How to Model Good Hygiene for Your Kids With Tom’s of Maine ~ #WhyISwitched


Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post.

I now officially have two teenage boys in my household. Kyle is now 17 while Mikael just recently celebrated his thirteenth birthday. While I'm elated, if there is one thing about teen boys that you should know, it's that they aren't the best smelling humans on the planet, well mine aren't. Today's conversation is made possible with the help of Tom's of Maine, and how you can model good hygiene for your teenagers and the reason I switched.


Before I begin, I want to share a little story with you. A few years ago, just before Madison was born, I noticed that I was breaking out whenever I used deodorant. I chalked it up to my being pregnant and that my hormones was just going wonky, however there was no way that I could eliminate using deodorant entirely. A good friend of mine recommended Tom's of Maine because as she stated, "it was natural with no aluminum", something that I always thought you needed when it came to deodorants. She also recommended their other products. My body was hurting and I decided, why not give it a try, after all it couldn't hurt, right? It has been 5 years and I haven't looked back. If you have been visiting my site for any length of time, you may realize by now that I try and include a lot of natural products in my lifestyle, not only because it's better for me, but for the environment as well. So how can you ensure that you are not only practicing good hygiene but helping the environment?


1. Take and encourage daily showers
Taking a daily shower is a must! Is it just me, or do boys just don't like taking daily showers? Once your child becomes a teenager and hits puberty, daily showers are recommended. Encourage them to wash their private areas, including underarms with soap and water. If you're unfamiliar with Tom's of Maine, they also manufacture bar soaps and body washes.

2. Wash your hair
Now this all depend on the type of hair you may have, and of course your child. If your child is prone to oily hair, then a daily wash may be required. However, if you are the complete opposite, then washing your hair once or twice a week may be all that is needed.  Dirty hair looks unkempt and may even make your skin prone to acne.

3. Use deodorant
This is a big one!! I highly recommend using Tom's of Maine as it is the #1 natural deodorant brand with a number of award-winning products among its deodorant portfolio. They offer many scents, including Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemongrass so there's a scent for any and everyone to love. I have long become conscious of what I put in my body and on my skin, and the same goes for my household. Tom's of Maine believes in the power of nature, just as much as I do, and their odor-fighting deodorant features hops and natural fragrances, along with blends of vegetable oils, organic aloe leaf juice, and other plant-based ingredients. What that means for me is 24-hour odor protection that I can trust.


4. Brush your teeth
Unless you think being an adult without teeth is rather cute, I would suggest brushing twice daily. Not only should you encourage daily brushing and flossing, but bad oral health leads to bad breath and loss of teeth. Something no teenager wants. Tom's of Maine also makes toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss, so your family's oral care is covered.

5. Be a good role model
Your kids are watching you, whether they're 5 or 15. If you model the above, your kids would likely follow your lead. Talk to your kids early about their hygiene and don't wait until it becomes a problem. Don't be too harsh, yet be firm. Remember they're going through a stage that is unfamiliar so it's up to you to guide them through it. They're also looking at the products you use, so if you're using products that are environmentally safe, it's something that they will also use products that are safe for the environment as well.


There's a reason my family has fallen in love with Tom's of Maine products. They never do any animal testing and neither do they use animal ingredients. And with every purchase, Tom's of Maine donates 10% of their profits back to helping people and our beautiful planet. We made the switch years ago, because I realized that it's just as important that I know what goes in my body, as much as I do what goes on it.


So give Tom's of Maine a try, you won't regret it!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Annmarie John
42 Comments

42 comments:

  1. Great advice and couldn't agree more about modeling, especially as kids get older and hit those teens years for hygiene and more. Oh and by the way, I love Tom's and am with you on using for deodorant and tooth paste here, too ;)

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  2. We use a lot of Tom's of Maine products around here. It's a GOOD brand and a brand I trust.

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  3. These are all great tips. It's so important that we teach our kids how to have the best hygiene possible. It's better for their self-confidence and their health.

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  4. I really love Tom's of Main products. My first product that I ever used of theirs was toothpaste. Loved it! My daughter uses their teen deodorant. It smells amazing!

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  5. We love Tom's of Maine! I didn't know they were making deodorant now. This would be perfect for my 8 year old.

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  6. I just discovered Tom's of Maine last month! They do have some great products and I'm sure my kids will thank me later.

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  7. I definitely need to give Tom's of Maine a try! It is scary to think about all of the things in our everyday products that are harmful. I have two boys, and while they are little, they are stinky already ha ha. So important to teach them good hygiene through example.

