11 Little Hygiene Rules All Men Should Live By

Guys, here's how to look and smell your best with a few simple grooming tweaks.

Reduce foot odor


Scrub your feet every day, and make sure to dry them completely (don’t forget between your toes!) as soon as you hop out of the shower. Before you slip on socks, apply antiperspirant to your feet to keep odors at bay. These are more foot odor home remedies that really work.

Prevent a dull razor


Oxidation can dull your blades, but mineral oil will stop the process to keep them sharper longer. After shaving, soak your razor for a few minutes in a shallow dish of mineral oil, then use rubbing alcohol to clean the blades. Razors are just one example of men's toiletries that women should steal.

Freshen up without the shower

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If you don’t have time for a full shower, you can still leave the house feeling clean. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a sink full of water, then use a washcloth or sponge to rub yourself down with the solution. These are pretty solid reasons you should shower less often.

Don’t be afraid of body grooming


If the hair on your head has started thinning, you might find that the hair on your nose, back, and ears is growing in full force. Clean up your look by trimming, plucking, or waxing any unwanted hair.

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Don’t neglect your armpits


Armpit hair traps bacteria, making body odor more intense. During the summer, trim your armpit hair for fresher, cleaner pits.

Prevent ingrown hairs


If you tend to get ingrown hairs, soften facial hair before you shave by lathering for five minutes with shaving cream. Use a shaving brush for a richer lather and even softer skin. Always use a sharp blade and shave in the direction your hair grows. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer. Did you know you can substitute shaving cream for olive oil? Here are more creative uses for olive oil.

Keep your armpits fresh


Rub a cotton ball soaked with tea tree oil or witch hazel to keep your underarms dry, fresh, and bacteria-free. Alternatively, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide will kill odor-causing bacteria.

Shave after (or in) your shower

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Hot water and steam open your pores and make your stubble softer, so wait until you’re well into your shower to get the least painful shave. After five minutes under the spray, you might be able to get a nick-free shave without any shaving cream.

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Change your razor often


Without a sharp blade, you could end up with red blotches on your face and neck, so make sure to change it out regularly.

Shave off five years from your look—literally


Facial hair tends to look older. Trim down a full beard into a goatee for a more youthful look, or go totally clean-shaven.

Wear breathable clothes


Synthetic fibers like nylon and spandex don’t let your skin breathe, making you more prone to body odor. Pick a natural material like cotton to give your skin more air. Plus, make sure they’re loose enough. Tighter clothes will trap sweat against your skin, giving you icky sweat stains and BO.

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