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Ostomy Shower Covers Reviewed [2022] with a Surprising Winner

Ostomy Shower Covers Reviewed [2022] with a Surprising Winner

Quick, easy, and refreshing – this is what we usually look for in a shower. However, showering with an ostomy bag is probably the one thing that stumps you most. There are many products on the market to cover your ostomy bag in the shower, as well as hundreds of DIY-solutions. But what is the best one?

This article reviews ostomy shower cover products and DIY solutions evaluated on price, ease of use, and their pros & cons to make your experience as refreshing as possible despite the presence of your ostomy bag. 

Let’s not drag it out longer – for the cheapest solution for an ostomy shower cover, we have the answer right here:

If you are searching for an ostomy shower cover, the cheapest solution is to simply not cover the bag. Water will not hinder the adhesive and the bag can be dried easily. Nevertheless, if a cover is preferred, these are the most commonly used ostomy shower covers:

  • Waterproof wound dressings
  • Ostomy bag covers
  • A Waterproof band
  • The Empower Your Change Shower Protector
  • A towel
  • A cling wrap
  • A shower cap for hair
  • A ziploc bag

Yes, you read right. You can just hop into the shower without covering your bag. How and why this exactly works, and also a complete product review based on price, ease of use, and pros and cons of the most popular ostomy shower covers and diy solution will be explained in this article.

But first, we should clarify two things that many ostomates don’t know:

Are ostomy bags waterproof?

Stoma bags and wafers are designed to be waterproof, damp or steam can even help proper functioning of the adhesive. If water or damp let the pouch or wafer still peel off on the edges, it can be reattached easily with the help of a blow dryer or protected from getting wet with an ostomy shower cover.

Can I shower without my Ostomy bag?

It is also absolutely possible to shower without an ostomy bag. Nevertheless, on some occasions you should rather leave the bag on. We have created a full article to show you in which situations this is possible and when it is crucial to leave your bag on. 

Showering without a bag is great as you won’t only enjoy the pure feeling of cleanness and freedom, but also has the benefit that you can directly take care of your peristomal skin. Even if you decide to shower with your bag on, you will have to treat your skin around the stoma at some other point. This is crucial to prevent any kind of skin irritation and related issues like leakage. We show you how the perfect peristomal skin care routine should look like in this article. Check it out to find 10 steps you can follow to ensure a healthy stoma.

As your skin around your stoma and on the stoma itself is really fragile and sensitive, you should stop using conventional products. They usually have substances that cause skin alterations or allergies or hinder the appliance from properly sticking. Therefore, we recommend using products specifically designed for people with an ostomy: 

  • StomaPlus pH auto-balancing detergent: as the only detergent in the world for the hygiene of both the stoma and peristomal skin, it helps to restore the natural acidity and avoids and reduces any kind of irritation. 
  • Cellusoft specialized wipes: Those cloths beat standard wipes in many characteristics: absorbance, durability & ideal for dermatological treatments of your sensitive peristomal skin
  • Dermocrema – Innovative Dermoactive Cream: Finishing up your routine with this specialized cream protects and even cures the sensitive skin from any irritations. It nourishes your peristomal skin with its proven ingredients. Once absorbed completely, it also does not hinder your appliance from sticking.

Showering WITHOUT Ostomy Bag Cover – the CHEAPEST SOLUTION

It is so simple, so fast, and surprising that so many ostomates try to find the best solution to cover their appliances in the shower. But in most situations, it is totally possible to simply not cover your stoma bag in the shower. Here’s how to do that:

  • Empty your bag before going into the shower & make sure to put a sticker on filter (they come with the bag if you have one)
  • Enjoy your shower. Yet, try to not get a massive load of direct water or soap on you appliance
  • Once finished, gently dab a thick dry towel on the adhesive and other parts of the bag
  • Blow dry with cold or slightly warm air to make sure no moisture is left
  • You may also blow dry it directly but it will take you a couple of minutes compared to only 20 seconds when you use a towel

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
Zero-Cost
  • Cheapest solution (if you have a blow dryer)
  • No time consuming DIY
  • If nothing to dry the bag afterwards, the bag might take long to dry
  • Clothes can get wet

 

Price: Zero-Cost

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8 Ostomy Shower Covers reviewed to Keep Your Ostomy Bag Dry In The Shower

We reviewed all those different solutions in the section below – take a look at each, try them out, and find out what works best for you.

