5 Quick Questions About Personal Hygiene

It’s time for a new edition of 5 Quick Questions!

5 Quick Questions are a Sometime Tradition here on the 5 Kids Blog. This is my opportunity to get to know you better, and it’s one of the best things we do here because it turns out you are very good at truth-telling, friends. 

To those of you who used the last few volumes to delurk, it’s wonderful to meet you! And to those of you who’ve been around a while, mucking about in this space and putting your feet on the furniture? You’re always rad. Thank you.

As you may know, 5 Quick Questions can be anything from the EVER IMPORTANT What Is Your Family Booger Rule? to the more serious (and my absolute favorite because you were so deeply honest and so very different from each other) Questions About Faith.

Today shall be along the Ever Important lines.

We shall discuss Personal Hygiene. 

Why?

Because I miss it. I miss it very much. And it’s good to mourn together. 

ID-100400665 Quick Questions about Personal Hygiene

  1. What is your personal hygiene regimen?
  2. Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA?
  3. What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick?
  4. Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be?
  5. Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? ( <– Not actually a question about hygiene, but I got distracted by the whole island thing, and now I’m on a need-to-know here.)

Here are my answers:

  1. Regimen? HAHAHAHAHA. I used to have one of those. Pre-kids, I showered twice a day. Twice a day, friends. When sharing a hotel room, friends would ask, “Do you want the shower in the morning or at night?” Then I’d laugh at them and say BOTH. Like THEY were the crazy ones. Man, those were the days.
  2. YES, QUESTION 1 IS TOO HARD TO ANSWER. So far, I am NOT impressed with these questions. Does it count as a “regimen” to shower once a week when my hygiene becomes truly too awful to ignore? Does it? Does it count as a “regimen” to give myself quick sink wipe-downs between luxurious 5-minute weekly showers so no one On The Outside notices? Is it weird that I’m referring to outside my house as “On The Outside” like my house is a penitentiary or is that just good sense? I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE.
  3. This is a much better question. MUCH better. I actually have some of these Fake-Like-I-Have-Good-Hygiene Tricks. Here are two:
    A. There’s the wash-the-bangs-in-the-sink trick. That’s a life saver.
    B. There’s the buy Suave (read: cheap) Dry Shampoo trick. I honestly would consider giving up one of my toes to keep this in my life. I mean, how much can I possibly miss a toe?
  4. Assuming I have time to actually shower on this magical island, obliterating the need for Dry Shampoo (and allowing me to keep all my toes — HOORAY!), I’d go with hair conditioner and a razor. I probably should’ve picked deodorant and a toothbrush. I feel like this is unnecessarily hard.
  5. I will lead the charge. In the dark. I will lead the charge in the dark for the skinny dipping, or, as we call it in my family, the chunky dunking. Now, to be technically accurate, I will lead the chunky dunking charge in the daylight, too, if, by “lead the charge” we understand it to mean “find an unpopulated part of the island, strip so fast we break the sound barrier, and jump into mostly opaque water.” …Or if “lead the charge” means you triple dog dared me… after all, I’ve always been highly prone to peer pressure and had very poor judgement. In fact, Greg made me a Venn diagram once to illustrate what I’ll do in any given situation. He called it “practically a bicycle.” So, you know; be careful who you let lead these kinds of charges. WORD TO THE WISE.

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OK – your turn. 5 Quick Questions, friends! What’ve you got??

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
63 comments
  1. 1. Now that my kids are older (3 & 8) I shower every morning and evening, although I have a bath in the evening in colder weather. When they were little I showered every morning… i think. I don’t remember. Maybe I didn’t? I don’t shave or wax or anything, so that makes it easy. I wash my hair most days.
    2. Does showering count as a regime? Sometimes I moisturise when my skin starts to hurt….
    3. Fake it, fake it…. Nope. Maybe wear deoderant?
    4. Sunscreen and moisteriser.
    5. Skinny dipping? Count me in! Any where, any time.

    Love your work!

