How to Eat With a Mustache

Keep your mustache clean during and after eating.
Keep your mustache clean during and after eating. (Image: Images)

Growing facial hair, such as a mustache or beard, can alter or complement your appearance and provide a bit of warmth in cold weather. Just like hair needs to be shampooed and hands need to be washed, keeping your mustache clean and groomed is also important. But a mustache comes with its own unique problems, such as how to keep it clean during and after eating. Rather than being embarrassed by crumbs and dribbles nestled in the hairs of your mustache, proper care and techniques keeps your facial hair clean and presentable.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Napkin
  • Wet wipes
  • Comb
  • Shampoo and conditioner combination
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
  • Facial hair scissors

Cut food with a knife and fork so it can be neatly inserted into your mouth. Directly biting into food is a surefire way to end up with crumbs or sauce in your mustache.

Cut food into bite-sized pieces to avoid a messy mustache.
Cut food into bite-sized pieces to avoid a messy mustache. (Image: Nick White/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Keep a napkin handy while eating to remove crumbs and food sitting on your mustache. Give your mustache a few swipes in a downward motion, rather than rubbing around, which will push the crumbs further into the facial hair.

Comb your mustache after eating to remove food particles. If sticky sauce, juice or stains from food remain in your mustache, wash them out with warm water and shampoo. Rinse your mustache thoroughly with a wet washcloth, then pat it dry with a clean towel.

Trim your mustache regularly to keep its length above your upper lip. By keeping facial hair off your lips and mouth area, you prevent food transfer to your mustache.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carry a travel container of wet wipes or shampoo in your briefcase or an individual wet wipe in your wallet to combat food in the mustache while you're away from home.
  • Popular finger foods, such as hamburgers, barbecued ribs and pizza can be eaten with a knife and fork to prevent food stains.

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