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Cleaning the Shower

I do not enjoy any housework, really, but the shower is unique.  For everything else – including something as reprehensible as scrubbing the toilet – I can put on my doubled-up rubber gloves and clean away.  And I do put on as much protective gear as possible, but what about my head, my hair?  I suppose I could use a shower cap and that would help a bit, but I’ve never tried it.  I think the benefits of a cap would be negligible as it would not protect my face.

What makes the shower so horrible is that a lot of the scrubbing takes place above my head and there is water involved, which equals splashing.  Even when scrubbing the floor of the shower I have seen things fling up and land on my face, so I know it’s quite probable that there is all manner of filth in my hair as well despite the fact that I can’t see it.  So, though I can protect my arms and pretty much every other part of my body, I cannot protect the most difficult region to clean – my face and hair.

I have detailed previously what a “super-wash” means for my hands and arms.  This is a description of a “super-shower.”  It is even trickier than super-washing my arms.  At least with my arms I can use rubbing alcohol, but obviously I cannot continuously douse my head with alcohol.  I do use it once, though.  I don’t pour it over my head, but I pour it into my left hand and run it through my hair, hoping that I don’t miss any sections.  Lastly, I rub it on my face, avoiding my eyes.

Then I am ready to begin the shampooing.  I must do it fifteen (yes, 15) times since I only use the alcohol once.  That sounds exhausting in itself, but to make it more interesting, I also cannot open my eyes while I am doing this because the dirty water would run into them.  I have a special small shampoo bottle to use in this situation because it is lighter in weight and, therefore, easier to hold during the process.  So, I close my eyes and start lathering up.  I must wash not only my hair with the shampoo but also face, neck, and shoulders.  I hold the bottle in my right hand the whole time and squeeze the shampoo into my left.  I have to blindly lean back to rinse off every time.  My back will start to ache toward the end as it takes about twenty minutes to complete this ritual.

My hair has been washed fifteen times.  Done, right?  No, that was just the “super” part of the shower.  I still have to do my regular wash.  I grab the regular shampoo bottle and lather up three more times.  After that is done, I can commence with washing the remainder of my body.

Cleaning the shower is a major event not just for the shower but also for my body.

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I am a female in my early 40's who has been dealing with OCD since age 10 and a fear of germs since 14.
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