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Washing yourself at the sink - how not to get water everywhere?

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wheresmyflannel · 22/04/2019 16:56

Regular user who has named changed, as I feel a bit embarrassed to ask - how do you wash yourself at the sink without getting water everywhere? I'm asking because I'm trying to save water - maybe to alternate showering and sink washing so I have a full shower every other day. Washing face is obviously ok, but washing armpits and privates I just seem to make such a mess with water when rinsing. Thanks.

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KinkyHair · 22/04/2019 17:04

Stand on a towel?

eBayschmeBay · 22/04/2019 17:05

I find using a cloth a lot less splashy

kashleesi · 22/04/2019 17:07

Flannel!

managedmis · 22/04/2019 17:07

A strip wash?

Faster · 22/04/2019 17:09

Flannel. Wet it, soap it, wash yourself, rinse it out and wash any residue off.

balloonyellow · 22/04/2019 17:12

Stand on a bath mat or towel. I get it OP. I shower every other day and sink wash the others in winter. In hotter months I’ll have a bath on the alternate days instead of a sink wash. Way too busy to shower every single morning and my hair type can’t be washed every day. We’re a lot cleaner mammals than we were centuries ago so nothing to be ashamed ofGrin

Prokupatuscrakedatus · 22/04/2019 17:41

My gran and her sisters used to stand in a large washing bowl (is that the correct English?) in front of the kitchen sink , the boys had to go and wash in the goat shed.

BMW6 · 22/04/2019 18:14

Use a flannel wrung out for soaping and wiping off, and stand on a towel.

Angie169 · 22/04/2019 19:03

I second using a flannel and standing on a towel , I do this every other day.

bibbitybobbityyhat · 22/04/2019 19:08

Funny username for someone who hasn't thought to use a flannel!

I have a couple of sink washes per week. I'm trying not to get my whole body wet every day because of dry itchy skin. I kinda wish we had a bidet!

DoodleLab · 22/04/2019 19:14

Wash privates with a jug of water while sitting on the loo. Soapy flannel for armpits.

Or use a small spray bottle, the kind for hydrating house plants. Stand in shower cubicle and spray your body. Scrub over with a soapy flannel, rinse with a jug of warm water.

mediocrityandbeans · 22/04/2019 20:22

I'm glad I'm not the only one who wonders about this! Every face wash advert seems to have a girl doing a generous splash from a full sink of water and in real life I think your floor would be drenched!

Felicia4 · 22/04/2019 20:25

Buy a small bucket, stand in the tub or shower and wash that way

IHaveBrilloHair · 22/04/2019 20:26

Just have a shower, it's not the 1970's

BiscuitDrama · 22/04/2019 20:28

I occasionally wash bits at the sink and I think I just do frequent wipes with a wet hand to rinse.

Alternatively to save water could you put wet soapy hands on bits that need washing and then just turn the shower on to rinse off?

Delatron · 22/04/2019 20:29

I don’t get this strip wash thing. Do you have a fresh ‘flannel’ very day?

By the time you’ve faffed around splashing water all over and shivering naked washing your ‘pits and bits’ you may as well just hopped in the shower for a few minutes. Much more refreshing.

whiteteeth04 · 22/04/2019 20:31

Another one that doesn't understand this, a a shower takes less than 5 mins and cleans better?

YesQueen · 22/04/2019 20:32

If it's just water saving then get in the shower, soap up without water running and rinse off

Angie169 · 22/04/2019 20:51

To all those saying just hop in the shower . I do not have a shower and no matter how quick I have a bath washing at the sink is faster and use's much less water.

Delatron · 22/04/2019 21:00

I’d run a small bath then. Appreciate it uses more water and takes more time. I’d do it in the evening if I didn’t have time in the morning.

miaCara · 22/04/2019 21:01

I had the same problem when I started having a strip wash . I bought some of those towelling bath mats so it was easy to drop one of them in front of the sink.
I had to make the call about flannels too as I realised that either the used flannel would have to sit and dry slowly over the bath and leaving it untidy and maybe slightly musty or I would need a new one each day. I settled for a new one each day as its only a 3 at the most a week which isn't even a hand towel size extra washing.( I've been overthinking this haven't I Blush)
I actually like the efficiency of a strip wash. So quickly done and no threat of hair getting wet .

KindergartenKop · 22/04/2019 22:05

You need a bidet mate!

But yes, use a flannel and stand on a bath mat/towel.

BiscuitDrama · 22/04/2019 22:06

OP said she has a shower, though, Angie and that’s who we’re directing our answers to.

Delatron · 22/04/2019 22:33

You can use a shower cap to not get your hair wet. A shower is lovely and refreshing and can be quick if needed. At least your whole body gets a soaking.

Notcontent · 22/04/2019 22:49

Agree with others - if you have a shower, just turn it on for a few seconds to rinse off once you have soaped up.

If you don’t have a shower, just kneel in the bath with a bucket of water and use a small plastic cup to pour water on yourself. I once used that method for about two weeks when my boiler wasn’t working.

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