I hadn't given much thought to this until this thread started. I did switch to the natural soaps when I thought about infections and what might be causing them. I stopped itching immediately when I started using Ivory and goat's milk soap or the other natural soaps that I pick up at the Farmer's Market.
As for just using water, there is no much bacteria in that area, that I am not so sure about just using water and that being effective but then back in the old days women did not bathe for months at a time. With the water that we have these days (unless you are on a well or upstream you are using recycled water which was once someone else's toilet water) I want to use something besides water. Has anyone tried the new feminine wipes?
As for showering and not having a hand held head, I use a wash cloth as I want to get in the folds (too much information, I know). I throw the wash cloth into the wash and wash it with the white and bleach each time that I wash the clothes.
There is a liquid Ivory.