Last week, we asked our readers what necessary skills they weren’t taught growing up. While we got a huge response, personal hygiene skills were the top of several of our commenters lists. And it’s understandable. Most people don’t get outside input on these essential, everyday routines until much later in life. For that reason, we’re going back to basics.

Start by Forming Solid Habits

Of all the skill involved in personal hygiene, making it a habit is the skill that underlies them all. It doesn’t matter if you know how to properly brush your teeth if you only do it once a week. It may seem tangential, but it’s essential. If you don’t already have solid hygiene habits, start by identifying the areas where you do have solid habits and build on those.