Want an easy way to save cash? Keep an eye on your family’s personal hygiene
Most of us don’t care to talk much about personal hygiene, and that’s understandable. It is, after all, personal. But the fact is, the old “cleanliness is next to godliness” argument has some solid economic reasoning behind it. So as a savvy consumer, it behooves you to understand how it can save you cash.
But it isn’t all about being so clean that you squeak. Let me explain what I mean.
The Feel-Good Argument
There’s no arguing that by staying healthy, you save money by not going to the doctor as often and by not missing work. You don’t have to spend as much money on medications, either. And it all comes down to something your mom used to tell you all the time: “Wash your hands!”
Simply put, you’re healthier when you keep clean. Being the consumer watchdog of your family, you need to make sure that your entire family follows suit. Set a good example, and your kids will likely follow. There’s no need to be obsessive; hot water and soap will work wonders. You know, just like Mom said.
On the Other Hand…
Don’t overdo it. For example: consider this hand sanitizer craze that’s sweeping the nation. Doctors are beginning to be a little worried that we’re raising a generation of obsessive kids who don’t have enough exposure to microbes to develop resistance to them.
No resistance now may lead to illness later, completely subverting the whole idea of killing the bugs in the first place. Doctors are also concerned about creating “superbugs” that are resistant to the cleansers we normally use against them.
The thing is, you don’t need hand sanitizers. At all. Soap and water is enough; hand sanitizers are just a clever way to waste money.
Lather. Rinse. Don’t Repeat.
According to one story, the famous shampoo line “Lather. Rinse. Repeat.” was a clever marketer’s way of doubling shampoo sales. That may very well be so, because truthfully, you don’t need to wash your hair as often as the shampoo people want you to.
One lather-and-rinse per day is sufficient for most of us; and those with dry and thick hair may want to shampoo even less. Not only is over-shampooing wasteful of water and shampoo, it can damage your hair. And come on… do you really need a conditioner to put back the shine you just stripped out with the shampoo?
No doubt about it: good hygiene will help you maintain your health and save money in the long run. But don’t be overzealous — or you just might spend a lot of those savings on personal hygiene products that you don’t need!