As I stood showering and lathering all my bits and pieces the thought occurred to me, almost as if I was one of the Goldilocks three bears, had this little bar of soap been slippin’ and sliddin’ over somebody else’s hiddy?
A hiddy that I didn’t share a bed with or a hiddy that I hadn’t diapered for the first three years of life?
And does it really matter? The soap is clean right? You lather the soap in your hand, so isn’t that cleaning away the cooties of any other user before it’s placed on your bits and pieces?
Living far from family means we have guests and we are guests many times over.
This summer has been an exceptional few months filled with visitors. In the fifteen years we have lived in the Pacific Northwest, we have never had as many visitors. It’s been really great!
It was quite clear to me in my Goldilocks moment that I had failed my most recent round of guests. I did not provide my typical little basket (okay, fine…sometime random pile!) of toiletry items which included a new bar of soap in its own little travel caddy. I didn’t cover half of my own advice on thriving with house guests!
Maybe just 20 minutes before my own shower, my guests had stood in the exact same place and wondered….what the hell am I suppose to wash with?
Not maybe, not probably, most definitely my guests were thinking this exact thought.
I’ve thought it before myself when my family were the house guests!
So guests pardon my momentary lapse which left you standing and wondering what the hell you were suppose to wash with. Please come again, soon, and I will bust out a brand-spanking new little bar of soap all your own for your little hiddy!
I googled “the etiquette of soap” and it turns out there are not a lot of Ms. Manner guidelines on soap. There was an amusing article on Slate, Entertaining Rule No. 15: Provide Liquid Soap, and an informative article from The International Center for Bathroom Etiquette. Who knew there was such a thing?
Liquid soap was the answer my google search revealed. But I’m going to bet that recommendation didn’t come from a mother of three kids who would love nothing more than to add the entire bottle of liquid soap to their own bath…er…water playtime!
But the soap is self-cleaning, right? It’s clean. We’re all good. Right?
Yup, I googled that too. The verdict? No, soap is not self-cleaning. Yes, it grows bacteria. And yes, it still gets you clean and the bacteria on it is not likely to cause a person to become ill.
But cleanliness aside, there is simply something a little off-putting knowing (or even thinking) that your little bar of soap was sliddin’ on someone else’s hiddy. Can we share a mutual EEWWW!!!??!?
Please join me in a collective Far From Family guest bathroom pledge: I will make sure the toilet paper and the plunger are in plain sight. I will not hide the garbage can or the toothpaste. And I will remember to provide every guest: a washcloth, towel, and bar of soap!