  2. 1. I shower about 2-3 times per week, with just soap, because it turns out (after YEARS of fiddling with vinegar and baking soda and natural saponins and other craziness) that just soap works fine to clean your hair as long as you have soft water. I also brush my teeth daily, sometimes twice a day, and usually I brush and style my hair daily, too, unless I braid it, in which case that’s in until it falls out or my next shower. Luxurious, right?

    2. Kind of. I mean, I remember when I was a teenager having this whole ROUTINE, you know? RITUALS. Perfumes, make-up, three different moisturizers…but then in my early 20s I decided that the time and money society expected me to spend on hygiene and beauty was a form of misogyny, and now I have so much more TIME. Totally worth it.

    3. Buff the places dead skin and dirt accumulate with a wet towel occasionally rather than remembering to wash them every time you shower because you reserve the right not to take your brain with you into the shower lest it get wet.

    4. I’m assuming this is a tropical island where I’ll be able to harvest a sea sponge, and that our water desalination process produces enough extra salt for me to use some to polish my teeth, so I’ll take halawa (sugar wax) and my Diva Cup. The Diva Cup has seriously changed my life, and I refuse to go back.

    5. Not really. I’ve got no issue with nudity– I mean, I am a midwife, after all– but I don’t really enjoy just hanging around being naked, because my nipples are too sensitive for me to be comfortable that way. TMI, I know, but you did ask. I’m happy to swim with you and not gawk or judge, though! I love to swim.

  3. 1. I shower about 2x/week and wash hair about the same amounts of times per week. I might get in another shower but usually with my hair pulled back. I do manage to brush my teeth once per day, sometimes twice (gasp!). I shave only when wearing something that will show enough skin to matter – my hubby is ok with that or at least he doesn’t complain to me.
    2. Not so bad….I get up before the kiddos to get ready for work in the morning, so as long as I hold my breath for an hour and don’t trip over a toy that has no off button, I’m golden.
    3. Hmmm….tricks…I spray water and lavender oil on my soured smelling clothes and toss them in the dryer for a few to get rid of that overwhelming soured smell because I can’t remember to ever put them from the washer to the dryer. Dry shampoo is great for laziness and almond oil saves my face.
    4. Ok, I’m going out on a limb here and assuming if the island has little umbrella drinks and soap then they probably have those little toothbrushes as well and maybe even razors. If not, I can fashion something from nature for both of those things because I have skillz (that is a lie). Anyway, I will bring coconut oil and sunscreen – endless supplies of both. I can use the coconut oil for hair conditioner, lotion, chapstick and toothpaste. Sunscreen because the coconut oil might make me crisp up faster than anyone else.
    5. Assuming there are no dudes, I’m up for skinny dipping anytime! I’ll even be the first to jump in.

  4. 1.) What is your personal hygiene regimen? I shower either every morning or every night. Since I like to exercise in the evenings it is usually at night. I shave my armpits every other day and my legs about twice a week. Maybe twice a year I wax my mustache, and I will half heartedly pluck my eyebrows a few times a month.

    2.)Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA? No, not too hard. When I became a mom I made myself two promise two things: 1.) I would shower every day and 2.) I would always get out of my PJ’s and get dressed. I have had pretty good success with these two things, although other things have gone to hell in a handbasket.

    3.)What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick? Hot rollers. When I shower at night my hair looks like Monica’s hair in the episode of “Friends” when they go to Barbados. Hot rollers are quick and I can put on my makeup while they cool and it makes my hair look kind of done.

    4.) Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be? Shampoo and toothbrush. Or if I could use the soap in my hair, toothbrush and toothpaste.

    5.) Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? ( <– Not actually a question about hygiene, but I got distracted by the whole island thing, and now I’m on a need-to-know here.)Hell yes! I did this in high school and it is a desert island! Anytime, friend!

