Grooming and personal hygiene are important matters for extremely poor people, or ought to be if not. If you don’t have money for toiletries, however, there are ways to make do. Here are some:
Haircuts are a necessity if you are trying to get work. If you have a girlfriend, make her give you a haircut somehow. Do whatever it takes. If you have a boyfriend, do not under any circumstances let him give you a haircut, unless, of course, he is gay or gay-like. If you are currently lacking a partner and you have an electric clipper at home and your electricity is on, use it, by all means. You can acquire them cheaply at Target, e.g. If you have a Flobee, however, do not ever tell anyone.
Shaving can be a challenge for poor people if they shave with a blade razor. If you do, however, you should know that the blades only get so dull. They can always shave you, no matter how long you’ve had them. You can, of course, use bar soap for shaving foam if you have none. I’ve found that the liquid soap stuff works better for shaving, however. If you are desperate, you can also use shampoo, conditioner, or motor oil. I recommend 5W30 for a smooth shave.
If you run out of toothpaste, check your pantry. You can use baking soda as a dentifrice. Combine 3 parts baking soda to 1 part table salt. Be very careful using other substitutes, however. I can testify that peppermint love oil does not work.
Bonus Hint: Baking soda can also be used as an antacid; follow the directions on the box.
Toilet paper really deserves an entry by itself. TP is not, repeat not, a necessity. It is a wonderful luxury, however, and it is always one of the first things I buy when I have gringo bucks. I don’t call it a necessity, though, because there are too many other things you can use instead, no matter how poor you are. What you are looking for is something that disintegrates in water and doesn’t feel like the business end of a belt sander. I suggest the following substitutes, in descending order of preference:
- Cocktail napkins (a.k.a. bevnaps)
- Fast food napkins
- Paper towels
- Pine cones
Bonus Hint: Don’t use valuable toilet paper to blow your nose – use a cloth handkerchief instead.
The last item I’ll mention is the cold shower. This occurs when they shut off your hot water. I have found this to be a powerful incentive to pay your bill. Shower at somebody else’s house; visit your parents if you must. Avoid the cold shower. I have heard myself using profanity that would make any sailor blush when I have had to resort to this. (Like today, for instance….)
I hope this entry helps out. My credentials in this matter are impeccable: I have won the Mr. Personal Hygiene award three years running at the local YMCA. Damn straight.