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 banks 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

June 23, 2020

Stepping up to support Hygiene Poverty with Metro.co.uk Lifeline

After 13 weeks of lockdown life, how much do you fancy lacing up your walking boots, getting out in the open and taking on a challenge […]
April 3, 2020

ITV Interview: Appeal to donate the most basic items

Today we spoke to ITV about the impact COVID-19 is having on vulnerable people living in poverty in the UK. Panic buying because of the coronavirus […]
April 1, 2020

Partnership with FareShare to get 200,000 essential Boots toiletries to NHS Frontline Staff

The Hygiene Bank and Boots are helping to support the NHS staff working on the front line in hospitals across the UK with a donation of […]