How To Take Care Of Your Fat Body – Fat Hygiene

June 10, 2019 16 Comments

How To Take Care Of Your Fat Body – Fat Hygiene

June 10, 2019 16 Comments

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Getting Down To The Nitty Gritty

Lets talk about fat hygiene. Embarrassing, right? I know! These are the kinds of topics that we like to keep private. Especially us fat folks who have learned to be ashamed of our bodies and the extra care they may require. But if we don’t talk about this and share our resources, how will we ever know what works best?

No more suffering in silence babes. I’ve been scoping out some hygiene products that my fat friends swear by. Here’s a list of must haves for fat hygiene:

Remedy Soap

Skin irritation caused by folds on our bodies is a total bitch. It can be itchy, odorous, and look sorta funny. Remedy Anti-Fungal Soap is made with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, mint, and Aloe Vera which work wonders for healing skin. You don’t have to worry about synthetic chemicals and such, so feel free to use this regularly on your whole body. Side note – if you’re not into feeling like you have a York Peppermint Patty lodged between your vulva (or other sensitive areas), perhaps avoid using this all up in your nether region.

Bathroom Hardware

Detachable shower heads are so great. Its important to be able to lift those rolls and scrub that body clean without leftover soap remnants which can cause skin irritation. Sick of cupping your hands and aimlessly splashing water in the general direction of your sweatiest parts? Wash it all away with full force and direct precision. You’re going to feel the cleanest you’ve ever felt.

I can’t describe how wonderful it felt to finally have a shower with a curved shower rod installed in my home. It can be so frustrating to have the shower curtain constantly stuck to your arms and body the whole time, in the most vulnerable moments! Having one of these curved shower rods makes my shower experience feel so much more comfortable. It can add up to 6 inches of room!

This one might not seem as obvious but I swear by it. A corner shower caddy helps organize all of the shit you like to clean yourself with into one space. Why is this helpful? Well if you’re like me and enjoy having options for shower products, you might notice them all piling up on the wall of the tub after a while. I dread those bottles toppling onto my toes because I just needed to lift my leg over the tub wall for a moment. Corner shower caddies really help organize an area where any extra space is a blessing.

Look I’m not exaggerating when I say, bidet attachments ARE LIFE CHANGING! I’ve heard numerous people now tell me that bidet attachments are the best additions they’ve made to their bathrooms and I absolutely agree. Corissa teases that now when we go on vacation the first thing we miss is not our dogs or our family… it’s our bidet. This product can turn any standard two piece toilet into a functional butt flusher. To get that extra clean feel and spend less on toilet paper every month, try out one of these bad boys.


Sometimes its hard to reach! Bathroom wipes are getting increasingly popular in all kinds of households. You’re going to want something biodegradable and safe for septic systems. I find that Dude Wipes work the best for me and my fat ass. They’re fragrance free so I feel comfortable using them all over my body when I need to freshen up real quick. They’re also bigger in size which I find helpful. So, if you can move past the overt toxic masculinity involved in the marketing, they work really well. Important: wipes aren’t generally great for the environment even when they say they’re biodegradable. Bidet’s will save you so much money and the earth will thank you. But wipes are great when you’re traveling!

Long Handled Products

Listen, no doubt our fat bodies are bigger than thin bodies. If you’re like me and that also happens to be paired with a couple of short arms, it can be difficult to reach areas that we would like to give an extra scrub. Thankfully you can find all kinds of long handled products on Amazon like loofah’s, sponges, toe nail scissors, and even razor extension handles. My partner especially loves the super long washcloth shown above that you can shimmy around your body for a great clean.

Foot Scrubber

This hands free foot scrubber allows you to exfoliate your feet in the shower. It increases blood circulation and helps massage your feet which can feel really great after a long day on your tootsies. Toss some body wash in there to feel extra clean!

Natural Deodorant

Deodorant creates a barrier of film that seems to stop sweat from festering on your skin within the folds. Lift your rolls up and rub that shit right on in there. Try Crystal Essence if you’re concerned about putting products with aluminum under your belly and breasts. It’s natural, comes in various scents or fragrance free, and has a roll-on option which I highly suggest for easier accessibility to those hard to reach areas.

There are also spray versions that can help get in those hard to reach places!

USB Phone Fan

Summertime sweatiness bummin’ you out? Look at these cute little guys! These USB powered fans plug directly into your phone and run off of your phone battery. Feeling sweaty in a super inconvenient kinda way? Plug this baby right in and start cooling down. Its great because you totally have your phone on you at all times anyway.


These bra liners are genius! The boob sweat situation is real my friends. Tuck these under your bra on those potentially extra sweaty days. They’re machine washable! They also have disposable ones if you’re more into that sort of thing.

And guess what? They also have tummy liners for us folks who have rolls that tend to get irritated in the hot weather. Say goodbye to skin irritation and rashes this summer!

Are there other hygiene needs that you have that weren’t addressed in this post? Let us know in the comments below! Over on you can read about accessibility tools for gardening, outdoor sports, talking to your doctor, and lots more!


