Use of a Tabo for Taking a Shower: The Filipino Tradition

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In the Philippines, the tabo is not just a tool for cleaning oneself after using the restroom – it’s also an essential item for taking a shower. While some may find this method of bathing strange or uncomfortable, for Filipinos, it’s a practical and efficient way to stay clean and refreshed. In fact, you may find Filipinos obsessed with cleanliness. They take a shower morning and night and in between if they get the chance.

Using a tabo for taking a shower is a simple process. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

        • Fill a bucket or pail with clean water. This is usually done before taking a shower, and the water is left to sit and warm up to room temperature.
        • Take the tabo and fill it with water from the bucket.
        • Stand in the shower area or bathtub, and use your hand to pour water from the bucket over your body with the tabo.
        • Use the tabo to pour water over your body. Start from your head and work your way down to your feet, making sure to cover all areas. Don’t let nasty water and soap drain back into the bucket.
        • Use soap or shampoo as needed. You can either apply it directly to your body or use a washcloth or loofah.
        • Rinse off the soap or shampoo by using the tabo to pour water over your body.
        • Once you’ve finished washing, use the tabo to pour water over your body one last time to ensure that all soap is rinsed off.

While using a tabo for taking a shower may take some getting used to, it’s a practical and efficient way to bathe. It’s also a great way to conserve water, as you only use the amount of water that you need.

Using a tabo for a shower may seem strange to those who are used to traditional showerheads, but it’s a common practice in the Philippines. So the next time you find yourself in a Filipino household, don’t be afraid to use a tabo for a shower. You might just find it a refreshing and efficient way to stay clean. You may also find that you don’t have any other options, so be prepared and have fun with it.

Interested in how to use a tabo instead of toilet paper? Check out my take on the process.

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