September 30th, 2013 by Jess Downey

10 Ways to Avoid Grossing Your Date Out

Photo courtesy of  Mike "Dakinewavamon" Kline (Flickr)

Photo courtesy of Mike “Dakinewavamon” Kline (Flickr)

I’d be lying if I said bad hygiene was a total deal breaker for me, but it definitely ranks really high on the important scale. It also depends on what we’re talking about here. I mean, I can’t really fault a guy for having some sweat stains when it’s 90 degrees in the middle of July and he had to take the subway to meet me. But it’s a totally different story when those sweat stains look like they’ve been there for the better part of the past year. So, here are 10 ways to avoid grossing your date out.

Go easy on the cologne or perfume. Smelling nice is always good and highly recommended. It usually shows that you put in a little effort on your appearance. However, taking a bath in the whole bottle is not. It’s also usually good to keep in mind that lighter body sprays are a better choice than colognes or perfumes since you never know what your date could be allergic too.

Brush your teeth or pop a mint. This sounds logical. I mean, don’t most people brush their teeth before leaving the house? But it can be problematic when you’re meeting straight from the office or if you run a few errands before actually meeting up with your date. Stale breath can almost be worse than smelling something you ate for lunch. Invest in some mints, mouthwash strips, or those little disposable toothbrush things.

Get rid of the greasy hair. I’ve learned enough about hair to know that you don’t need to wash it every day. Actually, some people say you shouldn’t. But having greasy hair on a date just doesn’t scream sexy. Try to plan your wash day around your date or invest in some dry shampoo.

Put on a clean shirt (and pants too). I’m a firm believer that you can wear shirts and pants multiple times before washing them. I am not sure if this is true or if it just comes from not having my own washer and dryer. Try to find a shirt and pants (or dress or skirt) that you haven’t already worn a few times. Your date will thank you.

Comb your hair. Your beauty routine doesn’t have to be super high maintenance or maybe you’re headed to the beach or on a hike. But regardless make sure you make time to run a comb or brush through your hair.

Clean up the beard and ‘stache. Some guys look sexy with that slight overgrown, scrubby kind of look. But I feel even the scrubbiest looks can use a little tune up just before a date.

Clean up your nails. Nothing kills that romantical hand holding moment like that thin black line under your nails. You don’t have to go for a full blown manicure and pedicure (though it’s fun sometimes), but at least be sure to clean the gunk out. A quick trim or file and buff doesn’t hurt. And neither does a coat of polish. Oh and taking the chipped nail polish is always recommended too, ladies.

Clean out your car. Obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone or every date, but if you’re picking your date up at their place it’s usually a good idea to make sure your date isn’t afraid to get inside when you arrive. You don’t have to send hundreds of dollars detailing the inside, but make sure to get rid of the trash and maybe even make time for a quick sweep.

Put on deodorant. Your date is surely not going to want to cuddle up with you when you have a bad case of body odor. Make sure you throw on a little deodorant before you leave the house and you might also want to reapply just before you leave the office too. After all, no one ever complained about someone wearing too much deodorant.

Take a shower. While it’s cool to not wash your hair before a date, showering is a totally different story. If you don’t shower every day, we won’t judge you but just be sure that you find time to schedule a shower before every date.



Jess is a freelance writer and online columnist living in New York City. She recently got engaged to the man of her dreams (whom she met online, of course!) and is always eager to share her online dating tips with the world.

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