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How often should you bathe/shower?

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  • psychod787psychod787 Member, Premium Posts: 3,849 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,849 Member
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  • cgvet37cgvet37 Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Psychgrrl wrote: »
    cgvet37 wrote: »
    I shower daily. I may shower twice depending on the situation. I remember basic training when we were lucky to get two minutes to shower a day. I felt disgusting the entire time. I can't go to sleep without showering. My Fiancee's son will go days without showering, and he stinks, but she acts like she doesn't care.

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  • tgillies003tgillies003 Member, Premium Posts: 243 Member Member, Premium Posts: 243 Member
    Dante_80 wrote: »
    If you are obese and sweat a lot like me, showering at least once each day is mandatory.
    I run just about every day and I'm a heavy sweater. So I'm going to keep showering every day.

    How much you sweat has to do with how many sweat glands you have.
    I’m not obese, but like Dante and Jane jelly roll, I sweat a lot, especially if I’ve done a workout, so I shower everyday.

    My 22 year old son insists that showering every day is harmful. He has eczema, so showering too often does cause that skin irritation to flare up. The downside — he doesn’t smell the greatest.


  • DevietteDeviette Member Posts: 908 Member Member Posts: 908 Member
    I shower maybe twice a week. Less if I can get away with it. And normally mostly because my hair needs washing (although I have noticed since going sulphate/silicone free my hair needs washing less often). Even then I'll only use shower gel maybe once a month or so, with the run off shampoo I just don't need it.

    But I'm just not a smelly person. Never really have been. In summer or when doing sports I do wear deodorant, but not really because I need it per say, just because I want to be sure I don't smell.

    On the side note of skincare, I've never understood body moisturisers. I never needed them. I've always half put that down to the fact that I don't wash too much with soaps/wash that often.
    edited October 7
  • DevietteDeviette Member Posts: 908 Member Member Posts: 908 Member
    Lietchi wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Though I have more modern habits (like daily when no pandemic), my parents (b. 1912, 1917) grew up in the era of mostly weekly baths, and "sponge baths" from a basin/sink in between as needed: Heating the water on the woodstove, in some cases even drawing it from a well or by hand-pump first, to fill the tin tub . . . that tends to make the baths happen less often. Less stink than you might imagine.

    Norms change. The modern habits of daily bath/shower are pretty new, I think, in the general population . . . maybe around the last century-ish? (Running water, electricity, is a big deal.) Yeah, people have fewer lice, bedbugs, etc., than in the distant past. Bathing isn't the only reason.

    I was raised on 'one bath a week' and I'm only 37 (but not from the US). I've seen the shift to (nearly) daily showers in society, though not as 'bad' as in the US. There seems to be a tendency in western society (led by North America) to consider any bodily smell as a bad smell.
    Anyway, I refrain from telling people how much (little) I bathe/shower/wash, knowing the judgment will be instantaneous, even though they don't think I stink.

    Reading this thread, I'm mostly shocked at the (IMO) excessive water consumption. Living in Belgium, you would think water isn't an issue, but climate change combined with too much urban land cover is wreaking havoc on our water table and water is getting more expensive too.

    I'm fully convinced that showering (more than) daily is just cultural and not necessary for our health (or even detrimental). But this is a difficult topic to discuss, since most people will just go 'oh yuck' at the mere idea of showering less than daily.
    But even if you feel the need to wash yourself once or several times a day, I'm a big fan of going old-school and just using a washcloth (I hate showering anyway, I much prefer taking a bath :lol:)

    I could not have agreed with this whole post more! I'm UK based, and I'd say that most people probably don't shower more than once a day, but it amazes me how many people do from reading this thread. How do you people find the time!?
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 1,405 Member Member Posts: 1,405 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

    Crap. Our bill in Central IL for 2 of us in the house (we rarely water the lawn but do water the landscaping a bit) is like $130 for 2 months and it includes the weekly garbage, recycling and bulk waste pickup service provided by the city.
  • FutureFit2020FutureFit2020 Member Posts: 115 Member Member Posts: 115 Member
    Daily short shower but I've managed to get myself out of the habit of washing my hair daily as it was pointless and not good for my hair.

    The kids I wash when they are visibly dirty. :D That can be daily or weekly. When they're teenagers and start to sweat I'll send the stinkers daily. My youngest has terrible eczema and water is painful for it.
  • LietchiLietchi Member Posts: 1,379 Member Member Posts: 1,379 Member
    Slacker16 wrote: »
    How often should you bathe/shower?
    When the stank be rank.

    Lietchi wrote: »
    I was raised on 'one bath a week' and I'm only 37 (but not from the US). I've seen the shift to (nearly) daily showers in society, though not as 'bad' as in the US. (...)
    A big part of it is that bidets are just not a thing in the new world...

    Bidets aren't a thing everywhere in the old world either. Never had one or used one in my life!

  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,180 Member Member Posts: 6,180 Member
    Neither have I - in fact would go as far as to say I don't recall ever seeing one in real life.

    As I said early in thread there isnt a one size fits all as to how often you should shower - people are different and their lifestyles are different.

    Although I almost always shower every morning myself - I agree with posters who said this idea that everyone will stink if they don't shower every day is such a modern western culture myth.

    A year or so ago, there was a period of a few days when many people in my town did not shower for a few days - due to gas outage and no hot water.
    We managed fine on washing in basin of electric kettle boiled amount of hot water for a few days and didnt notice any stinking.
  • itsFNFYitsFNFY Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    I don't sweat a lot if I haven't been working out, and my skin tends to be very dry, even with lotion. I shower once every other day or on the days I've hiked or worked out, whichever comes first. Deodorant every day. Works for me, and I've never had any complaints from friends, family, or coworkers (and I have several blunt and outspoken people in my life).
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 11,235 Member Member Posts: 11,235 Member
    If you work in a hospital situation and especially now, they use soap and water every day. They drop their clothes on the floor and make a run for the shower the minute they hit the door of their homes. They do it for their family. Some of them use betadine soap or something similar on a daily basis. Betadine is quite mild for most people in a medical professional situation.

    I'm washing my hands with soap and water, I'm using soap in the shower. After I run errands, shopping and taking care of seniors, I drop my clothes at the door and run for the shower. I'm using soap from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. Your mileage may vary.

    Wildlife, animals and birds have meticulous grooming habits. They're actually very clean. It's so sweet the way they look after one another. <3

    edited October 11
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