5 Hygiene Mistake You Might Be Making

Hygiene is important, but it can certainly backfire on you. There is such a thing as being over-hygienic. If you are obsessed with your own hygiene, read on to see what mistakes you might be making.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzOver-brushing teeth. Are you fanatical about brushing your teeth? Is it the first thing you do after a meal? If so, you may be brushing away precious enamel. Tooth enamel can soften after eating certain foods, so it is best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to ensure the enamel has time to re-solidify. If you’re concerned about your oral health, stop scrubbing post-meals and try swishing water around in your mouth instead.  That should be sufficient enough to remove excess food residue.


Or, try that popular Ayurvedic technique, oil pulling. Swishing coconut oil or sesame oil around your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes in the morning can significantly reduce the growth of unwanted microorganisms — and makes your mouth feel super clean

Replacing Your Underwear: If your underwear’s elastic has reached the end of its life or if it is stained and the stains won’t come off or your underwear has evident holes in them, then it is more than obvious that they need to be chucked out right now! But, please don’t wait till either of these things happens. Underwear is not like a pair of jeans or top that you can save for years and then call it vintage. The most you should use one pair is about a year or so, after that it is best advised that you dispose them off, for it is in constant contact with your intimate parts. Same goes for bras; you but naturally need to get a new pair when your current one doesn’t fit you properly or has begun to sag. Even if your bra fits you well, it is advised that you buy a new bra every year or year-and-a-half.

Wearing strong deodorant. Most deodorant/antiperspirant is loaded with aluminum. Unfortunately, this aluminum that makes commercial deodorants so powerful is also toxic to your body—it is linked to an increased risk for both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Look for a natural deodorant made from clay, baking soda, coconut oil, arrowroot starch and/or essential oils. While these won’t necessarily prevent sweating, they will inhibit the growth of stinky underarm bacteria. Anyway, sweating is a natural bodily function that helps rid the body of toxins, so embrace it.

Changing Sanitary Products: Being on your period is total pain, literally! But having to change your pads and tampons every few hours is even more troublesome. On those low flow days, you’d rather wear a single sanitary napkin for hours and hours on end rather than changing it. But, the fact remains no matter how busy or how bored you are, you have to change your sanitary pad every 6 hours or less, and if you use tampons you have to change them every 2 hours. Even on days when your flow is less, you must pay heed to this hygiene rule to safeguard yourself from the buildup of infection.

Not wearing underwear during the day. If no underwear is good at night, it must be good all the time, right? Not quite. Nixing underwear during the daytime, especially if you wear tight pants, can cause chaffing. You’re better off wearing breathable cotton underwear (and changing regularly if you sweat a lot), although going commando once in a while isn’t so horrible. Just make sure that whatever garments you do wear are sensitive enough to discourage chaffing and the like.

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