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AIBU to think not washing feet and groin is minging?

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madmomma Tue 19-Apr-16 20:01:04

Was discussing personal hygiene with a few friends recently (odd I know) and I found out that none of my friends wash their feet when they shower or bath, because they feel that a soak in bubble bathy water or the suds from shampoo trickling down is adequate. I think this is minging, and physically soap each foot in every shower or bath. I thought everyone did this. I also thought everyone washed their groin with either soap, bodywash or whatever, but my friends were saying they just use water. I can understand not wanting to use perfumed stuff down there, but surely plain soap or something? I would find it so odd to have a shower without using soap on groin or feet. Am I weird or are they?

Tightywalterwhities Tue 19-Apr-16 20:05:03

I am the same OP, feet and bits always get soap. I couldn't care less what my friends did though (none of them pong!)

wonderingsoul Tue 19-Apr-16 20:05:04

The feet on ei get.. unless they are muddy they sont need to but the geoin area noooo.. even if you just use a flannel and water is better then nothing.

Imnotaslimjim Tue 19-Apr-16 20:06:08

I don't use soap on my "groin" it doesn't need it. Plain warm water is sufficient for that area

I do give my feet a rub over with a soapy flannel but they're never what I would call filthy, its not like I go wading in mud.

None of you are weird for the choices you make on your personal hygiene. You are, however, weird for worrying about what other people do

Natsku Tue 19-Apr-16 20:06:53

I always wash my feet with shower gel but groin is only washed with water - don't fancy thrush!

Queenbean Tue 19-Apr-16 20:07:25

Asking people about shower habits = this way madness lies

Best not to ask.

SabineUndine Tue 19-Apr-16 20:07:42

I don't soap my feet cos I am a twice-daily bather but I soap my yowzah and my belly button and anywhere skin meets skin.

ItsLikeRainOnYourWeddingDay Tue 19-Apr-16 20:08:08

Your groin sweats though, surely it needs a swish with a soapy hand to freshen up. You don't wash your pits with just water.

dementedma Tue 19-Apr-16 20:09:42

We don't have a shower, only a bath. But I don't wash my feet particularly unless I have been barefoot outside. I don't use soap on my underneath. I guess the bubbly water does the trick

madmomma Tue 19-Apr-16 20:09:50

jim I'm not worried. We just wanted opinions to see what the general consensus was.

UmbongoUnchained Tue 19-Apr-16 20:10:40

Soap is quite bad for your bits, upsets the PH balance and cause thrush or BV.
I don't wash my feet as they are too ticklish and i would probably fall and die. They don't smell though and are lovely and soft so I think they will be ok.

Mrscog Tue 19-Apr-16 20:10:46

I wash my feet with soap at this time of year when I wear shoes/sandals with bare feet as they get grubbier/stinkier. In the winter it's just the water that goes on them. Never thought about it to be honest and I'm fairly sure they don't smell when they've just been watered.

If you want to use soap then do, but I don't think it's necessarily minging not to!

Junosmum Tue 19-Apr-16 20:11:09

Any soap what so ever (including the specific 'vaginal washes') give me absolutely horrific thrush, so I only use water on my groin. My thrush can be so bad that I have to prevent shampoo and body wash trickling down there.

I don't smell down there though (I have an extremely acute sense of smell and I'm also incontinent from birth trauma so really make sure I'm clean).

With regards to the feet thing, I usually soap each foot, unless I'm in a real hurry.

SquidgeyMidgey Tue 19-Apr-16 20:13:58

*I soap my yowzah*grin

I soap everywhere, the only soap that gives me thrush is Dove.

cbigs Tue 19-Apr-16 20:14:21

I sluice nice in the bath and shower fanjo wise but don't handle each foot with soap etc . If pits need soap I use it . Most people I know seem to be similar in this regard . I have roasting baths with bath stuff in them and feel this is sufficient. Seems to be anyway .

madmomma Tue 19-Apr-16 20:15:34

Hmm seems fairly evenly spread then. I can't imagine smelling fresh without soap, but maybe it's just conditioning and I'd actually smell fine with just water. Surely not during a period though?

ShatnersBassoon Tue 19-Apr-16 20:16:09

I reckon a soak in soapy water is sufficient to clean most body parts belonging to people of average sweatiness. A bit of friction will help in sweat-gathering areas where skin meets skin ie armpits and crotch, or on very dirty skin.

Do your friends have body odour?

madmomma Tue 19-Apr-16 20:17:55

Body odour? Erm no I don't think so, but I've no idea about their crotches or feet! They wash their armpits with soap and wear deodorant.

GraysAnalogy Tue 19-Apr-16 20:18:01

You don't need soap on your bits.

Most people would smell fine without soap just probably not the 'fine' smell of soap/perfume that people are so used to.

I just sponge everywhere but shower gel usually goes everywhere but fanjo region

AnchorDownDeepBreath Tue 19-Apr-16 20:20:22

I think it's largely really personal. I'd have to shower dodge for about three weeks to start to smell, and I don't smell any different on my period (but I don't have them at the moment, woo!).

I know people who smell after half a day, and people who could go a few days, and people who need to wash often on their periods. It's probably to do with the biological make-up of your sweat, as well as how much you sweat - unless I'm working out hard, or it's 30 odd degrees C, I don't seem to sweat. It's a benefit and a curse.

cbigs Tue 19-Apr-16 20:20:42

Hmmm seems more are maybe suggesting you're a tad overly washed op??

Natsku Tue 19-Apr-16 20:21:17

For a long time I've only ever felt really clean if I've been to sauna and scrubbed myself properly with a tough scrubbing cloth or maybe salt - I don't think I could ever feel clean after a bath any more, just soaking in my own dirt!

madmomma Tue 19-Apr-16 20:23:51

possibly cbigs, or maybe you're a bit defensive of your skanky habits wink

GraysAnalogy Tue 19-Apr-16 20:24:52

Errr bit harsh

pearlylum Tue 19-Apr-16 20:26:35

I like to give my undercarriage a good lathering. Never had thrush.

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