Staying clean requires effort. The preceding article discussed ten facts about hygiene, including practical tips, to keep clean. Following that same pattern, this article will explain more facts about hygiene based on personal belongings. And yes, as usual, we’d also be considering practical tips to stay clean. Enjoy!
10 Facts About Hygiene
“The moisture trapped in shoes can cause infections and odor. Especially during summer, wearing bad shoes can contribute to health problems and cause injury.”
- Wear quality leather shoes.
- Wear clean socks in shoes to absorb sweat.
- Regularly wipe the insides of your shoes.
- Sprinkle foot powder in shoes for excess moisture.
Note: Research shows that although fashionable, not wearing socks in shoes can contribute to bad foot health.
“The moisture absorbed by towels enables them to breed many unwanted germs. A particular study found 90% of towels to be contaminated with bacteria.”
- After using a towel once, ensure that it dries completely before the next use.
- Wash towels frequently, at least every week.
- Avoid sharing towels.
Note: Some cases require frequent washing of towels. For example, if you have eczema or your towel comes in contact with body fluids, health experts recommend that you wash towels after only one use. Generally, regular wash and always air-drying towels will keep them hygienic for use.
“While wearing socks play a significant role in keeping the feet healthy, wearing tight or wet socks can constrict circulation in the feet, and cause infections.”
- Warm socks before putting them on.
- Avoid wearing old, wet, or dirty socks.
- Use cotton socks.
The dirtiest component of a building is its floors. Carpet floors especially contain germs from shoe soles and dirty wind load that blows in, making it a perfect home and lurking spot for organisms and rubble.”
- Vacuum floors regularly.
- Clean spills immediately and keep floors dry.
- Avoid wearing shoes inside the house, except for indoor-only shoes.
“Wearing the same underwear, two days in a row causes side effects that may lead to more severe health conditions. According to a health coach, re-wearing unwashed underwear exposes genitals to bacteria that could pass through the skin.”
- Make it a habit to wash underwear after only one use.
- Change underwear after participating in sweat-inducing activities.
- Replace underwear every six months to a year.
“Bedsheets and pillowcases can harbor bacteria, which may cause flu or food poisoning.”
- Wash bedding sheets weekly.
- Completely replace sheets every two to three years.
Note: When not well-taken care of, bedsheets become homes for millions of dust mites and dead skin cells. I’m sure you don’t want to lay on that!
“Cutleries may contain germs that can cause foodborne illness, sometimes even after washing!”
- Be observant while visiting restaurants; chances of dirty cutleries are high if the environment is dirty.
- Avoid reusing disposable plastic cutlery.
- Wash steel cutlery with hot water and dish soap regularly.
- Make it a habit to rinse cutlery before use, even after the regular washing has been done.
“Handbags host more bacteria than an average toilet and can even cause illness.”
- Use antibacterial cleaning agents, disinfect handbags at least every week.
- Avoid placing bags on floors in public places; hang on a hook or door handle instead.
“Curtains can accumulate allergens, germs, dust mites, and bring about the creation of molds. If ignored for long periods, it may cause harm to one’s health.”
- Use lukewarm water and mild detergents to wash curtains every three to six months.
- Regularly shake off the dust from them, every day if possible
Note: Apart from the hygiene benefits, clean curtains help keep the house fresh and clean.
“Unwashed hair accumulates dirt, attracts dust, and can cause hair loss.”
- Wash hair occasionally using the right shampoo.
- Use good water temperature for washing hair.
Note: Some folks feel that leaving the hair dirty helps it grow faster. In reality, though, a clean, healthy scalp facilitates hair growth.
When you cultivate good personal hygiene, you will stay healthy! We all desire good health and this is one way to accomplish that. Coupled with part I, you can enjoy immense benefits that stem from staying clean. After all, to be an active reader on Tomvad, you have to be healthy.