How to Wash Yourself

By Nico Riley ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Soap or body wash
  • Water
  • Washcloth
  • Loofah sponge

Personal hygiene is a part of our everyday lives. No one wants to walk around omitting an offensive smell. To ensure that we present ourselves in a clean and respectable manner we should wash ourselves thoroughly every day.

Get some soap or body wash that suits your skin's needs and sensitivity. Make sure you’re not allergic to any of its ingredients. There are soaps that are hypoallergenic to prevent allergic reactions on your skin. You can also purchase soaps and body washes for skin types such as sensitive, oily, dry or normal.

Use a separate washcloth for your face than from the rest of your body. Your face is a sensitive area and you don’t want to get any bacteria from other areas of your body on it. You should use products made specifically to cleanse your face, since some soaps may be too harsh.

Run a bath or turn on the shower. Step inside and rinse your body off. If you’re washing with soap, use a washcloth to lather the soap so you’re able to get a good clean scrub. Wash yourself from head to foot with soap before rinsing your body off. If you’re using a body wash, use a loofah or sponge to lather the body wash and wash yourself from head to toe before rinsing.

Be careful when washing the genital area. Make sure you wash the front area before you wash your behind to keep from spreading any germs. You should clean in a front to back motion. For women, clean in between your vaginal lips and be sure to rinse any soap from this area. For men who are not circumcised, pull the foreskin back so that you can properly clean the penis. Use a mild soap on the genital area and one that isn’t perfumed, since some perfumed soaps can alter your body’s natural pH balance.

Lather your hair with shampoo. Use your fingers to massage your scalp and remove any dirt that may be in your hair. Rinse your hair thoroughly to ensure that you wash out all of the dirt and shampoo. Repeat the hair washing process if necessary.

Repeat the entire body washing process on a daily basis to maintain good hygiene. Some people may not need to wash their hair every day, depending on their hair type.

About the Author

Nico Riley has been a professional writer since 2006 with work appearing on various websites. Riley holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Harold Washington College and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys writing on topics about society, culture, health, self-help and entertainment.