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Millions of Australians face hygiene poverty

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Third Sector; July 9, 2024

Millions of Australians are living in hygiene poverty as the cost-of-living crisis leaves many unable to afford soap, shampoo and deodorant. 

New research reveals that over four million Australians are currently living in ‘hygiene poverty’, with more than 1 in 7 (15%) recently skipping buying essential personal hygiene or household cleaning products because they were unable to afford them. 

The research into the cost-of-living crisis, conducted by leading charity Good360 Australia, also highlights that 1 in 5 Australians are worried about not being able to afford personal hygiene or household cleaning products in the future (20%), and that 18% are concerned about their family having access to the essential products they need to be healthy. 

Hygiene poverty is going without one or more hygiene products because you cannot afford them. It is often a precursor to food and fuel poverty, as people are likely to give up products like shampoo before they go without food. 

Read the full article over at Third Sector.

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