The only way to make these personal hygiene tips into your habit is by doing them until you can do them without having to think about it. But isn’t that what a habit actually means?
These are personal hygiene tips that you should take to heart if you want to quell your inner germophobe. We’ll start out with personal hygiene tips related to food, because admit it, eating hygienic food is as personal as it gets.
Tip 1: Proper Food Storage.
Do not clutter your refrigerator by storing everything in every available corner. Store food properly. Make sure that you do not mix raw meat or seafood with other food items.
Set your refrigerator to the ideal food storage temperature i.e. 40°F or 4°C.
Use closed containers to store food items in the refrigerators.
Tip 2: Cooking Food.
The most important personal hygiene tips and the one most of us tend to ignore is washing and peeling vegetables and fruits. Leaving the peel on increases the chances of microorganisms and dirt to be left behind in some of the vegetables and fruits.
Being a vegan or vegetarian is just one reason to use separate cooking utensils. But a better reason is a hygienic one. Use separate knives to cut meat and vegetables.
Washing meat or fish to clean it is all fine and well but don’t forget that it leaves a residue of germs on the sink where you wash it. So, clean the sink with cleaning alcohol that will get rid of the germs.
Tip 3: Bad Breath.
Brushing and flossing your teeth can keep the bad breath at bay. Another way to keep bad breath away you need to stay hydrated, drinks loads of water.
Your bad breath might be something more severe like gum disease, so, set an appointment with a doctor to cure it.
Consume yogurt and vegetables, they are known to get rid of bad breath. Tobacco products are a big no as they are known to cause throat cancer.
Tip 4: Hand Sanitizer.
Yes, as a hidden germophobe you might at least have two bottles of hand sanitizer to go in your handbag or backpacks.
Washing your hands prior to eating doesn’t get rid of all the germs only an alcohol hand sanitizer can get rid of maximum germs and let you have a healthy meal that is free of any of those microorganisms.
Tip 5: Cleaning Makeup.
Going to bed with makeup a very bad idea. It has far too many drawbacks. Apply oil to your face to clean the makeup gunk that doesn’t wash off with water.
Do not forget to keep your makeup brushes clean. As they are the ones you use to apply the makeup to your face. It can actually ruin your face. Use baby shampoo to wash the brushes and then clean them with towels.
Tip 6: Basic personal hygiene.
Hair: A frequent haircut is a must for healthy hair because the ends tend to get brittle and some of you might even have to deal with recurring split ends. Do not avoid washing your hair for a long duration as washing it not only helps you maintain personal hygiene but also keeps your scalp healthy.
Nails: The proper way to trim your nails to cut them straight while keeping them rounded at the corners. This reduces the chances of dirt accumulating under your nails which in itself is a big advantage. Moisturize your nails and cuticles and if possible get an occasional manicure and pedicure.
Ears: Use your fingers to clean them while bathing. Clean whatever you put in your ears and that means your hearing aids as well as your earrings.
Tip 7: Shaving.
It is hygienic in itself. If you sweat profusely then even you’ll agree why it is necessary to shave your underarms and get rid of the unnecessary hair.
Invest in a good razor that is effective against hair removal and doesn’t cut your while shaving.
Replace a razor after a certain period of time.
Facial hair can be tricky so either bleach it or use a moisturizer that doesn’t contain oil to keep it contained and invisible. You always have the option of permanently removing it.
Tip 8: Private hygiene.
Often time when you bath you forget to clean your private areas. Men should remember to clean their genital foreskin with a finger.
Remember to wipe from front to back. Women shouldn’t stay on the same tampon or sanitary pad for a long period of time. Change it in fixed durations. And keeping on wet undergarments is a big no.
Tip 9: Sleep habits.
Just as our parents tell us, sleep on time. 8 hours is only the minimum limit of sleep. So, at least try to get that in. Otherwise, you’ll spend the day doing nothing or not being able to concentrate on anything.
It affects your health in a major way and also affects various other organs and parts of your body. So, don’t avoid sleeping. It’s one of the most important of personal hygiene tips.
Tip 10: Urinating.
Yeah, you shouldn’t brag about how long you can hold it in. Do not hold it in if there’s restroom nearby. And relax while you urinate there is nobody knocking at the door that you have to get it done with as soon as possible.
Another tip is to stay hydrated to avoid urinary issues. Once again wipe from front to back and not the other way around.
Each one of these hygiene tips will help you satisfy the inner germophobe that cringes even when someone speaks about germs.
If you have ever heard the saying “Cleanliness is next to godliness” remember how great you feel after a decent shower and when you smell good and that reminds us about the deodorant that we forgot to mention in this tips.
Sure, eating healthy vegetables and fruits should reduce any body odor but it does help to have a deodorant as it not only makes you smell good but also elevates your mood.