House Guest: Use their bar soap or bring your own?

United States
January 25, 2009 6:19pm CST
When you are visiting someone and staying at their home.. and you take a shower - do you use their bar soap or do you bring your own? If you use their soap, does it ever cross your mind of where that soap has been?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I use to use their soap, but after this , I will definitely bring my own from now on. It is just like when I go to a hotel with girlfriends and we all use the same soap! Now I am totally grossed out!
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• Canada
26 Jan 09
LOL! sunshine for some reason this just has me in stitches! I can almost hear you going "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww" all the way over here *grins*
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Thanks for br. And also for the heads up on how gross that soap might actaully be! From now on I travel with my own soap:)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I always bring my own. One I don't know who what where the soap have been Plus my children and I have special soap that we have to use for our dry skin plus to me sharing soap is like sharing a toothbrush. To me
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• United States
26 Jan 09
I bring my own, just because I like mine. Most people put out fresh soap, and linens, so it is not a hygiene issue. I just like my own stuff. I bring my own towels too. Most of the time I would not stay with someone else, I would stay in a hotel. I really just dont like that.
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
26 Jan 09
What has been my experience, when I have visited friends and when I have guests, I alway give them a new bar of soap, along with clean towels and a washcloth. I wouldn't have thought they have their own or expect them to just use what's there.
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@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
I bring my own soap when I travel and this is what I use when I take a bath. Cheers!!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I bring my own body wash with.....yuck! You are right...you don't know where it's been!
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jan 09
That is so gross. I bring my own everything. Including towels and washcloths. I do not like to assume that they have enough to share with me anyway. Now, take a moment to think of the soapy scum that dries on the soap. Can we all say, iiiilllll.
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@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I do not use bar soap, it makes me itch. I usually bring my own body wash. In fact, I know very few people who use bar soap anymore. They say it is just more sanitary to use pump soap.
• Canada
26 Jan 09
Any time I travel, I bring my own body wash or shower gel. I like it much better than bar soap and, especially when staying in someone's home, I find it easier to keep tidy. Growing up, my mom only allowed one bar of soap to be used by the family until it was almost completely gone. Then again, she made us only apply the soap to the washcloth and not rub the bar anywhere on the body... and we always started each bath with a fresh cloth.
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@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
i always always bring and use my own soap. when i still lived with my mom, she used to require all of us to have individual bars. now that i live with my husband's family, i still have the same habit despite the fact that they have one bar for all. so when i visit friends, i definitely bring my own
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
29 Jan 09
My husband is very particular about this kind of things, so we would usually bring our own facial/hand soaps. As to taking a shower, if it's from a bottle like shower foam or gel, we are okay with that, but not soaps, unless it's new (hasn't been unwrapped yet).
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I used to never give this much thought when I was younger. Now that I have grown older, I would choose to bring my own bar of soap to use.
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