  5. What is your personal hygiene regimen? I shower about twice a week. I tend to shave my armpits every time, but my legs when I have time (which is not often enough). I clip my nails when they break. I try to brush my teeth every day. Emphasis on the TRY. One thing I wish I did more often is pluck my eyebrows. Sigh.
    Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA? Yes.
    What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick? Baby wipes and deodorant.
    Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be? I thought about this for a while, and decided I didn’t want to bring anything that would get used up eventually, so I’m going with razor and toothbrush.
    Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? ( <– Not actually a question about hygiene, but I got distracted by the whole island thing, and now I’m on a need-to-know here.) Fun fact – my sisters went skinny dipping when they were little and I threw their bathing suits in the deep end by the drain they were scared of. I don't know why – I'm usually not mean. I guess I thought it was funny. Fun fact #2 – I went skinny dipping at my bachelorette party. In the dark. I loved swimming nude and I would probably do it again in the dark if there were no men around. I'm kind of a prude.

  6. 1. What is your personal hygiene regimen?
    Regimen. Ha! Most days I’m lucky if I remember to comb my hair and put on deodorant.

    2. Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA?
    YES, because, while I know what the word REGIMEN means according to the dictionary, the whole concept itself seems to be beyond my ability to put into action at the moment. Oh, who am I kidding, since I adopted girl #2 three years ago. (In full disclosure, if I had to choose between daily showering – or a REGIMEN – and girl #2, girl #2 would win EVERY TIME.)

    3. What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick?
    OMG, I washed my bangs in the sink this morning! (BTW – I hope the water has drained cause since girl #1 got a rock stuck in the drain (cause rocks NEED to be washed) and the sink isn’t draining the best… What was the question???

    4. Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be?

    Toothbrush and sunscreen (your desert island sounds lovely…..)

    5. Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? ( <– Not actually a question about hygiene, but I got distracted by the whole island thing, and now I’m on a need-to-know here.)

    Probably. I'm discovering that the older I get the more daring I'm becoming…. (which is okay cause for most of my life I've been a big chickensh*t).

    Great post and have a wonderful weekend!!!!

  7. 1. I had to make a rule that if I don’t get a shower every other day, extreme measures may be taken, up to and including showering in the middle of the night. I’ve also inexplicably started wearing perfume, which I never did before.
    2. Of course not, I was an English major.
    3. I use astringent on my oily face and a ponytail when my hair gets greasy. Also, more deodorant and, when all else fails, sheer attitude.
    4. A toothbrush and a full tub of heavy duty moisturizer for my psoriasis, samples of which I will trade to the rest of you for servings of the other products I need.
    5. Absolutely not, because 1. I don’t swim in water where things live, thanks to Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. 2. I’m a prude. and 3. I’m melanin-challenged and I don’t want to use up Christy’s entire bottle of sunblock. You’ll all still be friends with me anyway, because I’m the one with the moisturizer.

  8. 1) Quick in-and-out shower most…okay some…days. Hope to wash my hair twice a week. Hope to brush it at least daily. It’s most of the way to my knees so I have a mess if I don’t. Shave pits when they’re overgrown AND I remember, because–in the time between washing them and noticing them, and finishing washing the rest of my body and picking up a razor–OH LOOK A SQUIRREL! Brush teeth at least once per day…most days… Frequent deodorant.
    2) Hah, a little. I only have a fifteen-month-old now, but I know any semblance of personal hygiene is about to go out the window, ’cause I have a 3yo and a 6yo “due” next month (when their adoption paperwork and our travels finish and we can bring them home) and then a homemade one arriving in August.
    3) Baby wipes! And very strong mint gum that hopefully smells enough like mouthwash. If I time my hairwashing days right, The Husband is home and I can take ten minutes to French braid it while still wet. It can stay braided for two days, then the next day brush it out and pretend it’s a wavy perm on purpose (instead of Florida humidity frizz), then the next day…or two…or more…pull it back with a headband with teeth, and pretend the grease is hair gel.
    4) My brush. And toilet paper. Have been caught out without it enough times in this country (usually in government buildings!) to carry it with me now. Since this is a magical island the potties will be more along the lines of the Japanese kind and less along the lines of the SQUAT TOILETS I have had to hover my pregnant off-balanced self over, right? RIGHT? If soap is provided I can brush my teeth with that. Don’t mind the taste.
    5) Sure. Modesty’s much less important having given birth once already, but in the dark is still preferable ’cause sunburns are miserable.

