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What Are the Best Personal Hygiene Practices?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 21, 2024
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Personal hygiene practices are important for maintaining good health and a favorable appearance. Though standards of personal hygiene vary around the world, primarily due to lack of basic necessities, as well as cultural differences, there are a number of standard personal hygiene practices in most developed countries. The best practices are generally related to cleanliness and good health; this includes bathing and showering daily, washing the hands regularly but particularly after using the restroom, and caring for the teeth with daily brushing and flossing. Wearing deodorant, laundering the clothing after wear, and keeping the hair groomed on the head, face and body.

Daily personal hygiene practices are important for a number of reasons. People in the workplace, or who will even just be spending time with other people, will typically need to maintain certain standards of personal care in order to be successful in these environments and interactions with others. Some workplaces even have guidelines for personal hygiene in the employee handbook, and may be within their rights to terminate employment of someone who does not maintain acceptable standards. In addition, good personal hygiene helps to promote good health for everyone, not just the individual. Keeping the hands clean, for example, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of many common diseases.

Cleansing every day is one of the most important personal hygiene practices, such as by taking a bath or shower with soap, then cleaning the hair with shampoo. Brushing and flossing the teeth twice a day, and cleaning under the fingernails, are also important for personal hygiene. Then, washing the hands regularly throughout the day, and after using the restroom or coughing or sneezing, helps to keep everyone healthy. Eliminating bad habits, such as touching the face constantly or biting the nails, are also good steps for personal hygiene.

Other personal hygiene practices are important for appearance and health. Wearing clean clothes, for example, and laundering the clothing regularly, is important. Keeping facial hair neat and trimmed, and at least brushing the hair on a daily basis if not styling it, is also a good hygiene practice. Wearing deodorant is necessary to prevent body odor. In addition, caring for any wounds on the skin by keeping them clean, and applying an antibiotic ointment and bandages, is a good idea to prevent infection, and keep the appearance looking clean and healthy. These are just a few of the most common personal hygiene practices, but there are certainly others.

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Discussion Comments

By Fa5t3r — On May 26, 2013

I like to try and keep things as natural as possible. I noticed I actually had fewer breakouts when I wasn't using a scrub and in the end I decided to stop using cleansers on my face altogether.

Now I just wash it with soap in the shower and that's it. I also try to run a few times a week, which seems to help keep it looking nice as well.

I know this wouldn't work for everyone, but it kind of annoys me that I took it for granted that I needed to clean my face for so long, just because everyone else seemed to do it, and, in reality, there was no reason for it.

By umbra21 — On May 25, 2013

I think it's important to get a good routine down and then to stick with what works.

It took me a long time to figure out how to deal with my hair so that it looks fairly good without being a lot of work. Basically, now, I only use conditioner and I really work it in and massage my scalp whenever I wash my hair.

If I use shampoo my hair becomes frizzy and if I use conditioner but don't rub it in sufficiently, it becomes greasy.

Apparently this works well for a lot of people with curly hair, so if you've been having trouble with yours then maybe you should look this method up.

By lluviaporos — On May 25, 2013

One tip that I worked out a few years ago that can save you from a lot of embarrassment on a hot day is for people who forget to put on deodorant in the morning and have limited options for getting more. If you simply can't run out and get a can from the store for whatever reason, just go to the nearest restroom and squirt a bit of the soap into your hand, then coat your armpit with it.

Try to make sure you use enough without using so much it shows through your top.

This isn't a perfect solution, but it should help a lot, I guess because the soap basically sits there and kills bacteria that cause odor.

Obviously it won't stop you from sweating, but it will ensure that people won't faint when you lift your arms!

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