Who are we?

The Hygiene Bank is a grassroots, people powered charity, grounded in community. Our network of banks exist to ensure those living in poverty and can't afford to be clean, have access to the basics. This is about dignity, self-confidence and mental wellbeing. Our passion stems from a sense of injustice. Feeling clean should not be a luxury or a privilege in the modern world and so we work to inspire social change.

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What is Hygiene Poverty?

Many people in poverty or those who find themselves in times of crisis often have to make the distressing decision to eat or stay clean because they can't afford to do both. Hygiene poverty is shaming, humiliating and excluding and can result in social isolation.

It leads to a crippling lack of confidence and negatively affects good health and mental well-being which can impact early childhood development, learning, employ-ability and social interaction. Ultimately this is about dignity, self confidence and mental well being.

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How We Work

Products are donated. They are then collected, sorted and distributed to a network of partner organisations and services that support vulnerable and struggling people.

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

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Products we collect

We collect new, unused and in-date toiletries, hygiene basics, beauty and personal care essentials such as deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, make-up, nappies and laundry detergent. If you need them and use them, then it is likely someone else needs and uses them too. Learn more, or donate directly online from our Wishlists with wholesale club Easho.

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Latest News

January 24, 2020

18.7 million live below the Minimum Income Standard

By: Matt Padley AND Juliette Stone – Joseph Rowntree Foundation We all want to live in a society where everyone can thrive and contribute; it’s not […]
January 10, 2020

Thoughts from a Trustee

Tom Poynter: CEO of creative agency Southpaw and Trustee of The Hygiene Bank It felt like 2018 was the year of the side hustle.  People genuinely […]
December 6, 2019

Meet Charity Partner – Little Village

Little Village is a baby bank – like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. […]