How to Be Clean
If you want to be a clean person, you need to dedicate some time every day to maintaining your hygiene, clothes, and home. First, practice good hygiene by showering often and brushing your teeth twice a day. Next, make sure you smell clean by wearing deodorant and washing your clothes when they’re dirty (almost everyday, use laundry detergent and bleach for whites). Finally, keep your home clean by developing good habits and maintaining a cleaning schedule.
Practicing Good Hygiene
Bathe yourself daily.Regular bathing kills the bacteria that causes body odor and clears away any visible dirt on your skin. Wash yourself once a day with warm water, a washcloth or loofah, and gentle soap.Choose soaps that advertise as fragrance-free or are suitable for sensitive skin to reduce any dryness or irritation.
Take care of your hair.Brush your hair at least once a day to remove dandruff and distribute your hair’s natural oils.Additionally, only wash your hair 2-3 times a week, using a hairband or shower cap to keep your hair dry while you bathe. This will help your hair stay soft and healthy. Choose a shampoo that addresses any hair concerns you have. For example:
- Treat dandruff with dandruff shampoos.
- If your hair is dry and brittle, choose a gentle, conditioning shampoo.
- If your color your hair, use a color safe, sulfite-free shampoo.
Keep your mouth healthy.Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. This will remove plaque and food debris that cause bad breath and cavities. Additionally, floss your teeth once a day to keep your gums healthy.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months to avoid a buildup of harmful bacteria.
Groom your nails.Keep your nails clean and trimmed to avoid nail funguses or bacteria buildup. Wash your hands often, paying special attention to remove any dirt under the nail bed. Next, use sharp manicure scissors or nail clippers to keep your nails trimmed. If your nails are short, they won’t be able to harbor any debris or bacteria.
- Talk to your doctor if you notice a change in nail color, curling nails, bleeding, or a separation of the nail from the surrounding skin.This could be a sign of a fungal infection.
Use deodorant.Apply deodorant every morning to eliminate underarm odors. You can either buy a stick of deodorant or a can of aerosol deodorant. Additionally, choose an antiperspirant deodorant to help control excessive sweating.
- Some people believe that deodorant can cause cancer. However, researchers haven’t found any evidence supporting this claim.
Eliminate shoe odor.Wear socks with your shoes whenever possible to reduce the buildup of sweat and bacteria. If you can’t wear socks with your shoes, clean your feet before wearing them. If your shoes still stink, dust the inside of the shoes with baking soda and let them sit overnight.This will help kill the bacteria that causes bad smells.
- If your feet smell bad even if you haven’t been wearing shoes, you may have a foot fungus. Talk to your doctor for a diagnosis and to learn about treatment methods.
Wear clean clothes.If you wear dirty clothes, you won’t smell clean. In fact, sometimes an item of clothing will smell clean to you but dirty to other people. Play it safe and only wear clean clothing. When washing your clothes, follow the washing instructions on the tag.
- Wash underwear, shirts, socks, and swimsuits after wearing them once.
- Wash bras and outer clothing such as sweaters or dress shirts every 2-3 wears.
- Wash jeans and pants every 3-4 wears.
- If you sweat a lot in your clothing, wash it after wearing it.
Tidying Your Home
Make your bed every morning.If your bed is messy and unkept, your room will look dirty. However, if your bed is neatly made, your room will look much tidier.Make this a habit by making your bed every morning when you wake up.
- Wash your bedding every one or two weeks. If you sweat a lot while you sleep, you may need to wash it more frequently.
Keep your kitchen counters clean.If your kitchen counters get cluttered and dirty, your whole kitchen will look dirty.First, clear away any ingredients or tools immediately after you use them. Next, wipe the counters down with a damp paper towel to remove any food debris from the surface.
- Don’t let liquids or wet foods dry onto the counter. They are harder to clean and may damage the counter’s finish.
Clean your bathroom.A dirty bathroom can harbor bacteria and make your whole home feel dirty. First, clear away any makeup or hair product clutter. Next, wipe down all of the surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner and a paper towel. If necessary, scrub the toilet with a toilet scrubber. Clean your shower with white vinegar or specialized bathtub cleaners.
- Hang wet towels up to dry after you use them. If you don’t, they will make your bathroom smell like mildew.
