For many, the fate of the communal shower is unavoidable. This post is for the freshman/transfer students who’ve yet to experience sharing a shower with total strangers. If you are anything like me, the thought the germs lurking/festering on those white polyurethane shower curtains prompts all types of gagging. Ilk! I’m here to share some information an give you a few tips to help you conquer the community bathroom.
1. SHOWER SHOES ARE NOT AN OPTION. YOU MUST WEAR THEM EVERY TIME YOU SHOWER. Yep… dassit!
2. Clean it Yourself! - Your RA’s and Hall Directors will inform you of the days and times that your communal bathrooms will be professionally cleaned. During my days, in Spelman Hall, Rosa and her peeps handled our bathrooms twice daily on weekdays and once a day on Saturday and Sunday. P.S., Rosa was her actual name.(#noracialprofiling) While I’m certain that Rosa did her job well, I took my shower very personally. I purchased cleaning products and packed them in my caddy. I let some HOT water run and sprayed my shower down prior to each use. There is no such thing as too much disinfection. Do it yourself and you’ll know it’s been done right.
3. Find a Stall and Stick With It- I always tried to use the same shower stall each time I showered. Most people are raised to recognize consistency and, in most cases, they will acknowledge and come to respect your routine. I’ll share an example. There was a girl on my floor who would often shower with her boyfriend. I’d see them in passing and eventually we became friends. One day during our usual casual chatter she referred to the 2nd shower stall as “your shower.” She went on to say she often refrained from coating the walls “my shower” with the secretions of her shower sex sessions. She knew that that particular shower was one I liked to use and she respected it. It warmed my heart and turned my stomach all at the same time.
4. Bring a Spare- It is best to have an extra loofa/wash cloth on hand. I learned this lesson the hard way. One day I dropped my washcloth on the floor of my shower. *Insert blood curdling death scream here*. I had to get out of the shower got to my room to get a another washcloth and start all over again. Remember, no matter how hard you clean it, the floor of a community shower bears the filth of 1000 bodies every single day. *Shudders* Showering with a washcloth that was once on the floor of a shared shower is not an option. And that is just the BLACK bottom line!
5. Find Your Center- Please be advised, them itty bitty shower stalls are a far cry from any normal bath tub. Balance is key. Especially when it comes to washing your feet. You must learn to balance on one foot, in shower shoes, while being careful not to touch and/or lean on any of the germ-laden surfaces that surround you. It’s a skill that takes some time to master, but you can do it.
6. No Boo Lovin During Peak Hours- If you must bathe with your boo, try not to do it during peak hours, when others are occupying the stalls that surround you. Please spare your hall mates. They do not wish to hear the soundtrack of your copulation while lathering and rinsing their 2000 parts. Save your sessions for the wee hours of the morning or during periods of the day/night when you and boo are more likely to have the bathroom all to your nasty trifling selves.
7. COVER YOURSELVES- This rule is in respect to your commute to and from the shower. Ladies and gentleman, your hall mates beg you, ensure that your nether regions and personal are covered at all times. I think it’s great that you’re comfortable in the skin that you’re in but your confidence does not clear your to flash and flaunt your wares to your peers. We’re good on seeing your private parts. Get a bathrobe with a decent tie/closure and, for the Love of God, make sure your towels covers the complete length and width of your bodice. PLEASE and THANK YOU!