Staying clean and looking snazzy can be time consuming and expensive. Some hygiene problems can even seem unsolvable if you deal with them long enough. Here are five tips you might consider trying to save you time, money, or embarrassment in the future.
Soak your razors in mineral oil.
How many times have you been down to your last disposable razor and been forced to shave your legs or face with a dull blade? No one likes that.
It hurts and causes razor burn. But if you soak your razors in mineral oil between uses, your blades will stay sharper much longer. This means you’ll be replacing them less often. Some people have reported replacing their disposable razor once a year using this method.
For men, that could mean saving as much as $111 per year, and women could probably save even more.
Spray rubbing alcohol in your shoes.
If you tend to have smelly feet because your shoes are always stinky, try putting some rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle. Spritz the insides of your shoes at the end of the day to kill odor-causing bacteria so your kicks will be fresh for future use. Mix in some cinnamon or mint and let it stew for a while to keep your feet smelling spiffy.
Wear an undershirt with your work shirt.
This might seem obvious, but it’s a total life saver. If you have a job that requires you to wear the same shirt every day or every other day, this will save you the hassle of having to do laundry ten times a week.
The undershirt will intercept all your sweat and oils before they can taint your other shirt, meaning it will stay fresher longer and won’t wear out as quickly from washing it so much. V-necks are especially useful since they won’t poke out of your collar.
Replace shaving cream with hair conditioner.
This hack can save money and net better results than traditional shaving methods. What’s not to love? Instead of buying a can of shaving cream that will last a month tops, pick up a second, cheaper bottle of hair conditioner. It moisturizes your skin more effectively than shaving cream and you only need to use a tiny bit at a time. You’ll get a smoother shave without razor burn, and you’ll be replacing your razors less often since conditioner doesn’t cause as much gunk to build up between the blades.
Coconut oil. For everything.
Well, almost everything. Coconut oil has recently gained notoriety as a miracle substance, and, though it can be a bit pricey, its reputation is well deserved. It can be used as a makeup remover and skin moisturizer, and it is especially useful for preventing razor burn after shaving. You can put it in your hair before a shower to make your locks shinier than ever. Some people even use it as a personal lubricant since it’s safe for, ahem, internal use as well.
Be careful, though. It’s possible your body won’t react positively to the wonders of coconut oil. It could cause your face to break out or your scalp to get oily. If you can’t make it work for you, consider using almond oil instead.