  9. 1. Any time the baby naps i run like hell for the shower. I am home alone with the 1 and 4 year old all day but still have to drop all three kids at hubby’s work on my way to work. I am seen by clients all shift so i HAVE to shower! I shave every other day because my legs make me crazy if i dont! Make is to be done every day sometimes while driving to work.

    2. No regimen other than showering every day

    3. No real trick. Wash off last nights eye liner, brush teeth sometimes put a hat on and call it a good day.

    4. My two items would be my razor and wisps. The colgate on the go toothbrushes that have a small dot of toothpaste in them!

    5. Naked swimming any time is fine. We all wave in the dark, sit in the mud etc together. Modesty went out the door when i had kids! If we are going to be real with each other, it doesnt get any more raw than that!

  10. Howdy!
    Ok my “regimine” is pee, drink coffee, shower, wash hair daily and brush teeth—-in that order. Apply sunscreen moisturizer and am good to go! Not complicated so easy to answer. Dry Shampoo fake it till you make it in case I skip the shower (scandalous). I can’t live without Cetaphil face wash and Aveno 30spf tinted moisturizer—lotion and foundation all in one!!! Save steps!!! There will be no skinny dipping unless copious amounts of Chardonnay are consumed.

  11. What is your personal hygiene regimen? Shower every night once the kids are asleep. I wash my hair every other night. Brush teeth every morning and at night. In the morning I apply deoderant and do something to my hair. Sometimes I brush it and sometimes I just throw it up or braid it. NO make up here…not even on my wedding day!
    Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA? No. Bodily cleanliness is for my sanity
    What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick? Wash face, baby wipes in the yucky places, deoderant, braid hair
    Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be? Toothbrush and sun block. Assuming that toilet paper is provided.
    Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? ( <– Not actually a question about hygiene, but I got distracted by the whole island thing, and now I’m on a need-to-know here.) I'm not shy and the water would feel nice I'm sure so I wouldn't rule it out.

  12. 1. PERFECT timing for this! just this morning I was seriously having a pity party for myself. My two oldest are 17 and 11, and i must have gotten used to a regimen again, because now after having my now 14 month old, this afternoon when I was almost in tears wondering when it became so difficult to bathe, apply make up and make my hair that I’m trying to grow out again look decent, and realizing I am not making the grade, like daily, and how I felt like I was the onlyest one who was just going day to day resenting the hygiene dilemma…..and then I read THIS!!!! 😀

    2. So um, no…..no regimen.

    3. Fake it: I’ve been wrapping my hair lately. I avoid having to care a thing about what my hair actually looks like, or the condition of said hair. Plus, I actually feel beautiful in the wraps…..and the hubs loves them 😉

    I don’t have a second one :/ I’m going to read the comments and hopefully steal other peoples 😀

    4. What two things would I need on the island. Well, currently a scarf to do one of my head wraps. And powder. I use body powder a lot! Actually, maybe that’s my #2 above!

    5. If you do it, I’ll do it!! So, basically that’s often not the best way to make decisions. But like your bicycle wheels, I don’t always have what looks to be the best strategy for decision making. But we sure have a lot of fun! 😉

  13. Regime? HA. Dry shampoo (ok that’s a lie – I bought some for emergencies but never used it). Um shower when I can no longer pull off a ponytail, or when I think I might have a work meeting that I’ll sit close to somebody. What were the other things? See? You’re already better than I am. OH! I’ll totally go skinny dipping. I’m at the age that means who cares, in the age and life language.

    1. “when I think I might have a work meeting that I’ll sit close to somebody” This may be my favorite ever! I thought I was the only one that ran through my calendar for the day before deciding on how much effort to put forth. Amen, sister!

