Hygiene for Health
October 11th, 2011
Although good hygiene might be common sense to most people, it doesn't hurt to get a reminder every now and then. Good hygiene practices keep you healthy and prevent the spread of common illnesses. The college years are often spent in close living quarters with a lot of other students and keeping up with healthy hygiene practices might make you less likely to contract things like the cold and flu. Here are a few things to remember as we begin this school year:
- Shower/Bathing: Besides the more obvious benefits of ridding your body of dirt and filth, a shower can clean out your pores and sooth and refresh your body.
- Wash your hands: If done properly, washing your hands can help you avoid getting sick. Germs accumulate on your hands all the time and washing them frequently can help to limit the transfer of bacteria and viruses.
- Don't forget your shower shoes: Wet, damp places like showers can be a breeding ground for athletes' foot and fungus. Wearing shower shoes can add another layer of protection between your feet and the shower floor.
- Wash your sheets: And we mean more than once per semester. If washing your sheets once a week seems too unlikely then it is recommended that they get washed every two weeks. Humans shed tens of thousands of dead skin cells per minute that build up in your sheets and beds if you do not keep up with it.
- Clean Exercise Equipment: It's always a good idea to clean the exercise equipment both before and after use. Although you might assume the prior user has cleaned the equipment, why not be sure and clean it yourself.
- Food Preparation: When handling food, wash your hands prior to working with food, when you are done, and before you eat. This will prevent the spread of germs. Also, be sure to thoroughly clean all surfaces before and after food preparation.
- Clean shared contact surfaces regularly: These surfaces including the fridge, microwave, bathroom, door knobs, keyboards, and desktops. Germs are easily transferable from surface to hands so regular cleaning is a must!
Practicing good hygiene can go a long way to prevent yourself from becoming ill. Stay clean!