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Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Old 05-12-13, 11:37 PM
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Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

My partner and I are going back and forth on this - I insist that he needs to use a washcloth to get CLEAN, he insists that hands alone get him just as clean.

I learned back in my 20's (I'm now 65) that hands alone do not get me clean. I came back from fighting a forest fire after 7 or 8 days (we had one shower on the fireline in that time), happily jumped into my shower and I scrubbed the heck out of myself - using hands (and soap) only! I got out and used a white towel to towel off and it was DIRTY! I said "BLAH" and jumped back into the shower and did it all again, used a different white towel and it was dirty! So, I searched the house for something to use for a washcloth and finally found one - showered one more time - scrubbing like heck with the soapy washcloth, got out of the shower and dried off one more time with a different white towel - it was clean. The next weekend I bought some new washcloths and have been a firm believer in showering/bathing with soap and a washcloth ever since.

What do you use - AND WHY? This is not a question about soaps or types of soaps or anything like that - just use of a washcloth.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Hands only. Because I like touching myself.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

I use bodywash so I don't really need a washcloth, besides I read it's very unsanitary to use a washcloth because it just holds all the old germs and bacteria in it from every time you wash and unlike a towel that are used for drying washcloths often stay damp for long periods of time.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Never once thought about just hands, that is not going to be nearly good enough, some type of washing device.

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I use bodywash so I don't really need a washcloth, besides I read it's very unsanitary to use a washcloth because it just holds all the old germs and bacteria in it from every time you wash and unlike a towel that are used for drying washcloths often stay damp for long periods of time.
It would be properly cleaned and washed after each use.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Washcloths dry in a couple of hours if wrung out and hung to dry. No worse than rubbing your body on that towel and then using the same towel tomorrow. How long does it take your towel to dry out after wiping off your body with it? It's thicker and bigger than a washcloth and I am pretty sure that it holds all those same old germs and bacteria in it that a washcloth does.
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Washcloth. How are you going to wash your ass with just your hand?
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Used to use just soap but I've recently been using body wash and a scrubby.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

I use a long-handed shower brush and bar soap.
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Bar soap, no cloths or brushes.
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". . .I learned that white people don't use washcloths. Did you know that? I'm serious, they have one bar of soap in the house; every time I use it, somebody else's pubic hair was in it, so I used the cloth!

Why your ass gotta put the raw bar of soap in your butt and all this? Maybe I need to wash my face, or my feet."
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Can't vote since you didn't include those body scrubbers. Poll fail
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Just my hands, if I can. When I'm in a city with soft water, I'll use a washcloth.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

I'm surprised you didn't offer other options. Being descended from Englishwomen, who are renowned worldwide for their fabulous "English rose" complexions, I use a loofah. I also don't use bar soap, because the chemicals in it that make the bar stick together are what makes soap scum on your shower walls.

Please note: those "puff ball" scrubbers are not the same as a good loofah. When you use a loofah, you're not just washing yourself with lather. I highly recommend loofahs. They are also great for exfoliating rough elbows and knobby knees and heels. Just make sure you get them thoroughly wet under the shower head or in the bath water before you start scrubbing. You can get loofahs in the States, but I have a British ex who sends them to me from London.

And no, I don't stick the thing in my plumber's crack. For those areas bare hands will do.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Wash everything except my penis with a wash cloth. For that, I just use my hand.
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Yay! I was hoping someone would post this. One of the best one-liners ever.
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I think the hand thing is strictly something white people do.
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Body wash with wash cloth, better job of cleaning.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

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Washcloth. How are you going to wash your ass with just your hand?
I guess I've been doing it wrong all these years.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Originally Posted by Sonny Corinthos View Post
Washcloth. How are you going to wash your ass with just your hand?
Flushable babywipes are what the girlfriend and I use. Besides do you wash your face again with the same wash cloth you washed your ass out with that morning?
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

It never occurred to me that people would wash with only their hands..! I've always used a washcloth. I also don't understand the sanitary argument against it. I use a washcloth, then it goes in the washing machine.
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Flushable babywipes are what the girlfriend and I use. Besides do you wash your face again with the same wash cloth you washed your ass out with that morning?
No, because I don't us the washcloth on my face. That's the only part of my body I use just the hands.
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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Originally Posted by Timber View Post
I think the hand thing is strictly something white people do.
Well I can tell you from my experience playing football and basketball in HS and taking showers with my black teammates besides noticing them being given better equipment to play with almost all those guys used a washcloth. So maybe just using the hand is a white thing.

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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

I use one of these

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Re: Wash your body with hands only or with washcloth? Why?

Same here Noonan. I don't use other Axe products though, just that.

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