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What is No Rinse Body Wash, and How Does it Work?

What is No Rinse Body Wash, and How Does it Work TENA Cleansing Cream

People suffering from incontinence issues may also face problems while taking a bath, primarily due to limited mobility. They might also have bodyweight complications, which make maintaining personal hygiene even more complicated. 

No rinse body washes1 prove to be effective in these cases. It doesn’t require water, and can be used to bathe someone in bed.

The article will talk about no rinse body washes, and how they can help people suffering from incontinence issues.

What Is No Rinse Body Wash?

A no rinse body wash is an innovative product that is used to cleanse the body without using water. These products typically come ready to use directly from the container. In general, caregivers use these for bathing and cleaning bedridden patients, or people suffering from incontinence

Some no rinse products are meant to be used to clean only the body, while others can be used for the hair as well. These products are also available in no rinse foam body wash, wipes and sprays for more convenience.

A no rinse body wash for the elderly is completely safe, as it’s gentle to the skin. If you or a loved one cannot get to the bathroom easily due to mobility related incontinence issues, this type of body wash can be highly effective. It can also be useful when there is limited space for bathing. 

As no water is needed for these body washes, it is also excellent for preventing dry skin. The patient can stay in bed while being cleansed, and there are no chances of slippage or accidents. For pregnant women who need to stay in bed for prolonged periods of time, this can be of great help.


Pregnant bedridden

How Does No Rinse Body Wash Work?      

No rinse body washes can be used to clean a body part by directly applying the solution. While bathing someone, apply one capful of the body wash, and gently massage the area. After a sufficient amount of lather is created, a washcloth can clean the area, and slowly wipe off the lather. 

You should also attempt to dry the area well with a towel afterward. It will remove any dirt, odor, or oils. As it’s a pH-balanced product, no rinse body washes are effective for people with sensitive or dry skin. It moisturizes the skin, cleans it, and leaves it odor-free. 

For elderly patients, it is recommended that a no rinse body wash can be used 3 to 4 times daily (or more as needed) to maintain cleanliness.

Are No Rinse Body Washes or Soaps Effective?

Yes, no rinse body washes are effective in many ways. Firstly, they can be used for cleansing when the patient is unable to move, or is bedridden. Even if no water is available, these products can properly cleanse and remove dirt. 

Also, you don’t have to risk using contaminated water if clean water is hard to find when you’re outdoors. 

Most importantly, these products have moisturizing and hydrating agents that are excellent for keeping skin healthy.



No Rinse Cleanser

A no rinse cleanser or cleansing cream is used to clean the full-body, perennial areas2 and hair for incontinent individuals. It doesn’t require water and effectively cleans the skin while hydrating and moisturizing it.   

TENA Cleansing Cream 

One of the best cleansers on the market is the TENA Cleansing Cream. It can be used for bedside cleansing of incontinent or bedridden patients. This 3-in-1 solution is delicate to the skin, so it’s ideal for people with fragile and brittle skin.

Some of its benefits include:

  • No soap or water are required to rinse after using this alcohol-free cleanser
  • Enhances skin radiancy, moisturizes, and soothes fragile skin
  • It is scented to freshen up the skin and remove any odors
  • Excellent for perennial skincare for incontinent patients 
  • It can be used for full-body cleansing 

Specialized Body Wash and Shampoo for Mobile Individuals with Fragile Skin

While the previously mentioned TENA Cleansing Cream is highly effective for bedridden individuals, and does not require soap or water, some others may be fully mobile and have slightly different needs.

Perhaps you have fragile hair or skin, and prefer to take a normal shower, but with a product that won't cause irritation. If so, you're in luck:

TENA Body Wash & Shampoo

This cleaning product is specifically designed for older adults who have fragile hair or delicate skin. Its mild formula soothes skin, while anti-static conditioning properties allow easy hair combing. Moreover, it can be easily and applied and prevents skin irritations.

In addition, the product rinses off easily with water in the shower or bath tub.


Elderly woman in wheelchair


How often can you use no rinse body wash or shampoo?

It's possible to use these products every single day without any problems, just like you would with normal shampoo and body wash.

What consequences can arise if you don't shower or clean yourself for extended periods of time?

Some people who spend more than 4 days without showering risk developing patches of rough, scaly skin, particularly in oily regions, as well as a buildup of harmful germs, which may lead to fungi and bacteria based infections. As such, regular cleanings are recommended.

Why is washing your hands with soap better than water alone?

Hand washing with soap is more successful than hand washing with water alone because the surfactants in soap loosen dirt and bacteria off the skin, and individuals prefer to scrub hands more thoroughly with soap, removing even more germs.

Are washcloths more hygienic than loofahs? 

If you must pick between the two, washcloths are preferable to loofahs, as long as the cloth is only used once before being washed. Both may retain germs, but loofahs are more susceptible because of their many small crevices.


No rinse body wash


1. Baadjies, Ruth & Karrouze, Irene & Rajpaul, Kumal. (2014). Using no-rinse skin wipes to treat incontinence-associated dermatitis. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 23 Suppl 20. S22-8. 10.12968/bjon.2014.23.Sup20.S22.
2. Lachance CC, Argaez C. Perineal Skin Cleansers for Adults with Urine Incontinence in
Long-Term Care or Hospital Settings: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and
Guidelines Internet]. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in
Health; 2019 Oct 21.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is purely for educational purposes and should
not be used in place of the advice of your doctor or physician.