Idioms related to hygiene

Remember, an idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own.

Maintaining good personal hygiene can promote good health while learning idioms related to hygiene can improve your writing. Let's see some examples:

  1. If you 'treat someone like dirt', you behave badly towards them in a way that shows no respect.

  2. You may feel uncomfortable when someone 'air your dirty laundry in public' as they talk about your personal things in public.

  3. Someone is given 'a clean bill of health' when the doctor said he or she is healthy.

  4. You can say you 'dig up the dirt on someone' when you find out something bad about them.

  5. If you 'wash your hands of something', you stop being involved in or connected with something that you were previously responsible for.

  6. Your parents might say 'wash your mouth out with soap' if they are angry with you for swearing.

  7. A fact or a piece of news is 'a hard pill to swallow' if it is very unpleasant but must be accepted.

  8. If someone 'give you a dirty look', you better be careful as they are looking at you in a disapproving way.

  9. You 'do someone's dirty work' if you are doing something unpleasant or difficult for someone else who does not want to do it himself or herself.

  10. If you 'wipe the slate clean', you start a new and better way of behaving, forgetting about any bad experiences in the past.

We hope these idioms will come in useful one day like they are just what the doctor ordered (= exactly what is wanted or needed)!