By Knude Society Team

Basic intimate grooming: a guide for everyone

From brushing our teeth to keeping our bodies clean — we all know the importance of maintaining good personal hygiene.

But when it comes to hygiene, there is one aspect that’s sometimes overlooked or misunderstood — intimate grooming. It’s not just waxing, shaving, or leaving au natural, it’s much, much more. So let’s take a look:

Why does intimate grooming matter?

1. Feeling fresh and confident: When we feel fresh and clean, we feel more confident. Everyone gets sweaty and dirty during their day-to-day activities — that’s normal! Keeping our genital area clean, we can prevent unpleasant odors and discomfort, giving us that extra spring in our step.

2. Keeping infections at bay: Infections can happen when bacteria builds up. By keeping up with your intimate grooming, you prevent the buildup of bacteria, sweat, and debris, and you also minimise the chances of discomforting issues like yeast infections, UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis.

Your 101 intimate grooming guide:

1. Washing your vulva: As you probably know, your vagina is self cleaning. However, your vulva is not. Wash with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals or strongly scented products — these are not designed for your vulva and they can upset your natural balance. Plus, don’t use a sponge or loofah, not only can the texture of the, cause abrasive irritation, they also harbour germs.

2. Brazilian? Landing strip? Bikini?: The decision to wax, shave, trim, or leave your pubic hair is entirely down to you. But, if you do prefer hair removal, don’t skimp on it. Use proper techniques and maintain hygiene to minimize skin irritation or ingrown hairs.

3. Wipe front to back: No exceptions! It prevents the spread of bacteria from the anal area to the genitals, reducing your risk of UTIs.

4. New underwear please!: Where possible, try and wear underwear made out of breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo. Change them every day too — although it may not feel like it, a bit amount of sweat and debris can build up during the day.

5. Periods: As if having periods weren’t enough, they also require more maintenance to help keep fresh and clean. Change your pads or tampons frequently, or if you’re using reusable products wash them thoroughly with hot water and a mild soap.

6. An apple a day, but don’t keep the doctor away: If you’re ever concerned about your intimate health, get seen! We’d always recommend scheduling in for regular appointments, and keeping up with your cervical screening test too.