Stand in tub. Face and hair first and work down. Soapy rag first, then rinse rag and work your way down. When down to water level (if you sit in tub) stand up. Soap is at your feet, splash your feet, done.
Me, in the summer, I stand on back porch with a wash basin, same thing, just don't have to stand back up or wiggle my feet....James
My husband always sponge baths and has the last 28 years we have lived in our present home! We don't have a shower or a 40 gal water heater. He washes at the sink; head, hair ,face and shaves first. Put a little warm water in the sink. Soap up a wet face cloth first, wash head ,face and neck; rinse the cloth and use clear water to rinse. Empty the sink and add a little more warm water and soap up and wash upper body, arms chest and back, rinse. Continue with a little more clean water until you are all clean. Rub dry with a towel. I guarantee sponge baths work as he always gets squeaky clean! He has never smelled bad in the 35 years we have been married!
I sponge bath too except once a week I have to have hot water for the tub so I can soak! It is one of my luxeries in life! It is good to know how to sponge bath if there is a water shortage or if you can't afford a hot water heater.
When we lost power in the winter, I opted for sponge baths rather than going to a shelter many miles away. I couldn't imagine the germs that were there & felt safer at home. After trial and error~don't use your cast iron hot water pot for the soapy water .... this worked the best....
I heated water in the fireplace, brought it to the tub and put it in two containers. Soap up with a face cloth and dip in one bucket to keep it wet and soapy. Wash body. Use 2nd container with clean water to rinse. If you have a sport-type bottle (where you squeeze to make the water come out), put some clean water in there and squirt it to rinse the private areas well. I did my hair over the kitchen sink. Pour warm water over head, shampoo, rinse, repeat. It's not bad once you get a system going.
Dirt won't kill you... unless one is immobile and in 'bad shape' with bad 'stuff', I'd not sponge bath myself. If I were mobile, and had access to a pond, lake, or stream, I'd be 'dipping'. In a water shortage, I'd just clean my nether bits and not worry about the rest.
For years I didn't have access to a tub, with only a shower available... but, I cannot tolerate showers... so I obtained a large oval washtub, and filled it with three or four 5 gallon buckets of hot water. Worked like a charm.
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Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. W. Edwards Deming
I learned that in dear camp I could be comfortable for a week washing my hair and face every day with two quarts of very warm water from a plastic pitcher, and finishing the details with baby wipe kind of toweletts, behind the cabin under the stars, with lantern light from the window and smoke gently overhead from the chimney.
Clean, outdoors, cold air and the wood smoke. Wow. Never even had to shoot a deer.
Dump water on yourself, soap special areas, then rinse with a pitcher of water. I do this all spring summer and fall next to my hot tub. Guess I could do the same in winter if I needed to. You could get a hula hoop secure to ceiling and put a shower curtain on it and put the ends into a galvanized tub and get in. Solar water bag shower works great-inside or out. I type too slow to post befor you did,sorry.
On board we used a 5 qt shower. We warmed the water in a pressure cooker, lid on so it would not spill if we took a wave. Warm the water just enough to feel good, don't get the pot hot.
Use a small tea cup to wet hair and face. One cup would wet my face and hair second cup or two to rinse. Rinse water from the hair gets the body wet.
Use shampoo not soap, less scum, thin the shampoo with water it will rinse easier. I kept mine in a squirt bottle.
One cup of water to wet a wash rag and a couple of squirts of shampoo and start washing. You have now used 4 cups.
Use a fresh rag and the last of the water to rinse. If you like you can take a little squirt of baby oil, go light, and then give yourself a quick wipe down.
I used a big tub catch the water and then took it topside to dump.
Then you get in the dingy and go dancing.
The secret is to use a very, very wet washcloth with the soap.
Put soap and water into bowl or pot and then dip your washcloth in.
There is plenty enough soap in the water to do the job. It takes less then one thinks.
Dip the washcloth in and use it still dripping. The water on the cloth (with the small amount of soap) will wash you and a lot will run off.
Rinsing is just that. You can even just dip the cloth in clean water and run it dripping over your skin if you cannot get water onto wounds.
Do not wet your skin and then try to go at it with a soapy washcloth.
You will never get the soap off.
2 tubs of water, one with a little soap, the other with plain water. Dip rag in soapy water, wring but not too dry, rub over part of body, rinse rag, repeat as needed. Rinse and wash water might need to be changed once or twice. Oh wait, that's for people without running water. You can rinse your rag off under running water each time. Uses more water but you won't have to change your wash and rinse water.
Did you ever wash your face with a wash cloth at the sink?? Start there and do the rest of your body a patch at a time. Don't soap up except where you are doing a patch at a time.
When I was young, most people in the country didn't even have a bathroom. Or electricity to pump water in the house. All they used was a pan of warm water and a wash cloth with a bar of soap. It ain't rocket science..
You have to go easy on the soap with a sponge bath. Then rinse the soap out of the wash cloth or sponge and go over the area again to remove the soap from your skin. The friction of the cloth, the warm water and that little bit of soap will get you surprisingly clean.
Reminds me of my broken ankle days, couldn't get my cast wet and it was on for 10 weeks. Bathing went like this: sat in bathtub on "tiny tots" plastic chair with cast resting on toilet beside tub. Used a saucepan from the kitchen to scoop up water for washing/rinsing. Took a lot of scoops to shampoo/rinse, then condition/rinse long hair! Needed assistance getting in and out of tub, wasn't supposed to bear weight on broken ankle at all. Check dignity at bathroom door!
It is amazing what you can adapt to when you have to.
__________________ It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with the simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Use baby wash. It is much easier to get off than regular soap. A spray bottle may also help.
For times when I am conserving water, like when I am dry camping and have to haul it all with me, I can get clean with a bit less than a gallon of water. I use baby wash for my hair and body. I have long hair. Use a spray bottle to get my hair damp and then pour about a 1/2-1 cup of water over my hair to get it wet enough to suds. Use baby wash to wash hair. Squeeze excess out of hair then very slowly pour water over hair to rinse. That uses around 1/2 gallon. Wet washcloth and apply baby wash. Don't bother with getting your skin wet first. Wash all over with washcloth. Spray all over with the spray bottle very well and then wipe off with a dry cloth. If in doubt about removing all the soap, repeat with the spray bottle and wipe again. I feel as clean as I do after stepping out of a shower.
I also use the spray bottle on dishes and use an astonishingly small amount of water.
Location: 2400 ft up in the CA sierra mt foothills
love em so many uses, never stopped buying since the Baby was born (she is 10now)....
in a pinch (espec if this is just temporary) just swab out your "areas" (pits crotch and buttcrack) pat dry with a damp towel... you are done.
I even put mine in the compost pile after....
Luckily most of my wounds were in my extremities, put a bread sack over it and 2 rubber bands and take a shower. I had surgeries every 4-6 weeks on my hand for 3 years straight, got used to it. Much easier showering than winging it with a wash cloth when you have 1 arm. When I had the casts on my left leg I used a garbage sack over it, 16 weeks for that one....James
knee surgery ? I thought you had been mauled by a bear talking wounds and all , Plastic trash bag over the leg and tape it shut and climb in the shower for 2 minutes and your done .......knee surgery ........
It's not that hard. With knee surgery, get into the tub with a couple of inches of water and leave the leg hanging out. You can wash up perfectly that way. Hubby did that after his knee surgery, foot surgery and toe surgery (all from injuries!). It worked great!
But from a sink, fill the sink and just use a small amount of soap. My grandma used to wash us that way all the time when we were kids and it worked out fine.