Conditions or practices conductive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.
Fun Facts on Hygiene:
- More than 50% of healthy persons have Staphylococcus aureus living in or on their nasal passages, throats, hair, or skin
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.