Curious about no rinse bathing products

  1. I recall someone telling me that the facility she worked at had a no rinse product that was applied to washcloths, heated in a bag in the microwave, and used to bathe pt without need for rinse. Anyone had experience with this? Is it effective for cleansing, odor removal, non-irritating to pt skin? Feedback appreciated.
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  3. by   Reigen

    No Rinse Body Bath concentrated formula produces a gentle bathing solution that does not require rinsing. Just 1 oz. of the Body Bath yields 32 oz. of solution. The mild, pH balanced formula eliminates odors and is gentle enough for perineal cleansing.
    To use, mix one capful of the No Rinse Body Bath with one quart of warm water; apply to body and gently massage into lather. The foam removes dirt and oil, then towel dry. Skin is soft, clean, and refreshed - never sticky.
  4. by   Lucy4
    The hospital where I work used the bag cloths until a couple years ago and I loved them. The no-rinse soap in my experience left a nice feel on the skin and did cut the odors.

    Now we have a warmer that is filled with a packet of disposable cloths for bathing and different packet for pericare (leaves more of a moisturizer on the skin). Sorry - I use these everyday and now can't think of the brand name. I like the disposable cloths equally though some staff are not fond of them. A couple years ago I broke my leg and getting in and out of the shower was a real effort. I liked using them at home and purchased some when my hospital supply ran out. The retail cost is around $4 a packet though I am certain the hospital doesn't pay that for them. According to the manager of laundry services, the disposable cloth are more cost effective than purchasing, laundering and delivering washclothes. We are always supplied with some for backup. Another advantage is the time savings of the nursing assistant not having to prepare the bag cloths for the next day.
  5. by   PBAJS
    in my ltc facility we use many of the "soothe & cool" products.

    lucy 4 - are the disposable cloths similar to the ones i saw at

    we are still using 'washable' wash cloths. when the washcloth is soiled (i.e., feces) we take them to a backroom, spray with a hose and rinse before sending to laundry. it seems that we never have enough washcloths. talk is that perhaps staff is taking the washcloths home. i have seen staff place the soiled washcloth in the soiled brief (diaper) and place in the trash.

    in my opinion, if we could use the disposable cloths (i.e., feces), my time would be better used on the floor rather than in the backroom cleaning the washcloths for laundry.

    hmm ... wonder if my don would allow me to purchase and provide my own baby wipes ...

  6. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    I've used both the No Rinse Body Wash and the disposable wipes. I like the wipes for convenience and find that they do really clean and deodorize well. They're unscented, dye-free and very soft. They contain dimethicone, a barrier that protects the skin without irritation. Our unit has both the peds packaging and the adult, since our patients run the gamut from neonates to 17 year olds. The packaging will keep the wipes warm long enough to get the whole body cleaned and they're resealable. It's possible to bathe a baby in less than five minutes. No rinsing, no drying, no-brainer. We also have the periwipes and since we started using them about a year ago, I haven't seen any sore bums. Another handy dandy product is the no rinse shampoo in a cap. It's warmed in the same manner as the wipes. You put the cap on the head, massage the hair and scalp and presto, clean hair, no muss, no fuss, no soaking wet shoes. We've even used them on kids with head injuries because they're so easy to use. No more basins for me!
  7. by   xmaxiex
    I Love the warm it in the microwave packs we have ! We rarely use them but for a dying pt they are especially nice . Warm and not as drying as some of the soaps we use . More comfortable since I find no dripping water to rince off is less chilling for these pts .

    P.s. after the birth of my last child , someone gave me a "spray" shampoo to use because I couldnt get in the shower for a couple of days . I loved it . How nice it was too get the grimy feeling out of my hair until I got in the shower and no mess!
  8. by   HappyNurse2005

    here's a link to ReadyBaths, which i've seen used in several places. though one place stopped using them b/c ppl were using them to clean up stool accidents, and not just use them for baths, and were therefore using a lot of them. i like the ready baths-you can microwave them in a special microwave and they stay warm in the pack, are soft, and are no rinse, too
  9. by   lovingtheunloved
    I'm sorry, but I HATE that no rinse stuff. For hair anyway. It's okay for skin. We were shown a video at work about how no rinse products were just as good as showers, etc. That's a load of crap. We tried that for a while, and patient's had greasy hair, and it didn't smell all that great. For people in acute care, it's one thing, but LTC residents can't go their whole lives smelling like a foot.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    No-rinse stuff for hair turns the hair into a straw-like mess, so i only used it on hair if the hair was awful.

    We used Septi-Soap (i think it was made by Aloe-Vesta). It came in a gallon jug with a pump, and you used one squirt per 8 washclothes, and you wet the washclothes with water first. This stuff didn't smell so great in the jug, but the pt. smelled very fresh and clean after a bath with this stuff. And it didn't irritate skin.