hygiene - updates

Rappler's latest stories on hygiene


5 hygiene points to remember this quarantine

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:24 PM

Here’s how you can do your part in minimizing this pandemic

Diseases are in the air, here’s how to avoid them according to a respiratory specialist

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Wear face masks but don't forget to wash your hands and strengthen your immune system

WATCH: How to sew your own face masks, as taught by designer Santi Obcena

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Whether for donating or your own use, here's how you can make your own face mask

Why washing hands is so important

Mar 24, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Here’s how to help stop the spread of the invisible virus

These 5 foods are staining your teeth and you might not know it

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:12 PM

You might want to want to cut down on coffee and curry

How simply washing your hands can make your loved ones happier

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Manila Water Foundation celebrates Global Handwashing Day to raise awareness on the importance of proper handwashing

Maine Mendoza tells all in interview with Boy Abunda

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Watch Maine and Boy team up to fight world germination

Manila Water Foundation wins Quill Award for hygiene education initiative

Sep 14, 2019 - 12:15 AM

They also received an Award of Merit for championing engineers for social good

What's 'HANGINfection' and how can you protect yourself?

May 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Germs lurk on dirty surfaces, but they’re also in the air you breathe

Tick off these items on your personal hygiene checklist

Jan 30, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Finding it difficult to follow through with your New Year’s resolutions? Start with these simple but important habits

A healthy habit for a happy Christmas

Oct 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

There’s a simple way to prevent germs from spreading to your loved ones this holiday season

WATCH: How do extra-small toothbrush heads work?

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Size matters when it comes to your dental health

Healing skin, healing lives

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:31 PM

In the wake of disasters Vaseline strives to help improve Filipinos’ skin health

Your child’s threatening and invisible playmates

Mar 23, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Harmful germs lurk even in places you wouldn’t expect

Are you guilty of these brushing no-nos?

Mar 18, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Maybe you didn’t even know these habits were harming your teeth and gums

How to stay on track with your ultimate beauty goals

Mar 13, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Feeling good looking good is a constant process

Hair habits you need to break ASAP

Feb 24, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Hair pulling using heat tools daily tugging at your locks – these seemingly harmless actions can cause long term damage to your hair

LOOK: What's inside DSWD's 'dignity kits' for flood victims?

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:43 AM

The provision of dignity kits is part of the DSWD s efforts to provide immediate assistance to more than 13 000 families affected by torrential rains in the Visayas and Mindanao

Real talk: Men and hair fall

Jan 12, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Life is too short to keep worrying about the top of your head

Ensuring healthy lives, one clean bowl at a time

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Clean toilets mean healthier families Domex is educating health practitioners mothers and students on the importance of proper toilet sanitation

PH among countries with increasing HIV infections

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A study shows increase in new HIV infection rate from 2005 to 2015 in 74 countries

Filipina flight attendant fights for access to potable water

May 26, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Joana Bacallo a Filipino flight attendant in a Middle East based airlines makes it her mission to bring clean water to rural areas

WATER. A Filipino teen scoops water from a stream at a forested area of Antipolo city, east of Manila, Philippines, 23 February 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

PH to launch world's first 'AIDS Hour' on May 14

May 13, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Filipinos are encouraged to light a candle from 6 pm to 7 pm on Saturday May 14 to commemorate the lives of those who died from HIV and AIDS

Photo c/o Project Red Ribbon

Water hygiene 101: What every consumer needs to know

Nov 11, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Vigilance on water hygiene is an ongoing crusade for every consumer

Anshu Gupta: Empowering poor communities through clothing

Sep 01, 2015 - 5:00 PM

2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta runs Goonj a non governmental organization that sees clothing not just as a basic need but as a sustainable development resource for the poor

CLOTH AS TOOL. 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta believes cloth is a sustainable development resource that can be used as a tool to empower communities and preserve human dignity. Screenshot by Rappler

Why your mouth matters more than you think

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Bad oral hygiene isn’t just off putting it’s a burden

[Dash of SAS] Making the menstrual period eco-friendly

Jun 17, 2015 - 1:52 PM

That brings us to the movement to reverse the menstrual flow and green our vagina with all sorts of alternatives to disposable sanitary napkins and tampons

TRUE OR FALSE: Do I have bad breath?

Jun 13, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Do you know what causes bad breath? Take this quiz and test your knowledge on bad breath and what may cause it

Ever heard of menstruphobia and menstrual cups?

