do you shower daily? (be honest!)

(357 Posts)
principalitygirl Thu 28-Nov-13 11:28:59

obviously if you have a very newborn or you're ill then maybe a might miss a day, but generally speaking do you shower (or bath) every day? I do, but sometimes I might shower in the morning one day but then not shower next until the next evening, if I have a gym session or exercise class planned. I do wear deodorant and clean clothes daily but too many showers irritate my skin and are just a faff. grim, or not grim?

Yes I do, I get smelly if I don't. I have got quite a keen sense of smell too so really notice if I get a bit stinky.

HesterShaw Thu 28-Nov-13 11:30:48

What's with the shower threads at the moment?

Shower as much or as little as you like.

Weeantwee Thu 28-Nov-13 11:30:51

I shower every day because I have to wash my hair every day. The only time I wouldn't shower is if I felt unwell and didn't plan on leaving the house.

Oh and no, I don't think your grim.

Every single morning, and occasionally when I come home from work.

NoAddedSuga Thu 28-Nov-13 11:33:13

I shower everyday.

I cannot get dressed if i havent showered first. If im running late, i still have to shower.

wannakillem Thu 28-Nov-13 11:35:05

No I don't shower everyday as I have dry skin which gets very dry and painful especially with central heating on.
I don't think it is necessary even if my skin were better to shower daily unless you have a very physical job/hobby.

No. I shower every 2-4 days. My hair can't stand being washed too often. Also, I'm not a particularly smelly or sweaty person. I wear deodorant or course. I don't even wash my face every day as I find that everyday washing makes it go very dry, then oil overload and then mega spots.

If I'm on a workout binge, I'll shower after a workout (but might wear my polka dot shower cap so I don't have to wash my hair).

TinyTear Thu 28-Nov-13 11:37:57

shower every morning but sometimes only wash my hair 5 or 6 times a week skipping one day

Nope. Every other day here. A good wash on the "off" days though.

Chattymummyhere Thu 28-Nov-13 11:38:30

I shower every night before bed, I cannot sleep if I don't and then most mornings too.

I wash my hair only when it needs it though, otherwise I would get though too much hair dye to keep up my bright colour

burberree Thu 28-Nov-13 11:40:16

no I don't shower everyday - so many threads on this lately - then of course you get those clean freaks who will come on and tell you how they shower three times a day and wipe with femfresh inbetween times.....
freaky i tell you!

FoxMulder Thu 28-Nov-13 11:41:07

Twice. Once in the morning and once after work. Sleeping makes me sweaty. Work makes me sweaty too. Only once a day at the weekends though!

FoxMulder Thu 28-Nov-13 11:42:20

I'm really not a clean freak, I just stink after a while smile

MrsMoon76 Thu 28-Nov-13 11:45:34

I shower most days, usually in the evening as I hate going to bed if I am not clean, however I wash my hair every second day.

I really shouldn't shower every day as I have very dry skin that actually started to thin a couple of years ago shock It was awful and I did cut back then under doctor's orders. I think its worse in winter tbh with central heating. If I am at the gym I shower there and don't bother in the evening.

I love showers (though the hot water damages my skin)

Saminthemiddle Thu 28-Nov-13 11:46:53

I shower every morning without fail, it wakes me up too.

MrsMoon76 Thu 28-Nov-13 11:47:16

BTW my DH wouldn't shower for a week if he could get away with it (he doesn't) but we have compromised on every second day - annoying thing is that he just doesn't smell at all.

spiderlight Thu 28-Nov-13 11:50:50

Every morning without fail! I ccan't function without my morning shower.

Nancy66 Thu 28-Nov-13 11:51:50

nearly always. Only time I wouldn't would be if I had weekend to myself with no kids and then I just stay in my pyjamas the whole time. Bliss. Only happens about once a year though.

eurochick Thu 28-Nov-13 11:52:48

Every morning without fail and again later if I have been to the gym or am going out.

HesterShaw Thu 28-Nov-13 11:56:24

Euro you are discusting! You should shower after lunch too wink

FeisMom Thu 28-Nov-13 12:00:06

Yes every morning without fail, I feel sweaty and crusty if I don't. I wash my hair every other day.

In the summer or on heavy period days I shower or bathe in the evening before bed too.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 12:00:35

Mrsmoon by dh is the same! Its so annoying that he doesn't smell!

I shower or bath every other day and wash in between at the sink, hands, face feet, pits and bits. My skin is super dry. Do shower more in the height of summer though, although try to only have a quick hose down to remove sweat rather than a full scrub so my skin doesn't dry out too much.

ouryve Thu 28-Nov-13 12:02:08

No. I shower or bathe 4 or 5 times a week, unless it's very hot or I'm having a run of hot flushes. I don't wash m hair every day, or else it ends up like wire wool.

peachactiviaminge Thu 28-Nov-13 12:02:23

No, its not natural or healthy besides I can't afford the gas.

starfishmummy Thu 28-Nov-13 12:03:52

Once a year whether I need it or not.

ExitPursOodByWho Thu 28-Nov-13 12:04:22

Intend to but sometimes it just doesn't happen. I have been known to stay in my mucking out clothes all day.


