Good personal hygiene is important for both health and social reasons. It entails keeping your hands, head and body clean so as to stop the spread of germs and illness. Your personal hygiene benefits your own health and impacts the lives of those around you, too.
The social benefits associated with personal habits must also be considered. Since it involves washing your body every day and caring for yourself, it reduces the chances of body odour and thus, any chances of embarrassment at work or at school.
What does a good personal hygiene routine look like?
We are aware that one must have a daily personal hygiene routine and that it is important – but what does it involve? We’ve compiled some of the steps in the write-up below so that your family can follow them to keep themselves clean and free of pesky germs that could cause a future illness.
The first place to start with your personal hygiene routine is your hands. We use our hands constantly during the day, touching many different surfaces, shaking hands with people, eating our meals, typing on the laptop or using a common telephone at work, or even playing at school. Naturally, our hands are the biggest carriers of germs.
One of the quickest and simplest ways to ensure that your family is safe from illness is to practice good hand hygiene. It can keep illnesses such as cold, cough, flu and gastroenteritis (these can all be contracted or passed on through poor hand hygiene) at bay. You can stop the spread of illness-causing germs by washing your hands frequently with water and soap, such as Dettol Original Liquid Hand Wash. You should wash your hands:
- Before eating or cooking food
- Before picking up a baby
- After visiting the toilet
- After coughing or sneezing, or being in contact with someone who is ill
- After being in contact with animals
Caring for your teeth and practicing good oral hygiene wards off gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay and many infections. Remember to always:
- Make sure you and your family brushes their teeth twice a day – after breakfast, and before bediv
- Floss the teeth daily
- Store your tooth brush in a clean, dry place and replace it regularly
Do shower every day using warm water and soap. You could consider showering twice a day when the weather is warm. Daily bathing is an integral part of good personal hygiene because:
- Bathing daily with soap such as Dettol Cool Bar Soap and warm water prevents body odour because it kills the odour-causing bacteria.
- Skin infections such as Athlete’s Foot can be reduced by carefully washing and drying the affected areas daily.
- Shampoo and condition your hair at least once a week to keep the scalp clean and prevent head lice.
- After being out all day or being caught in an unexpected downpour, get home and take a warm shower using a soap like Dettol Gold Bar Soap to remove any harmful germs from your body.
Germs and dirt can cling to your clothes, too. Wash the clothes you wear after each use so that these germs and impurities are removed. This is especially important if you have been exposed to an ill family member or friend. Remove all traces of germs by adding Dettol Antiseptic Liquid or Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid to your laundry load. Your clothes will come out clean and smell fresh when you wear them next.
Personal hygiene is not difficult. Once you have a personal hygiene routine in place, it becomes a habit in no time. It is also important to set an example for your children so that they can also have their own personal hygiene routines to follow.