to stop washing

(84 Posts)
gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 20:11:59

We have a water metre so to save money I've decided to stop showering and bathing. I saw on telly (This Morning) about a woman who stopped washing her hair and it started self-cleaning in 8 weeks.

expatinscotland Sun 24-Feb-13 20:12:54

Um, boak. YABU.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 20:14:49

I had a friend many years ago who stopped washing her hair and it did indeed stabilize after a while. I can't comment on how it felt or smelled because none of us wanted to go near her after a month or so.

ClippedPhoenix Sun 24-Feb-13 20:15:05

I knew someone who decided to do this once, her hair bloody stank grin

AgentZigzag Sun 24-Feb-13 20:16:52

You could save on your leccy bill by turning off the computer/telly instead?

That would be kinder on Everyone Else wouldn't it?

SirBoobAlot Sun 24-Feb-13 20:17:21


expatinscotland Sun 24-Feb-13 20:17:53

It's half-term.

McNewPants2013 Sun 24-Feb-13 20:19:18

Yuck, I wash my hair every time I have a bath/shower which is every day.

usualsuspect Sun 24-Feb-13 20:20:31

Just don't sit next to me on the bus.

flow4 Sun 24-Feb-13 20:22:10

A friend of mine stopped washing her hair with shampoo last summer. She did (of course) continue to wash it with water. Her hair was very short at the time - only about an inch or so long all over. She was abroad for 6 weeks at the time, so I didn't see it in the early stages, but by the time she came home, it did not seem dirty - just a bit lifeless. It is now soft and fluffy and 3-4 inches long, and no-one would ever guess it hasn't been shampooed for 6-7 months.

N0tinmylife Sun 24-Feb-13 20:24:12


Locketjuice Sun 24-Feb-13 20:26:08


gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 20:27:46

I don't mean just my hair. I mean all of me. It will have the same effect won't it, that my body will start to self-wash in 8 weeks.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sun 24-Feb-13 20:28:06


Are you my teenage son? grin

LeaveTheBastid Sun 24-Feb-13 20:31:44

My god they're out in force tonight.

I didn't wash my hair once for about 6 weeks. Didn't smell, but did become very lifeless. I'd say the shorter your hair, the better - plus you can wear a hat to cover it up.

I did still wash it with water and washed my body too! It was a little bit of an experiment back when I was in college.

HorribleMother Sun 24-Feb-13 20:35:20

yanbu, but yabu to ask us about it. Just set out your stinky ways without announcing it.

Oh, and it gets REALLY bad before it gets better.

McNewPants2013 Sun 24-Feb-13 20:37:44

What about that time of the month, no way would a strip wash be ok

ThePinkOcelot Sun 24-Feb-13 20:38:35

You are joking, right?! You will stink to high heaven! Gross!!

AgentZigzag Sun 24-Feb-13 20:40:03

Not something a teenage lad would have to worry about though McNew?

Foggles Sun 24-Feb-13 20:41:28

I would say your body is more likely to rot than self-wash.


Sirzy Sun 24-Feb-13 20:44:05

This can't be serious?

solveproblem Sun 24-Feb-13 20:47:05

I didn't use shampoo for a year and my hair didn't stink. Washed it with conditioner only.

It's quite a big thing, google 'no poo'.

Yes to washing body though!!!

chickensarmpit Sun 24-Feb-13 20:47:38

You'll stink like mouldy kipper within a month. Please at least wash your vag!

Bluelightsandsirens Sun 24-Feb-13 20:48:14

It will be fine.

everlong Sun 24-Feb-13 20:56:21

Don't be crazy now.

If you are female, you'll end up cultivating a sootikin before you know it. Go on, google it. You know you want to...

sheesh, dont come anywhere near me. I have a nose like a blood hound and I can smell a stinky person at 100 yards!

