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How often do you replace kitchen sponges?

How often do you replace kitchen sponges? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Jul 6, 2014 - 43 answers

Help me sort of rough it, car camping style

My boyfriend is a bike mechanic and he's going to be providing support for a large mountain bike stage race taking place over six days. He asked me to come, which sounds like a fun active vacation thing to do. It will be him and his business partner in a company truck, and me in a second car. There will be hot sweaty days of work, chilly nights and a mix of car camping and possibly a hotel here and there. I'd like advice on clothing and what else I should bring, for comfort and utility. [more inside]
posted by tatiana131 on May 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Parkinson's disease, depression, and "weird feeling" while showering.

My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in April, and also has major depressive disorder. She says that showering causes her to feel "unbearably bad" and gets very agitated (wringing her hands and pacing in the bathroom) when she is forced to shower. Does anyone know if this could be related to Parkinson's? It seems like more than the lack of hygiene that sometimes accompanies major depression. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Dec 9, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I feel clean and ungrimy after a workout?

Is there anything I can do to feel less disgusting post-gym? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Sep 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Searching for an adult smelling deodorant.

It has been decades since I've worn deodorant. I think I need to start wearing it again for a couple of reasons. All of the deodorants at the drugstore smell to me either cheap, or like something a teenager would wear. Is there somewhere else I should search? Can anyone recommend anything? Roll-on, non-antiperspirant preferred. (Please no salt stone suggestions, they have not worked for me.)
posted by OmieWise on Jul 1, 2013 - 40 answers

Public hygiene help for Istanbul Gezi Park

How to sustain public hygiene and battle possible health hazards, possibly with strong chemicals, without poisoning the soil or thousands of people? [more inside]
posted by procrastinator on Jun 10, 2013 - 11 answers

I don't really want dreadlocks.

This feels like a silly question, but what do I do about my long, curly, tangle-prone hair when I'm out in the woods for a very long time doing fieldwork? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

One beard enkemptening, please.

I have a rather unkempt winter beard and I'd like to shape it into an actual (but still thick, long and luxurious) beard. Every time I try to do it myself, I fuck it up. I love my barber, but there's a bit of a language barrier and ever since this little mishap , I'm not yet willing to put my beard back in his hands. So I need some YouTube videos or sites or books or salon manuals or something that will allow me to work on my beard without reinventing the wheel. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there any hope for smooth skin, post-depilation?

Brazilian wax has revealed unattractive skin issues. Is there anything that can be done to solve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Pantene or Ponds?

Beardsmen, do you wash your beard with shampoo or facial wash?
posted by asockpuppet on Jan 12, 2013 - 21 answers

Keeping a beard respectable

My friend is growing a beautiful bushy beard and moustache. After several months it's wonderfully luxuriant. But, it's got to the stage where he can't eat without spillage. As for soup, forget about it - he can hardly have a mouthful before he has to wield a napkin and wipe spoonfuls away. My friend is very elegant and finds this sloppiness excruciating, especially in public. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Jan 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Have I ruined my turkey?

Have I ruined my 7 lb turkey by leaving it uncovered at room temperature for 12 hours? [more inside]
posted by jeatsy on Nov 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Learn to floss

How do I *start* flossing? It's really painful... and apparently "not flossing" is my way of rebelling against society. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2012 - 61 answers

Shaving causes skin irritation

How to avoid skin irritation from shaving? Best creme for women? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Phantom Smell?

I apparently have a mildly unpleasant odor that permeates everything I own, and only one person can smell it. How can I find out what's causing it? [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Jul 9, 2012 - 30 answers

How unhygenic is constant handwashing of laundry?

For various reasons, it's significantly more convenient for me to handwash my dirty clothes/linens with detergent in the bathtub, and dry them on a rack in the living room. It's so convenient, in fact, that I'll bother to do my laundry, rather than wear rarely machine-washed and dirty clothes most of the time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Disinfecting My Feet After a Spa Pedicure

Currently in the process of getting a mani/pedi at a salon my friends have been to, but I haven't. Question about hygiene. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on May 19, 2012 - 4 answers

E pluribus -- wait, how do you say 'soap' in Latin again?

What's the best way to combine small shards of soap, the pale remnants of larger bars, into one usable bar? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on May 13, 2012 - 20 answers

Music to make brush to your mouth by

At the dentist today I was reminded again that I brush my teeth too hard and too briefly. The solution, obviously, is a theme song. Know of any songs about two minutes in length that will inspire gentle circular motions? Bonus question: Should there be a different theme song for morning and night? Thanks.
posted by drzz on Apr 13, 2012 - 32 answers

I want to smell better

I have extremely poor hygiene. I smell bad, and I want to change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 - 68 answers

My (unwashed) hands are clean.

I have become adept at urinating without touching anything. Do I still need to wash my hands? [more inside]
posted by troll on Dec 26, 2011 - 45 answers

Billiard-ball smooth

Keeping the undergrowth in check - male edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 - 16 answers

What misconception do I have about health and hygiene?

What did your parents tell you about health that turned out to be utterly wrong? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 19, 2011 - 101 answers

Why are my gums sensitive once a month?

