Maintaining personal hygiene is necessary for many reasons; personal, social, health, psychological or simply as a way of life. Keeping a good standard of hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, illnesses and bad odours.Most people are very conscious of personal hygiene because:We're taught of the importance of hygiene from an early ageWe may have been "picked-on" at school for a one-off or a peristent hygiene problem. This may even have been an issue mistakenly related to hygiene by others - such as head liceIt is considered a way of making ourselves more attractive to the opposite sexIt is off-putting to our friends and colleagues if we smell unpleasant etc.We're aware of health problems that can develop as a result of poor personal hygiene