Getting in and out of the shower can be a struggle for those with limited mobility, and personal hygiene can suffer as a result. For an effective, efficient way to freshen up your loved one or client, no-rinse body wash offers a tub-free cleansing alternative.
No-rinse body wash is an effective way to remove oils, dead skin, sweat, dirt, odor, etc., sans water. We’ve rounded up and reviewed the top eight baths in a bottle. Read on for the pros, cons, and key features of each product, as well as a handy dandy buying guide to help you find the best no-rinse body wash that suits your needs.
The best no-rinse body wash
Nurture Foaming Body Cleanser is a mild head-to-toe cleansing foam that removes soils, perspiration, and dead skin. The nourishing formula moisturizes, repairs, and protects skin with aloe vera leaf extract, vitamin E, and other natural ingredients. This cleanser’s mild citrusy scent helps reduce odor and to leave you smelling fresh. For a lasting soft and clean feeling, dispense foam from the pump, apply where necessary, then gently wipe clean with a damp cloth. It also works as a no-rinse shampoo. The hospital grade formula is tear-free, non-allergenic, and non-sensitizing. Plus, it comes with a money-back guarantee!
- Foam dispenser for simple, mess-free application
- Tear-free, non-allergenic, non-sensitizing
- Money-back guarantee
- Have to buy three
- Have to wipe off with a damp cloth
- Some reviewers were not a fan of the smell
- Pump dispenser
- Tear-free, non-allergenic, and non-sensitizing
- Nourishing formula moisturizes, repairs, and protects skin
- 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash
- Brand: Nurture
- Model: C0301
- Weight: 8.5 fl oz ea
CleanLife’s body wash promises to leave your skin clean, moisturized, and smelling fresh. This cleanser’s formula does not contain alcohol, so its gentle on sensitive skin. The mild bathing solution is ready to use straight from the bottle. For a convenient alternative to bathing, apply the thin liquid product directly to skin or washcloth. Massage to lather and towel dry while still wet. This cleanser is safe, non-irritating, and leaves virtually no residue. It’s “soft fragrance” smells like baby powder or baby oil. CleanLife has been used in convalescent care, military field operations, and at NASA since 1948 and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you know you it’s a brand you can trust.
- No sticky residue
- Already diluted and ready to use
- If you like it, you can order it by the gallon
- Not unscented
- Watery consistency
- Doesn’t lather very much
- Gentle on sensitive skin
- Leaves skin clean, moisturized and odor-free
- Safe and effective
- Brand: Cleanlife
- Model: NR00940
- Weight: 8oz
Aloe Vesta’s no-rinse body wash and shampoo is a bluish-green tinted foam with a clean, fresh scent. The mild solution is specially formulated so it won’t irritate or dry out your skin. Humectants attract and retain moisture while aloe extract soothes fragile, dry, and irritated skin.
- Works for hair and body
- Pumps have been known to break
- Not hypoallergenic
- Pump dispenses foam formula
- Head-to-toe cleanser
- Moisturizes as it cleans
- Fresh scent
- Brand: Aloe Vesta
- Model: SG_B002R1PTBK_US
- Weight: 8oz
Our No-Rinse Body Wash Guide
While it might seem a bit straightforward, all no-rinse body washes aren’t the same. There are various things to consider while you hunt for the perfect product for caring for your loved one or client. We break out a few things to consider:
Foaming vs. Spray
Both spray and foam are easy to dispense, so this is more of a personal preference. If you like lathering up, consider purchasing a foamy formula as the foam will suds up more than spray. However, the foamy “suds” may leave more of a residue than a spray.
Concentrated vs. Pre-mixed
Concentrated formulas require dilution with water prior to use. Concentrated formula will most likely cost more, but last longer. If no-rinse is your main way of bathing, buying a gallon of concentrate will be more economical than smaller bottles of pre-mixed. While concentrated formulas require a source of water, pre-mixed versions are convenient and ready to use, no water-source necessary.
Multi-function vs. Body Only
Is it just a body wash, or does it double as a rinse-free shampoo, too? Some soaps are specifically formulated for the body, while others can be used all over. This information is readily available on the label. Be sure to follow instructions to avoid potential irritation. While all-in-one formulas are convenient, they may not work great on all hair types. Specialized shampoo works better on hair than an all-purpose body wash, but its really comes down to a question of convenience.
Scented vs. Unscented
If you are sensitive to scents, look for an unscented option. If you are allergy-prone, look for a hypoallergenic option and always test on a small area.
- Alcohol: If you have dry skin, be sure to choose an alcohol-free formula with moisturizing agents like humectants and aloe extract.
- CHG compatible: CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) is an antimicrobial ingredient with persistent germ-killing properties that is commonly used in healthcare antiseptic soaps. “CHG compatible” means that the product being used will not inhibit the effectiveness of a CHG-based product.
- Glycerin: thick, clear fluid that is used in a wide variety of bath and beauty products as a humectant
- Humectant: a substance, especially a skin lotion or a food additive, used to reduce the loss of moisture
- Paraben: Preservative often used in health and personal care products. Known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.
- Phthalates: a group of chemicals used as solvents (dissolving agents).
- Phenoxyethanols: Used as a preservative in cosmetic products and also as a stabilizer in perfumes and soaps to limit bacterial growth.
Tips for Using No-Rinse Body Wash
It’s not just about the product. It’s also about the process. Bathing the elderly is a delicate, emotional task that requires sensitivity. To give a bed bath, start with the cleanest parts of the body before moving on to less clean areas. Towel dry after cleansing each area to avoid filmy residue. For older adults, you can give a bed bath 2 or 3 times each week. Bathing more often may put the person at risk for skin problems, such as sores.