  14. 1. Give the 6 year old who is potty training (special needs) iPad and lap desk and sit him on the potty. Get in shower as fast as humanly possible. Answer multiple questions/solve every problem that arises from the 7 and 2 year old. Forget what actually has been washed. Figure that just rinsing with water is close enough. Solve some more problems while wearing only a towel. Dream about when my naked body will become kryptonite to my kids.

    2, yes

    3. lipgloss and sunglasses. Throw on jeans instead of sweats because it looks like you really showered and got dressed.

    4. I’m just happy to have a moment to myself on this desert island that I need nothing.

    5. I’m all for a skinny dip but the water MUST be very warm. There will be no naked parts touching cold water.

  15. 1. I shower every day. The price of this is that sometimes I come out to find all sorts of disaster and mayhem because my children are adept at taking advantage of the situation, but then I am clean while I’m sucking buckets of water out of the carpet.

    2. Nah, I’m good. Housecleaning regimen would be another story…

    3. Eyeliner and lip gloss is how I groom-without-fully-grooming. Most days I look like a (clean) hippie though.

    4. Dental floss (plus threaders) and tweezers. I’m making an executive decision that the threaders required to get the floss around my retainer don’t count as an extra item.

    5. Oh heavens yes. We’ll be naked bada$$es together.

  16. 1: Shower every other day. I have no problem going one day without showering, but if I go two I feel like stinky death and I break out in all the pimples.
    2: If showering counts as a regimen? It used to be a lot more involved before I was a mom, I can tell you that.
    3: Bandana for non-shower or slept-on-wet-hair-and-now-it’s-crazy-town days. Also, underboob deodorant. There have been a lot of times I thought my deodorant was giving out on me, only to find I just hadn’t put it enough places.
    4: Toothbrush and deodorant. Do we get to pick what kind of soap? Because I’m pretty sure you can use Dr. Bronner’s to brush your teeth and wash your hair, plus you get to read all the crazy ranting on the label for entertainment while you’re showering, so that’s what I’d pick.
    5: Night, yes. Day, the risks of sunburn are too severe.

    1. UNDERBOOB DEODORANT. Yes. Excellent tip!

  17. de-lurking because I’m liking the idea of being on a tropical island with you (and far from my mil, who is stay with us. Right now. In fact I’m furtively typing in case she decides that I need to hear her opinion on just one more thing. )
    1. My aunt keeps giving me lovely skin care products with instructions for a nightly regime because it doesn’t even occur to her that my answer is “bahahaha!” To #1. Well that and “a shower every 3 or 4 days and brushing teeth slightly more often.”

    3. My most current awesome trick is the YMCA. I drop my 4 kids off with the hapless childcare workers and go take a shower. I occasionally swim first. But they don’t come find you in the showers when your baby is crying. Oh, and headscarves. And one of those electric razors for a quick shave for those of us with a incipient beard. A friend tried to convince me of its merits and I didn’t believe her until she actually gave me one. That friend is a keeper.

    4. Toothbrush because on this island we have TIME for dental hygiene. Or and floss because it has so many uses. And that Amazon subscription service where they bring fresh underpants on a regular basis because clean underpants are important personal hygiene too. Even if you don’t realize it until you are out.

    5. Yes. But at night because I burn easily. And because I wouldn’t want to overwhelm anyone with the immensity of my abundant gloriousness. You’re welcome.

    1. Showering at the YMCA is genius. I used to hide in the locker room and read.

      Also, regarding the beard, consider keeping tweezers in your car. VERY handy at stoplights and the very best lighting for plucking.

      1. Girlfriend, I have tweezers in my car, AND in my purse, AND on my dresser, AND in the pocket of the diaper bag.

        But I’m telling you: sugar wax.

