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Updated on April 15, 2018
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How important is proper hygiene to you?

  • What makes people avoid personal hygiene?

I met many types of people and from many cultures. Along the way, I noticed some of the most unhygienic people.

  • Do you think if someone does not take a shower daily is a less hygienic person?

Such an individual is less-hygienic

In some situations access to water is a problem.

These individuals need to make amends to practice proper hygiene, and to show their self-esteem positively.

I understand not all people in the world have access to clean water.

The basic needs of keeping up to date with the brushing of your teeth does require the use of clean water.

The flossing like most people would do and have in their lives.

Less-hygienic, means not bathing daily, or not washing hands thoroughly.

I know a few people who won't take a daily shower especially in the winter.

Strangely enough they find it weird that I take my daily showers and don't mind the cold weather.

The brushing of my teeth, flossing, washing of hands with warm water and soap common tips of proper hygiene.

I keep short and clean fingernails and maintain my clean habits.

It is all part hygiene, right!

I observe other people's behaviors like if they stick their fingers up their noses, and decide to shake my hands afterward.

The less-hygienic don’t use much water in their daily chores and this is so not my kind life.

  • What about self-esteem with the less-hygienic individual?

Clean people feel good about themselves.

Communication is better and appearances are positive.

Their positive minds show more confidence.

For example:

Assuming you were out and about and while seated on bench and an older person came by and took the empty seat next to you.

He stank horribly and you could tell from his appearance he was less-hygienic.

  • If you were in that position how you would have addressed the situation?

Sometimes people just have weird beliefs of daily bathing, and that puts them off from being more hygienic.

Others are either homeless or live in poor conditions.

Life is such that not everyone can be as clean as the other some may prefer to bathe once a week or a few times weekly.

It is hard to stand by and make irrational comments on those individuals.

  • The less-hygienic should not be picked on if they choose to be that way who are you to comment harshly?

  • Would you shout that person and tell him to take a shower or get a life?

It is however, very important to be clean and neat with yourself.

Imagine walking pass someone with a bad odor from their armpits.

Another part of you that is related to hygiene and still you would the less-hygienic in that way.

  • Do you know of a less-hygienic person?

Socially, you can lose your friends not being able to practice proper hygiene can make your social life a bore.

Dirty hair and dandruff shows a poor appearance to anyone.

The smell of someone can make you walk away from your seat, if seated on the next close seat.

  • How would you be accepted into society with that kind of attitude?

Hygiene starts at home and this comes from parents.

You should be taught at a young age to be clean and bath always.

You eventually become that person, the uneventful looking one, or untidy person.

If you are taught to be clean from a young age you make hygiene part of your daily routine.

  • Do you think hygiene is important?

Hygiene is very important.

Always wash hands before and after eating, and after the use of the toilet, or after a handshake.

It is crucial to wash your hands after a long day.

Whether outdoors or not, germs are so easily picked up from a simple handshake, and to the use of the keyboard.

From touching railings, and when commuting.

This can be on the bus, or train. You are constantly in contact with others with your hands.

When in elevator or on an escalator your hands are used every where so don't ignore the washing of your hands.

It may not be as important when you get home but you spread the germ to everyone else in the family the best would be is wash your hands right away.

I make sure that is practiced in my home.

Hygiene is most important should always be practiced.

The less-hygienic person should be taught and it is never to late to learn about anything in life.

If you have good personal hygiene you are free of many diseases.

The body requires proper cleaning daily to get rid of dead skin, and some people fail to see the point of being hygienic. It is as if they have given up on life itself.

You have a higher risk of catching an infection if you are not keeping yourself clean.
Certain cultures don't approve of daily showers in my eyes they become the less hygienic.

I know of people, who use deodorants to stop their smells, I don’t approve of that way of life.

Get real, you sweat daily in no matter what kind of weather, and you interact with people daily surely a clean living must be part of your life.

Wearing cleaning clothing like underwear and socks must be practiced daily.

Most women have problems with bacterial infections, and if they don't keep proper hygiene the infections can creep up.

Bladder infections, and vaginal issues can be taken care of if you wash your hands after touching sanitary pads.

Keep down there clean, though the vagina keeps itself clean.

Do your best to avoid infections by keeping out bacteria from getting into the bladder.

