Showering without soap, rationing menstrual protection, giving up deodorant: a third of French people are depriving themselves of hygiene products because of the economic context, and this precariousness is worsening, according to an Ifop survey for the association Dons solidaires, published Tuesday on the site of Liberation.
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Hygiene precariousness, which "
degrades self-esteem and leads to isolation
continues to progress and is no longer the prerogative of the beneficiaries of associations
" fighting against poverty, has been alarmed in a press release this association which collects unsold products from companies to give them to the charitable sector.
In detail, 7% of respondents indicate that they brush their teeth without toothpaste, 8% wash without soap or shower gel, and 17% of parents do not change their child's diapers as frequently as they would like.
During the previous barometer on this subject, in 2021, these proportions were approximately half as much.
How can you feel worthy when you lack such essential products?
asked Dominique Besançon, the general delegate of Dons solidaires, who wishes to “
alert about this precariousness still too little considered
73% say they deprive themselves of hygiene products in general
Logically, the figures are even more alarming when we specifically question poor people, beneficiaries of associations in the Solidarity Donations network: 73% say they deprive themselves of hygiene products in general, 34% shampoo and 31% menstrual protection .
Sometimes I wash the children with water alone, or tell them to do only a quick wash
”, testifies a mother of two children, quoted in the press release.
Another indicates that she uses toilet paper as a periodic protection: "
I deprive myself to leave more protection for my daughters
", she explains.
Ifop survey for Dons solidaires, carried out on two panels: a representative sample of 1,501 respondents, plus 300 parents of children aged three or under, questioned by self-administered online questionnaire in November 2022;
and a sample of 1,162 beneficiaries of associations in precarious and socially excluded situations, interviewed in January and February 2023 at the premises of partner associations.