Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Hygiene Debate

Did you know that there is a whole world of people out there worried about whether or not you use a washcloth in the shower? Really.... nothing better to do, people??? I had no idea, and quite frankly had never given that a single thought in my entire life. But, my friend Lori (who doesn't really have anything better to do) apparently thinks about it quite a bit. Her husband, who I lovingly call Jeff the Wonder Fixer, is a manual laborer (her term, not mine). He is a house flipper. A successful one at that, so he is rehabbing houses right and left and coming home a pretty dirty fella. Lori's complaint (that she has not yet voiced to him... so if he is reading this... uh... sorry) is that with all that dirt and grime, he only uses a bar of soap and his hands. (That sounds like a different kind of dirty). After she mentioned it, I realized that Mark doesn't use a washcloth either. But, that doesn't bother me so much because he doesn't work up much of a sweat or get too down and dirty working as a computer nerd. I am more worried that his butt might fuse to his chair. No washcloth in the world will prevent that.


During our "to cloth or not to cloth" conversation, Lori told me that there is an entire Internet world devoted to debating this topic. Wah huh??? I googled (we all know my love of all things Google) "washcloth or not" and got 1,100,000 hits. Its everything from people accusing non-cloth users that they don't actually scrub the dirt off to people saying washcloths are germ farms. I personally use a puff, so I think I am the best of the options. Ha!


The really funny part of talking about this was that the fab four (me and my ladies) had totally interesting post-shower habits. If you knew what they looked like I would say picture all three blushing right now... but since you don't, just imagine their embarrassment would be similar to yours if I was going to put some personal stuff about you out here. Homa doesn't use a towel. She steps right out of the shower and into flip flops and a robe. She only uses a towel on her head. To take Homa and her habits one step further, her family will not wash towels with anything other than towels, and bathmats or floor towels must be kept to a separate wash. I, apparently being a nasty, nasty girl throw towels in the with the whites and because my bath mats are dark blue, they go in with the darks. No one wants to hang out with me anymore, huh? Laura, on the other hand, is a washcloth user. But, she gets a fresh one each day therefore circumventing the whole germ farm infestation in the shower (in fact, she used to use two per shower... one for body, one for face). She also gets a fresh towel each day. In fact, her direct quote is that it never occurred to her to use it more than once. Me (aka Dirty Girl) on the other hand, will use my towel a good 3 or 4 times prior to washing it... unless it gets dirty or touches the sink or floor. Once a towel hits solid anything (which excludes my body since I am more jiggly than solid) it is toast.



I had no idea the quirks that could be hidden behind that shower curtain. I had never thought about it, at least. But, now I am curious. If you have any bathroom quirks or strong feelings on the cloth or no cloth debate, let me know. Inquiring minds and all that...

9 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

this is so funny....I don't use a cloth of puffy in the shower...just me and my God given hands. I use a washcloth at night to wash my face and any parts that might have gotten yucky since my a.m shower. Towels? a few uses...unless of course they stink...just like you.
I wash all my lights together...so towels do get mixed in w/ sheets, t-shirts, whatev....it is gettng hot water...it kills all the bad stuff.
great post.

Momo-Mama said...

Hilarious!

I do not use a wash cloth but I do love my loofa (which, by the way, I replace about every couple of months).

I definitely use my towel more than once and have to have one for my hair and one for my body...(I do have the same "no hard surafaces policy" as you!

I guess I am a dirty girls like your and busy bee up there, since I mix laundry with towels...the bath mats on the other had...I wash them alone and replace them every few months!

Karen said...

We're fans of the bath scrunchie. Is that what it's called? The poof. That thing you put soap on and it suds up nicely. But come to think of it, it's not that sanitary, being used and reused, then just hung to dry. Ugh.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Suz - So you're a no washcloth girl, eh? I think this is so interesting.

Momo-Mama - You replace your bathmats every few months? Mine are older than my children. I am dirty.

Karen - I feel the bath scrunchie (I love that name) is hygienic because its plastic... so it must dry clean after the soap, right? Germs don't live on plastic, do they????

Amie said...

Although I replace the poof every couple of months, a friend of mine actually washes the poof, something that never occurred to me. After she said it, it made sense, and now all I can think about is how gross my poof probably is (although, this hasn't caused me to change my habits). I'll use a towel twice, but no more than twice, and I use a separate towel for my hair and it just gets used once. I don't know why.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Amie - I guess I never thought of washing the poof because it gets soapy and then I rinse it when I am done. Isn't it kinda a self-washing deal?

taraerpelding said...

This is so funny to me! I am a freak about washcloths. Well not so much washcloths, but more dish clothes, you know the kitchen variey washcloths?? Don't allow them in the kitchen. I think they are the most dirty, disgusting, germ infested things ever, especially when people leave them in or near the sink!!! I use those disinfectant wipes. Probably not that great either, but I throw them away after every use. I'm also a little OCD with towels. I wash only white towels with white and colored towels with colored, nothing but towels in the load. No idea why. Well maybe because I spent a small fortune on all new towels last summer (we were still using wedding ones from 8 years prior)they were so dang expensive, I decided to do everything in my power to make those things last. I think after realizing this and laughing at this entry I need some serious help!!

bernthis said...

I use a washcloth to wash my face at night. I use a fresh one everytime. Also, I wash the bathmat with the other one and that is it. Quirky, we are all so quirky

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Tara - It really is so funny to think about people's little habits. Except, now I feel totally dirty. Not enough to change, but dirty nonetheless.

Bern - I don't even wash my face at night. I'm tellin' ya! I am a dirty girl!