Personal hygiene is something we are taught from a very young age. From putting deodorant on and brushing your teeth to washing your hands after going to the bathroom, personal hygiene activities for adults are things that we do instinctively. Of course, various occupations require a more rigorous personal hygiene but what is the basic personal hygiene checklist that all adults should adhere to?
Personal Hygiene Checklist For AdultsHand Washing
This sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? But you’d be surprised how many people fail to adequately wash their hands. A proper hand washing session should last at least 20 seconds. You should use warm water and soap, applying it to all areas of the hands including the palms, in between fingers and around the nails. You should then rinse off the soap and dry your hands with a paper towel, or better still a hygienic hand dryer.
Even if they look clean, you should wash your hands before preparing food, eating, removing contact lenses or any similar activities. You should make sure you also wash your hands after coming into contact with rubbish or similar material, going to the bathroom or coming into a contact with a sick person.
Top tip: Carry an alcohol hand sanitiser with you in case you’re stuck without washing facilities at any time.
To avoid bad breath, tooth decay and cavities, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Make sure your toothbrush is changed over regularly to get the most out of your teeth cleaning routine.
Flossing is advised in order to get rid of the bacteria nestled in between your teeth. You can also use a tongue scraper. This is a device that removes residue from the surface of your tongue and minimises bad breath.
This doesn’t mean manicures and glittered nail varnish (unless you want it to). It simply means that you should keep your nails and the surrounding areas clean.
Many people don’t notice the dirt and bacteria that gathers under the nails. To avoid this, keep your nails clean and trimmed. You can also use a nail brush to scrub under the nail when washing your hands.
This is probably the only context where being selfish is not only acceptable, but essential. Don’t share your personal hygiene products like razors, toothbrushes, tongue scrapers or towels with others. Doing so could quickly spread germs and diseases which will undo all your hard personal hygiene work in seconds.
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