I’ve never taken personal hygiene more for granted than when I became a father. Because there are some common practices and personal cleanliness rituals I’ve learned over time that you just expect other people to adhere to naturally.
Anyone who’s ever interacted with children will tell you right away that this isn’t the case, and kids have no problem with peeing in a bath they’re currently taking, licking toilet seats and subway poles, and generally just being nasty as heck.
But there are some “common” personal hygiene practices that we overlook on a daily basis. For example, I was shocked to learn from other kids in my class that they didn’t use water to clean their butts after they pooped, or they walked in their houses with their shoes or sat on their bed wearing their dirty, public transportation riding jeans. Thanks to this recent AskReddit post, there are tons more personal hygiene dos and don’ts that I’ve become aware of.
Change your towels, people.
Ethanol – the wonder shoe stank killer.
Your hairbrush is stanky.
Deodorant AND antiperspirant.
Febreze is not a suitable substitute for a shower.
Like I said, water on your butt after you poo.
Peeing is very, very good post-coitus.
Brush your tongue when you’re brushing your teeth.
Wipe down that phone of yours.
Don’t mean to give you an ear-full, but…
Brings me back to the Axe kids on campus.
If you don’t floss, please do.
Multiple kitchen cutting boards.
Change your sponges and kitchen rags.
Wash your hair according to your hair type.
When you shower, make sure you’re washing your hands and feet too.
Clip your darn toenails.
Make sure you’re drying between your toes while you’re at it.
Micellar jelly at the end of the day, baby.
Your laptop’s trackpad.
Wipe till its white.
Shoes without socks is just friggin’ gross.
Dirty clothes. Stop it.
Cut your fingernails properly before certain activities.
Washing your makeup brushes.