When it comes to grooming habits, you probably think these are made up of brushing your teeth, taking a shower, washing your hands, clipping your nails, and applying deodorant. For most people, being hygienic is equivalent to removing body odor. Even though you smell clean and fresh all day, this does not mean you have good hygiene. There is more to keeping yourself thoroughly clean than just smelling good.

Here are the most disregarded areas when cleaning the body and how you can keep them germ-free:


You probably brush your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste that is recommended by dentists. However, keeping your teeth sparkly clean is not just about brushing only when you feel like it. You actually need to brush after every meal to reduce the germs in your mouth. Brush every part of the teeth, including their back and all the way to the hard-to-reach areas, such as your wisdom molars. Don’t forget to floss and visit your dentist regularly.


Your teeth are not the only ones in your mouth that you have to take care of. You should also keep your tongue clean to remove the bacteria that cause bad breath. Scrub your tongue with a scraper or tongue cleaner. If you don’t have any of these two, you can just use dental floss.

Belly Button

Admit it: you have more fingers than the number of times you cleaned your belly button. If you rarely clean your navel, you’re not the only one as this is one of the most overlooked parts of the body that people clean. You don’t have to clean it every day – once a week is enough. Use a cotton bud with alcohol or soap and gently clean the navel.

The Part Between Your Toes

You probably take care of your feet, but there is one area that you may have neglected for a long time: that area between your toes. Make sure that you clean and scrub this part of the feet every time you take a bath. You don’t have to use special scrubbing cloths for this as you can just use your fingertips gently. It is also good practice to keep this area clean before you wear your shoes since germs and bacteria can thrive here, causing you to have smelly feet.

No matter how much cologne or perfume you apply, these commercial products cannot mask your odor if you don’t thoroughly clean your body.