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Questions tagged [personal-hygiene]

Questions about cleanliness, conditions and practices that helps maintaining health and preventing diseases to spread.

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New roommate from India does something to make bathroom smell really bad

Where I live I share the bathroom with one other person. The person who I share it with recently changed and someone from India moved in. He said he's new to the country and just arrived recently. I ...
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How can I encourage cleaner habits to my partner?

Background I've been seeing my partner for a few years now. We are both young adults, have busy but stable jobs, and have our own living spaces. We have a very loving and supportive relationship. My ...
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How to talk with my boss about the lack of hygiene on our workspace?

I'm currently working in a small office with around 14 coworkers. We have a tiny scullery just to make coffee / wash dishes and a bathroom. Most of my coworkers are men and they're developers. I'm ...
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How do I talk to my housemate about bathroom hygiene?

I live in a shared house with 3 other people through my college's housing program. We have our own rooms, a common kitchen and living room, and two bathrooms (1 per two people). The person I share a ...
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How to tell flatmate that one of her visitors often leaves the toilet in a dirty state?

My flatmate and me are very good friends. Both me and her put a lot of emphasis on cleanliness in our whole apartment (what is suiting completely fine). For a few days her family stays here for a ...
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How to communicate to work colleagues about the importance of hand hygiene

It has come to my attention, that quite a lot of people in my office don't wash their hands after using the restrooms. I'd estimate approximately 30% of people have this habit. Apart for being ...
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How to express worries about lifestyle without being perceived as denigrating? [closed]

I was considering to join a colocation I found on the internet with an advertisement. For practical reasons (waiting for the rental agreement) the possible roommate proposed me to move in as a guest ...
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How to tell my boss about his lack of hygiene

I work in a small consulting company. I love what I do and I love to work with my boss who is a kind of genius in our field. He is a quick thinker and can be very technical and smart. He is good and ...
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How can I tactfully ask someone to wash their hands when going to the bathroom?

Recently I had a few friends come over to play a board game. At one point, one of them went to the bathroom, which was near the area in which we were playing. After about 5 minutes (which would ...
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How to ask a co-worker to sneeze into their elbow?

My co-worker has been sneezing about 8 times a day for the last two weeks. Like clock-work, I will hear him loudly sneeze out into the air every hour. He is not covering his mouth when he sneezes (and ...
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How to tell a colleague to wash?

I'm seated next to a colleague who, apparently, likes to skip shower for some 3-4 days and has a very strong body odor. How can I tell him to wash more often without being rude? I don't want to take ...
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How to tell a colleague to take care of how he looks

I am working in a software consultancy company, and our job has a good deal of direct interaction with clients. We are a very international bunch of people, but we are based in Germany, and all our ...
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How to deal with this type of food eating friends? [closed]

Since my childhood I am still living alone because of this problem i.e food sharing problem with my own friends. Suppose if I went to party, friends are also invited. They putting their hands in my ...
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How and when to tell someone they have food in their teeth

I'm in America and every once in a while I come across someone with food stuck in their teeth. Recently it happened with a coworker I feel friendly towards. I first noticed while we were having a 1:...
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How do I get my mother to use the bathroom?

Background My living situation is as follows: I live in a two-story house with my mother and no one else. Our Bedrooms are upstairs, together with a small bathroom without a toilet. The toilet is ...
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How to convey a message that will convince an unknown person to not urinate next to my garage door?

Background My wife and I rent an apartment and a garage. The garage is on an underground parking underneath the building in which we live. The garage has a metal door which we lock with a key. The ...
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What is the politest way to tell someone their breath smells?

Sometimes people have morning breath or garlic-breath of some sort. If I'm talking to a friend in a public place and I notice this, what should I do? Should I tell them to brush their teeth in the ...
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How to deal with a runny nose in Japan?

It seems like people in Japan never blow their nose, even though they rather often catch a cold. People still use tissues to touch their nose or press it a bit, but never while blowing it. I remember ...
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Is there any polite way of asking someone to blow their nose in public?

From time to time there are cases when I would really like someone else to blow their nose, whether it be because they're constantly sniffling, or that I can see snot in their nose. Neither of those ...
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How to blow your nose in public

This question is based in the UK (By "in-public", I'm referring to being around other people in general public places such as parties or cafe's, or on a train too) Often in public I need to blow my ...
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A casual acquaintance keeps offering me gum

Someone I run into occasionally, when we meet, they always takes a pack of gum out of their pocket, takes a piece for themselves, and offers me one. I am not sure if they think I have bad breath and ...
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How to deal with someone accidentally spitting in my food while dining out

This is a true story. I was dining out with a friend and an acquaintance (who was close friends with my friend). Back story: the acquaintance was jealous of how well her friend and I were getting ...
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How can I politely tell someone that they should take a shower?

When I was in college, myself and a few friends gathered weekly to play D&D together. One friend had weekly track & field sessions scheduled prior to our meet-ups. Usually, this wasn't an ...