Years ago I was working as a CNA caring for an Alaska woman who was over 100 years old. She rejected the towel that I gave her and managed to dry off by getting water to shed off of her body by using the pinky side of her hand to quite effectively get water off of her body. I was amazed at how effective it was but have not been able to master her technique. Has anyone else witness this?

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I found this out by experimenting with a theory:

  • If I wipe my body with the flat/palm of my hand, it does remove some of the water.

  • But if I angle my hand so that only the edge of my palm and little finger are pressing against my skin, it is rather more effective.

I think the reason for this is because I can apply greater pressure with the edge of my hand than when distributed across my palm. So when I use my palm, some of the water drops are spread around under my hand rather than being scooped off.

So the trick is: make your hand act like a squeegee blade, rather than just pushing the water around.

To remove water from my arm I find it is best to encircle it with a thumb and forefinger and scoop from the shoulder downward, front and then back.

  • Not only does the side of the hand offer a greater PSI than the palm, it's almost a much smoother surface, not allowing nearly as much runoff! – Luke Sawczak Dec 11 '20 at 22:21

I actually do this, but apparently not to the same effectiveness as the lady.

I simply "squeegee" myself off with my hands after a shower to get rid of the large majority of the water, but I still use a towel to get actually dry. I'm sure if I spent more time doing this method, I'd get more water off myself. I'm sure it would also work better if you scraped the water off your hands after each pass, too, which I don't.

And it may be that the lady didn't get truly dry, so it might be how damp you are willing to remain after a shower or bath.

I started doing this because my towels would otherwise be soaked by the time I was done and not really doing a good job. A side effect of removing water before using the towel is that the towel doesn't stay wet as long and risks mold and mildew less, as well as reducing the humidity in your home some. This is particularly important if you live in a climate where it's often humid, especially if it's also hot.

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