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View Poll Results: How often do you shower?
Daily 48 71.64%
5-6 times per week 8 11.94%
3-4 times per week 6 8.96%
1-2 times per week 4 5.97%
Less 1 1.49%
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Old May 7 2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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How often do you shower?

Inspired by some comments in this Misc thread, I was wondering about showering. I noticed that many people commented about showering everyday. I know many people in real-life who do that as well. I also know many people who do not.

I usually shower around 3-4 times per week. And yes, I consider myself a very clean person. Showering daily is neither convenient nor practical for me for a variety of reasons. For example, I do not want to spent half an hour daily drying my hair. Also, making sure there is hot water every day considerably raises my electricity bill (which is already high).

So, how often do you shower and what determines this decision? Is it practical ("I get dirty in my work")? Is it psychological ("I am clean but I feel dirty if I don't shower")? Is it a habit ("Everyone in my family used to shower x times per week")?

Bonus related fact: My grandmother thinks I shower too often and I will ruin my hair and skin. "In her generation" people showered "every Saturday night" so they would be all ready for church the next morning.
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Old May 7 2014, 04:39 PM   #2
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Re: How often do you shower?

Your grandma might have been German It's generally recommended by doctors over here to not shower daily. It's also not encouraged from the environmental point of view. Almost everyone I know wash daily (and very thoroughly) but usually shower once a week; in summer more often.
In Winter most of my acquaintances tend to prefer taking a bath instead (in spite of the higher water use compared to a shower) since a bath helps you getting warm if you are chilled to the bones. The average winter in my region is like what the East Coast had this year.

People who do a lot of sports or have physically very straining professions shower more often, but I think that goes for people everywhere.
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Old May 7 2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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People who do a lot of sports or have physically very straining professions shower more often, but I think that goes for people everywhere.
Splitting hairs. Taking a shower, taking a bath or washing yourself, same thing.

I expect people to wash themselves every fucking day. Everything else is just disgusting.

What's next? How often do you brush your teeth?
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Old May 7 2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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Re: How often do you shower?

Every morning. Sometimes Twice a day. I don't like feeling gross and I especially don't like having dirty hair.
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Old May 7 2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Re: How often do you shower?

Twice a day. When I get up, and after working out when I get home. When I get up because it wakes me up, after working out because to do otherwise is gross.

Anyone showering 3 times a week is not getting enough exercise
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Old May 7 2014, 05:39 PM   #6
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Re: How often do you shower?

Rhubarbodendron wrote: View Post
Your grandma might have been German
Greek actually.
I hadn't thought about warm baths to fight freezing weather, it seems practical.

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Anyone showering 3 times a week is not getting enough exercise
True. I don't regularly go to a gym these days, but when I used to I did have a shower afterwards. Gym was great for my body but terrible for my hair, since washing it everyday made it much more greasy.

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I expect people to wash themselves every fucking day. Everything else is just disgusting.

What's next? How often do you brush your teeth?
I think it's only disgusting if you are not clean. If your way of life does not get you dirty or sweaty, why is it wrong? Brushing your teeth is different, since you use them every day.
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Old May 7 2014, 05:56 PM   #7
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Every day. Even if I just sit around my apartment all day I still feel icky in the morning, The shower makes me feel better and awake. If I don't shower in the morning I feel partially asleep all day.
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Old May 7 2014, 06:01 PM   #8
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Gym was great for my body but terrible for my hair, since washing it everyday made it much more greasy.
Same here. I always try to keep my hair dry if at all possible. I so envy an African American friend of mine - his hair looks always good. My straight baby-fine hair is a nightmare

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I expect people to wash themselves every fucking day. Everything else is just disgusting.
I agree. But the method (wash, shower, bath) depends on the grade of dirtiness. It's like with the laundry: you don't boil all of it every day but wash it at an appropriate temperature, depending on material and dirtiness. You'd boil underwear and sports wear but wash a blouse at a much lower temperature and have a fine and rarely worn silk suit cleaned only once in a while.


LOL I love the example of teeth being used daily An ingenious and perfect reply :thumbsup:
(and to answer Jarod's rhetorical question: I clean my teeth twice daily, floss after every meal and brush my teeth once a month with a kind of chalk [my dictionary claims it's called 'Paris white' in English but I am not certain if that's GB- or US-English] to keep them shiny)
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Old May 7 2014, 06:03 PM   #9
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Usually twice a day. I feel absolutely disgusting if I go a whole day without bathing.
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Old May 7 2014, 06:04 PM   #10
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Every day. I can't understand not bathing in some form every day; gross!

I love showers. I find them very relaxing. Plus, I never feel truly clean without a shower.

Naira, why do you thinking showering every day means you have to wash your hair every day? There's this fabulous invention called a SHOWER CAP. You wear it so you don't get your hair wet. I have a very dry scalp, so I don't wash my hair every day---usually only every other day.
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Old May 7 2014, 06:08 PM   #11
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Re: How often do you shower?

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Every day. I can't understand not bathing in some form every day; gross!

I love showers. I find them very relaxing. Plus, I never feel truly clean without a shower.

Naira, why do you thinking showering every day means you have to wash your hair every day? There's this fabulous invention called a SHOWER CAP. You wear it so you don't get your hair wet. I have a very dry scalp, so I don't wash my hair every day---usually only every other day.
Exactly! I shower daily, twice if it's summer or if I work out in the evening (as opposed to before the morning shower), but I wash my hair only once or twice a week.
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Old May 7 2014, 06:18 PM   #12
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Good point, auntie. If only shower caps wouldn't look so undignified or plain ludicrous.... Like the wolf disguising as grandmother in "Little Red Riding Hood":


See what I mean?
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Old May 7 2014, 06:21 PM   #13
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Well, as I generally don't have an audience while in the SHOWER, I don't give a crap what I look like.
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Old May 7 2014, 06:29 PM   #14
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Re: How often do you shower?

you should try showering with a significant other (male or female as your preferences may be). It's a lot of fun. And it saves water. Highly recommendable, from both the ecological and economical point of view


Btw, just out of curiousity: do you all shower hot or cold? (I prefer 20-25°C while most of my ex-BFs prefered temps up to scalding 45°C)
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Old May 7 2014, 06:49 PM   #15
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Ugh. I loathe showering with other people.
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