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How often should you bathe/shower?

zamphir66zamphir66 Member Posts: 554 Member Member Posts: 554 Member
This question is at the center of a recent NPR article: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/09/26/917019912/in-the-era-of-hygiene-clean-author-makes-the-case-for-showering-less

Dr. James Hamblin, the author of "Clean," argues that many of us are showering too often, possibly to the detriment of our skin's microbiome.

Me, I shower just about every day. In the summer, maybe twice some days. Even if I don't "feel" particularly dirty, I just enjoy the feeling of being naked with water flowing over me so much that I need it about every day. It's almost spiritual.

On days when I don't shower, it's either a) I'm mentally way down, or b) I'm completely exhausted, but then being that tired and skipping the shower causes me to feel mentally down, so I try super hard not to let b happen.

So what say you all?
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  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 24,062 Member Member Posts: 24,062 Member
    I run just about every day and I'm a heavy sweater. So I'm going to keep showering every day.
  • Dante_80Dante_80 Member Posts: 98 Member Member Posts: 98 Member
    If you are obese and sweat a lot like me, showering at least once each day is mandatory.
    edited September 29
  • 4legsRbetterthan24legsRbetterthan2 Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 18,331 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 18,331 MFP Moderator
    Between working out (stink), going to the horse farm (stink or just dusty feeling), having to wash my hair if I actually want it to look nice, and having to shower when leaving certain labs at work, my record so far is 6 in 1 day. 1-3 is my norm, occasionally I am able to skip a day in the winter and still live with myself.

    ETA: but I try to only wash my hair 1x a day or every other day.
    edited September 29
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Member, Premium Posts: 8,587 Member Member, Premium Posts: 8,587 Member
    Once a month whether I need it or not.

    It is said that historically only Vikings were regular bathers. I have no idea if that is true or not.

    My skin health already sucks from gaining and now losing a million pounds. The skin microbiome is out of luck and down the drain. I am sure there is an expensive pre/post biotic lotion to FIX it.

    I shower daily and typically 3 days a week it is twice. I rarely shower 3 times in a day but it does happen in the warmer months. I typically only wash my hair once a day and during the last shower.
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 8,473 Member Member Posts: 8,473 Member
    People stink and that's a level playing field. My folkaronies always say that fish and company stink after 3 days. :p
  • SLL1803SLL1803 Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member
    Twice a day. One will be a full shower, the other will be a quick freshen up.
  • L1zardQueenL1zardQueen Member Posts: 7,874 Member Member Posts: 7,874 Member
    The $600 water bill dictates how many showers I and family get a day or for how many minutes they are. It sucks.
  • s131951s131951 Member Posts: 3,721 Member Member Posts: 3,721 Member
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    People stink and that's a level playing field. My folkaronies always say that fish and company stink after 3 days. :p

    Applause to Folkaronies.
  • ccrdragonccrdragon Member Posts: 2,788 Member Member Posts: 2,788 Member
    I shower every day that I get physical exercise (bike, yard work, etc). Sometimes more than once a day - say ride in the morning, shower, go be with people, do yard work (or something that makes me sweat) so a shower before bed is required. If I am loafing around the house, then I will skip the shower for that day.
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 1,352 Member Member Posts: 1,352 Member
    The $600 water bill dictates how many showers I and family get a day or for how many minutes they are. It sucks.

    A month?

    Where are you and how many people in the place for a $600 water bill?
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 8,473 Member Member Posts: 8,473 Member

    s131951 wrote: »
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    People stink and that's a level playing field. My folkaronies always say that fish and company stink after 3 days. :p

    Applause to Folkaronies.

    ROFL. I'm just carrying on in the family tradition. I can't help myself. :D


    edited September 29
  • L1zardQueenL1zardQueen Member Posts: 7,874 Member Member Posts: 7,874 Member
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    The $600 water bill dictates how many showers I and family get a day or for how many minutes they are. It sucks.

    A month?

    Where are you and how many people in the place for a $600 water bill?

    Two month bill, sorry I should’ve stated. It’s still a lot of money. There are only three of us in the house. Our new house came with a bunch of well established citrus trees. We are trying to keep the trees alive, but they ain’t looking too happy right now.

    San Diego. The price of water keeps going up.

    Water conservation is a real problem.

    I happened across that article posted in the OP a few days ago and thought, “Oh hell yeah”, I have an excuse for not taking regular showers. Lol
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 8,473 Member Member Posts: 8,473 Member
    @s131951 The String Theory not to be confused with the Stink Theory. There's someone in my small corner of the world with their nose perpetually in the air. My grandpaw used to say, 'They smell the stink, kids. They smell the stink'. They figure they're a cut above everyone else. This person is still alive but Grandpaw is buried right next to their relatives. When I put flowers on his grave I say 'Look Grandpaw', it's a level playing field now. o:)
  • s131951s131951 Member Posts: 3,721 Member Member Posts: 3,721 Member
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    @s131951 The String Theory not to be confused with the Stink Theory. There's someone in my small corner of the world with their nose perpetually in the air. My grandpaw used to say, 'They smell the stink, kids. They smell the stink'. They figure they're a cut above everyone else. This person is still alive but Grandpaw is buried right next to their relatives. When I put flowers on his grave I say 'Look Grandpaw', it's a level playing field now. o:)

    I've encountered that as well.
  • stevehenderson776stevehenderson776 Member Posts: 138 Member Member Posts: 138 Member
    "You should shower every day." -- your coworkers
  • stevehenderson776stevehenderson776 Member Posts: 138 Member Member Posts: 138 Member
    "You should shower every day." -- your coworkers
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