24 Home Remedies for Personal Hygiene

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Personal hygiene involves proper grooming and maintaining your health. When neglected, you will start to notice little changes in your appearance, such as dandruff, acne, tooth decay, body odor and bad breath. Luckily, home remedies for personal hygiene can provide alternatives to typical methods of grooming.

Home Remedies for Personal Hygiene

Personal Hygiene Home Remedies

All of your external body parts require some sort of attention on a regular basis [1]. The most common concerns for personal hygiene include hair, teeth, skin, hands, nail and feet. Whether you are interested in making your own personal hygiene solutions or looking for healthier substitutes to commercial products, your home is filled with many possibilities. The following home remedies for personal hygiene can provide you with a quick fix:

a) Baking Soda Gargle:

To get rid of smelly breath, gargle with one teaspoon baking soda added to ½ glass of water. The baking soda will neutralize the odors [2].

b) Baking Soda for Toothbrushes:

Use baking soda to clean toothbrushes by immersing in a solution made out of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water. Soak the toothbrushes overnight about once every week or two. Rinse well before using.

c) Baking Soda Deodorant:

Wash under your arms with baking soda or sprinkle on a damp washcloth and pat on for a natural deodorant.

d) Lemon Juice for Deodorant:

Wash under your arms with lemon juice applied to a dampened cloth. Lime juice can act as a substitute if you do not have any lemon juice.

e) Baking Soda and Cornstarch Deodorant:

Blend equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch, and dab the mixture under the arms to fight body odor. If you’d like a scented homemade product, add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender or sage.

f) Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Toothpaste:

Create a homemade toothpaste recipe by blending one teaspoon of baking soda and ¼ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to create a whitening paste.

g) Baking Soda for the Skin:

You can exfoliate your skin by rubbing on a paste comprised of baking soda and water.

h) Baking Soda and Salt Gargle:

Nowadays, most commercial mouthwashes contain alcohol, food coloring and sweeteners, but you can get natural results for freshening your breathe by adding one teaspoon each of salt and baking soda to ½ cup of water. Use this solution as a rinse and gargle for your mouth.

i) Apple Cider Vinegar Deodorant:

Use a spray bottle to apply apple cider vinegar under your arms to fight smelly armpits. When the vinegar dries, the smell will have vanished.

j) Parsley:

Fresh parsley contains components known to cure a case of bad breath.

k) Cloves and Rosemary Mouthwash:

To create an alcohol-free mouthwash to freshen your breath, add one ounce of whole cloves and/or three ounces of fresh rosemary to a jar (pint-size or ½ liter). Pour in around two cups of boiling water, and tightly cover the jar. Allow the ingredients to steep overnight before straining.

l) Petroleum Jelly and Powder Deodorant:

To fight underarm odor, try mixing equal parts of baking soda, petroleum jelly and baby powder (about two to three tablespoons each to make a small batch). Melt the ingredients over low heat and constantly stir until they become completely smooth and well-mixed. Pour the mixture into a container and seal. Allow it to cool at room temperature.

m) Fennel Seeds:

A quick breath freshener is to chew on fennel seeds, which offers a flavor similar to licorice.

n) Spearmint and Mint Leaves:

Chewing on mint or spearmint leaves is a quick way to freshen up unpleasant breath.

o) Strawberries and Baking Soda for Teeth:

To whiten and brighten your smile, mash fresh strawberries and for every one tablespoon of fruit – add one teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the remedy on a toothbrush hand rub onto teeth. Allow the ingredients to sit for a couple of minutes, and then brush clean. Rinse your mouth out well.

p) Apples for Whiter Teeth:

Biting into an apple can naturally whiten your teeth because the fruit contains acids. Do not use this remedy more than once a week to protect your teeth from damage.

q) Baby Oil and Shampoo to Remove Makeup:

To remove your daily cosmetics, treat your skin to baby product by adding 1 ½ tablespoons of baby shampoo (tear-free products), 1/8 teaspoon of baby oil (mineral oil) and one cup of water to a container or bottle you can shake. Vigorously mix before applying to face.

r) Oils for Removing Makeup:

Clear your face of rouge, blush, and other cosmetics by combining two teaspoons of canola oil and one tablespoon each of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil – to make a homemade makeup remover.

s) Baby Wipes:

You can use baby wipes to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Opt for the unscented kind[3].

t) Olive Oil for Eye Makeup:

Remove eye makeup by rubbing on olive oil. It is suggested to use cold pressed extra virgin olive.

u) Sesame Oil for Mascara:

Pour a small amount of sesame oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe across eye lids to remove waterproof mascara.

v) Lemon:

Sprinkle baking soda on a lemon wedge. Gently rub your upper and lower teeth with the lemon each for one minute. Brush your teeth as usual. Don’t overdo this remedy as the acidic content of the lemon can do damage to your teeth – do not repeat more than once per week.

w) Peppermint Leaves and Herbs for Mouthwash:

Add three teaspoons of fresh peppermint leaves, two teaspoons of fresh coriander, and one teaspoon of anise seeds to three cups of boiling water. Cover the ingredients and let sit for 25 minutes. Once the liquid has cooled, strain the contents and transfer into a sterilized jar.

x) Tea:

Fight a breakout of pimples by dabbing cooled brewed tea onto your face. The popular beverage possesses astringent qualities.


[1] http://www.webhealthcentre.com/HealthyLiving/personal_hygiene_index.aspx
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 70.

[3] http://www.rd.com/home/extraordinary-uses-for-baby-wipes