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

November 24, 2022

#GivingTuesday to kick start our BIGGEST ever week of fundraising

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022   The demand for our support is rising and we urgently need your help to tackle the rise of hygiene poverty in the […]
November 8, 2022

Support The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

Support The Big Give Christmas Challenge! What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?  The Christmas Challenge, operated by the Big Give online donation platform, will run […]
September 9, 2022

The Hygiene Bank are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  The Board, Head Office team and Volunteer community at The Hygiene Bank are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and […]