It’s called personal hygiene because it’s, well, personal — but we can all get a little curious about how our cleanliness habits stack up. Not brushing your teeth? Kinda gross. Not washing your hands? Definitely gross. Peeing in the shower? Actually not as gross as you may think, according to some.

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Take a peek into other people’s routines by answering the poll questions below, and find out whether your habits come up to snuff per health and cleaning experts.

Okay, let’s start with showering:

Derms and docs tend to agree that it depends on your activity level, but you should shower once a day if you do something that makes you sweat. If you have really dry skin or eczema, however, try to cool it on the hot water and bath no more than once a day.

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Do it in the morning, you’ll feel more alert. Do it at night, you could fall asleep faster. Either way, you will wake up “dirtier” than you went to bed. “Humans tend to perspire at night,” dermatologist Gary Goldenberg told the New York Times. “When you wake up in the morning, there’s all this sweat and bacteria from the sheets that’s just kind of sitting there on your skin.”

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Personal preference: Hair first, then body while the conditioner soaks in.

It sounds gross, but it’s not totally unhygienic. “Urinating in the shower would not present any significant hygiene risks,” Robert Glatter, MD, told Men’s Health.

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This is a personal preference thing, TBH.

If you use one, make sure you toss it every two months and soak it in a diluted bleach solution at least every week to kill infection-causing bacteria. That said, dermatologist Melissa Piliang told the Cleveland Clinic you’re probably better off using washcloths, as they’re easier to clean and less hospitable to breeding organisms.

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Do you wash your hands …

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If you’re feeling a little lazy, just remember that washing your hands protects you from germs like Salmonella, E. Coli, and norovirus. As the CDC points out: “Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.” Just get yourself some soap that smells great if you need an extra incentive.

If you take public transportation, then you know why you should.

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Yep, another must if you want to avoid diarrhea-causing salmonellosis.

FYI that washing your hands beforehand does help prevent infections, according to the National Women’s Health Resource Center.

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Same thing as above! Also, because you were just in the bathroom.

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Okay, here come the bathroom questions:

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Fun fact: The device you put next to your face (or even bring into bed) is probably dirtier than a toilet seat. Wipe it down with an alcohol wipe every few days to de-germ, advises Carolyn Forte, director of Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

If you’re inclined to “hold it,” don’t. Resisting the urge for a prolonged period of time or can cause pain, discomfort, and constipation. Do it regularly, it can even mess with the brain signals and muscles associated with pooping, according to Prevention.

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Want the best of both worlds? GH Seal Holder Charmin Ultra Soft got high marks for both strength and softness in a Good Housekeeping Institute test.

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To save your plumbing (and help the environment), both Kotex and Tampax recommend throwing tampons out in the trash, by the way.

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Now let’s get into teeth:

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Yeah, you need to do it twice a day to prevent tooth decay, the American Dental Association states.

It only takes two minutes to do a thorough job though!

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Same thing here: Flossing once a day can save you from painful (and expensive) cavities and gum disease. The good news: It doesn’t matter what time of day you do it.

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You’re almost done! Last ones:

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Your bath towels should get cleaned every third use, Forte advises. Your hand towels need a little more than that though; swap ’em out every other day since you use them more frequently.

If getting your waterproof mascara off (and not on your pillow) is an eternal struggle, switch to Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. It stood out as the fave in the most recent Good Housekeeping Institute test — and at $6, you’ll feel more inclined to be diligent.

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It depends on how sweaty you get, but cleaning your bra every time you wear it will damage the elasticity, says Lexie Sachs, Senior Textiles Analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Wash your bra every three or four wears instead as a happy medium. Zip it into a mesh garment bag first and launder on the most delicate cycle your washer offers with a mild detergent, like Woolite.

No judgement here!

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