Who are we?

The Hygiene Bank is a grassroots, people powered charity and social movement, 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. We believe that everyone should have a dignified life. 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 locked in poverty or those who find themselves in times of crisis find their options restricted. This leaves them in impossible situations like choosing either 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 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

February 11, 2020

Children have had the highest poverty rates in the UK over the last 20 years

According to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, children have had the highest poverty rate in the UK in the last 20 years.  Commenting […]
January 30, 2020

Meet Young Ambassador Jo-Jo

Here at The Hygiene Bank we believe in the power of young voices. Our Young Ambassadors play a vital role in advocacy, collecting donations, fundraising and much more. This month […]
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 […]