How important is your personal hygiene ? How often should you change your underwear?
If you really care about yourself and saving the universe you’ll read today’s post till the end. As usual, let’s start with a little insider.
Back then in the university hostel in Unical, every guy living in Hall 4 that year was familiar with the word ‘’bobozy’’. Bobozy was the name given to a guy’s favorite underwear.
Bobozy is like a man’s best friend, always with him under the sun and in the rain, if you end up in jail? bobozy would be there for you. Usually black or grey, old and murky. Personal hygiene is usually an emergency for bobozy owners.
Everybody knew bobozy, even though the real owners are guys who wear the same pair of underwear for a week or longer. They usually try to hide their dirty little secret. But like the truth it doesn’t hide forever. One day their pen would fall in front of the class, in the process of bending to pick it up, Bobozy would surface like a cat out of the bag.
How bad can personal hygiene be?
Bobozy does all the dirty jobs, always looking washed up due to age and workload; some even have battle scars in the form of wear and tear. It usually stinks due to drops of urine and remnant of fecal matter on it. Bobozy is not flaunted in public except during sunbathing, that’s if the owner decides to give it a break.
Some even wear bobozy to churches and mosques, yet they’ll be wondering why God is not answering their prayers. Being clean is a sign of spiritual purity or goodness; they’ve forgotten the eleventh commandment “personal hygiene: thou shall keep your body clean always” don’t ever wear bobozy to spiritual places. That’s a waste of spiritualism,
PERSONAL HYGIENE IS NOT NEW?
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
This phrase was first recorded in a sermon by an Anglican clergy John Wesley in 1778, you see? He was a wise man. But the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. ‘’ personal hygiene is not a new thing.
Everyman once had a bobozy, truth be told most men still have it today. If this is your case, you are not alone. A men’s underwear brand Tommy John conducted research in the US some time ago, turns out of 2,000 people surveyed, results show that nearly half of them have broken a sacred cardinal rule: admitted to having worn the same pair of underwear for two days or longer.
The golden rule when it comes to personal hygiene is, change your underwear at least once a day or wash your private part after every wear. Unfortunately, this rule doesn’t seem to be practiced unanimously.
Well, I know times are hard, our economy just recovered from a recession. Some people can only manage a pair of underwear, that’s notwithstanding, taking time to wash your underwear can save the cost of buying expensive medicine to treat bacterial and yeast infections.
Whereas today’s sermon focuses on men, ladies have their own dirty little secrets. But when it comes to personal hygiene? The recurrent offenders tend to be men, according to Tommy, men are two and a half times more likely to wear their underwear for a week or more than women. Ladies, should I increase the volume?
Hygienically ladies cannot afford the luxury of overusing their underwear, ‘’that’s one thing men can do that woman can’t’’ otherwise, that’ll form a base for another category of discrimination against women. Their urinary tract is shorter and wider, therefore women are said to be 14 times more like to contract a UTI (urinary Tract Infection) than men .
The consequence of having a shorter and wider urinary tract is that; perineal and fecal fluids or floras have a shorter distance to travel to other urinary structures and indeed to the underwear.
Secondly, Women’s lower third of the urethra is continually contaminated with pathogens from the vagina and the rectum; this might be partly because women tend not to empty their bladders as completely as men do. Not forgetting that the female urogenital system is always exposed to bacteria during intercourse.
All these constitute a fathomable reason why personal hygiene should and is topmost to ladies. If anybody notices, women cannot go a day without changing their underwear or else you all know what would happen.
That brings us to the next question.
How long have you had your favorite underwear?
I know this is quite personal; that’s why the subject is personal hygiene, let me say this and clear my conscience ”please if you’re trying to remember the year you bought your lucky underwear?” Its high time you tossed it out. I know our ladies would not even try to recycle their underwear. For the guys, please don’t use your retired underwear as a duster or mob. Just in case you’re wondering why?
A health study revealed that even clean underwear can contain up to 10,000 living bacteria even after going through a washing machine cycle. Overtime, underwear accumulates various types of fungal germs and microorganisms, which can help lead to illnesses like yeast infections or urinary tract infections .
No one wants to get sick in their privates, so avoid the germs and change out your underwear. Once you’ve made up your mind to change it? That’s it. Just let poor bobozy go in peace.
SMART PERSONAL HYGIENE TIPS
- Always change Sweaty undies, for a woman or man who sweats a lot, changing your underwear regularly say twice a day is reasonable as opposed to once a day for those who typically can stay dry throughout the day.
- If you work out or do any form of physical exercise, change to a clean pair of undies as soon as you’re done. “A warm, damp environment is the perfect place for yeast and some bacteria to grow.
- For ladies; if you sweat a lot, use pant liners (using pants liner makes it easy to change or to take it off). Or avoid cotton underwear while doing an exercise (cotton materials tends to stay wet once it gets wet)
- Sun-dry your underwear or tumble dry your underwear on low heat for 30 minutes after washing. This will reduce the number of bacteria your underwear gathers after a wash. Ironing it also helps.
- Never mix your underwear with anybody else’s while washing, use separate water. Doing so significantly increases the number of bacteria shared with others or hanging out in your washing machine.
- Never wash your underwear with other pairs and clothing. Especially if you work at a hospital (this can cause hospital-acquired infection (nosocomial infections))or if you have an ongoing bacterial infection.
- Always wash your underwear separately from clothing containing other bodily fluids. E.g. handkerchief which might contain saliva.
What could change?
Your case might not necessitate a specific name like bobozy, I bet no one wants to get sick in their private area, it’s usually embarrassing. Especially if it itches in public, you might think your private area belongs to you but keeping it clean can help make the world a better place. As a man, the consequence of bad personal hygiene might not be glaring on you.
But you cannot say the same for people living or associating with you. Sharing simple things like toilet soaps are very common if you are living with others. That’s how easy it is to transfer the infection to another person.
As a woman, your personal hygiene cannot be overemphasized. While you may be trying your best to be free of UTI infection, be mindful of those you associate all UTI might not be communicable. Certain actions or inaction might predispose you to contract a UTI or worsen the existing infection.
Always make sure you choose comfort over fashion, how comfortable an underwear fit contributes to the reason a woman would one to stick to particular underwear. Be mindful of always choosing the right size and materials.
Your underwear is technically the most affordable piece of clothing out there. No matter how hard things are getting an extra pair, say two monthlies aren’t going to make you broke. Do not always wait until your last underwear tears before replacing it. It’s healthful to always have extra pairs in your drawer. Hygienists recommend people should own enough underwear to last up to two weeks. That means stuffing 14 pairs or more in your drawers.
To avoid the germs and change out your underwear.
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