I have a shower in the morning and a shower before bed. Every day.

Beastofburden Thu 28-Nov-13 12:07:06

Yes because if I don't wash my hair every morning it itches and sticks up everywhere, and I look like a mad old bat instead of a slick professional woman who is worth her salary hoping not to get found out

Baths are for pleasure and for using lovely scented things before bed, they happen when I feel like it.

Bluecarrot Thu 28-Nov-13 12:08:09

Have to shower every morning. I just don't feel nice til I do!

somersethouse Thu 28-Nov-13 12:08:57

No, I shower or bathe when I need to, which is not every day.

DidoTheDodo Thu 28-Nov-13 12:11:21

I shower every day before bed. I feel really uncomfortable getting into bed if I haven't showered. My H showers daily, but in the morning. I notice that his side of the bed smells a bit sweaty/used by day 4, whereas my side remains fragrant.

I can't go to work without having a shower, it feels all wrong.

When our shower was broken for 3 days last year I went to the gym early and showered there.

I normally have a shower in the evening as well.

TyrannisedByToddlers Thu 28-Nov-13 12:20:22

Every morning without fail, even when I had newborn twins, even when I'm ill, and even when I was in hospital in hideous pain. If I don't shower, I feel disgusting.

samandi Thu 28-Nov-13 12:20:38

Pretty much, though I didn't always when I was single.

Aquariusgirl86 Thu 28-Nov-13 12:23:50

No, I used to every morning but I find if I wash my hair that much is needs going every day whereas if it's done every 2-3 days it stays clean for much longer. Plus water bills are high enough as it is!
Think I'm aware though and sometimes I need to shower every day like in the hot summer :-)

BlueCushion Thu 28-Nov-13 12:24:14

Yes, definitely shower every day. Most of the time shower in the morning and bath at night. But when the DT's were tiny I think DH & I went about 3-4 days without one. We stunk as bad as each other.

RunDoctorRunQuiteFast Thu 28-Nov-13 12:24:36

Yes, cannot get dressed without a shower and hair wash, my hair goes mad overnight.

I'm very disorganised, spray deodorant, fling clothes on and walk DD2 to school. I shower later when I get back home after lunch before school pick up time if I'm having a very off day Saturdays never, just a wash because I have to get up at sparrow fart to get DD2 to the ice rink.

ZombieMojaveWonderer Thu 28-Nov-13 12:25:52

I alternate, I bathe one day and shower the next without a break. smile

LittleMissGerardPoppyButler Thu 28-Nov-13 12:26:54

I shower every other day, unless its been hot weather or I've been sweating, then it's every day. I have very dry skin though. In the summer when it was really hot and sticky a couple of days, I did shower twice on those days!

My hair doesn't need washing every day as its long and thick and I tie it back anyway!

fieldfare Thu 28-Nov-13 12:27:58

Every day and wash hair every other. I just feel a bit skanky if I don't wash.

BigToesofFrog Thu 28-Nov-13 12:29:03

Yes (bath not shower though). Except when camping.

Mrsmindcontrol Thu 28-Nov-13 12:29:38

I shower every morning. Couldn't get dressed if I felt I had an even slightly claggy vag area. I also shower before bed if I'm having a period or on a promise.
To be honest, I don't care what guff people spout about not being smelly individuals, your undercarriage WILL smell if you don't wash it every day.

If I'm well enough, yes.
I have an illness tbat sometimes means I can't, and I feel horrid.
My default position is to shower daily.

ALittleBitOfMagic Thu 28-Nov-13 12:35:11

Yes exactly like you op . The odd time I might miss a day but not that often .

PeriodFeatures Thu 28-Nov-13 12:36:43

We only have a bath in our new house..It's a lovely roll top with claw's my regret that we didnt consider a shower as we now will have to refit the bathroom.

I have a bath and wash my hair about twice a week. I use a very hot flannel and gentle soap, deodorant etc. I do not smell...provided the people i'm with are acclimatised...joking.

I don't smell.honestly. I use various products. I have found a really hot flannel is the best thing for skin and makes me feel fresh all day.

Thumbwitch Thu 28-Nov-13 12:38:07

No, and nor does DH. We bath/shower when we need to. Our skin is fine, not dry at all - but it would be if we showered/bathed every day. DS1 doesn't either (he's 5) - Ds2 does have a mini bath 3-5x a day but he's in nappies.

Can't wash my hair more than once a week or it goes into superfrizzflyaway mode. And no, I don't need to pile products onto it - I just wash it less. It's in pretty good nick too.

If you are used to showering/bathing/hairwashing daily, then to miss a day would make you smell/ feel mucky - but if you want to change your daily habit then it is possible but it would take a few weeks for your body and hair to change their reaction to non-washing.

Tee2072 Thu 28-Nov-13 12:40:49

I shower on alternate leap years. I mean, the leap day, you understand. So every 8 years or so.

Is that not enough?

JennyOnAPlate Thu 28-Nov-13 12:41:42

Yes I shower every morning. When the weather's hot I shower twice. We sweat pints over night and I would feel revolting without my morning shower.

