How do I adult: Showering

Washing your body

Now that you’ve cleaned the uppermost part of your body, it’s time to wash the rest of yourself! Luckily, this goes fairly quickly. We are starting off with your body all the way wet all over.

Take your washcloth and get it good and wet. Then take your soap, get it wet as well, and place it on your washcloth. Rub the soap and washcloth together in order to get soapy lather onto the washcloth.

Alternatives: Some people choose to forgo the washcloth altogether and simply rub the bar of soap on their body. Other options that do not require soaping up a washcloth include felted soap or keeping your soap in a soap cozy. Some people go the other direction and forgo soap, instead just scrubbing off with water and a washcloth.

Once you have your washcloth ready (or soap or felted soap or soap in a cozy), start rubbing it against your skin. I find it helps to start with my arms and work in and down. You have a lot of skin, and you need to be sure to wash all of it, including hard to reach places on your back. If you are very sensitive between your legs, you can use a baby shampoo to wash there – it will be more gentle than regular soap.

Here is a quick list of basic body parts to remember to wash:

neck
arms
armpits
chest
stomach
sides
shoulders
back
butt
legs
feet
genitals

Rinse off

After soaping up, you need to rinse off. Again, you have a lot of skin, and you will want to get all the soap off of it. If you have a removable shower head, holding that in one hand and aiming it at whatever part you are rinsing can really help. Make a point to rinse every single part that you soaped up.

If you used a washcloth, be sure to rinse your washcloth as well, and then hang it away from the stream of water to dry. Keep your soap somewhere that allows the water to drain away and is also away from the stream of water.

Congratulations! You are clean!

Washing your body summary:

1. Suds up washcloth (or simply use soap, felted soap, or soap in a cozy)
2. Rub whatever it is you are using to clean yourself all over your body.
3. Rinse thoroughly.

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7 responses to “How do I adult: Showering

  1. I have a LOT of trouble showering with any kind of regularity. It’s not the steps that confuse me, though. If anything, it’s because I see ALL the steps I need to do, and it wears me out before I even start. Executive function issues don’t exactly help, either.

    • I definitely hear you there. That’s actually pretty much why I put the basic steps on their own pages – it really helps if you can find a way to only focus on the step you are doing, and maybe the one right after.

      • I wish I could! But I’m always afraid I’ll run out of energy halfway and then I’ll be standing there with my hair full of soap and no energy to dry off and get clothes on. Scary!

        • Ohh, that sounds like a spoons thing! Yeah, that makes it a lot trickier.

          I wonder if I could come up with a post talking about managing spoons.

  2. Great post, can’t wait to see more of the series.

    A few notes I’d like to make:
    1: If you have very short hair, e.g. less than 1 inch, the shower cap may not be necessary as your hair will dry very quickly anyway. I also happen to like the sensation of the water hitting my scalp so I don’t use one. And I know this will mostly apply to males

    2: There are other options to a washcloth. Sponges and loofahs (or luffas) can be used if you prefer the texture.

    3: I also keep a small scrubbing brush in the shower for particularly persistent dirt and for getting under my fingernails.

    • These are all very good points!

      On point 2 – I was trying to find a good balance between details and options, and not giving so many options that it looks overwhelming. I’m still figuring out how to do this, and the washcloth portion was definitely one of the toughest. There are just SO many options for what to use to wash one’s body. I also left out liquid soap (which goes well with loofahs) and other types of soap preferences people might have (I am very picky and only use hand made, cold process soaps). Also, sometimes people with long hair can skip conditioning – I rinse my hair with vinegar, and my bf, who has very long hair, oils it with olive oil once a week. Neither of us condition.

      So yeah. I definitely left out a lot of options, but I feared it would be overwhelming to people who are struggling how to figure out showering at all.

    • Oh, also. THANK YOU! I’m so glad you like the post!