20 Creative Hygiene Related Business Ideas

20 Creative Hygiene Related Business Ideas

Now more than ever is the time to start a hygiene related business.

There are plenty of different approaches you can take with this industry, and we put together a list of 20 opportunities for you below.

Here they are:

1. Start a cleaning products business ($5.4M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$35,000 — $708,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$265,098
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

David Zamarin from Framingham, Massachusetts, USA started DetraPel about 9 years ago, a cleaning products business.

  • Revenue: $450,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 17
  • Location: Framingham, Massachusetts, USA

Case Study

The DetraPel idea started for me when I was in high school, but I had my entrepreneurial itch even earlier than that.

After just 4 months I was given an offer to sell for $150,000. The decision was easy. I sold my first business and invested all of the money into starting DetraPel.

Growing up in Philadelphia with divorced immigrant parents taught me a lot of what I needed to know to get to where I am today. I grew up watching my mother hustling daily to provide me with the best possible life.

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2. Start a pimple popping product ($644K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$53,675/month
Skills
Business model

Summer Pierce from Florida, USA started Unique Obsessions, LLC over 4 years ago, a pimple popping product.

  • Revenue: $53,675/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Florida, USA

Case Study

The idea came to me while my husband Billy and I were driving. As we were driving down the I75 on our way back from seeing a sick relative, we were bouncing different business ideas off of one another like we’d done many many times in the past. When all of a sudden I said to Billy what if we could make a pimple that actually popped like a real pimple? Just like the video’s we watch on YouTube?

Following our first viral video, we did over 100k in 8 days! At this time and up until December 2018 we have been making them by hand! We hand built over 10k POP IT PALS in that year!

Billy instantly looked at me and said I think I can make that! I immediately searched all over the internet to see if there was anything like this that existed. I couldn’t find anything at all. That’s when I grabbed a pen and paper and we started thinking what it would look like, what could we make the pimple pus out of, what to name the product & our business.

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3. Start a tongue cleanser business ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Mano Manoharan from London, England, United Kingdom started AMANO Tongue Cleanser over 6 years ago, a tongue cleanser business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 6
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

My career started out pretty conventional … qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young (EY) in the 1980s and then heading into Blue-Chip land.

Albeit this was the Film and Music sector, doing accounting work but in a slightly surreal environment, where famous Directors, Actors, and Pop Stars would drift around the offices.

I ended up in the marketing department of EMI Records (known as Capitol Records in the States). Moving from finance to a general management role, where I got the chance to really hobnob with the likes of Iron Maiden (once even playing darts with the band in a pub on Sunset Boulevard), Heart, Pink Floyd and the Pet Shop Boys.

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4. Start a mobile bodycare business ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Jenni Jo from Portland, Oregon, USA started Jenni Jo - Tension Tamer®️ over 3 years ago, a mobile bodycare business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Case Study

I’ve had the Airstream Dream for about 15 years now. First of all, who doesn’t love the beauty of the shiny silver Airstreams? And to have a business on wheels, well, that’s the cat’s meow! I had gone so far to have owned 2 vintage Airstreams over the last 15 years but for one reason or another, I chickened out and became overwhelmed with the scope of the project and gave it up, selling my trailers.

Even when the ground feels shaky and you doubt and question everything, use that as a signal to go within and get quiet.

Then life happened. I got married, had twins and then got divorced 5 years later and during that time is when my midlife awakening happened. “It’s now or never.” So, the silver lining in my dark chapter in my life gave me the courage to go after my dream. And in my case, it’s a teeny, tiny, silver mobile body care spa. To be honest, the longer I was in the profession the less I enjoyed doing onsite gigs. Hauling equipment around is cumbersome and tiring. I bring ALL the gear. Towel warmer, body cushions, table warmer, lighting, music, aromatherapy. It’s not just a massage, but an experience.

