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The answer to this depends entirely on you. For overall health, you should bathe at least once a day. However, if you exercise, spend a lot of time outside in warmer climates, or even if you need to relax, you may need to jump in the shower more often.

How Often Should You Wash…Fruit & Vegetables?

Produce needs to be washed very well in cold water to help remove dirt and germs. Also, cut off damaged areas where bacteria can often be found.

The exception? Pre-washed bagged salad. If the bag says it’s already been washed, you can generally trust that it actually has been.

How Often Should You Wash…Your Hands?

If only every single person in the world washed their hands as often as they should, since it’s the number one most effective way to help prevent the spread of illness-causing germs. Hand-washing basics = scrubbing your hands with soap under warm water for no less than 20 seconds.

How Often Should You Wash…Your Towels, Sheets & Blankets?

Let’s see…how fond are you of rolling around in dead skin, sweat, oil, and saliva? Oh yes, and dust mites. That’s what we thought. Wash linens at least once a week in hot water.

How Often Should You Wash…Your Hair?

Stylists, as well as dermatologists, agree that it’s safe for most black women to wash their hair once or twice a week. Unless there’s a heavy buildup of stylist products, more frequent washing can dry out black hair, which tends to be drier and more fragile than other hair types.

This said, it’s very important to actually wash your hair…with shampoo. Many women opt to co-wash their hair, which, essentially, involves using conditioner in the place of shampoo. The problem with this is that  conditioner can’t clear out the bacteria and other contaminates that may have gotten comfy on your scalp. And bacteria does not promote scalp/hair health.

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