  • Amy July 5, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Best body powder … Fromunda powder. Yes it has a horriable name and is marketed for men, but don’t let that keep you from trying it. It’s talc free, and they have an unsented version. It is a little pricey compared to using drugstore products. But so incredibly worth it. I live in the south, we have extremely hot and humid summers. I use to have major issues with heat rash under my boobs and belly roll. Haven’t had a single issue since I found this.

    • fatgirlflow July 8, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      I have never heard of this I’m going to have to give it a try!

  • Crackingfoxy July 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I’m hoping someone here might know a product…

    I’m a fat femme person, and I’d like to wear skirts in public in the summer. But I’ve got sweaty thighs (to the point where I always worry about leaving little puddles / damp marks on chairs when I get up). I’m terrified of having awkward visible sweat stains on the back of the skirt. So I wear jeans and long tops, and I suffer when it’s hot and humid.

    I’ve got good lightweight “chub rub” shorts. I’ve got skirts. I just feel like I need some kind of slip or liner that can wick the worst of the sweat away, or block it, or ??

    Any ideas?


    • Heather July 27, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      I have the same problem too! I wear dresses and skirts all the time and always worry about the dreaded sweat mark when I get up and the even more embarrassing sweat drip. You’re not alone. Any ideas would be awesome!

  • Mary November 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve been thin my whole life until about 3 years ago. I think my weight issues are genetic because my mom packed on weight at the same age. Well here I am all uninformed on pretty much everything from shopping for nice clothes to (I live in the south too) trying to fight the odors that seems to develop somewhere between my shower and the next 2 hours. I’m a clean person and I cannot stand to smell bad but I go to the grocery store and come home smelling like I’ve been sweating at the gym for 48 hours. I just don’t get it. I feel super uncontrollable in public and my self esteem has become nonexistent. I can’t find clothes that fit well and look good… I see so many beautiful bigger ladies and wander where they learned to put together the right outfits and makeup is on point and just well put together but I look I never learned to dress myself. They’re Melissa McCarthy ( gorgeous) and I’m the weird lady eating two combo meals at the dmv… I can’t lose weight so I’ve gotta learn new ways. I don’t mean to offend anyone if I have I just really need help 🙁

    • fatgirlflow November 6, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Hey Mary, it can be really hard when our bodies change suddenly (or even slowly). You’re in the right place, and there are lots of resources here. If you have facebook you can also follow the conversations we have over there at This community is really wonderful and there are lots of people/resources there to help!

      • Mary November 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

        Thank you. I will look y’all up on FB! ☺️

  • Mokey January 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you so much for your this great information! My sweet, beautiful, fat niece is struggling with coming of age hygiene. Her parents have their own fat stigmas and I’m working, along with my parents (niece’s grandparents), to build her up and not feel like fat is is a bad word. Trouble is, I’m little and don’t have personal perspective on hygiene. Can you recommend any books for young (she’s 10) fat women? We want her to feel healthy and clean and beautiful and comfortable in her skin! I’m totally open to any advice you have for me, our family, my niece, resources.. and to pay you for a consult!
    Thank you so much,

  • Suz February 20, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    A product to add!
    It’s made by Monistat, the same company treating yeast infections and such, but this is not that!
    It’s their Chafing relief powder/ anti chafing gel, and it’s great.
    Use it to avoid dreaded chub rub and especially under a pannus (tummy flap) to help keep it dry under there without feeding yeast (as powders can). A little goes a long way.
    Under a sweaty pannus: lift and cleanse in the shower like described with your product suggestions, then lift and pat dry, even use a cool hair dryer under there when you’re done to get dry. Then apply a thin layer of the gel. Genius! No more smelly rash of panniculitis.
    I’ve treated many patients with this method and had them return to hug me in tears, because it works! A must traveling to places like Florida.

  • Christine February 26, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Under Swimmies have saved my world! They are not shapewear, just a nice soft pair of thin lingerie shorts to go under a skirt or dress to avoid the chub rub. I am in the South and I do not want hot rolly shapewear. I didn’t notice as much sweating, but would add some talc beneath, etc. I love them!

    • fatgirlflow March 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      oh I am going to check these out!!!

  • Rachel March 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    OMG!!! I recently read this post and decided to try the Remedy soap and it has been LIFE CHANGING. I can’t wait to see how it does this summer when I really start to sweat! Next on my list are the foot scrubber and the tummy/bra liners!

    • fatgirlflow March 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      i’m so happy it’s been helpful!!!!

  • Marcia Fischer April 1, 2020 at 6:42 am

    I get yeast infections On my neck. With or without shoulder length hair. I do have a prescription anti fungal for when I get it, but any ideas on how to stop it from happening?

    • fatgirlflow April 3, 2020 at 11:02 am

      Hi Marcia, have you considered changing your shampoo/conditioner? Sometimes those things can have an effect on our necks. I like nizoral shampoo!

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