There is nothing worse than an unwashed person. <boak>

gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 21:01:44

Well I heard some women saying in a conversation about The Great Unwashed and I'm feeling a bit low so I thought I would save myself some money and cheer myself up at the same time.

openerofjars Sun 24-Feb-13 21:02:39

If you live anywhere near York, can I recommend going to Jorvik so you can get an idea of what you will smell like after a while?

AgentZigzag Sun 24-Feb-13 21:02:40

I've been toying with the idea of giving up my cups of tea - y'know, to save the pennies and the environment, with all that kettle boiling and associated polava - and drink gin instead.

I'm quite looking forward to my shreddies and gin tomorrow morning, it'll make the walk to nursery more eventful than's the norm.

Sirzy Sun 24-Feb-13 21:04:58

I'm not sure how not cleaning would cheer you up? Actually I know for me it would have the opposite effect.

susiedaisy Sun 24-Feb-13 21:06:05

My auntie tried this not washing her hair cause it will cleanse itself crap, when I picked her up to give her a lift I had to open the windows as her hair stank so bad!

Flojobunny Sun 24-Feb-13 21:06:17

Well that'll be fun when u come on.

Foggles Sun 24-Feb-13 21:09:34

You will need to wash your clothes much more often as they will absorb your stink.

That's not going to help with the water meter.

gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 21:10:45

Hey openerofjars I do live in York! Tang Hall to be precise.

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Sun 24-Feb-13 21:58:30

I live in York too, dont come near me please if you decide not to wash.

gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 22:16:53

I don't really live in Tang Hall. That was a joke. Although Tang Hall is quite nice.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Feb-13 22:20:39

Oh my. I googled sootikin. I knew I shouldn't.

gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 22:23:17

What is it? It sounds like a name for a cat.

No poo isn't really about not washing though; it's more about not using shampoo/products containing sodium laureth sulphate.

8 weeks is a long time to be a bit whiffy in hopes your hair will self clean!

Flojobunny Sun 24-Feb-13 22:29:13

Mouse shaped?

hiddenhome Sun 24-Feb-13 22:35:18

I haven't washed for two years. I've been sacked from four jobs and have no friends, so I wouldn't recommend it tbh confused

SirBoobAlot Sun 24-Feb-13 22:35:23

I just googled sootikin. Never bloody learn...

gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 22:37:47



Flojobunny Sun 24-Feb-13 22:48:05

It's mouse shaped soot.

Just for you OP.

(First time I've found a "never google" in Wikipedia too!) grin

Flojobunny Sun 24-Feb-13 22:50:38

Aww spoil sport!

susiedaisy Sun 24-Feb-13 22:52:31


Sorry Flo - couldn't help myself.

Blue waffle anyone? [Whistles innocently]

McNewPants2013 Sun 24-Feb-13 23:27:54

DO NOT google blue waffle.

How about a Liberty Bodice then OP? Just to help contain the stench aroma of 8 weeks worth of unwashed flesh...

P.S. - the rest of you may not want to Google that term either. wink

gardengate Sun 24-Feb-13 23:31:40

So its vaginal toe jam? Doesn't say that it smells though.

WorraLiberty Sun 24-Feb-13 23:33:18


OHforDUCKScake Sun 24-Feb-13 23:34:26

I didnt wash my hair for 3 years once (dreadlocks) and it didnt smell! It smelt of the body spray I used to wear. I had very long dreads so inevitably used to end up getting sprayed too.

YouTheCat Sun 24-Feb-13 23:36:11

My ex never washed.

And yes he did smell.

WorraLiberty Sun 24-Feb-13 23:45:58

Seriously no-one I've ever known who had dreadlocks didn't have foul smelling hair.

It really just smelled of dirty grease mixed with whatever perfumed stuff they sprayed on it.

A bit like a smoker smelling like a smoker who has just brushed their teeth.

