Your belly button is probably the last thing that you think about when taking a shower. After all, it’s almost always hidden, so a quick rinse is all that it needs right?

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you think. Belly buttons, especially those that are deep, can be pretty difficult to clean. According to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Health Beat, “the average belly button harbors more than 67 kinds of bacteria,” and although navel odors are typical, foul smells accompanied by discharge can also signal fungal, bacterial, or yeast infection.

To avoid the hassle of having an irritated or an infected belly button, you can use cotton swabs with a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove dirt. Just make sure to take it easy on the alcohol to avoid drying up your skin. A milder option is to clean it out with water and salt.

Check out Health Beat’s infographic below to see how else you can care for your belly button.


Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Latest Stories

Cancer Survivor Maritoni Fernadez Shares the Importance of Breast Self-Exams

There is almost no symptoms for early breast cancers, so it's a must to do self-exams to detect any abnormalities.

Bb. Pilipinas Int'l. Patricia Magtanong Is a Step Closer to Becoming Full-Fledged Lawyer

A week after winning the Bb. Pilipinas International crown, the beauty queen took her lawyer's oath.

Roomy and Stylish Pre-Loved Designer Bags To Invest In

If you've always wanted to treat yourself to a designer piece, pre-loved bags is one way to go.

Catriona Gray on Struggles and Success: ‘No Two Journeys Are The Same’

She also has an advice for those who are hesitant to go after what they want.
Load More Stories