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Don't Raise a Stink!



Don't Raise a Stink!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.33

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    backing, lather, re-soap, spigot, testing, soapy, especially, odor, rinse, body, supplies, deodorant, washcloth, halfway, simple, pint


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Don't Raise a Stink!
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     You've smelled it before body odor! It is not a nice smell. No one wants to give off a bad odor like that. There are easy ways to make sure you smell clean and pleasant every day.
 
2     Good personal hygiene doesn't just make you smell nice. It also helps keep you from getting sick. It helps your mind to feel better, also. If you are clean, you will feel more comfortable.
 
3     Your body has almost two million sweat glands. They can make almost a pint of sweat a day. But did you know that sweat itself has no odor? The smell comes from bacteria as they mix with the sweat.
 
4     So what is the best way to stop the bacteria from causing body odor? Wash!
 
5     Usually, you should take a bath or shower every day. You sweat more when the weather is hot. You also sweat more when you exercise. Sometimes you need to clean your body more often.
 
6     A bath or shower doesn't have to take a long time. There are a few simple steps to follow. First make sure you have all the supplies you need. You will need a washcloth, some mild soap, water (of course), and a clean towel.
 
7     It might be a good idea to put a rubber mat down on the bottom of the tub. Soapy tubs can be slippery. You can be seriously hurt if you slip and fall in the tub. It is also a good idea to put down a bath mat outside the tub. Make sure it has a rubber backing. Wet floors are also easy to slip on.
 
8     Stand outside the tub. Turn the hot water on first. Let it run from the spigot. You might have to wait for it to heat up. Test it by quickly putting your finger in it. When the water is hot, begin mixing in some cold water. Keep testing it in the same way. When it is comfortably warm, flip the switch to turn on the shower.

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