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Personal hygiene in the workplace

Good personal hygiene is essential at work and in everyday life. This article will explain what this means and how you can take care of your own hygiene.

What exactly is personal hygiene?

Personal hygiene refers to the act of caring for and maintaining one’s body in order to be clean and presentable at work. Most occupations require you to work with other people, and it is critical that you maintain good personal hygiene in order to make the working atmosphere as pleasant as possible for everyone. A professional image is also promoted by good presentation, which can help you gain confidence and self-esteem.

Management of personal hygiene

There are numerous ways to take care of your personal hygiene; we cover the fundamentals here and offer advice on how to stay clean and presentable.

Wash daily

Every day, take a shower or bath and use soap or body wash to ensure your cleanliness and the removal of germs from your body. After you’ve washed, apply deodorant to prevent body odor from emerging.

If you perspire easily, consider ways to manage it during the day, especially if you work in a hot setting, such as having wipes and deodorant with you or wearing fresh clothing.

Keep your hair clean

Wash your hair with shampoo on a regular basis and brush it at least once a day to keep it smooth and tidy. If you work in the hospitality business or around food and drink, keep your hair tied back and, if required, wear a hair net.

If you have a beard, keep it neat and well-maintained. If you work around food or beverages, you may be required to cover your beard with a hair net.

Put on clean clothes

Make sure to wash your clothes on a regular basis and to wear new, clean clothes to work every day. Make sure your clothes are acceptable, which means they should be pressed and, if possible, devoid of holes. Clothes that are crumpled, worn, and smelly are never tolerated in the office!

Maintain the cleanliness of your nails

Make sure your nails are clean and neatly trimmed. It is critical that you wash your hands after using the restroom and on a regular basis throughout the day. There are some workplaces where you should not wear nail polish or jewelry (for example, kitchens and hospitals), so make sure you understand your company’s policies.

Dental hygiene

Brush your teeth as part of your daily grooming practice every morning to help reduce the risk of tooth decay, oral illnesses, and bad breath. You should brush your teeth using a decent toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes, making sure to reach all surfaces of all teeth.

Cleaning between the teeth using dental floss or interdental sticks, as well as using a good mouthwash after brushing, can help lower the risk of decay and gum disease. Make sure you see your dentist on a regular basis for a checkup.

Workplace personal hygiene

As indicated above, all companies will require their employees to maintain a high degree of basic personal hygiene. Depending on your job, you may be required to meet additional hygiene standards in addition to these essentials. Here’s an example of what to expect if you work in a food preparation workplace.


Purchasing personal care items such as toothpaste and sanitary products, as well as purchasing new clothes or having your hair trimmed on a regular basis, can be costly. If you are having difficulty budgeting and managing your personal hygiene in order to fulfill basic personal hygiene standards, please contact your employment coordinator.