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With the [spiral / spiralling] cost of living, many people are making [caustic / drastic] cutbacks. In the UK, millions of people can no longer afford essential hygiene products. This has been [termed / trimmed] "hygiene poverty". A report from the charity Hygiene Bank states that up to 3.2 million adults are [affected / effected] by this. Britons are [foregoing / foregone] basic goods such as soap, deodorant, toothpaste, [shaved / shaving] products, toilet paper and sanitary products. They are facing the [narrowing / harrowing] decision of eating and heating their homes and not buying hygiene products. Hygiene Bank described the problem [as / was] a "hidden crisis". It said the situation is "much more [widespread / spread-eagle] than we feared. It's increasing, and it's disproportionately impacting the most [vulnerability / vulnerable] ".

Hygiene poverty is having a [devastated / devastating] impact on people's daily lives. Many people feel too [shame / ashamed] to leave their house because they are worried about looking dirty or smelling bad. Hygiene Bank's chief executive Ruth Brock warned [of / on] the terrible repercussions of [being / been] unable to maintain basic hygiene standards. She said many people cannot "[access / excess] their life chances". She said: "We have mums telling us...that they want to be [list / last] on the nursery drop off because they're too embarrassed and ashamed to see [other / another] parents." Many people with acne are [worsening / worsened] their condition because they cannot afford soap. Others are avoiding [all / whole] social contact [as / by] not answering their phone.

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