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Who else would know better than the present generation that maintaining proper personal hygiene is a lifesaver? “Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene — nine-tenths of it!” notes Henry Miller. Don’t let the disgustful virus be a disgrace to you and your family. In this post we will see about the types and benefits of personal hygiene.
Keeping right hygiene is a must for a healthy, happy and fresh lifestyle. Germs are passed from person to person and cause sickness therefore it needs to be washed off.
Here are the types of personal hygiene you need to practice every day.
- Bathe regularly to remove the dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and sweat deposits. Dermatologist says that the body is constantly shedding skin and therefore it requires proper scrubbing. Make sure to wash your private parts properly. Rinse your body with cold water to clog pores. Do not wear the same clothes after bathing.
- Do not shampoo your hair every day. Let the natural oil reach the tip of the hair. Always wash hair with cold water. Condition your hair after washing to give back the glow and shine to your hair.
- Brush your teeth twice a day most appropriately after meals. Go for a dental check-up at six months intervals and get it professionally cleaned. As we say “A genuine smile comes from the heart but a healthy smile needs good dental care.” Floss every day and do not forget to clean your tongue. Tongues can cause bad breath and carry a lot of bacteria. Persist on keeping good oral hygiene.
- Place ear drops or baby oil inside the ear to soften the wax and clean it off with lukewarm water with the help of earbuds. Keep the ear canal dry.
- Wash the inside of your nose with the salt solution. Boogers are normal. They block the dirt and virus that enters your airways.
- Trim your nails. Avoid the habit of biting nails. Keep your toes and feet clean.
- Always put on clean clothes most particularly when it comes to undergarments. Take off sweaty and wet clothes after a workout. Untidy clothes breed bacteria. Change your undergarments daily.
- It is very important to keep vaginal hygiene during menstruation. It demands a lot of self-care. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be changed within four to six hours. Clean the private parts to avoid rashes. Do not use soap to wash it. Choose an intimate wash that is suitable for your skin.
- Wash hands before and after you make contact with anything. Apply the twenty seconds hand washing technique. Carry a hand sanitizer wherever you go. Sanitizing your hands can kill a lot of germs. It is the best way to avoid common infections. Handwashing can prevent diarrhea, particularly among children.
- Turn away from others whenever you sneeze and throw the habit of sneezing into your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes and nose. Do not pick your face nor touch your face with unwashed hands.
- To take care of a wound first wash your hands. Stop the bleeding, wash the wound with soap and remove all debris to avoid infection. Cover your wound, change the dressings when necessary and if required consult a doctor.
- Try not to associate with other people whenever you are sick especially during cold and flu. Cold and flu are easily infected and mostly to people with less white blood cells. Cover your mouth with clean tissue or cloth. A better option would be to stay at home.
- Drink purified water. It is always a good idea to have a water purifier at home. However, if you decide to boil then the boiling point of water is 100ﾟC. Food poisoning is mostly caused by germs present in water. Clean the water tanks after every three months.
- For we know prevention is better than cure. Each member of a family is responsible for maintaining a hygienic environment. “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment” says Marie Kondo. To keep diseases at bay from our family we must study our behavior and understand how germs spread.
How can we maintain hygiene at home?
- The dirtiest overlooked areas at home are the doorknobs, cabinet handles, and handrails. Wipe down all doorknobs, cabinet handles, and handrails at home especially during seasonal changes. At such periods people are prone to cold and flu and an indirect contact could be the cause.
- Use a solution of warm water and vinegar to wipe off spills, remains of food, stains from refrigerators and freezers. Always separate meat with vegetables especially the ready to eat food. Use the same solution to clean the soap dispensers.
- Dispose of waste immediately and handle it carefully. It is one of the dirtiest areas and attracts tons of bugs and germs. Wash the dustbin with warm water or detergent.
- Maintain a dust-free house. Clean the blades of the fan, the rooftops, wipe the sofas and windows. Mop the house using disinfectant surface cleaners. Wash your rug or carpets regularly.
- Use a duster or vacuum to get rid of spider webs. When you see a hole in the house immediately fix it. Spray your windows and wipe them. Keep in mind the corners while cleaning.
- Use a clean cloth and a disinfectant to clean the furniture and keep the house organized. Keep your books, magazine or journals in a well ordered manner. Do not eat in the bedroom and clean up immediately remnants of food.
- Always keep the bathroom and toilet clean and wipe down the walls, doorknobs, etc after bathing. Maintain proper drainage systems.
- Shape your yard and keep it clean to avoid mosquitoes and insects.
- Usually, the kitchen sink has more dirt than garbage. Kitchen must be well sanitized as it attracts bugs. Do not leave dishes for the morning. Wash off oil stains and grease with soap. Do not leave a container open. Wash properly meat and vegetables before cooking. Make sure all dirt are removed and cook it at the proper temperature. Arrange your kitchen systematically.
- Clean the areas where germs are more likely to spread and areas where the family often comes in contact with.
- Use a separate towel for each member. And don’t share your cups or dishes.
- Change your bedsheets and pillowcases in two weeks. Also change the table cloth, sheets, sofa covers, screens, etc. Rearrange your house to keep it fresh and lively.
- When a person is ill, keep a safe distance from the person. A sick person can carry a lot of germs. After recovery, all the things which he came in contact with must be made clean.
- If you have pets then keep them clean and tidy. Wash their bedding regularly. Do not over bathe your pet because it may lead to rashes.
- If you have children then teach them proper personal hygiene especially hand washing. Make sure to clean their toys and make certain that they do not chew everything that comes in their way. Use antibacterial wipes to wipe away the dirt on their body. Give them toys that are easy to wash.
- Allow sunlight to enter the house. Sunlight kills millions of germs. Break the rule of cleaning houses only on Sundays. Clean it whenever necessary and more often. Sanitize it after cleaning to kill germs and bacteria.
- Visit a doctor or dermatologist for more personalized hygienic instructions.
“A clean person is not the one who runs away from dirt but one who takes time and effort to tidy up a dirty environment.”
Know your responsibilities and take care of personal hygiene. Live a hygiene lifestyle to smell better, to look better, to feel better and to avoid the nasty virus. I hope your doubts on how do you clean yourself are clear. Yet, if you have any queries about importance and effects of personal hygiene then please ask your questions in the comment section. And, Yes health is wealth.
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