7 Hygiene Hacks for When a Shower Is Just Too Much
When you live with a health condition, keeping up with your hygiene can be a little more complicated than you think. Cleanliness (or “lack thereof”) can be a taboo topic, but it shouldn’t be — not when it’s such a universal struggle for people with lived conditions.
That’s why The Mighty asked its 52 Small Things group “What’s a hygiene hack that’s helped you?” When there’s a struggle, there’s (sometimes) a way.
This is what they had to say:
If you need a hygiene workaround:
“To save energy, I use a shower stool. After the shower I don’t dry off, but put on a terry cloth robe instead.” — Pia Z.
Let’s hear it for the power of hygiene wipes:
“Microwavable shower wipes. When a shower is too much and wipes are too cold, you can heat these up. Also putting hygiene products on subscriptions when possible!” — @ratdad703
“Wet wipes are an absolute godsend when the fatigue kicks in.” — Lucie M.
When you can only do the bare minimum of personal hygiene:
“If I can’t shower, I will push myself to brush my teeth, wash my face, brush my hair. Might not be a shower, but I still feel better afterwards.” — @smithemighty
“If you’re too ill to take a full-blown shower, wash the important parts with a cloth and hot water with vinegar. Soap is not required in an emergency!” — Wendy L.
A great tip if you have sensory sensitivities:
“To have a very well-fitted bathtub (so I can enjoy a bath without help) and an electric toothbrush. Also quiet light in the bathroom, so [I’m] not always assaulted by white light and reflection in mirrors.” — @purple_sam
If you need a creative motivator:
“Aromatherapy is a huge motivation.” — Stephanie T.
Getty image by Olivia Harmon