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The 7 Germiest Items You Probably Touch Every Single Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Linda Rodgers | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But there’s a slew of ...

A Story of Resilience for International Women's Day

Erin Zaikis | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Erin Zaikis

Mary Nanyonga is a 27 year old mother of 3 in Mubende, Uganda with big dreams for the future.

Celebrate Women: Don't WASH Away Their Rights

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

The truth is: inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a violation of fundamental human rights. If women realize these rights, it will make not just the 8th of March but every single day a day where women and girls can stand proud, and reach their fullest potential.

Education & Equality: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we began, 50 more individuals and families have joined in.

This Will Make You Want To Wash Your Hands And Boil Everything

Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, germs and bacteria are on every surface you touch. Apparently, even washing your hands promises very little prote...

Creativity and the Ordinary

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Miriam Ava

Consider housekeeping your launchpad to happiness. Clearing away what no longer sparks joy (thanks, Marie Kondo), creating space for what you envision, and anticipating beauty -- that's what opens you up to the heavens. Let the good rush in and through you, and then ship your art.

5 Ways Little Kids Wash Their Hands

Brent Almond | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Brent Almond

Based on personal experience of how regularly my child practices responsible (unassisted) hygiene, it's a wonder we're not in the midst of a full-blown toddler zombie apocalypse.

Why This Woman Traded Her Soap For Oil

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 01.16.2015 | Style

For most of her life, blogger Starr Vartan took a shower every night using soap to cleanse herself. But she suffered from chronic dry skin and cystic ...

User Experience: Hygiene or Strategic Differentiator?

George Bradt | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
George Bradt

There's no doubt that some people in some situations will pay more for goods and services if they are wrapped in enjoyable experiences. The question f...

4 Truths About Water and Sanitation

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Lisa Schechtman

Right now, one-third of the world's population lives without a decent toilet. One in ten people doesn't have access to safe drinking water. Without these, even basic handwashing can be beyond reach.

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.

Urban Sanitation Critical as Indian Cities Expand

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Due to open defecation millions of Indians are prone to ill health, threats to their safety, reduced productivity and lower earning potential, resulting in a deepening cycle of poverty -- all for want of basic sanitation facilities.

Physicians on the Front Lines: Where Technology Can Help to Make the Clean Hand the Winning Hand

Geeta Nayyar, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Geeta Nayyar, M.D.

Since about 88 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, a review of the WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene is imperative. Most importantly, in the home, in schools and most importantly - in hospitals and doctor's offices.

What I Learned From 10 Days Without Shampoo

Grace Li | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Grace Li

Backpacking has taught me a lot, and I will carry all of those lessons with me into the future, but here's the thing -- I don't plan on carrying much else.

Offering Hope Through Soap

Harry Reid | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Harry Reid

There are 3 million people around the world and thousands here in the U.S., many of them kids, whose lives could be changed by a little bar of soap.

Locks, Storage and Hygiene

Sonia Gil | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

Yes, we all love to keep our luggage safe and secure. That's why luggage locks are an essential accessory when we embark on any type of travel. But not all locks are made the same.

The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider th...

10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.

50% Of Men Do This In The Bathroom

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 03.27.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM For the naturally curious, a closed door is cause for questions. And what room’s door is always closed when someone...

A Bossy Water Hero Is a Girl Who Leads

David Winder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
David Winder

When I asked her how she saw her future, she didn't bat an eye. "I want to go to secondary school and university," she told me, "I want to become a doctor."

7 Effective Ways To Stop Body Odor

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 02.27.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Ewwwww, Grandma, you smell bad!” Your worst nightmare, right? Who wants to be the grandparents kids hate to visi...

A Disgusting Reason To Stop Taking Selfies

Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Think twice before you get up close and personal for a selfie -- because that head-rubbing contact could allow lice to jump into your hair. “I...

WATCH: I Don't Use Toilet Paper

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Whether its one-ply, two-ply or a fancy quilted pattern, most people would probably admit that they can't live without toilet paper. But for blogger A...

Clean Drinking Water Can Save Lives -- Through 'Water Education'

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel

Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that can save these lives and help address the nation's water crisis.

Catherine Pearson

The Simple Household Item This 24-Year-Old Is Using To Change The World | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Erin Zaikis often used to think about how she could help change the world, but it wasn't until she got very sick with dengue fever that she decided to...