With NO-Shave November being at the forefront of November’s focus, a number of things that we do every day seem to be correct but are not exactly how we’re supposed to do it. Let’s make November a month to say NO to all the things we do wrong in our daily life!
1) Say No to those hot air dryers, time to switch to paper towels!
Germs love to breed in moisture and your air drying is definitely a major contributor in this process. Leaving the restroom with still-damp hands can make it easier to pick up microbes from the next surface you touch. If you have the choice of paper towels or air dryers, choose the paper towels instead!
According to various studies, paper towels are actually more hygienic than hand dryers and use less energy to make as compared to what is needed to produce the air in the dryers. When hands are left wet, they become magnets for bacteria to stick to them. Use of paper towels help to keep your hands clean and dry. If in any case, air dryers are your only option, spend enough time and expel patience to stick around. Your body will thank you!
2) Your belly button needs some tough love too
Your belly button needs a lot more cleaning that you can imagine. It is a storehouse of a number of bacteria and can be really unhygienic. Usually, not much care is given to this area of the body or people just skip this area and take for granted that water flowing through it is more than enough. However, this is purely a misconception. Cleansing every part of your body is of utmost responsibility and using both soap and water to scrub carefully is all that could save you from unwanted bacteria growing inside your body causing bad odor and unhygienic areas to prevail.
3) Too much of soap and shampoo, OVERKILL!
Shampoo and soap contain harsh chemicals that make your hair rough and dry. Due to immense humidity and heat, we often tend to feel sticky and dirty. Washing your hair every day is not really the solution to it. It makes your scalp dry and could even increase dandruff for some. Your scalp consists of natural hair oils. Due to dryness, your scalp may produce more oil to compensate for the lack of oil that the harmful shampoo takes away. Ideally, your hair should be washed 2 or 3 times a week. If you do feel the need to wash it almost every day, make sure to use a gentle shampoo and avoid rinsing and repeating.
4) You Don’t Wash Long Enough
Washing your hands is a must but the duration holds utmost importance! If you just rub soap between your palms and rinse, your hands are probably still dirty. Germs prevail under fingernails and in the pockets between fingers. The way you wash your hands also plays a vital role. Make sure to scrub your hands vigorously with a good lather of soap for almost a minute as this will help to eliminate dirt, grease and microbes from the skin.
5) The Back Story: Better for the planet, better for the Backside!
Not everyone everywhere has the same hygiene methods while cleaning themselves after using the toilet! Some cultures use bidets or hand held shower-type cleaning devices and in some countries, sponges, soft towels or wet naps are the preferred method of cleansing. But wiping with paper alone can be harmful. It often leads to anal fissures and can irritate hemorrhoids. If your toilet paper is white, it could contain bleach. Chlorine bleach creates dangerous toxins that can accumulate in the body causing serious health conditions. That is why the best method to washing oneself after using the toilet is to clean with water and then wipe oneself to remain dry.
6) SHELF YOUR SHOES, sometimes.
The shoes that you think are comfortable and wear them all the day long can harm your feet and your other body parts in ways that you wouldn’t even imagine. Continuously wearing closed footwear can cause fungal and bacterial infections and damage your feet badly. Use those flip flops once in a while. Make sure to keep your shoes moisture free and regularly dry or clean your footwear. The stink of dirty footwear that spreads across the room is unbearable. There’s no point in being well dressed when you possess stinky feet or footwear.
7) BRUSH BRUSH: Yes, twice a day
We all know that our teeth require brushing and flossing to stay clean. However, good oral hygiene can not only take care of your smile, but it can affect the rest of your physical health as well. Studies show that poor oral hygiene is linked to heart disease, respiratory illness, and even arthritis. This is because bacteria from the mouth can spread to other parts of the body. Do not skip the brush in your nighttime routine if you want to live long. Also, have mercy on people around.
However unique and different we as people claim to be, it shows in these small general ways of hygiene and habits that we tend to overlook. So this November, say NO to wrong habits and deal with them effectively in the right manner!