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

We all have those mornings: The alarm blares, you hit snooze, roll over and fall back asleep ... ten times in a row. 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.

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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! Here are more genius uses for baby wipes you never thought to try.

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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. Again, if hectic mornings are business as usual for you, invest in a dry shampoo that will whisk away dirt and oil without leaving a powdery residue, like R+CO Death Valley Dry Shampoo. If hair stink is your main complaint, give strands a light spritz with fragrance made for hair, like the cult-favorite Oribe Cote D’Azur Hair Refresher. Here are more reasons to consider trying 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. Check out these other amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

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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. Don’t let these oily skin myths ruin your complexion.

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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.

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Essential oils

Certain diluted forms of essential oils can be applied directly to the skin for long-lasting, natural fragrance. (We like InstaNaturals 100% Pure Organic Oils.) You can select oils that suit your taste, mood, and the occasion! These essential oils can take years off your skin.

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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 usual shower. Check out the natural face cleanser recipes we collected from America’s favorite beauty bloggers. Top it off with a mineral spray.

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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. Shake till combined. If you’re lacking clean clothes, these tricks can de-stink your clothes when you don’t have time for laundry.

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Ashley Paige
Ashley Paige is a writer from Michigan with a penchant for spicy tea, naps and a little nonsense. On rainy Saturdays, you'll find her curled up with her Kindle, surrounded by an impressive collection of handcrafted candles. She never misses an opportunity to dote on her dog, whom she loves absolutely.