People Share The Best Hygiene Tips They Know
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Good hygiene is important.

Not only for yourself but for others around you.

Having bad breath or a strong unpleasant bodily odor will result in an unpleasant experience for anyone in close proximity to you.

Although, sometimes we may find that despite our best efforts, we can't seem to shake the fragrance emitting from our bodies.

Making any advice people have to offer extremely valuable.


Redditor DreamDangerous3281 was eager to hear the best advice people had when it comes to hygiene, leading them to ask:
"What are some hygiene tips everyone should know?"

A Mint Won't Help...

"If you have bad breath that doesn't go away you may have tonsil stones."- wiener_dawg

Who Actually Likes Being Wet All The Time?

"Make sure your clothes get completely dry."

"You'll smell like mildew otherwise."- YakiVegas

Never Skip!

"If something is worth doing, it's worth half-a**ing it."

"Say you're running late and need to be out the door 10 minutes ago, it's still worth giving your teeth a 10 second scrub rather than skipping it."- SharpPoetry

Before You Know It Brushing Teeth GIF by 1091Giphy

Always Make The Effort

"From someone who works in medicine literally wash your butt."

"Often."- ChameleonMami

Wash First, Spray Later

"Deodorant is not meant to go on top of bad smells!"

"The bad smells come from bacteria."

"Shower first, then put deodorant on. It works by making your skin uninhabitable for bacteria."

"The nice scent is the cherry on top, the main benefit is preventing the bad smell from growing."- very-polite-frog

Wash Thoroughly!

"I used to live in a very hot, humid place.""I found that the only thing that kept my groin area from smelling funky was to wash daily and the make sure everything got really well dried out afterwards."

"Towels didn't quite cut it."

"So, yes, I blow dry my lady garden."

"Not inside my vulva, but outside and around."

"Keeping my pubes trimmed short and changing into clean underwear often also helped."

"This also applies if you have fat rolls or loose skin folds."

"Yes, I have both."

"Wash well in between skin folds, such as under breasts and between belly rolls."

"I like Dr Bronner's soap, but any soap will do."

"Dry thoroughly afterwards."

"This will prevent smells, and will also prevent itching and rashes."

"Also, Lume deodorant works really well for these areas."

"Also, one more thing: deodorant is water resistant."

"It won't wash off by just splashing water on it."

"You need to give it a good scrub with soap to get it all the way off your skin."

"If you don't get all the old deodorant washed away, the new deodorant you apply won't work."

"It has to be fresh deodorant on clean skin."

"Even if you don't like the way your body looks, take care of it. It's where you live!"- notreallylucy

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Give Those Lobes A Break!

"If you wear earrings, take them off and clean frequently."- Far-Pollution9548·

Who Doesn't Love A Manicure?

"Keep your nails clean."

"Tidying your nails helps you prevent spreading germs into your mouth."- SuvenPan

Where Does Acne Really Come From?

"If you have bacne, ie back acne, lean your head forward to rinse your hair products OR wash your back thoroughly with soap after rinsing your conditioner/last product."

"Most people lean their head backward to rinse, which washes their hair products all down their back."

"If you wash with soap after, no biggie, but many people wash their body first, typically while letting the conditioner sit in their hair for a few minutes and thus rinsing after."

"In which case, you step out of the shower with hair product residue all down your back and butt."

"For some people and products, it's fine."

"For others, it causes skin irritation and acne."

"It should always be your first step in trying to eliminate bacne, just in case it's the cause for you."

"Things that can cause acne, for some people. non-exclusive list:"

'Products: soap, lotion, sunscreen, etc."

"Keep an eye out for those ones that you don't deliberately put on your skin but end up there anyway, like the hair products."

See also: laundry detergent/other laundry products."

"Finding the products that work for you and identifying the ingredients that you are sensitive or reactive to is pretty central to skin care, and yes it's an individual process unfortunately."

"Using harsh exfoliation or exfoliating too often."

"Overwashing/not moisturizing and protecting your skin enough to tolerate washing."

"Hormones."

"Sweat left on the skin/keeping sweaty clothes on."

"Things that do not cause acne:"

"'Opening' your pores with hot water then failing to 'close' your pores with cold water after."

"Pores do not open and close, do not fluctuate in size with temp, and are always open as per their fundamental function."

"They can get clogged/filled though, so cleaning and exfoliating is good."

"Ingesting sugar."

"This comes with a major caveat in that a diet high in sugar does have systemic impacts that can promote acne.'

"HOWEVER it is by no means a direct line between sugar consumption and acne."

"Critically, you can be a person whose acne is arguably worsened by their sugar intake and still see very little improvement from cutting sugar because one or more of the above triggers is still present."

"You can also be a person who eats sugar but manages the resulting effects, with or without conscious effort, and thus has no acne."

"Every acne ridden kid in the world has been told they should just stop eating sweets and it rarely helps because there are a LOT of easier/more fundamental things you should attempt and address before going straight to the major diet change."

"That being said it definitely has been a lifesaver for some people, so if you're stuck after trying all the things it's not a bad idea to look at."- IAintDeceasedYet

In truth, when someone gives you advice on hygiene, it's hard not to view it as a hint.

Leading us to quickly check our breath, or stealthily our armpits.

But hurtful as it may be in the moment, it's in our best interests to heed these warnings.


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