What is personal hygiene
Personal hygiene is how you care for your body. This practice includes bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth, and more.
Wash your hands after you use the restroom. Scrub with soap for 20 to 30 seconds, and be sure to clean between your fingers, on the back of your hands, and under your nails. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a clean towel.
If you don’t have running water or soap, hand sanitizer will also work.
It is recommended that you shower everyday.
Showering with soap helps rinse away dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils.
You should also wash your hair while showering. Shampooing your hair and scalp helps remove skin buildup and protects against oily residues that can irritate your skin.
Trim your nails regularly to keep them short and clean. Brush under them with a nail brush or washcloth to rinse away buildup, dirt, and germs.
Clean nails helps you prevent spreading germs into your mouth and other body openings. You should also avoid biting your nails.
Brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Aim to brush after you wake up and before bed. If you can, brush after every meal, too.
Floss between your teeth daily, and ask your dentist about using an antibacterial mouthwash.
Germs on your hands can easily enter your body through your mouth, nose, eyes, or ears.
Wash your hands:
when you handle food
before you eat
if you handle garbage
any time you touch an animal
Benefits of good personal hygiene
keeps your body clean
keep you from having body odor
fights away germs
helps you seem attractive to others
helps keep you healthy and fit