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  8. We love using Tom's of Maine products in this house. I love that their deodorant and toothpaste is natural.

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  9. Getting the kids into healthy hygiene habits is so important. I do like those Tom's of Maine deodorants.

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  10. I am huge on good hygiene. i can not sleep at night without taking a shower first nor can I go without brushing my teeth. I keep a tooth in my purse for when I'm out and about to keep my teeth clean.

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  11. One of the biggest struggles with older kids! Deodorant is a big thing in our home! They use it every day!

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  12. Ooh I use green products as well as I am cruelty free but is Toms Of Maine cruelty free? I only ask because I have been looking for a good cruelty free deodorant so I hope so! I agree showering often is important x

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  13. It is so important to be your children's best role model because they take after you and see the good and sometimes bad in what we do. I am so happy my kids have good dental hygiene so far.

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  14. We've used the line, "Practice what you preach" so much, and we definitely should do the same when it comes to teaching the kids about proper hygiene. These are great tips and I've always liked Tom's of Maine!

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  15. Tom's of Maine products have worked wonders for us! We prefer natural products and they are exactly that.

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  16. This is very good practice for the parents and their kids. Good hygiene is important and that also includes using products that are effective and good for you, like Tom's of Maine!

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  17. I will have to suggest this for my teen son because you are right, teen boys do not smell the best ☺ I don't use deodorant at all, but would try a natural one for sure

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  18. Annemarie I have heard of Tom's of Maine products. I have not tried them but was always curious. They have them stocked in my local Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Thanks for your review on their deodorants.

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  19. It is so important to teach our kids good hygiene habits. Tom's of Maine has some great products. They make great stocking stuffers.

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  20. Toms has been my favorite always. These are great tips!

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  21. It is so important to encourage good hygiene habits. I'm definitely going to look into Tom's of Maine products.

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  22. Being a role model and modeli good hygiene is so important. Your kids really do pick up on more than you think.

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  23. I have heard so many good things about these products. I really need to grab this the next time Im shopping.

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  24. Tom's is legit. I really love that they are an animal cruelty free company.

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  25. Tom's is really doing great things. They make such wholesome products.

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  26. I'm a big fan of Tom's of Maine. My DIL introduced us to it and like you, once we tried it, we never looked back.

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  27. I agree with all these! You should be a good model for your kids when it comes to hygiene. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  28. I have never heard of Tom's of Maine before. From what I'm reading, it sounds like an awesome product.

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  29. I have been thinking about switching to a lot of their products. I am going to pick up the deodorant and see!

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  30. I have one teenage boy. Thankfully he is not against showers! I don't think he has entered the truly stinky stage yet. I like to try to use more natural products as well. I'll have to check out Tom's of Maine.

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  31. My husband uses Tom's but I haven't made the switch. I'll be looking for my own now that I have read your post!

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  32. It is super important to lead by example, especially with good hygiene. Our kids learn from us and usually end up using the products we use as well! I love Tom's and think most of their stuff is really great!

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  33. I have been obsessed with Toms for years! I even have my kids use their stuff whenever possible!

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  34. My son experienced the same thing with a brand of deodorant. Like you, he found a new buddy with Tom's of Maine. Soon we all switched too. Thanks for these tips on how to encourage your child to make good hygiene a habit.

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  35. I still remember my mom arguing with my brother about why he needed to take a bath. He would always tell her but I'm just going to get dirty again, to which she would reply, well you can take another bath because you stink. Tom's of Maine makes great products. I love that they are all natural and cruelty-free.

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  36. I love the Toms products. They do great things and have a quality product.

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  37. I can't imagine my kids being old enough to go through puberty but it will happen so fast.
    We use these products at home. The toothpaste and the deodorant!

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  38. We’ve used a few Tom’s of Maine products. My daughters love the deodorant! I think it’s always important to show kids all about hygiene and such. They need to learn from somewhere! - Jeanine

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  39. I only use green products when it comes to toothpaste and deodorant. Tom's of Maine is one of my favorites!

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  40. These are great tips! My son he always watching us and when it comes to hygiene we want to make sure we are good role models.

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  41. It's so important for parents to demonstrate good hygiene efforts for their kids. If they don't learn them in the home, where will they learn them?

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  42. D uses Tom's of Maine and loves this natural deodorant. We've also tried the toothpaste and liked it!! They make great products- and I love the idea of modeling good hygiene for our kids.

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