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How to Clean Your Body Without a Shower or Bath

by Lori A. Selke ; Updated September 28, 2017

A sponge and some clean water will take care of your daily hygiene no matter what the circumstances.

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Some days you just don't have time to shower. The water may be out at your place, or perhaps you're on a road trip, camping or away from shower or bath facilities. You can still perform your daily hygiene routine -- with some modifications. It turns out that, in some cases, a daily shower is more of a habit than a necessity.

Sponge Bath

If you have access to a sink, a hose or a bucket of clean water, opt for a sponge bath to clean yourself. Simply fill a container full of water, add some soap if you have it and soak a sponge. Squeeze out the excess water and sponge off your skin. If you don't have a sponge, you can use a washcloth instead.

Baby Wipes

If you don't have access to running water, you can use baby or body wipes to wipe down your body in lieu of a bath or shower. Start at your face and work your way down, discarding wipes as they become soiled. Pay extra attention to your armpits, your groin area, your feet and any other areas where you tend to perspire.

Sanitizer Scrub

In a pinch, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your body sans shower. Many retailers carry scented sanitizer to mimic the scent of bath soap. Squirt some of the sanitizer on a dry soft washcloth, clean bandana or cotton ball. Wipe down your underarms, the creases of your thighs and between your toes. Wipe away excess and dry yourself with a clean towel.

Hair Care and Aftercare

If your hair feels dirty and you're sans products, use baking soda as a dry shampoo. It absorbs the excess oil in your hair and neutralizes any stray odors. Sprinkle it on your head, use your hands to work it through your tresses and then brush it out. After your no-shower cleansing, make sure to apply deodorant. You may also want to apply baby powder to your entire body to keep it clean, dry and smelling sweet. Change into clean clothes -- or at the very least, clean socks and underwear.

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About the Author

Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate, Decider.com, The SF Weekly, EthicalFoods.com and GoMag.com.