What products do you collect?

What products do you collect?

The Hygiene Bank collects new, unused, in-date personal care and household cleaning essentials.The lists below are not exhaustive; our rule of thumb is, if you need them and use them, then it is likely someone else needs and uses them too. If you can't get to a convenient drop off location, you can buy on-line direct from our Common Good Community Wishlists.

For product queries, please read our FAQs listed below. For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept half used, old products. Please only donate what you would consider happily gifting a friend.

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period products, shampoo & conditioner, hair styling products, face wash, cleanser & creams, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush, disposable razors, nail files, make-up, perfume, gift sets

Baby / Child

Nappies & pull ups, night time pants for older children , baby wipes, barrier cream, toothpaste & toothbrush, baby wash, baby & kids shampoo, talcum powder, nit comb & nit shampoo.
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Shampoo & conditioner, shower gels, deodorant, disposable razors & shaving foam, toothpaste & toothbrush, hair styling products, nail clippers, men's grooming products
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Laundry Detergent, Household cleaning items, Loo roll, Tissues, Cleaning wipes

Product Donation FAQs

1Do you take nearly full or barely used toiletries?
Unfortunately we do not accept nearly full or barely used products. We know this seems wasteful but can't accept them due to health and safety restrictions. Just as you wouldn't give an already used product as a gift, we want to show our recipients the same respect.
2What products don't you accept?
We cannot take health supplements and vitamins, body slimming and weight loss products or over the counter medicines like topical creams and ointments.
3Do you take open packs of tampons?
We don't accept these. The lifespan of a tampon is said to be 5 years, but a wrapped tampon after its expiry date has passed looks the same as one bought more recently. Tampons are not sterile items when wrapped and so can be susceptible to mold and infection (this can be unseen in the applicator). This can cause irritation and infection and in more serious cases, onset of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

Some brands do not use expiry dates whilst Tampax show two dates on their boxes: one is the production date and the other is the expiry date. Currently, organic tampon brands do not have to state their expiry date.

4Do you take open packs of disposable nappies?
Yes. It is not unusual for a baby or toddler to grow out of a size of nappy part way through a packet or box of nappies. Parents may have tried or accidentally purchased a new brand which didn’t suit their child or they might have left spare nappies in a different bag, in the car or at the grandparents’ house only to find that once again their child had grown out of them. Rather than throw them away we’ll distribute them support families in crisis or in need such as women’s shelters and refuges, mothers facing homelessness, parenting support organisations and community organisations.
5Do you accept cloth nappies and reusable period pads?
We do accept new and unused cloth nappies or reusable period products, such as moon cups etc, period pants or cloth towels and panty liners.

We aim to provide our community partners with the easiest options possible for their service users, as not all people have facilities available for washing, so preferably we ask people to donate products that have the option be hand washed rather than limited to machine wash only.

6Do you accept make-up?
We love make-up and these are always greatly appreciated. Mascara and lipstick can make a huge difference to someone's mood and confidence.

For health and safety reasons we can only take new and unused make-up.

7How do you know the need is genuine?
Our model ensures we only support organisations who in turn have their needs policies in place. Working with frontline agencies also ensures that all end users receive the necessary ongoing support in order to target the root cause of their problems.
8Do you take hairdryers, electric styling products and shavers?
Yes but again due to health and safety restrictions these must be brand new, in their original packaging and pre-fitted with a UK plug.
9Why do you give out products that aren't environmentally friendly, contribute to the plastic problem or aren't cruelty-free?
While we are environmentally and ecologically aware in our own lives and try to apply ethical and sustainable practices with the charity's resources, we know that these choices are a privilege not everyone can afford to make. We are here to make lives easier for receivers of our donations. Therefore our primary concern is to support them and we appreciate all donations. Many donations are diverted to us and away from landfill.

However we do recognize that many everyday essentials from toilet paper packaging, plastic bottles, toothbrushes, deodorant and cotton buds are not environmentally or animal friendly. We are looking at ways to mitigate the harm and appreciate suggestions from our supporters.

Many donations are given to us in plastic bags and rather than dispose of these bags they are reused to distribute goods to our charity partners.

10Who are For Common Good?
We've partnered with For Common Good so it's easy for you to donate to The Hygiene Bank project of your choice.

For Common Good have curated a range of our most needed items from brands that you know and love, at wholesales prices. Just click on the link below and find the products that can be life changing for someone that doesn't have them.You donate and Common Good will deliver. They also dramatically cut packaging, petrol and carbon by loading toiletries directly on to pallets and delivering to us fortnightly.

11Do you accept handmade product donations

We do accept handmade products (e.g. soaps, bath bombs etc) from companies or people who are covered with the relevant product liability insurance.

Please get in touch with details of the donation and relevant proof of cover and any accompanying ingredients/allergens information.