Do you rinse off after taking a bath?

United States
August 22, 2007 2:43pm CST
Have you ever noticed how when you take a bath (not just a shower) the soap disperses into the water, so you end up with a big sudsy mess that never really gets cleaned off. Sometimes after taking a bath, I feel like all that soap from the water is clinging to my skin. And, it makes my skin feel very itchy! So, sometimes I follow up a tub bath with a shower. I'm not sure if everyone does this after a bath, but it works for me. I guess it's better than the alternative where you go around with soap curd on your skin all day, feeling uncomfortable. I've never understood how people could do that. It would drive me nuts! So, do you take a shower or rinse off after taking a tub bath? Do you find that the soap from the bath water sticks to your skin making you feel uncomfortable?
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• United States
22 Aug 07
I always do to make sure my hair doesn't have any sort of body soap on it.
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Well we are mammalian, covered in hair and the situation you described is very hard to avoid. I tend to use gels to avoid this.
• United States
23 Aug 07
soap curd... that's great! Better sounding than soap scum. LOL. I always rinse off after I take a bath. My poor sensitive skin cannot take leaving soap curd on it. I'd break out in a rash for sure.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Ditto!
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
30 Sep 07
same goes here, everytime I take a bath I always end up taking a short shower before getting off from the bathroom. I just feel I need to rinse myself because the soap might be there yet.
• Philippines
30 Sep 07
Yes I can't say that I have taken a bath if I haven't rinse off all the soap I got from taking a hot bath in the bath tub.
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
30 Sep 07
Yes – this bothers me as well. I take hot bubble baths- so the bubbles are on me when I’m done- I always stand up and shower- get the bubbles out of my hair- and off my skin- I only take bubble baths at night- so my sig. other always says you are taking a shower in the morning too- so why take a bath- then shower and another shower in the morning.
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
28 Aug 07
I don't rinse off after taking a bath. I don't feel like there is some soap. But maybe some people just feel it more then other. But I have to admit that you are the first person I heard doing that. But I'M sure you are not the only one.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Yes, I always shower off after taking a bath. I feel the same way as you explain, like there is something left on the surface of my skin. (Soap curd, that is a good description). Besides that, I always want to rinse out my hair after a bath.
@eprado (1473)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
Yup I do notice it, I like to take bubble baths sometimes. :-) After a good bath I like to take a shower to rinse off the soap residue still clinging to my skin. Yes it does feel sticky and soapy if I did'nt rinse it off and would make me feel uncomfortable when I don't rinse it off.
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Um, don't wanna sound like a clown, but I don't rinse off after taking a bath. I rinse off and clean before even hitting the bath. I usually do two or three quick rounds, wash-rinse, repeat. I only turn on the water (or I have a spare bucket/pan) to rinse and its quick. Then I'm free to take the relaxing bath without the ickyness and cleaning the tub is usually a snap. In the worse cases, I can clean it out in 2 minutes time. Most times though its not necessary.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Yes I do.
@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Ido that all the time, I spend my most of the bathing time for tub bath but after all that thing, I take a few minutes extra to rinse all the soaps finally under a shower, that ensures me that there is nothing from soap on my body, I cant go away just from the tub, I feel uncomfortable and not totally clean in that way.
@cutepenguin (6460)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I actually don't very often take baths, I usually take showers. So I've never really thought about it.
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I have always taken a shower for this reason . I don't like the way the soap and everything seems to stick to everything in the tub and when I get out I don't find I feel as clean as when I take a shower . I find the shower gets rid of all the soap .
@pinnibabu (135)
23 Aug 07
I make sure that there is no soap or any kind of residue left after having a bath. Though head bath needs to be more taken care of. I want my hair clean and make sure that there is no oil or shampoo or conditioner left behind.
@Darkwing (21591)
23 Aug 07
Since I don't have a shower, I bathe every day, and the water never seems to get dirty. I add oils and bath creme to the water and I don't use soap... most often, I'll use a gel, with lavender aroma. I don't find a necessity to rinse off, as the water is not so dirty. Brightest Blessings.
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
23 Aug 07
That is one of the reasons I don't like to take a bath. Even though I don't get "dirty" I feel like I'm sitting in dirty water. The few times I have done it I've taken a shower afterwards. I also rinse the tub after every shower I take.
@Nardz13 (5061)
• New Zealand
23 Aug 07
Hi there. Although we have the bath and shower, we dont really use our bath, for that same reason and the fact that the shower is much more cost efficient and everything runs straight off your body...
@carlaabt (3510)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I don't take baths very often at all. I don't think I've had one since before my son was born! lol I do take a shower after I take a bath, though. I have to wash my hair, or I feel really nasty. And there is no way that I will wash my hair in the bathtub. That would just be too gross and weird. Even when I give my son a bath, I rinse him off with the shower head after he's done taking his bath. I don't want my son to have to walk around all day with that soap stuff stuck to him!
• Hong Kong
23 Aug 07
I don't have a bath tub at home but when I travel, I would take the opportunity to soak myself in the bath tub. I would definitely wash off afterwards because I hate to have that "slippery" feeling left by the soap on my skin. I love to be clean thoroughly and I would rinse myself once with clean water after soaking in the bath tub.