Hygiene & Personal Care Alternatives

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Staying clean and fresh is not just a civil nicety. Far from it, hygiene is a mandate for good health in good times or bad, and a lack of hygiene will quickly result in debilitating illness, disease or other maladies which can sap morale or even lead to incapacitation. Poor hygiene spreads illness, affects interpersonal relationships, social interactions and job or school performance. Good personal hygiene makes for healthier living, improving morale and making for a pleasant social experience for those around us. It also gives a clean-looking appearance which makes us attractive and come off as capable with self-worth and self-confidence.
Staying Alive AND Clean: Survival Hygiene Rules To Follow

Not only does personal hygiene affect the way we look and feel, so can the personal care products we use to improve our personal hygiene. So, it's important to research the products we are using.



Day in and day out, most of us use an arsenal of products that claim to make our skin softer and more youthful, our hair thicker and shinier, and our teeth whiter and brighter. But what the million-dollar marketing campaigns don’t tell us is the majority of personal-care products contain chemicals that may cause skin irritation, reproductive issues, developmental problems, liver and kidney damage, and cancer. While many consumers may assume that the FDA tests personal-care products for safety before they go on store shelves, according to current law, it is up to manufacturers to ensure that products and their ingredients are safe before they sell them. In addition, manufacturers aren't required to list ingredients on the label if they qualify as "trade secrets" or are present in "an insignificant level and having no technical or functional effect." Phrases such as "other ingredients" or "fragrance" can often include multiple ingredients not required to be individually listed on the label. So it is up to us to do our own research and seek out the safest products. Click Here for More Information About Safe Personal-Care Products


Many plants have natural saponins; steroids that occur naturally and dissolve in water and create a stable lather. Many times it's just a matter of breaking off a piece of the plant (often in the roots) or berries and rubbing between the hands to make the lather. Make sure NOT to introduce the soap into open water sources such as lakes and streams. Saponins are poisonous to fish and other marine life. Also, do not eat these plants as some are poisonous if taken internally. Here are some plants to consider:

Additionally, there are other things we can do to improve our life, self-confidence and well-being. Luckily, it's just about as easy said as it is done -- even the smallest things can feel like giant leaps to becoming a better you:

See Also:
Preparing For The Flu Season
The Benefits of Personal Hygiene
Bugging out Hygiene 101
Make your own Personal Care Products
Homemade Bath Soap Recipes
Homemade All-Natural House Cleaning Recipes and Techniques
Survival Medicine
Personal Fitness & Exercise
Diet & Nutrition