Practice going to wee after intercourse that keeps out bacteria from creeping up to the bladder

Personal hygiene allows for less infections and better health.

  • What do men need to do to practice personal hygiene?

Men should take a shower daily to have a clean body all round.

Bad breath does affect both men and women which is caused from poorly brushed teeth or hygiene of the gums.

It is easy to keep your mouth clean with a mouth wash. If you feel you are still affected by bad breath pay a visit to your dentist.

It is not the same for everyone and most people see hygiene as a different approach in their lives.

We stayed in a hotel the next day that sorted out my hygiene problem.

Gastroenteritis is caused in the less-hygienic person. The washing of hands can avoid such an illness and the washing of foods to avoid such diseases.

You can be affected with many poor conditions if you avoid proper hygiene habits.

The body, the genital parts, and the hair require your full attention of cleanliness.

The mouth and feet also need to be clean.

It is difficult to speak up for everyone only you can make that different to yourself.

A subject that always needs attention to be clean and neat at all times.

Don't neglect hygiene as it is most important and should be a ritual in your lifestyle. If water is a problem make an effort to keep clean at public toilets.

Ask a friend to help you with water, don't ignore hygiene tips. It is easy to become the lazy one and ignore your clean habits.

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Glenn Stok I appreciate your comments.

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      Devika Primić 

      21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Glenn Stok, thank you for showing an interest in leaving a comment here. I agree with you and appreciate your time.

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      Glenn Stok 

      21 months ago from Long Island, NY

      You mentioned many interesting points. It's true that people who don't have the modern conveniences of clean water need to find ways to be healthy with less hygiene.

      It's sad, however, that some people are simply not educated and don't know how to keep a clean home or use proper hygiene.

      I remember discovering once, when using the bathroom of a friend I just met, she never cleaned her toilet. That left such an impression on me that I never persued a friendship with her.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Takeshi so kind of you to stop by I appreciate all comments thank you.

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      4 years ago

      I think this is among the most important inoiamrtfon for me. And i'm happy studying your article. However wanna commentary on some basic issues, The site style is perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DabbleYou thank you fro stopping by.

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      4 years ago

      I agree. Proper hygiene is very important no matter where you are. Unfortunately, people with serious illnesses may not have that kind of option. But for relatively healthy people, it is very important. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MizBejabbers great comment cleaning the keyboards should be a daily routine as I do so often and to be hygienic counts more for me. The idea of ''Our office furnishes us with hand sanitizer and tissues and urges us to use them,'' is a lovely thought thank you

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      alexadry I so agree with your comment and I am sure you understand what I mean about having daily showers for those who are not able to have daily showers due to lack of water supply or proper bathrooms can do so in other simple ways I do know what you mean. Having access to a shower is not always a possibility to everyone. Thank you kindly for sharing your opinions so clearly.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Lady Guinevere, I understand your point of view here and did not expect every reader to agree with me as not every individual will do the same. From my point of view I feel it is important to be clean and daily showers are necessary it is cultural or the way one has been raised just an opinion and reading the views of others is an interesting part about writing. Thank you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      4 years ago from USA

      Daily showering is still uncommon in some countries. I remember once we had a new employee that had an odor. I felt bad for her, as people were always giving her perfume for her birthdays and one day the boss called her in the office to finally tell her that "she smelled" in a nice way. I am sure she was totally embarrassed as she wasn't aware of it. If you visit some countries you will smell body odor when you go to markets or wait in line. I think excessive cleanliness isn't good , but going around with a very strong odor to me is disrespectful to others, unless you are poor and don't have access to a shower.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      We used to take a bath every Saturday night whether we needed it or not. LOL. Seriously, years ago I worked with a man who was routinely sent home and told not to come back until he bathed because his fumes actually burned our eyes. This was a personal preference because he had bathing facilities in his apartment.

      But I do believe that a person with dry skin can be irritated by too many baths. My skin is dry and I have to slather on lotion in the winter. Now the medical community is advising people to stop using antibacterial soaps because germs develop a resistance to them. I keep a bottle around to use after doing especially nasty chores around my house such as cleaning out the litter box.

