1. Wash with hot water only. It may seem counter-intuitive, but washing your v@g na with soap, whether it’s bar soap or liquid, is not the best way to keep clean. The v@g na actually stays quite clean on its own without the help of outside cleansers. Like other parts of the body, it has a pH level that needs to be maintained in order to prevent the growth of unhealthy bacteria and facilitate the growth of good bacteria. Using harsh cleansers can upset the balance, leading to infection, irritation, and even bad smells.
2. Don’t use douches or feminine sprays. Douching with chemicals that are supposed to make your v@g na smell like a field of flowers actually ends up having quite the opposite effect. They wash out all the healthy bacteria that helps your vagina stay clean and infection-free. The chemicals left behind by douches can cause irritation and even burning, and the same goes for feminine sprays. If you keep your vagina healthy using other methods, there will be no need to try to make it smell different.
4. Wipe from front to back. It is important to wipe from front to back, rather than the reverse, to keep fecal matter from entering your v@ g ina and causing an infection. Use plain, unscented toilet paper to wipe. Avoid using wet wipes or any other product that contains perfumes and chemicals.
5. Wear cotton underwear. Cotton underwear dries quickly and allows air to flow freely through the fabric. This prevents the development of damp conditions that promote the growth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria that might lead to an infection. Underwear made from synthetic fabrics, silk, lace, or other materials does not breathe as well.