    2. I so feel your pain. My MIL lived with us FOR THE FIRST 2 YEARS OF OUR MARRIAGE. And yes, we are still married.

  18. 1. Shower… When necessary. (Every other day) Shave…. When necessary. (Once a week?) Makeup….. Kinda a little when necessary. (On Go To Work Days) Hair…. Ugh. Put it away. Toenails… ALWAYS PAINTED!!! ( a girl has to have standards.)

    2. Actually… Schedule = sanity. Please don’t take away my schedules and regimens. Please. I beg you. Sanity, I tell you.

    3. Scarves. And hats. They hide the hair. Please hide the hair.

    4. Toenail polish. And a razor. (Who needs toothbrushes?)

    5. Heck yeah. I have no shame. Or modesty, according to some older, wiser, more Christian people in my life.

  19. 1. Shower in the morning, unless I need an extra 20 minutes of sleep. So, like, shower 3-4 times a week. Wash and condition hair in the shower, then brush it once and let it air dry. Shave pits weekly, deodorant daily. Brush teeth every morning and every night. Most nights. Some nights. Ew, I’m gross.
    2. Yeah…I’m not a big “product” person, and the last time I got my haircut, the girl was all, “Oooh, virgin hair,” meaning it’s never been colored, permed, or otherwise treated. I haven’t worn daily makeup since high school.
    3. If I don’t shower, I must wash my face with warm water to wake up, or my eyes feel weird all morning. Like the rest of you, ponytails and careful deodorant are my backup plan.
    4. Toothbrush and deodorant.
    5. I’m in. I swam in high school and lost all nerves about being naked in front of other women. I weigh about double of what I weighed then, but whatever. I doubt any of you care. As long as there’s no awkward standing around drinking vodka from the bottle afterwards, like when I was in Peace Corps.

  20. French braid and wet wipes.

  21. 1. If I don’t shower first thing every day then I’m not human. On really hot & humid days I might shower up to 4 times in a day. Shampoo oily hair every day & style if going to work or church. Brush teeth morning & night.
    2. Nope.
    3. Extra deodorant & a spray of perfume in the pits. Wash hair in the laundry tub.
    4. Toothbrush & shampoo.
    5. Sure. I’m God’s creation & see my saggy bits & pudgy bits & Caesar scars as badges of motherhood honour.

  22. 5 Quick Questions About Personal Hygiene
    Apr
    22
    2015

    It’s time for a new edition of 5 Quick Questions!

    5 Quick Questions are a Sometime Tradition here on the 5 Kids Blog. This is my opportunity to get to know you better, and it’s one of the best things we do here because it turns out you are very good at truth-telling, friends.

    To those of you who used the last few volumes to delurk, it’s wonderful to meet you! And to those of you who’ve been around a while, mucking about in this space and putting your feet on the furniture? You’re always rad. Thank you.

    As you may know, 5 Quick Questions can be anything from the EVER IMPORTANT What Is Your Family Booger Rule? to the more serious (and my absolute favorite because you were so deeply honest and so very different from each other) Questions About Faith.

    Today shall be along the Ever Important lines.

    We shall discuss Personal Hygiene.

    Why?

    Because I miss it. I miss it very much. And it’s good to mourn together.

    ID-100400665 Quick Questions about Personal Hygiene

    1. What is your personal hygiene regimen?
    Shower every other day, sometimes if I really don’t feel like dealing with the hassle, it’s 3 days. I’d go longer if I didn’t disgust myself. Brush my teeth and wash my face with water at bedtime. Brush first thing in the morning because somehow I still have morning breath, yuck. Wash face again to wake up and comb hair before leaving the bathroom. Now I can face people.

    2. Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA?
    It’s pretty flexible….sometimes I do none of those things lol!

    3. What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick?
    I, too, lean over the sink and wash the bangs on my nonshower days. That and pony tails are my hair’s best friend. I have occasionally, secretly washed my dirty feet in the sink and use a soapy cloth on the pits.

    4. Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be?
    At first I was like toothpaste! Then I realized I might want a toothbrush to put it on so I ditched the toothpaste and will use water or something. Is there alcohol? I think clippers because long toenails gross me out. Can we share tools?