MammaTJ Mon 25-Feb-13 00:01:57

Interesting first post OP!

susiedaisy Mon 25-Feb-13 09:06:07

Moonlight that was sneaky throwing in blue waffle like thatgrin

Do not google blue waffle I did after finding out about it on here and it's stuck with me ever since!shock

susiedaisy Mon 25-Feb-13 09:06:53

Goes off to google liberty bodice gringrin

susiedaisy Mon 25-Feb-13 09:10:29

Comes back disappointed, it was a type of clothing!!

melika Mon 25-Feb-13 09:13:55

YANBU! I've moved to a house with a water meter and it is so so much cheaper!

We are a family of four who power shower and use a dishwasher and washing machine daily.

Please do have a wash!

You can wash dreads Worra, a friend of mine has lovely clean dreads, she washes them every 3 days with a soap made for dreads. Unwashed dreadlocks are bloody grim though, they smell like dog.

OP, YABU and grim and talking bollocks anyway, so I don't know why I bothered replying.

Is this what scented panty liners are for?

Sorry susie - couldn't help myself! grin

Now, Liberty Bell on the other hand envy <-- vom emoticon.

Flojobunny Mon 25-Feb-13 17:21:33

Ok so I couldn't help myself, I googled blue waffle, eww. Where do they come up with these things.
Not as bad as the one with shit everywhere that MNers told me to Google <seriously scarred for life>

Theicingontop Mon 25-Feb-13 17:23:54

Erm, you should wash. But I don't 'wash' my hair, with shampoo at least. I'm no poo, and it's a pita at first, but my hair's gorgeous now. Shiny and soft, and no dry ends I used to look like a scarecrow

But no, definitely wash. Nobody likes standing next to someone on the tube with rank underarms.

Ah, the 'two girls' one - yes, that is particularly revolting. Mind you, there's worse around, but I think I managed to brain bleach most of the memories away after about five months...

gardengate Mon 25-Feb-13 20:02:57

Day 2 of experiment. S'alright so far.

SirBoobAlot Mon 25-Feb-13 20:04:17


Thanks for the update hmm

Sirzy Mon 25-Feb-13 20:04:48

I wonder if people she has to sit by would be willing to provide updates next week...

chickensarmpit Mon 25-Feb-13 20:51:54

Are you seriously going to walk around festering?
Aren't you concerned about toe jam or winnets? I feel all itchy just thinking about it.

DeepRedBetty Mon 25-Feb-13 21:00:38

After five days at a very good but very mucky festival, with not enough showers and too hung over to face the queue anyway, I was definitely not self cleansing.

I have done the hair thing, it took about a month to settle. I only stopped because water alone won't rinse out chlorine or sea-salt and I was missing swimming. Also I wanted to dye it.

Flojobunny Mon 25-Feb-13 21:54:14

I have gone a few days without showers and by about day 4 feel very yuky and itchy.
That was either when camping without facilities or when in bed with flu. I wouldn't do it through choice.

gardengate Tue 26-Feb-13 07:54:40

Still alright.

Theicingontop Tue 26-Feb-13 08:57:08

You sniffed your pits?

LeaveTheBastid Tue 26-Feb-13 09:06:45

I have just actually retched after googling sootikin. Dear god, too grim for this hour.

OP why are you not washing at all? Can you not just buy some baby wipes and have some sort of wipe down with those rather than not do anything at all? I wonder if you're still drinking tap water/using the washing machine/flushing the toilet if you're so worried about using too much water to the point of not taking care of basic hygiene confused

everlong Tue 26-Feb-13 09:21:21

I can't believe this

You are going to stink?

MisselthwaiteManor Tue 26-Feb-13 09:46:44

There was a really grim woman in my home village who I suspect had never washed in her life. Always in the same clothes and had dreads to the floor which stank . You could walk into a shop and know she was somewhere in the shop from the smell. She certainly hadn't developed magical self-cleaning skin but she was somewhat of a local celebrity due to nothing other than her smell so you have at least something to look forward to.

yes I lived in a really uneventful village

susiedaisy Thu 28-Feb-13 22:05:36

How's it going op?

coatonarack Fri 15-Mar-13 20:59:03

Have you had a bath yet?

Locketjuice Sat 16-Mar-13 07:40:13

I hope so hmm

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