What is hygiene poverty ?

Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford many of the everyday items most of us take for granted. It is having to make the horrible choice of eating & heating or staying clean because you can't afford both. 

  • It is struggling to wash your hair because you can’t afford shampoo.

  • It is not being able to purchase deodorant because buying that can would mean missing a meal.

  • It is not being able to replace a toothbrush when needed or sharing a toothbrush because one each just isn't an option.

  • It is being unable to change your baby's nappy as often as is needed and scraping out the contents before reapplying it.

  • It is washing hair, bodies, faces and clothes in the same cheap washing up liquid used for the dishes. 

  • It is being housebound because you can't afford sanitary protection or having to improvise with rolled up loo roll and socks. 

  • It is having to choose between shaving foam and razors or the transport fare to a job interview.

  • It is not being able to launder your clothes and muddy sports kit when needed.

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