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How To Take Care Of Your Fat Body – Fat Hygiene

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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.

Wipes

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.

Liners

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 Comfyfat.com you can read about accessibility tools for gardening, outdoor sports, talking to your doctor, and lots more!

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Grace

Friday 6th of August 2021

great tips :) i’m realizing the first step towards meaningful health improvements is loving and caring for the body that i’m in.

Bethany Meisberger

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Can we have a serious conversation about how much it sucks to shave your legs while being fat? I hate it and I only do it a few times a year in the summer if I'm going swimming. Does anyone have any suggestions on shaving methods that would help me dread this process a little less?

Fancy

Thursday 28th of October 2021

@Bethany Meisberger,

I shave on my bed. Here's how: One spray bottle with hair conditioner, and enough water to make it sprayable; half and half would probably work. I use a new razor each time, which saves on nicks.

I place a clean dry towel on the bed, stretch my leg out on it, and use a moist washcloth to moisten my leg. I spray conditioner into my hand and rub onto my leg. I carefully use the razor upward, only once. I usually do a few inches across and use the wet washcloth to clean the razor. (Note- this will ruin your washcloth, so don't use one you like.)

Once I've done my entire leg, (you may have to stand up to do the back) I use the wet washcloth to clean the conditioner off, and check for strays. Then I rinse and twist the washcloth, dry that leg with the towel, and do the other leg.

I also use this method for underarms, although you have to use less conditioner as it makes the hair harder for the razor to grab otherwise. The great news is that the conditioner works like a moisturizer, and you smell great afterwards! Hope that helps!

Teri

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for the informative articles. I received an email from y'all. Not sure why, but SOOOOO Happy I did. I'm a little on the heavy side, but not too bad. However, my husband is extremely overweight and there are so many things you provided info on that he can use. But, my favorite item you talked about was the Stomach Liners. I had a C-Section in 2005 and my incision still hasn't healed and still bleeds to this day because it just won't stay dry in order to do so. And Yuck, the odor that seems to just pop up within 10 mins of

Sabrina

Friday 7th of May 2021

What do people use at the top of the legs/groin where underwear sits and it all rubs together? I am having trouble with that area. I used to use powder, but had too much trouble getting the area dry before applying the powder, so switched to large amounts of unscented lotion. It works well, but it feels a bit odd having it all ‘goey’ up there all day. If that makes sense to anyone?! I had a physical therapy appointment and the therapist had to reach in that area to work on a muscle and I was so embarrassed and mortified she touched this slimy mess. Ugh! lol

Linda

Thursday 4th of November 2021

@Sabrina, I find that the boy shorts style of underwear are more comfortable because there's no leg band right up there in your business. Also, try a blow dryer on low to get the area dry. Hope that helps!

Crystal Carden

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

@Sabrina, vagasil makes an excellent chaffing gel that is lightweight and feels silky

Sabrina

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

@Teri, thank you so much! I’ve been worried about using deodorant there but I will try it out. I shower daily but if don’t use something I would end up with that dreaded funky smelly yeast. I take it you have to be completely dry before adding that? That’s why I have ended up using moisturizer since I didn’t have to use a hairdryer to get dry first.

Teri

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

@Sabrina, I have always sprayed Dove deodorant in those areas. Something with an antiperspirant in it helps to keep it dry. I always carry a trial size with me to refresh. Also, there are brands out there for regular excessive sweating of pits, hands,feet etc., that usually have deodorant wipes that you put on at before bed(to give it time to work) that last quite a few days. My daughter said they work great and are unscented. Hope this helps you a little bit.

HAMILTON

Sunday 14th of March 2021

I was ashamed to even google how obese women keep clean. I find this site informative. I see that I am not alone. I love my body but I don't feel as fresh as I want. So, thanks.

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