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Watch this short video on how menstrual cups can help women and girls

Menstruation 101: Putting a period on period myths

May 24, 2015 - 10:30 AM

How does menstrual hygiene impact lives?

How important is oral health to Filipinos?

Apr 27, 2015 - 5:11 PM

How much importance do Filipinos give their oral health?

What's your oral lifestyle?

Apr 16, 2015 - 1:20 PM

When you’re on your third cup of coffee or take soft drinks with every other meal do you know how it affects your mouth?

Periods aren't dirty: Ending hesitation around menstruation

Mar 27, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The second annual Menstrual Hygiene Day an awareness platform that works year round to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management will be held on May 28

No man is an island: Clean water for all Filipinos

Mar 23, 2015 - 3:12 PM

While having access to clean water is a luxury that many of us take for granted there are billions living in nations with no safe water infrastructure in place

Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Sex and pregnancy for some will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life Or sometimes earlier but only by accident

When plaque attacks

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Why plaque is the root cause of most of your oral health problems

India to check on toilet use in 'real time'

Dec 31, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Sanitary inspectors will go door to door to check and verify the use of toilets with mobile phones tablets or iPads and upload the results onto a website in real time

TOILET. An Indian man urinates on a wall in New Delhi on November 18, 2014, the eve of World Toilet Day. UNICEF estimates that nearly 50% of India's population defecate in the open, with the situation acute in dirt-poor rural areas. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

IMF policies criticized over Ebola outbreak

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:28 AM

A study finds IMF programs held back the development of effective health systems in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Tips to make brushing fun for kids

Dec 09, 2014 - 12:08 PM

Teaching your kids proper dental hygiene is important but it can also be enjoyable Here are a few tips

BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH. Keep things fun and sing a brushing song. All graphics by Nico Villarete

Smelly, sticky, wet: Making it work in the dumps of Tondo

Dec 04, 2014 - 7:58 PM

It s ironic how something only meant to be a temporary housing site can have such lasting effects

Masbate's barangay folks lead sanitation efforts

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Find out how several communities on the island of Masbate changed a bad habit that threatened their health and the environment

Teacher, teacher, Yolanda left scars

Nov 08, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The class is about to start Some have had lunch others have not Some cannot wait to learn others cannot wait for dinner

SCHOOL. Students of Sta Fe, from kinder to Grade 3, are mixed in two half-day classes under one teacher. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Clean hands, better health: Global Handwashing Day

Oct 31, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Manila Water Foundation doubles its reach for Global Handwashing Day

Washing away old behavior after Yolanda

Oct 22, 2014 - 6:09 PM

I have been in this village for three decades but I never owned a toilet If we buy a latrine our family will be hungry for weeks

COST AND BENEFITS. Roselyn Tulfo  babysits her months old baby. “I have been in this village for three decades but I never had owned a toilet.  If we buy a latrine, our family will be hungry for weeks,” adds Roselyn Tulfo, 31, a mother of 5.

Your mouth is a gateway to your health

Oct 18, 2014 - 10:30 AM

How is oral health linked to your overall health? Read on to see how good or bad oral hygiene can impact the rest of your body

How sugar is really damaging your teeth

Oct 15, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Got a sweet tooth? Read on to learn how your sugar intake causes cavities

GOT CAVITIES? Sugar is the number one cause of cavities in children and adults. All graphics by Nico Villarete

Water, water everywhere: The irony of Artex

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:46 PM

The documentary takes us inside Artex its daily struggle with scarcity and filth and its subtle beauty – mostly found in its people s resilience and creativity

Yolanda-hit villages are first ‘Zero Open Defecation’ areas

Sep 27, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Western Leyte has areas with some of the highest rates of open defecation in the country even before Yolanda In the immediate aftermath of the super typhoon around 65 of areas in the region did not have access to toilets

ZERO DEFECATION.  Community members in Western Leyte help build low cost septic tank and toilets. Photo by Save the Children

The shame in our bleeding

Sep 18, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Keeping women in the dark about their bodies to prevent sexual activity is just as effective as hoping people won t defecate if they re not told where the toilet is

The search for healthier karinderyas

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:23 AM

An NGO is proposing to train karinderyas on nutrition and proper food preparation What do you think of this idea?

NUTRITION. Since many families rely on karinderyas for their daily meals, an NGO proposes to educate karinderya owners on nutrition. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA