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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 8 2014, 03:25 AM   #31
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Re: How often do you shower?

Unless I'm backpacking, I shower every day.
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Old May 8 2014, 05:41 AM   #32
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Re: How often do you shower?

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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.
Wait, BOIL your clothes?!? I've seriously never heard of this. Everything has always just gone into the washing machine.
A hundred years ago, before modern detergents, people used to boil bedsheets, towels and underwear to sterilize them. Never heard of anyone doing it in this day and age.

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. . . What's next? How often do you brush your teeth?
Yeah, yeah!!!...the Teeth thread
Then, the Ear Cleaning Thread
Next should be the Nose Hair/Boogies Thread
And we will finish up with the Pit Juice/No Pit Juice Thread...
Don't forget the Toe Jam Thread, the Navel Lint Thread and the Smegma Thread . . .
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Old May 8 2014, 05:46 AM   #33
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I occasionally boil tea towels to get stains out of them.

When my children were young I would boil their cloth nappies (diapers).
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Old May 8 2014, 06:59 AM   #34
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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.
Wait, BOIL your clothes?!? I've seriously never heard of this. Everything has always just gone into the washing machine.
A hundred years ago, before modern detergents, people used to boil bedsheets, towels and underwear to sterilize them. Never heard of anyone doing it in this day and age.
Blame it on my lack of appropriate vocabulary. Laundry details aren't exactly the stuff you find in school books.
Every washing machine has different programmes with different temperatures. The programme for white wash (undies, bedlinnen, towels) washes at approximately boiling point (around 90-95°C) which is why in German we call this sort of laundry "Kochwäsche" which translates as "boiling-laundry". It used to beb boiled in kettles and nowadays it's being boiled in washing machines. Different tool but same procedure.
Could someone perhaps supply me with the correct English word? I can't find it in an online dictionary.

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It's generally recommended by doctors over here to not shower daily.
Why?
That's a tad difficult to explain for 2 reasons: I have to explain a complex ecosystem to a layperson (no offense meant but afaik you are no biologist or MD) and in addition I have to do it in a foreign language and given our past misunderstandings you are only too aware of my limitations there. So please be patient with me and if I don't explain it properly, don't hesitate to ask.

daily showering is considered risky by our dermatologists because it destroys the skin's natural bacterial flora that supplies us with the vital acid mantle. Without that and without the good (symbiotic) bacteria settling on us, the skin is completely defenseless against bad bacteria that then can enter the body through the skin's pores or through tiny injuries (sometimes even through the skin's cells themselves) and cause quite serious infections, inflammations etc.
This wikipedia entry is just short but explains it nicely: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_mantle
You can minimize these negative effects by using soap with a skin-friendly pH level (5.8 is generally recommended), for example a soap that's used by surgeons. And you should always use a cream or lotion or oil after showering so that the skin doesn't dry out and get brittle, leaving tiny wounds through wich bad bacteria and viruses can enter your body.
However, the dermatologists stress the point that all this can only minimize the negative effects but not completely erase them. Hence they recommend to shower only avery second or third day to give the skin and it's protective bacterial flora a chance to recover.

I'll see if I can find a suitable article online that explains it in proper English and in greater detail.

Edited to add: this one is not bad, though it doesn't offer as many details as I'd have liked: http://www.med-health.net/How-Often-...ou-Shower.html
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Old May 8 2014, 07:03 AM   #35
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In the winter, once a day. In the summer here it is usually twice a day. Once in the morning to be fresh to go out and once in the evening to cool down as it's cheaper than running the air conditioner.
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Old May 8 2014, 07:04 AM   #36
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Twice a day every day.
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Old May 8 2014, 07:18 AM   #37
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Since I moved to the townhouse, I have to shower as opposed to having a bath, because inexplicably, this stupid place has no tub in the master bathroom. I miss a hot soak. The one thing I wish I could have brought from our Florida house was the roman bath tub.

Rhubarbodendron, for bathing whites and linens, we just call it the hot water cycle. That would be the same as your boiling cycle. Dark clothes go in cold water cycle, and permanent press (often work clothes) usually are washed in warm water.
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Old May 8 2014, 07:20 AM   #38
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I'd love a walk in tub and shower.
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Old May 8 2014, 07:35 AM   #39
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{{{{{Bonzie}}}}} thanks for explaining! (since I know you speak German and just in case you want to do your laundry while on a vacation over here: hot water cycle = Kochwäsche, cold water cycle = Buntwäsche, warm water cycle = 60°-Wäsche)
And didn't you mean Romulan bath tub?

My sister has the same prob and solves it by occasionally visiting me or our parents to take a bath. Maybe you have friends or relatives where you could borrow the bathtub for an hour? Or how about a romantic weekend with hubby once a month at a nice spa-hotel with a huge yakuzi?
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Old May 8 2014, 07:42 AM   #40
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I'd love a walk in tub and shower.
As in ensuite? Connected to your bedroom? Never had one of those either. Don't really care, as long as I can lock the door.

And pfft, to showering every day causing infections. Maybe if you're scrubbing the crap out of yourself.
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Old May 8 2014, 07:59 AM   #41
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*sneaks into teacake's bathroom to put soap into mouthwash*

a walk in tub and shower (as in stepping into it through a door without having to climb over a high rim) has nothing to do with ensuite bathrooms and is actually a pretty cool invention! My parents are in their mid-70s and are currently considering to install such a thing. It's more comfortable if you're walking impaired and the risk of slipping and falling is smaller, too. I once had one in a hotel room - loved it!
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Old May 8 2014, 08:04 AM   #42
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Oh yeah that's standard in hotels. I've only ever lived in old houses so haven't had such a thing.
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Old May 8 2014, 08:15 AM   #43
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Two of the places I have lived in had an outside loo (and in both cases the laundry was outside as well).
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Old May 8 2014, 08:21 AM   #44
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Every washing machine has different programmes with different temperatures. The programme for white wash (undies, bedlinnen, towels) washes at approximately boiling point (around 90-95°C) which is why in German we call this sort of laundry "Kochwäsche" which translates as "boiling-laundry". It used to be boiled in kettles and nowadays it's being boiled in washing machines. Different tool but same procedure.
The "hot" water temperature setting on most American washing machines is usually about 140-160ºF (60-70ºC). Not even close to boiling hot.

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Or how about a romantic weekend with hubby once a month at a nice spa-hotel with a huge yakuzi?
I assume you mean a Jacuzzi, not a huge Yakuza!

(That's okay, I wouldn't dare try to write anything in German!)
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Old May 8 2014, 08:52 AM   #45
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oh dear! *blush* I googled it, using "yakuzi" because I was uncertain about the spelling and got lots of pictures, so I thought it was ok. Seems a lot of people have the same prob as me, judging by the tags

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Oh yeah that's standard in hotels. I've only ever lived in old houses so haven't had such a thing.
Is it in your country? Over here only very few hotels have them. I guess it'll get more, though, considering that we get more and more old people.
I love old houses! They are so much more comfortable and more solidly built. You don't have your picture frames falling off the wall when your neighbour sneezes Modern buildings have such thin walls that you hear really everything. It's such a nuissance.
And old houses have so much flair -they have a character, are individuals. Modern houses are often like factory made, all the same and all equally nondescript. It's a bit like with people: the older you get the more you develop your own characteristics.
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