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How often should you bathe/shower?

zamphir66zamphir66 Member Posts: 573 Member Member Posts: 573 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: 24,373 Member Member Posts: 24,373 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: 112 Member Member Posts: 112 Member
    If you are obese and sweat a lot like me, showering at least once each day is mandatory.
    edited September 29
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 13,098 Member Member Posts: 13,098 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: 28 Member Member, Premium Posts: 28 Member
    Twice a day. One will be a full shower, the other will be a quick freshen up.
  • s131951s131951 Member Posts: 3,722 Member Member Posts: 3,722 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: 2,824 Member Member Posts: 2,824 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: 1,422 Member Member Posts: 1,422 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: 13,098 Member Member Posts: 13,098 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: 7,933 Member Member Posts: 7,933 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: 13,098 Member Member Posts: 13,098 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: 3,722 Member Member Posts: 3,722 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: 245 Member Member Posts: 245 Member
    "You should shower every day." -- your coworkers
  • stevehenderson776stevehenderson776 Member Posts: 245 Member Member Posts: 245 Member
    "You should shower every day." -- your coworkers
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