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Conditions or practices conductive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.


Fun Facts on Hygiene:

  1. More than 50% of healthy persons have Staphylococcus aureus living in or on their nasal passages, throats, hair, or skin
  2. The following diseases are related to poor hygiene: athlete’s foot, body lice, chronic diarrhea, dental carriers, head lice, pin worm, pubic lice (crabs), swimmer’s ear, ringworm.
  3. A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infection.


Daily Tips:

  • Brush your teeth two or more times per day. Floss once a day.
  • Always wash hands after toileting and when touching food.
  • Shower daily and wear shower sandals in the shower.
  • Clean up, throw away, and store food that could develop foodborne bacteria and could attract bugs and rodents.

Weekly Tips:

  • Clean all bed items, towels, clothes, room, and bathroom regularly.
  • Take out trash and recycling.
  • Kept up roommate/housemate agreements about cleaning our space.
  • Clean room, bathroom and areas used frequently; sweep and vacuum.
  • Assess your hygiene and set goals for upcoming week.


Monthly Tips:

  • Know and stock up on your resources (e.g. information, supplies) for when you’re busy studying for midterms, sick or have problematic situations/emergencies, etc.
  • Be up to date with ALL vaccines. 
  • Do self-check and get professional periodic screenings and exams. 
  • Create roommate agreements that support personal and household hygiene. Check in monthly to give and receive feedback.







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 Last Modified 7/1/19