What is Hygiene Poverty?

Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford many of the everyday hygiene and personal grooming products most of us take for granted. The reality of low income is that it restricts people’s options, leaving us caught between being able to heat our homes, pay the rent, eat or be clean.

What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is struggling to wash your hair because you can’t afford shampoo.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is not being able to purchase deodorant because money is needed for the bills.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is not being able to replace a toothbrush when needed or one family sharing a single toothbrush because one each just isn't an option.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is parents being unable to change a baby's nappy as often as is needed, or having to reuse dirty nappies.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is washing hair, bodies, faces and clothes in the same washing up liquid used for the dishes.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is not being able to leave the house because you can't afford period products.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is having to choose between shaving foam and razors or transport fare.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is going to school with matted hair because there is only one hairbrush in the household and there's no time for everyone to get a chance to use it.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is not being able to wash clothes, uniforms and sports kit when needed.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
It is being 'judged' for living in a dirty home, when you can't afford the cost of household cleaning products.

The Stats

What is Hygiene Poverty?
12.8% of the population were at risk of poverty in 2019, that’s as many as 640,000 people. In many cases, people are at risk of poverty despite having a job. (2019, CSO)
What is Hygiene Poverty?
17.8% of the Irish population experienced two or more types of deprivation; that is not replacing worn out furniture or being able to afford new clothes when necessary. And for those on a low income and at risk of poverty, this increases to 42.7%. (2019, CSO)
What is Hygiene Poverty?
For people with disabilities who are unable to work 43% experience two or more types of deprivation. (2019, CSO)
What is Hygiene Poverty?
10.5% of those over 65 are at risk of poverty and 11.2% are experiencing enforced deprivation (2019, CSO)
What is Hygiene Poverty?
50% of lone parents experience multiple forms of deprivation (2018, SVP)
What is Hygiene Poverty?
19.4% of students in 2019 were at risk of poverty and 17.3% experiencing enforced deprivation (2019, CSO)