@Ginny12 .... I know the feeling of wanting to get away from myself... I feel that many times I am my worst enemy. I am sure one of the moderators will answer you, but I know what it's like to reach out and just want to hear another voice other than your own. I think that before surgery, they don't want us to get any infections (which is why they also say no shaving legs either) but from my reading, even that is subjective to the dr. Some are told no shaving the week before, my OS said no shaving 24 hours before and that must be because of the chance to cut the skin while shaving. I would just clean it with soap and water. Like you said, you already doubt that you will get an infection from it and you have plenty of time for it to heal. Just keep checking for any changes or redness.