Hygiene is something that we all know is important, but there are some lesser known tricks that can really help up your cleanliness game. Excess bacteria, germs, and other unpleasant substances can build up on objects you use everyday and can potentially lead to illness, infection, and skin irritation. Practice healthier hygiene with this simple tips that you may not have thought of before.
Pillowcases can accumulate dead skin cells, hair products, facial products, and bacteria that gets caught in your hair during the day. Considering you spend about eight hours a night with your face on a pillow, it’s no wonder that dirty pillowcases have been linked to acne and skin infections. Changing your pillowcase once a week limits the amount of harmful substances that can build up and wreak havoc on your face and scalp.
How long have you been using the same washcloth or shower towel for? Chances are, it’s been too long since you last washed it. Towels are exposed to water frequently, which can lead to bacteria build-up and even mold. If they are kept in the bathroom, the steam from showers can settle in and add to the moisture and heat which is a wonderful environment for harmful bacteria to grow. Wash your towels frequently and switch them out every three days or so. Make sure your towels are thoroughly dry before using them again.
Clean Reusable Water Bottles
Water bottles need to be washed just like any other used dish or utensil. In fact, reusable water bottles should be washed with hot water and dish soap every other day to prevent mold and bacteria accumulation. Your water bottle probably travels to the gym, in the car, and to work with you. It comes into constant contact with your hands and mouth and needs to be washed! If your water bottle has a straw, it might be a good idea to get a small straw cleaner (like a piper cleaner) or to soak the straw in hot, soapy water for several hours. Make sure the water bottle is completely dry before putting the lid back on and using it.
Disinfect Your Phone
How often does your phone come into contact with your face or hands? For an object that spends lots of time in your hands, a cell phone can pick up all kinds of gunk that can be hazardous to your health. If you take your phone into the bathroom or wear makeup when you talk on the phone, it has picked up germs and bacteria. Washing your hands frequently and keeping your cell phone out of the bathroom are healthy steps to ensure your phone stays clean. You should definitely use a disinfectant wipe or rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean your screen and case once a week. Just make sure that what you choose to clean it with is not overly moist, and that you avoid the camera and any holes in your phone.