What does fact checked mean?
At Healthfully, we strive to deliver objective content that is accurate and up-to-date. Our team periodically reviews articles in order to ensure content quality. The sources cited below consist of evidence from peer-reviewed journals, prominent medical organizations, academic associations, and government data.
The information contained on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a professional health care provider. Please check with the appropriate physician regarding health questions and concerns. Although we strive to deliver accurate and up-to-date information, no guarantee to that effect is made.
Keeping your body properly cleansed is a fundamental but not sole element of good personal hygiene 24. Good hygiene practices literally continue around the clock 4. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, washing your hands at appropriate times and caring for your appearance are all important components of personal hygiene, according to the Children's Youth and Women's Health Services, or CYWHS 234. Getting an adequate amount of sleep also contributes to good personal hygiene 4.
Taking a daily bath or shower using a mild soap and warm water helps wash away dirt and bacteria that may lead to body odor. Numerous medical conditions and diseases can be avoided or managed by simply keeping your body clean, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shampooing your hair and massaging your scalp will wash away dirt, oil buildup and dead skin cells, explains CYWHS. You may need to shampoo more or less often depending on your hair type. Conditioning your hair after shampooing can make it easier to comb out.
Hands and Feet
Washing your hands throughout the day with soap and water can help ward off the spread of bacteria and viruses, according to CYWHS. Always cleanse your hands before preparing food and eating meals and after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Washing your feet at least once day is also important to good personal hygiene 4. Dry your feet thoroughly, especially in the bacteria-prone area between your toes, notes CYWHS.
Good grooming practices are vital to personal hygiene 4. It's easy for socks and underclothes to collect dead skin cells and sweat because they sit up against your skin, according to CYWHS. Change your underwear and put on a fresh pair of socks every day. Putting on clean clothes can make you look and feel good about yourself.
Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once, according to the American Dental Association 34. Keeping your teeth clean helps clear away food particles and plaque that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease 3. The ADA recommends regular dental checkups and cleanings to help keep teeth and gums healthy 3.
Poor sleep hygiene is a widespread problem in the United States, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center 14. Establishing a set bedtime and awakening time may help improve sleep hygiene 4. Resisting the urge to take naps or keeping them brief and avoiding alcohol and caffeine for a minimum of four hours before going to be bed may promote higher quality sleep.
- Andrea Chu/Photodisc/Getty Images