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5. Start a skin care product line ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$300 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$99,213
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Danna Norek from COPLEY started Aura Sensory over 10 years ago, a skin care product line.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: COPLEY

Case Study

The seed was planted so to speak, toward the end of 2011 to start a business with what had become one of my passions to live a healthier, more toxin-free lifestyle. I already had a side business of creating health and wellness content and unique websites and blogs to draw traffic and affiliate income. It was definitely a passion of mine to teach and talk about health, beauty, wellness, and natural alternatives to traditional medicine. However, I always had an underlying desire to create a brand and product of my own.

If you passionately believe in your product or products and business idea, it makes it a lot easier to tough it out through the hard times.

One day while on the treadmill during my lunch hour (day job), I had a sudden inspiration to begin formulating my own products. I wasn’t sure exactly what that would look like yet, but initially, I was thinking in the arena of nontoxic natural perfumes and air freshener sprays. The name Aura Sensory was actually based on this idea, and although I ended up going in a slightly different direction with it, the name still resonated with me, and I decided to keep it.

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6. Start a soap business ($4.56M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,900
Skills

Danielle Vincent from Sparks, NV, USA started Outlaw over 9 years ago, a soap business.

  • Revenue: $380,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 13
  • Location: Sparks, NV, USA

Case Study

In retrospect, I’m pretty sure no one else has the foolishness we had in the start of our business. But, you know, it worked out ok…

So, first, let me say that we had never made soap before we decided to start a soap company. Yeah, seriously.

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7. Start a hair product line ($7.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$550 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$675,492
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Mikey Moran from Atlanta, Georgia, USA started Private Label Extensions over 9 years ago, a hair product line.

  • Revenue: $650,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Case Study

At lunch, one day my business partner was telling me about his girlfriend who was spending almost $700 at the hair salon to get extensions. I instantly thought there could be a huge opportunity here because someone is making a lot of money off hair clients. After digging a little deeper, I found out the insane amount woman was paying for hair extensions.

As a product guy, I quickly learned everything I could about hair extensions. Where the best places to source and manufacture. I have worked hard to bring the best quality products for the lowest cost to the USA market. My previous experience selling online gave me a good background in E-Commerce which helped a lot.

Now I spend about a month a year working with manufacturers in China to ensure we are on top of production and standards. Building relationships has been a huge part of our growth and success.

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8. Start a men's grooming company ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$215
Skills

Eric Bandholz from Austin, Texas, USA started Beardbrand over 10 years ago, a men's grooming company.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

Before starting Beardbrand, I was a financial advisor at a big bank. I felt the corporate pressures to look and behave a certain way and it was too much for me. So I left that career, grew out my beard and started a graphic design business.

As I rocked a beard in the business world, I heard a lot of typical bearded stereotypes - Grizzly Adams, ZZ Top, and Duck Dynasty. While those are interesting people, they weren’t lifestyles that I personally identified with.

We launched the Beardbrand e-commerce store a few days before I found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child. That gave me a tight deadline.

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9. Make a body care products ($73.2K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$300 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$176,111
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Wendy Mackenzie from Peacham started Everlasting Herb Farm over 19 years ago, a body care products.

  • Revenue: $6,100/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Peacham

Case Study

My interest in herbalism started when I was teaching health in 1998 and an herbalist guest speaker came into my classroom. Isabelle Hadley showed my high school students beautiful jars of dried herbs and passed around small vials of plant-based essential oils. She talked about using these beneficial plants for health and beauty, as healthier alternatives to products many of us were using in our daily lives. Everything smelled so good and I was captivated. I followed Isabelle out of the classroom and took her 6 Saturday long course at her cozy log cabin in the woods. We learned about plants and made herbal products. I had found my passion.

Supporting pollinators is a big part of what we do here at Everlasting Herb Farm. We give back to help the plants that help support us.

Five years later in 2003, with the help of my friend, Mary Ellen Reis, Everlasting Herb Farm was born. We met while volunteering for our local school’s parent/teacher group when our children were little. We went to Pickety Place in New Hampshire one day, which is where you can enjoy a fabulous 5-course herbal lunch, walk through greenhouses, and wander gift shops designed around herbal themes. On the long, three hour drive home, we chatted about starting our own herbal business.

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10. Start a tongue cleanser business ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Mano Manoharan from London, England, United Kingdom started AMANO Tongue Cleanser over 6 years ago, a tongue cleanser business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 6
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

My career started out pretty conventional … qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young (EY) in the 1980s and then heading into Blue-Chip land.

