Running Water Not Required for Effective Bathing

If you have limited mobility, or cannot or simply do not want to frequently take a shower or bath, a sponge bath can be an effective meaning of bathing.

For a sponge bath, do the following:

  • Gather all your supplies and make sure you are warm and covered up.
  • Begin from your face/head and move down your body, saving private parts for last since they are the dirtiest.
  • For warmth and privacy, uncover only the body part that is currently being washed.
  • Wipe one area at a time and change washcloths between each section so you are not wiping subsequent area with a dirty cloth.

If you do not have washclothes and water available, bathing wipes, waterless cleansers, and no-rinse shampoos (regular or with bathing cap) also work well. Some people may feel that these products leave a slight residue. In those cases, do a final wipe with a clean, damp cloth after cleansing with the solution.

Additional Comfort Considerations

For additional comfort:

  • Make sure the room is warm.
  • If using bathing wipes, warm the wipes in the microwave in 5 to 10 second intervals.

Below is a sampling of products and equipment that are designed to help you with sponge bathing.  Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.

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Healthy Spirit Disposable Washcloths 250 Count – Adult Wipes Extra Large, Adult Wipes for Incontinence & Cleansing, 8″x12″, 250 Count, White

  • Disposable wash clothes for adults with Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera. Latex free, Alcohol free and Ph balanced.
  • Extra thick and oversized 8 x 12 inches. Ideal wipes for adults.
  • Extra large adult body wipes are ideal for incontinence, bathing and cleansing
  • Dispenser pack keeps these disposable washcloths for adults moist and allows for easy access.
  • Aloe wipes for adults and seniors

Medline ReadyBath LUXE Antibacterial Body Cleansing Cloth Wipes, Scented, Extra Thick Wipes (8 Count Pack, 24 Packs)

  • Extra thick, soft 8 x 8 inch wipes for fast, easy total body cleansing are great for the mobility impaired, after surgery, or any time a shower is not possible
  • ReadyBath Luxe wipes are pre-moistened with gentle, rinse-free cleansers plus soothing, moisturizing skin conditioners
  • Antibacterial Benzalkonium Chloride helps kill germs
  • Scented, pH balanced, hypoallergenic and alcohol-free | Cloths can be used at room temperature or warmed for added comfort
  • 8 count packs, 24 packs per Case for a total of 192 Wipes

Medline ReadyBath Scented Rinse-Free Shampoo Cap with Conditioner, 30 Count – MSC095230

  • Single-use, leak-proof cap pre-moistened with no-rinse shampoo and conditioner
  • Cleans and conditions hair, soothes the scalp in one step
  • Works on most lengths and types of hair
  • pH balanced, hypoallergenic and alcohol-free with a light, natural, gender-neutral scent
  • Cap can be used at room temperature or warmed for added comfort

No-Rinse Shampoo, 16 fl oz – Leaves Hair Fresh, Clean and Odor-Free (Pack of 3)

  • You will receive (3) bottles of No-Rinse Shampoo - 16 fl oz each
  • Ready to use, completely cleans hair without water
  • Absolutely no rinsing is required; just apply, massage into hair, towel dry, and style
  • Hospital tested and approved
  • No alcohol means no dryness