Common hygiene mistakes you should stop making (Photo: iStock)

Maintaining good personal hygiene is essential for everyone, regardless of gender. However, there are some common hygiene mistakes that women tend to make without even realising it.

These mistakes can lead to various health issues and can be easily avoided with some simple changes in daily habits. Here are some common hygiene mistakes that women should stop making:

Using the same towel for too long

Many women use the same towel for days or even weeks before washing it. This can lead to the build-up of bacteria and fungi on the towel, which can cause skin infections and other health issues. It's important to use a clean towel every time you shower or bathe.

Not washing bras frequently enough

Bras should be washed after every two to three wears. Wearing the same bra for too long can lead to the build-up of sweat, dirt, and bacteria which can cause skin irritation, rashes, and even infections.


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Neglecting oral hygiene

Oral hygiene is not just about brushing your teeth twice a day. Women should also floss daily, use mouthwash, and regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and cleanings. Poor oral hygiene can lead to bad breath, gum disease, and other serious health issues.

Using scented feminine products

Scented feminine products like sprays, washes, and wipes can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and lead to infections and irritation. It's best to stick to unscented products and avoid douching altogether.

Not washing hands frequently

Women touch a lot of things throughout the day, and not washing their hands frequently can lead to the spread of germs and infections. It's important to wash your hands regularly, especially before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching public surfaces.

Sharing personal items

Sharing personal items like towels, razors, and makeup brushes can lead to the spread of bacteria and infections. It's best to avoid sharing personal items altogether.