Albeit this was the Film and Music sector, doing accounting work but in a slightly surreal environment, where famous Directors, Actors, and Pop Stars would drift around the offices.

I ended up in the marketing department of EMI Records (known as Capitol Records in the States). Moving from finance to a general management role, where I got the chance to really hobnob with the likes of Iron Maiden (once even playing darts with the band in a pub on Sunset Boulevard), Heart, Pink Floyd and the Pet Shop Boys.

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11. Start a bathroom appliance business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$135,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Howard Law from Erlanger, KY, USA started Magnus Home Products about 5 years ago, a bathroom appliance business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: Erlanger, KY, USA

Case Study

My partner and I worked for a family-owned company for many years and helped to grow it to become a very large player in the industry. As often happens the owners eventually decided to sell the company to a huge corporation. My partner and I decided that working for a huge corporation was not going to be a good fit for ourselves and decided to go out on our own.

My partner has a background in IT and I have a background in sourcing, marketing, and purchasing. With both of us having over 20 years’ experience in our fields and the addition of a few key players we felt we had all of the pieces needed to be successful. The two of us along with a financial partner started Magnus in August of 2017.

We had the knowledge of what products would be successful, where to source them, and how to build a website. Our challenges were putting together a team to build the site and be able to offer superior customer service once we went live. Once we built the site we needed a marketing partner to generate the sales for the site. Little did we know that this piece of the puzzle would be the most difficult.

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12. Start a deodorant brand ($2.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$80,000 — $183,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$225,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Stacia Guzzo from Bend, OR, USA started SmartyPits over 8 years ago, a deodorant brand.

  • Revenue: $183,333/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 13
  • Location: Bend, OR, USA

Case Study

SmartyPits itself was inspired by my mom’s experience as a breast cancer survivor. When she discovered the lump, it was directly underneath her armpit.

It was an incredibly aggressive cancer. We had no family history of breast cancer--no genetic predisposition, no family history at all. In fact, her doctors at the time told her it was likely it was environmentally influenced.

I think one of my biggest lessons learned is that fast is not always better. When I first started, I thought scaling meant simply doing what I was already doing, but doing it more.

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13. Start a face mask and hand sanitizer making business

Examples of a successful face mask and hand sanitizer making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a face mask and hand sanitizer making business:

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14. Start a dental products business

Average Initial Investment
$150,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful dental products business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a dental products business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Become a feminine products business

How Much Can You Make?
$120,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful feminine products business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a feminine products business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a feminine products business ➜

Case Study

Hi! I’m Frances, the founder of Awkward Essentials and the inventor of dripstick, the world’s first cum sponge! We help solve awkward behind-the-bathroom-door problems—including post-sex drip and public toilet seat hovering. We’re all about embracing the inherent silliness of being human with humor, optimism, and community support.

Hi! I’m Frances, the founder of Awkward Essentials and the inventor of dripstick, the world’s first cum sponge! We help solve awkward behind-the-bathroom-door problems—including post-sex drip and public toilet seat hovering. We’re all about embracing the inherent silliness of being human with humor, optimism, and community support.

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16. Start a body lotions business

Examples of a successful body lotions business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a body lotions business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a body lotions business ➜

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17. Start a whitening strips business

Examples of a successful whitening strips business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a whitening strips business:

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18. Start a nail salon

Examples of a successful nail salon:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a nail salon:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start a nail clippers business

Examples of a successful nail clippers business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a nail clippers business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a breath freshener business ($13.2K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful breath freshener business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a breath freshener business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a breath freshener business ➜

Case Study

Hey, hey, my name is Tony Gauthier, I am the creator and co-owner of Sprëtz, the world's first All-Natural 2-in-1 freshening spray that instantly removes odors from your breath and hands. Sprëtz is a black-owned company based out of Oakland, California, and was also featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. I created Sprëtz back in 2013 but officially launched it as a full-fledged business in 2015.

Sprëtz has customers in all 50 States and has even sold internationally.

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