    5. Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? ( <– Not actually a question about hygiene, but I got distracted by the whole island thing, and now I’m on a need-to-know here.)
    Ummm maybe. Haven't done that in 40 years. Night sounds good though and undressing in the water. Maybe. Again, is there alcohol?

    1. geez somehow I copied the entire post! feel free to edit this and take out the stuff before the questions…

    2. I agree with the sharing tools and the ever important question about alcohol.

  23. What is your personal hygiene regimen? I shower once a day (mostly in the morning) because of sanity reasons. I have always had overactive oil glands (those little go getters) so if I don’t take care of them I get headaches. So aside from a shower in the morning to get me going (and the water has to be hot, or I will be crankier than an upset grizzly) I am pretty easy going.

    Was question 1 too hard to answer because REGIMEN — HAHAHAHAHA? Nah

    What is your best Fake-Like-You-Have-Good-Hygiene Trick? Washing the bangs is a good one, putting hair up in a pony tail along with it, and if all else fails, washcloth with soapy water (could use hand soap) and use on underarms. Then simply fluff bangs and wear that bed head like you meant it.

    Assuming soap is provided, if you were stuck on a desert island (a desert island with little umbrella drinks and cabanas and All Your Momrades and access to long, hot baths and HUGE beds without sand or smashed cereal in them) and you could only bring TWO personal hygiene products with you, what would they be? Hair conditioner (I can fudge it if I have to with the shampoo, but my hair tangles like nobody’s business), and a toothbrush (It’s one of those things that I can go without if I have it nearby, but if I realize I don’t have one, I feel like I must brush my teeth every 10 minutes!)

    Will you go skinny dipping with me on the island? What if it’s still daylight? Hell Ya! (just, can we make the water warm? 🙂 )

  24. I travel a lot and this is the topic that people always ask about. A couple of years ago my sister and I sold everything we had and bought a van and lived in it while we traveled. We found that you only NEED a shower every three days and really, that was only to was our hair.
    I don’t travel in the van anymore so..
    1. I shower every other day usually. I don’t have kids, but I’m not a morning person and never get up early enough to fit in all aspects of “getting ready” in the morning. I also either too tired or lazy in the evenings to manage a shower every night, so I fit them in when required, which is every other day. In the van the regimen was; wipe down with baby wipes morning and night, brush teeth in morning before we head out, deodorant on, dry shampoo hair or put on bandanna to hide gross hair, and done.
    2. Not so much now that I live in a house and don’t have to go looking for showers.
    3. Dry Shampoo is my most favorite thing! Batiste dry shampoo is my favorite and it even comes in colors so your dark hair isn’t white and obvious that you used dry shampoo instead of washing your hair. When the hair is beyond dry shampoo help it get’s covered with a bandanna.
    4. A toothbrush for sure and either something to tie my hair up with or sunscreen. I’d probably try to sneak all three on the island with me. If I HAD to pick between something for my hair and the sunscreen…I guess I could find something on the island to tie my hair up with. A vine of some sort maybe?
    5. Maybe. In the dark. Maybe. Do we have time to lose a few pounds before going to this island? Give me another couple months and I’ll be in!

  25. 1. I brush my teeth 2x a day. The first time might be after lunch some (a lot of) days, but always before bed. I shower….at least once every other day (sometimes 3rd day.) But I would shower every day if I wasn’t trying to NOT wash my hair every day. My daughter just bought me a nifty shower cap, so I really have no excuse. I’m going to go shower now.
    2. Um, yes, I suppose so.
    3. We call them butt-wipes at my house, since we have no babies. But butt wipes are more expensive than baby wipes, so if I’m being fiscally responsible, we use baby wipes. You really don’t need to know any more.
    4. I’ll have a mango margarita…what was the question? Tweezers and foot file. Disgusting, but you asked.
    5. Yes, after 2 more Mango margaritas.

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