No Time to Shower? Then You Need These 8 Genius Morning Hacks

Updated: Jun. 20, 2024

If there are zero minutes to jump in the shower before heading out, use these household items strategically to make it look—and smell—like you did.


Baby wipes

If yesterday’s sweat is still clinging to your skin, whip out the baby wipes stat. Rub down the stinky areas, and then spritz a bit of antibacterial body odor spray on top. If this not-showering thing is a habit for you, consider investing in wipes designed just for this purpose. We like Yuni Shower Sheets—they’re super soft, plant-based, biodegradable, compostable, and they smell amazing. Bad smells, begone!

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Baby powder

Depending on the thickness and texture of your strands, second-day hair can look either fashionably unkempt or just plain oily. If the latter’s the case, rub a bit of baby powder onto your scalp to soak up the grease. If hectic mornings are business as usual for you, though, invest in a dry shampoo that will whisk away dirt and oil without leaving a powdery residue, like R+CO Death Valley Dry Shampoo.

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Apple cider vinegar

For greasy morning skin, first wash your face with a mild cleanser. After drying, pat on an apple cider vinegar toner (one part apple cider vinegar, two parts water) to purify and refresh. Bonus: ACV’s bacteria-fighting, pH-balancing properties will rid your body of unwanted odor, so feel free to rub it on any lingering smelly spots.

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Witch hazel

Another amazing skin tonic? Witch hazel. Pour a small amount on a cotton pad and gently wipe your cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose to remove excess oil and sweat. Consider keeping a bottle at your desk at work to maintain an oil-free T-zone all day long.

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Tea tree oil

Dip your feet in a tea tree oil soak for three minutes to eliminate funky smells. Spritz a little deodorizer in your shoes for double odor prevention and protection.


Essential oils

Certain diluted forms of essential oils can be applied directly to the skin for a long-lasting, natural fragrance. You can select oils that suit your taste, mood, and the occasion—take your pick from these 11 Essential Oils That Will Take Years Off Your Skin.


Face scrub

An all-natural deep-cleansing face scrub will remove the dirt and grime that sits deep within your skin, leaving you with a clean and healthy glow—even without the shower.

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Fabric spray

To smell great sans shower, spray a few squirts of fabric refresher on clean clothes. Your outfit will feel extra soft, and smell deliciously fragrant, masking any remaining funk. To make your own fabric refresher spray, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 cups of water and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil, then hake until combined.

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