When learning to take care of myself, the first problem I tackled
was bathing myself. The prime obstacle to successfuly learning how to
do this was holding the soap because my fingers are a bit spastic and
lack coordination. This was overcome by having my mother make a
washcloth with pockets in it for the soap. Thus, I am able to just hold
the washcloth. When the soap gets wet it begins seeping through the
cloth pockets, allowing me to apply it wherever I like.
My Washcloth has pockets for two bars of soap and loops to
make it easier to hold.
By holding the ends of the Washcloth, I can scrub every part
of my body.
This washcloth looks superficially like a hand towel. A piece of
terrycloth is cut and doubled to measure approximately 16" by 6". The
short sides and part of one long side are sewn together, and it is sewn
down the middle parallel to the short sides. This creates two
compartments in which soap can be placed. An opening is made for each
and fitted with Vel-Cro tape. Thus, one need only pull a pocket opening
apart to insert a new bar of soap. Sizes of the pockets can be reduced
by sewing off of the center line. To make the whole thing easier to
grasp, I had my mother sew a loop on each end of the washcloth. I can
hold each loop and get to all parts of my body by using it in the same
manner as many people pull a towel back and forth to dry their backs.