#1: Use a Towel

Look for a small towel that is thick enough to absorb water. Make sure the cloth is able to cover the entire area.

  •   Using your free hand, cover the ostomy bag with the towel. Use your palm to keep it in place.
  •   While bathing, be mindful of the protected area. Position your body so that the water stream will not be directed to the covered ostomy bag.
  •   A handheld shower head works best for this setup since you can easily control the water flow and direction. If you don’t have one, then don’t fret. Bathing with a bag can be tricky, but your towel can keep it dry as long as you are mindful.
  •   You might need to switch hands so you can wash one arm while the other is holding the towel in place.
Price/ approx spending Pro Con
Zero-Cost
  • A thick towel does a great job in keeping the bag dry
  • Option for showering at other people’s place
  • One hand is always occupied with keeping the towel in place
  • Damp might still get the bag a little wet

Price: Zero-Cost

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#2: Go for a Cling Wrap

A cling wrap works if you prefer a DIY solution but still having a hands-free bathing experience.

  •   Use a piece of cloth to cover the bag.
  • Fully wrap the abdomen section where your bag is, attach with waterproof tape on the edges
  •   Shower as you used to. However, be mindful that the cling wrap is still in place and that the bag area is not wet.
  • When using cling wraps, the covered abdomen section will not be washed. Once you remove the plastic film, you can go ahead and clean the abdomen section.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
Minimal € for cling wrap and tape
  • Available at home
  • Additional time to clean the covered section after showering
  • If not properly taped on the edges, the bag still can get wet
  • Time consuming DIY

Price: €

Ease of use:       yes icon yes icon

#3: Stay Dry with a Shower Cap for hair

A shower cap that usually is used for hair is a great waterproof ostomy bag cover.

  • Wrap the bag with the shower cap and use some adhesive tape or clips if you need to keep it in place.
  • While the shower cap can keep the bag dry, do be mindful of keeping the adhesive part of your flange dry as well.

● Check out this video for an idea of how it can work.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
  • Serves as another layer or waterproof protection
  • Household supply or can be purchased at any 1€-store
  • Additional effort to put and remove the adhesive before and after showering.
  • Time consuming DIY

Price: €

Ease of use:        yes icon yes icon yes icon

#4: Use a Ziploc Bag

Another product that is readily available at home is a Ziploc bag. It can serve a water-repellent shield for your ostomy bag.

  •     Put your bag inside the Ziploc.
  •     Using some tape, seal the open sides.
  •     Remember that the flange is still exposed so you do have to make sure that this does not get wet.
  •   When taking your shower, it helps to wash off certain areas like the head and arms then legs.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
Minimal € for ziploc bags
  • Household supply
  • Available at other peoples place
  • It may not fully cover the flange of the bag
  • Time consuming DIY

Price: €

Ease of use:      yes icon

#5: Waterproof Wound dressings

With its pre-cut pieces, waterproof wound dressings can help you achieve a worry-free shower experience even with your bag on.

  • Determine the right size for your affected area and purchase  a fitting one.
  • This sheet sticks to the affected area like a glove. It is best to use this with an empty bag to avoid undue pressure on your stoma. Once attached, the section might look vacuum-sealed.
  • Before going fully under the shower head, test the area for its water resistibility. Once you are certain everything is in place, go and take a bath.
  • Be mindful when removing the sheet so as not to rip off your appliance.
  • These are disposable sheets and you need to use one every time you shower. 
  • You can watch this video to get an idea of it.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
From 7,00€
  • Easy to apply as a cover and sticks like a glove.
  • Available in any size
  • Disposable sheets.
  • One-time use
  • The larger, the more expensive

Price: €€

Ease of use:        yes icon yes iconyes icon

#6: Ostomy Bag Covers

This product is easy to use and you can easily slip it on top of your ostomy bag. When shopping for bag covers, choose one that is waterproof and is snug enough.

