I normally have running water from the City - today, the water main broke, meaning I have no running water for the foreseeable next couple of days - I am looking for lifehacks regarding how to clean oneself without using too much water, and preferably without any special equipment.

to clarify by "clean oneself", I am looking for a way to clean the skin (i.e. replacement for soap + water), hair (replacement for shampoo + water), and shave (without water).

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  • Do you want to stay at home? And you can't do a wipe-clean like astronauts?
    – J. Musser
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 20:33
  • @J. Musser staying at home is preferred, and I don't have any of the special no-water soap that astronauts use, so I don't think I can do that.. (But I may end up going to buy some) Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 20:50
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    Use baby wipes?
    – J. Musser
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 20:54

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There are a number of "waterless" skin cleansers, such as Cetaphil, CVS Gentle Skin Cleanser and Family Dollar Gentle skin Cleanser that are more gentle on the skin than soap and water. J.Musser's suggestion of baby wipes is equally valid.

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