Who we are

At The Hygiene Bank, we believe it is not right that feeling clean should be a luxury or a privilege for anyone in our society, yet many are living in poverty and cannot afford to stay clean. That is why our network of projects exists – to give people access to the basics they need.

We are a grassroots, people-powered charity and social movement, grounded in community. Our passion stems from the injustice that people may be unable to fully participate in society due to hygiene poverty. This is why we work to inspire social change.

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What is Hygiene Poverty?

Many people locked in poverty or those who find themselves in times of crisis often experience restricted options. This leaves them caught between being able to heat their home, pay their rent, buy food or keep clean. Hygiene poverty can be shaming, humiliating and excluding and can result in social isolation.

It can lead to a lack of confidence and can negatively affect good health and mental well-being which can impact early childhood development, learning, employability and social interaction.

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How we work

Products are donated, collected, sorted and distributed to our network of community partners - a mix of organisations, charities and schools - who support those of us pulled into poverty.

Supporting The Hygiene Bank is a simple way to help not just one organisation, but multiple grassroots initiatives across the UK tackling a wide range of issues from poverty to domestic abuse and disability.

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Products we collect

We collect new, unused, in-date personal care and household cleaning essentials - including deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, make-up, nappies, toilet roll, laundry detergent and surface cleaner. If you need them and use them, then it is likely someone else needs and uses them too.

Learn more about how to donate using your nearest drop off point or through our wishlists.

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Latest News

June 20, 2022

Ruth Brock appointed CEO! 

Ruth Brock appointed CEO!   We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Ruth Brock as our new Chief Executive Officer.   With over 15 years of […]
November 30, 2021

Clean & Tidy Home Show 8th– 9th October 2022, ExCeL London

We are delighted to have been selected as a charity partner for The Clean & Tidy Home Show.  Throughout December all proceeds from the ticket sales […]
October 14, 2021

Thousands of UK families can’t afford toothpaste, soap or shampoo for kids – new report, The Mirror

3 September 2021 I By Dave Masters Digital Commercial Editor Study of 500 teachers finds almost three quarters of schools have an issue with child hygiene […]