"Come in," said I, thinking that the thoughtful maid was carrying my sponge-bath, but no.
The skin is to be well rubbed after the hip as after the sponge-bath.
A daily sponge-bath, the water made more stimulating by the addition of sea-salt, is very useful in the absence of sea-bathing.
The daily use of at least a sponge-bath of the entire person is an excellent habit.
sponge bath n.
A bath in which a wet sponge or washcloth is used without immersing the body in water.