  •     Starting with an empty ostomy bag, slip the bag cover on and make sure to tuck everything in.
  •     Remember that the adhesive part of your flange, the piece that is attached to your skin, is exposed during your shower and try not to get it too wet.
  •     For instruction, watch this video.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
From 21,75€ 

+ shipping

  • Worldwide shipping
  • Reusable
  • Adaptable to your bag for a perfect fit
  • Might take long to arrive
  • If you change the type of bag, you would need to adjust the cover as well

Price: €€€

Ease of use:        yes icon yes iconyes icon

#7: Waterproof Band

If you plan to go swimming with your bag on, you might consider using this product. Made from reusable synthetic rubber, it helps keep your ostomy bag secure and dry.

  • Measure the section where you will use the waterproof cover. Check the size chart. 
  • Once you put on the cover, use the vacuum rubber to remove extra air and seal the product.
  • This product comes in varying sizes.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
85,00€
  • Sealable, multiple use: also for swimming
  • Same price for all sizes
  • Worldwide shipping
  • Costly

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Ease of use:        yes icon yes iconyes iconyes icon

#8: Empower Your Change

As another ostomy bag shower protector, Empower your Change promises to completely protect not just the bag but also the flange. Even though water or damp does not directly influence the functioning of the adhesive, the lifetime of the wafer can be reduced in general if it gets wet too often.

  • Start with a flat, empty bag and put it inside the Empower your Change product.
  • Secure the belt around the abdomen to ensure no water passes through regardless of the movement. Check out this video for a product review.
  • Go ahead and enjoy the shower.

 

Price/ approx spending Pro Con
30,99 – 36€

+ expensive shipping

  • Full protection
  • Easily attached like a belt
  • Longtime use
  • Expensive shipping cost from USA

Price: €€€€

man taking a shower with modern ostomy bag

 

Ease of use:       yes icon yes iconyes iconyes icon

Conclusion: Enjoying a Refreshing Shower even with your Ostomy Bag

There are different products already available at home and online which you can try out. Reviews do help but it is important to remember that ostomates have different experiences because their situations are different. One thing to remember is that it is possible to take a fully refreshing shower despite having an ostomy bag. Find here the summary of all options:

 

Method Price Ease of use Pro Con
No Cover Zero-Cost yes icon

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  • Cheapest solution
  • No time consuming DIY
  • If nothing to dry the bag afterwards, the bag might take long to dry
  • Clothes can get wet
Towel Zero-Cost yes icon
  • A thick towel does a great job in keeping the bag dry
  • Option for showering at other people’s place
  • One hand is always occupied with keeping the towel in place
  • Damp might still get the bag a little wet
Cling Wrap & Tape yes icon

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  • Available at home
  • Additional time to clean the covered section after showering
  • If not properly taped on the edges, the bag still can get wet
  • Time consuming DIY
Shower cap for hair yes icon

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  • Serves as another layer or waterproof protection
  • Household supply or can be purchased at any 1€-store
  • Additional effort to put and remove the adhesive before and after showering.
  • Time consuming DIY
Ziploc bag yes icon
  • Household supply
  • Available at other peoples place
  • It may not fully cover the flange of the bag
  • Time consuming DIY
Waterproof wound dressings From 7,00€

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  • Easy to apply as cover and sticks like a glove.
  • Available in any size
  • Disposable sheets.
  • One-time use
  • The larger, the more expensive
Ostomy bag covers From 21,75€

+ shipping

€€€

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  • Worldwide shipping
  • Reusable
  • Adaptable to your bag for a perfect fit
  • Might take long to arrive
  • If you change the type of bag, you would need to adjust the cover as well
Waterproof Band 85,00€

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  • Sealable, multiple use: also for swimming
  • Same price for all sizes
  • Worldwide shipping
  • Costly
Empower your Change 30,99 – 36€

+ shipping

€€€€

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  • Full protection
  • Easily attached like a belt
  • Longtime use
  • Expensive shipping cost from USA

Since you will live with your ostomy bag daily for some time, it might help to discover what truly works for you. When you encounter misses at the onset, don’t worry about it. It is part of the experience and it happens. Some ostomates who have been living this lifestyle for years even get surprises every now and then.

Find the best options that work for you. Maybe you want to use one solution for some occasions, and another one for others. The more choices you have, the better you will feel about venturing inside the shower again. And remember, your hygiene is not complete until you apply Bioderm Stoma Plus , cleaning the stoma and the surrounding sensitive skin in order to prevent irritation.

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