Who are we?

At The Hygiene Bank, we believe each and every one of us should have a dignified life. It's not right that feeling clean should be a luxury or a privilege for anyone in our society, yet many of us are living in poverty and can't afford to be clean. That's why our network of projects exists – to give people access to the basics they need. We're a grassroots, people-powered charity and social movement, grounded in community. Our passions stems from a sense of injustice that anyone should be locked out of living a decent, dignified life, so 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 find their options restricted. This leaves them caught between being able to heat their home, pay their rent, eat or be clean. 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 community partners i.e organisations, charities, projects and services that support those of us who are struggling.

Supporting The Hygiene Bank is a simple way to support not just one organisation, but hundreds of grassroots initiatives 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 and household cleaning essentials - such as deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, make-up, nappies, loo 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, or donate directly online from our Wishlists with wholesale club Easho.

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Latest News

August 21, 2020

Boots Partnership – Rollout to 220 New Stores

Our partnership with @Bootsuk is well underway with The Hygiene Bank drop off points now in 245 stores across the UK. Boots also helped us support NHS staff […]
August 21, 2020

The Hygiene Bank Impact Report 2019 – Highlights

It has been an amazing journey for The Hygiene Bank from the first WhatsApp message that our founder, Lizzy Hall, sent back in August 2018. Since […]
August 21, 2020

National Hygiene Week September 14th-20th 2020

We are pleased to announce the UK’s first National Hygiene Week, 14th – 20th September 2020. With over 14m people in the UK living in poverty […]