YANMD but about once a month a week before my period, my gums are sensitive. I have very good oral hygiene so this bothers me. Obviously it is likely to be hormonal but what can I do about it?
posted by turtlefu on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Not fakin' the funk in the five boroughs

Can anyone recommend a good defensive cologne to use to ward off the nasty smells I encounter in the New York City subway system? It has to be cheap and come in a small package that I can throw in my bag to be used when necessary. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 18, 2011 - 26 answers

Acne acne, go away

I have mild to moderate acne. My dermatologist is trying to push me towards Accutane, are there any other treatments out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2011 - 39 answers

That doesn't really happen, does it?

2 part question about morning breath: 1 - are there any movies in which the characters address this issue, rather than pretend it doesn't exist? 2 - Do you kiss with morning breath? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Aug 3, 2011 - 46 answers

How to clean a water bottle with a black cap?

I have a water squeeze-bottle on my bike. It has a black cap/drinking-assembly and I'm concerned that it might get really gross under there without me ever knowing about it. How should I clean it? Should I just get a different bottle?
posted by circular on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Not having an immune system is frightening.

Household tips for the immunocompromised? [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Jul 14, 2011 - 18 answers

What are the ideal cupboard conditions in which to hygienically store cups?

What are the ideal cupboard conditions in which to hygienically store cups? [more inside]
posted by troll on Jul 7, 2011 - 23 answers

Best electric pre-shave product?

I'm looking for a lotion, oil, powder, etc. that'll help me get a closer shave with my electric razor. Any experience? While I'm open to less common solutions, I'm optimally looking for something I can just grab at CVS. In the past I've used baby oil which has worked well, but are there any other options (specifically for electric razors or alternative solutions) that might be better? I've seen commercials for Lectric Shave recently and was wondering. Thanks!
posted by shabaabk on Jun 27, 2011 - 13 answers

Don't use that there!!!

My boyfriend and I have very different views on what constitutes "clean". I'm not talking about differences when it comes to keeping one's room neat and organized. We're on the same page about that. I'm talking about re-using towels, sponges, dirty dish rags, and keeping counter tops SANITARY. Help me parse this one out. [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Jun 13, 2011 - 50 answers

A clean, well-smelling place?

Can I salvage a working window-unit Air Conditioner that smells like the previous user's home cooking? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on May 30, 2011 - 3 answers

How sanitary are the insides of public toilets?

Am I being germophobic about the public toilet in my office? (possibly gross details within) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 - 22 answers

Foreskin cleaning? (possibly NSFW)

How do I insure hygiene under my foreskin? [more inside]
posted by marcin_zissou on Feb 22, 2011 - 12 answers

How to shower with a busted hand?

Hack my hygiene! Yesterday I fell, hard, and broke 3 fingers on my left hand. (It's now wrapped in a stiff splint, with only my index finger and thumb operative, waiting to see the doc this week). I also have large abrasions above and below my left eye. How the heck am I supposed to shower, wash my hair, &c. without use of both hands? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! on Feb 20, 2011 - 24 answers

Something about this situation stinks.

My 19-year-old brother and housemate stinks. He's smelled funky for years, and it's not getting better. How can I either get him cleaned up or trick myself into not caring? [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt on Jan 20, 2011 - 48 answers

Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; not drying your hands after washing your hands?

Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; or not drying your hands after washing your hands? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Oct 29, 2010 - 40 answers

No dad, I really don't want to pull your ear hair.

How can I tell my dad there are certain things I don't want to do for him without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Oct 18, 2010 - 27 answers

These hands... they look so strong.

Given the option of either soap and warm water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which should I use to clean my hands?
posted by davidjmcgee on Oct 13, 2010 - 15 answers

Rub-a-dub-dub, I have to use the tub

For someone who's taken exclusively showers almost all her life: What are your bath hacks? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Sep 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Basic facial hygiene / acne routine for adults.

I'm a male in my late 20's and my teenage acne never went away. I acknowledge that I could be doing more to prevent acne and that my facial hygiene routine is probably lacking. What can I add to my routine (detailed within) that will make the biggest difference? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Sep 16, 2010 - 41 answers

Hand washing in the kitchen sink

Is it okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink? [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Aug 30, 2010 - 37 answers

My "No. 1" Question about Hygiene

Which is cleaner? Touch no surfaces and don't wash your hands during a public restroom visit or touch various surfaces and then wash your hands? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm on Aug 24, 2010 - 38 answers

I want to smell like food

Help me smell like food! I found this hair stuff that smells vaguely of nutmeg, and it occurred to me how much I like that sort of smell. Are there any personal hygiene products that smell like food or spices? Excluding the typical fruit and vegetable scents, of course.
posted by seiryuu on Aug 17, 2010 - 39 answers

Cat with bad aim !

YANMV (you are not my vet) - One of my girlfriend's cats is displaying strange behavior, and she'd like some advice as to how to rectify cat's hygiene problem. [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Jun 8, 2010 - 18 answers

How can I make sure that I brush my teeth every night?

How can I make sure that I brush my teeth every single night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 41 answers

Discussing a partner's bad breath.

How do you talk to your partner about their bad breath? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 - 30 answers

Help my partner and me to resolve our Dogs-on-the-Bed stalemate!

My partner has two cute and excitable 2-year old male dogs who are used to sleeping on the bed. I have a problem knowing that dog butts and genitalia have been lying where I put my face. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Dec 31, 2009 - 52 answers

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