      At our office women are seen running around with paper towels in their hands. They’ve just been to the restroom and washed their hands and are using the towels to open doors. I developed this habit, too. I often clean my computer keyboard and mouse and also my telephone with disinfecting wipes. For Valentine’s Day my boss gave us a basket with cleaning supplies for our office – really – and we all appreciated it. Our office furnishes us with hand sanitizer and tissues and urges us to use them.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      I do not agree with you about the shower every day thing. There has been many studies that prove that we are too clean and it is messing up our body's own disease fighting abilities. I agree with Ericdierker on how the US promotes all kinds of things to the far extreme.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you very much for commenting

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway I know exactly what you mean thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Janellegems, thank you for commenting I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Personal hygiene and cleanliness is a top priority for me and makes me feel very good.

      A good topic to choose, Devika.

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Good hygiene is so important!! Glad you've raised the point, Devika!

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      4 years ago from USA

      I was on an airplane once overseas, and we were traveling from one country to another. It was very obvious that the customs of deodorant were different than what I was accustomed to. I still recall the stench years later. It's just not what I am used to in my culture. I don't want to smell anyone.

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      4 years ago from United States

      Excellent Hub in addressing Less Hygienic people. Hygiene is definitely important. I know the feeling of being viewed differently in the United States for taking a shower daily. Total shock.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you for stopping by.

      Ericdierker thank you for sharing your thoughts here

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi RachaelOhalloran, I understand your point of view here and I so agree with the shaking of hands and you so broadly raised the awareness here. My dad does not shake hands with anyone somehow he just skips that part. I try not to but sometimes do and right away wash my hands it is so important to wash our hands germs are everywhere but our hands touch everything indoors or outdoors. Greatly felt here that you just know what it means to have proper hygiene. We trust the doctors for just everything and hygiene is one of it but once their behaviors are observed it allows to think more about what to avoid thank you for sharing such an eye opener.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      4 years ago from United States

      I am especially aware of this in my doctors' offices. The practice to shake hands in greeting a patient in my opinion is one of the most ridiculous practices there is in a profession that is supposed to educate patients in hygiene and health concerns.

      I don't care if he just washed his hands in the hall, he came into the room and shook hands with me and went back to touching the pen and paperwork he touched before he shook hands. Then he wipes his eyes or scratches his head and he wants to touch a certain part of me again?

      When this practice was put into place, it was to make doctors more friendly in greeting their patients, and shaking hands was considered a universal greeting across all cultures (most anyway) and it is one of the worse things done in doctor's offices today.

      A patient doesn't even think about it. They just shake his hand because he has it stuck out there in their face. My husband refuses to shake hands with any of his doctors. While they assume it is because of his stroke, it is truly because he just doesn't get it why a doctor would want to go from room to room shaking hands with patients and patients have no idea if he had washed his hands.

      He does notice that when the doctor is leaving him that he doesn't wash his hands after the exam.

      He does notice that the doctor sometimes will wash his hands immediately after shaking hands with a patient - because he goes with me or our daughter in law to their appointments. Right away he is on the doctor's back with "why are you just now washing your hands after shaking hands with my daughter in law? Didn't you wash before you came in here to the exam room?"

      And often the doctor will say, "I always wash my hands before I examine a patient." My husband's comeback is "What about before you opened the door to enter this exam room?"

      My daughter in law's pediatrician no longer shakes hands with our family members although it is still part of his practice, he just checks himself at the door and skips over the handshake part.

      Message to all readers: It is ok to refuse to shake hands with ANY health professional who wants to shake your hand in professional arena. If you meet them outside that medium, look around, if they are at a supermarket or a medical health fair, think about it - if you wouldn't shake hands with them in their offices, why shake hands with them anywhere else. Germs are germs anywhere and everywhere and doctors and health professionals are the chief vehicle that germs travel from one person to another.

      Sorry DDE, this is an important issue and one that should never be skimmed over if one cares about hygiene or germs, especially if they are being treated by a health professional. Also, if they are wearing gloves, make sure they were put on clean before they touched you or if they insist on shaking your hand, insist on them putting on gloves to shake your hand, and that is the only acceptable way to keep from spreading germs to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think poor personal hygiene is a sign of poor self-esteem, and the opposite is true as well.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Davika, We here in the states put too much emphasis on this matter. It is pushed by industry. (clearly I do not speak of the extremes like some homeless folk but even most of them are reasonable) If you really think about it a shower a day is not really appropriate if there is water shortages - although I am guilty of such behavior, I do try to take a day off a week from it.


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