Should you use a washcloth in the shower? | The Tylt
Should you use a washcloth in the shower?
If you don't use a washcloth in the shower, you're likely wondering if you've missed something–some grand piece of advice that your parents should have bestowed upon you. Don't waste your time looking around to see if other people are just as confused. It's confirmed: you missed something.
When you wash dishes, do you also use your hand to spread around dish soap? No. Doing so would be disgusting, just like using your own hands to lather up your body is weird. Without a washcloth, you're just rubbing the dirt around your body. There's nothing there to remove all the day's sweat and germs.
And don't even try to suggest rubbing the bar of soap around your body. Then you've corrupted the soap. Congratulations, you are officially the gross roommate.
A washcloth does exactly what it promises. It is a cloth that will wash you. It's in the name! Use it, or be forever doomed to a life of half-cleanliness. Your friends will smell you, tales of your odor will live on and you will die alone.
A washcloth is a small towel, to be used on smaller parts of your body (like your face), not the entire thing. Sure, you'll grab a washcloth to dry your face off, but there's no need to take it into the shower with you. A bar of soap is all anyone needs.
Soap itself cleans what it touches, so why use an intermediary? In the words of Chandler from "Friends," the soap is self-cleaning. Plus, the washcloth itself runs the risk of getting dirty. If it sits in the shower, waiting patiently for your next visit along with the shampoo, it's going to harbor the bacteria that inevitably comes with damp places.
Using the bar of soap (or just your hands) keeps it simple. At the end of the day, the way the soap gets on your body doesn't really matter. What's important is that it gets there.