Hygiene is any practice or activity that you do to keep things healthy and clean. Washing hands, coughing into your elbow, and regular house cleaning are all part of good hygiene. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation, so it’s not hard to see where the word hygiene comes from.

Background Information

Many diseases and conditions can be prevented or controlled through appropriate personal hygiene and by frequently washing parts of the body and hair with soap and clean, running water (if available). Good body washing practices can prevent the spread of hygiene-related diseases.

Tips for Kids
  • Wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth with your shirt or in your arm when sneezing or coughing
  • Brush your teeth and bathe daily
  • Wash your hair
  • Eat healthy
  • At least 8 hours of sleep a night
Tips for Grownups
  • Teach your children at a very young age about hygiene
  • Shower or bathe every day or every other day
  • Wash hair daily or every other day
  • Use deodorant or antiperspirant as needed
  • Brush teeth twice a day and, preferably, floss daily
  • Wear clean socks and underwear every day
For Educators
  • Explain good and bad habits
  • Start with the basics – handwashing and bathing
  • Use the right resources
  • Explain concepts of germs and bacteria
  • Talk about nice smell and foul smell
  • Talk about grooming
  • Have fun with hygiene
  • Be an example

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