ear can embarrass the people around you, which becomes an obstacle in your successful integration with society.
The best time to remove the earwax while doing a shower.
Clean your ears with shampoo while running water over you. After the shower, you might want to use cotton sticks to clean the remaining wax in the eardrum.
12. After workout
Working out is always a plausible act but it’s more important to wash the sweat off the body before you meet a friend or colleague. That's a normal practice of gym hygiene etiquette.
After exercising, wash your hands or take a shower. Also, undress workout clothes and wear something clean and dry.
Avoid wearing smelly clothing to your workouts to prevent embarrassing your gym colleagues.
Do humanity a favor and protect the air that we breath by keeping your body clean and hygienically safe.