- Wash your towels every three to four uses.
Arrange clutter into neat piles.If you have a stack of bills by the door or a pile of books next to the bed, you can arrange them into a neat pile. A neat pile will instantly make the room look much more organized.
- While you’re tidying the stack of clutter, see if there’s anything you can throw away. The less clutter you have, the easier it is to clean your house.
Keeping Your Home Clean
Build good cleaning habits.Many people feel like they can’t keep their home clean. However, if you have good cleaning habits, your home practically cleans itself. For example, if you take something out, put it away immediately after using it to reduce any clutter.Other examples include:
- Putting dirty dishes straight into the dishwasher after using them
- Taking out the trash every night
- Putting dirty clothes straight into the clothes hamper
Clean a little bit every day.You don’t have to dedicate a whole day to cleaning your home. Instead, clean for thirty minutes or so every day. This will spread the work out over the week, breaking harder jobs into manageable chunks.If possible, create a routine. For example:
- Spend ten minutes cleaning after breakfast every day.
- Set a timer for thirty minutes each evening and clean until it goes off.
- While your coffee brews in the mornings, tidy up your kitchen.
Create a deep-cleaning schedule.Many larger cleaning jobs, such as vacuuming and mopping, can be spread out over the course of a month.There are many deep-cleaning schedules available online that can be tailored to a variety of homes and apartments. For example:
- If you have a lot of carpets, choose a schedule that asks you to vacuum them every few weeks.
- A good schedule should include weekly dusting to keep the surfaces in your home clean.
- Any tile in your home should be mopped or scrubbed once a week.
QuestionHow can I get super clean for a date?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerShower and scrub well! Floss and brush your teeth, comb and style your hair, wear something clean, nice-smelling, and figure-flattering, put on a spritz of perfume or cologne, do your makeup, and apply deodorant just before leaving.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I keep a home clean while living with babies?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry cleaning before they wake up in the morning or after they go to bed at night. Additionally, if you develop good habits (putting things away after using them, tidying as you go) your home will stay clean after you've tidied up.Thanks!
QuestionIs it bad to shower three times a day? I've heard that it's bad for your skin.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it is bad for both your skin and hair. It removes the natural oils from your skin and hair and dries them out (and can remove natural, beneficial bacteria from your body as well). And it's completely unnecessary. Once a day should be enough; maybe one extra time occasionally if you've gotten particularly dirty. It's good to be clean, but it's not good to be a clean freak. Excessive cleaning does more harm than good.Thanks!
QuestionDoes the shower gel have to be scented?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, but scented one can make your bath or shower a more pleasant and relaxing experience. It will also leave a slight fragrance on your skin. An unscented shower gel won't do any of these things. It is ideal for those who don't care about nice fragrances, or who have allergies.Thanks!
QuestionDo you really have to have a shower every day? Why?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you do. Not having a shower will cause smells to build up and makes you look like you don't care about being clean. As you become a teenager, have a shower every night or morning as you go through the stages of puberty.Thanks!
QuestionCan a preteen also use the methods in this article?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOf course. This article applies to everyone, regardless of age or gender. It is a guideline to help you be as clean as you can be.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do in a boarding school that only lets us shower twice a week?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerComplain to someone who is in charge, or ask your parents to do so. It is not right that you are not allowed to shower daily. Other than that, try to follow whichever of the guidelines you can in your situation.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to be really healthy to be clean?Community AnswerYou don't strictly have to be super healthy to be clean. A clean person can be unhealthy and a healthy person can be unclean. However, being clean is one big step you can take to improve your health, both mentally and physically.Thanks!
QuestionCan I replace my bath with showers?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Showers might even be cleaner since you won't be sitting in a pool of your own dirt.Thanks!
QuestionI wash my hair every day, though many people say that this causes dryness. I still get many comments about how soft and thick it is. Should I keep washing my hair every day?NujiyoCommunity AnswerEverybody's hair is different. Just because some people say that washing your hair causes dryness doesn't mean it applies to you. Since your hair is soft and thick like people say, I think that you are fine sticking with your normal routine. But if you want to see how your hair reacts, wash your hair on and off for a week or two and see how it sets.Thanks!
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