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How to scratch your back? 5 tips to indulge in one of the little pleasures of life - Scratching your back

Updated on April 28, 2012
A simple wooden back scratcher
A simple wooden back scratcher | Source

Not being able to scratch an annoying itch on the back is literally a torture. And the feeling that you get when you are able to scratch it? Feels heavenly, doesn't it? You can either choose to scratch you back with a back scratcher, a bath brush or other effective methods. Here's a look at some of the best selling back scratchers as well as some unique and humorous homemade ways that answer the question, how to scratch your back.

1) Use a chair to scratch your back

One of the easiest ways to scratch you back is to simply sit down on a chair with adequate support and twist your upper body from side to side. This may be the easiest way get rid of an itch on the back while you're at work but be gentle, else you may ruin your delicately ironed shirt if you twist too hard.

2) Rub your back against a corner

Animals have been using this technique to scratch their backs since the day life existed on earth, so why not us? No, you don't need to find a tree trunk, but you can find a good corner of a wall, the edge of a door, the edge of a cupboard door or some such. Just make sure no one watches you indulging in this hilarious way of scratching your back.

3) Use a long tool you can find at home

Improvised homemade tools to scratch your back can be anything from a long wooden spoon to a long ladle or even a clothes hanger. The idea is to find something long enough to scratch your back that will reach where your hands can't.

Warning: Make sure that your home made tool does not have sharp edges or protruding corners that can cut you or scratch your skin too hard.

This is how you can scratch your back with your towel or any piece of cloth
This is how you can scratch your back with your towel or any piece of cloth | Source

4) Use a piece of cloth

Never thought you'd use a piece of cloth to scratch your back? Take a look at this illustration and follow these directions.

  • Take a long piece of cloth, preferably a towel
  • Hold one end of the towel in your right hand, over your shoulder and behind your back
  • Hold the other end of the towel with your left hand, from behind your back
  • Pull your right hand up for an upward scratch and pull your left hand down for a downward scratch

5) Use a bath brush

Using a bath brush to scratch an itchy back is very common. Most bath brushes are gentle and are great substitutes to back scratchers for people who have sensitive skin and may not want to rub hard metal, wood or other sharp edges against their back. You should also know that bath brushes have a handle which is generally shorter than a back scratcher so you may still be left fumbling for those hard to reach spots on your back.

The only downside is that there are few places that are appropriate to have a bath brush lying around except a bathroom or toilet. Here's a list of some of the best selling bath brushes online on Amazon.

Best selling bath brushes on Amazon

6) Use a back scratcher

If you are looking to buy a back scratcher online, here are some of the things you should keep in mind.

  • The length of the handle
  • The material from which the back scratcher is made of – For example, you may be allergic to a certain type of wood with which the back scratcher is made from
  • The edges of the scratching claw may be too sharp for your sensitive skin

A back scratcher is god sent when you have a nasty itch on your back. If you have not experienced the pleasure of getting rid of the unpleasant feeling of an itchy back with a back scratcher, let's just say you are missing out on one of the little pleasures of life! Here are some of the best selling back scratchers online on Amazon.

7) Get a friend to scratch your back

If all else fails and you don't have any tools, back scratcher, bath brush, towel, door edges or wall corners, and you desperately need to scratch your back, simply as a friend or a work colleague to do it for you. Be warned though, you may be asked to return the favour on a hot, humid and sweaty day!


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      Anna 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh it feels so good to scratch my back on a corner! That works for other body parts too. If that doesn't work I use the faucet in the shower. It works perfectly!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      It's my pleasure.

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      An itch on the back can indeed be very frustrating, especially if it is during a meeting! I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks heaps for reading and commenting!


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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      This one is a gem and a unique gem too.

      There is nothing worse that to have that itch just where you cannot reach,no matter how hard you try.

      However after reading this one you may have put an end to the suffering of many. Ha ha ha!!

      An up up and away here and thanks for sharing.