Those of you who only shower a few times a week...I'd be very surprised if you don't smell. You can't smell yourself, and the people you live with will be used to it, but you will smell.

MummytoMog Thu 28-Nov-13 12:53:04

Good lord no, although DH does (thankfully, or he reeks). I shower every two days, and I couldn't go longer. In the summer a bit more often, but unless I've been doing something sweaty it's every two days. I actually missed this morning, but I'll have a bath tonight and I don't smell.

FoxMulder Thu 28-Nov-13 12:57:33

I guess it's just what you get used to. I'm so hooked on it I can't function without a shower. Even when backpacking and all that was available was a tub of cold water and a scoop, I still washed (including my hair!) every day. Even when camping, I will have a wash in the lake.

Jealous of you non-stinky types though. Anti-persperant doesn't work on me (and yet I persevere).

PeriodFeatures Thu 28-Nov-13 12:58:09

JennyOnaPlate that is not true. A good daily wash is an acceptable alternative.

MummytoMog Thu 28-Nov-13 12:58:09

Lolz at the stinky undercarriage comment. Undercarriage smells just dandy thankyouverymuch.

although as an aside, I do find it easier to remain fragrant without excess body hair. I remove everything below the neck, and I do notice a difference if for whatever reason I'm letting things grow out. Gets stinkier MUCH quicker.

PeriodFeatures Thu 28-Nov-13 12:59:52

Lolz at Lolz...! Take care MummytoMog this is Mumsnet where we shower daily and never lol!

Purple2012 Thu 28-Nov-13 13:00:09

Usually every day. Occasionally if feeling unwell/lazy and not working I won't butI feel smelly after a day at work so ddon't miss it very often.

CuChullain Thu 28-Nov-13 13:03:38

Shower every day, twice if I have been to the gym.

SeaSickSal Thu 28-Nov-13 13:07:32

I don't. However I took part in a university study a few years ago which showed I have a genetic mutation which means my sweat does not smell. Apparently about 1 in 50 people have it.

So I can go much longer with just a flannel and water.

SerenaJoy Thu 28-Nov-13 13:08:37

Yup, every morning without fail. Wash my hair every 2-3 days. If it's not a hair-washing day I'm not in the shower for long - just enough to wash my nethers feel fresh. It's probably not necessary, but I feel grotty if I don't, and a top and tail at the sink doesn't seem quite the same.

Tee2072 Thu 28-Nov-13 13:19:33

In reality I shower every day and wash my hair every day. I don't feel totally awake without a shower.

FoxMulder Thu 28-Nov-13 13:22:26

How does that work Seasick? I thought it wasn't the sweat itself that smelt but the bacteria (or rather their waste products) feasting on it.

MidniteScribbler Thu 28-Nov-13 13:52:30

Every morning. Roll out of bed, walk bleary eyed to shower, wake up under shower. I feel feral if I don't shower straight away, and my hair needs to be washed every day. I will often shower at night as well as I sleep a lot better if I have a quick shower before bed. I have a spa now, so will often have a spa before bed then quick rinse off under the shower before bed. It helps me switch off before trying to sleep (the glass of wine I have in the spa probably helps too!).

StrattersCat Thu 28-Nov-13 13:53:31

Morning and evening. I'd hate to go to bed dirty, and a shower in the morning wakes me up.

MrsBeeZed Thu 28-Nov-13 13:55:18

Twice daily: when I wake up and before I go to bed.

MooncupGoddess Thu 28-Nov-13 14:02:17

Almost every day, probably 6 times a week. I found out when having my bathroom done recently though that once every 2-3 days was fine... only after that did I start to feel grubby and horrible.

MrsRogerSterling Thu 28-Nov-13 14:09:32

Every day, twice a day. Morning shower is a quick wash and go, bedtime shower I wash my hair and moisturise myself afterwards etc. would hate to go to bed without showering first. I know some people think that is odd but I suppose it's just what you are used to.

MummytoMog Thu 28-Nov-13 14:16:40

I think my skin would fall off if I showered twice a day! I don't moisturise much, because it seems to end in a hideous self fulfilling prophecy where I have to moisturise every day or I flake, but I do notice my skin getting dryer and dryer the more I wash.

I might be more inclined to shower every day in the morning if my house were warmer and I didn't have a body clock that naturally inclines me to stay up until two in the morning and wake up at nine am. It's even worse when the kiddywinkles crawl into bed at eight am and snuggle up. Who wants to tear themselves away from a warm bed and snuggly toddlers to get into a freezing bathroom, strip down and get under a shower of variable temperature? Pah.

FruitbatAuntie Thu 28-Nov-13 14:27:27

I used to, and washed my hair very single day without fail as it got really greasy very quickly too. Even when I had newborn DS1 (easy baby in retrospect).

After having DS2 - not a chance when he was v. tiny of having time every day to shower, wash and dry hair! Well, I could - but not without heartrending screaming like someone was being murdered for the whole time I was in there.

Now I don't even have a shower so have a bath and wash hair every other day, and my hair has adjusted fine so it doesn't get so greasy now. I do have a flannel wash every day I don't shower though.

Kids get bathed every other day too unless filthy.

SugarHut Thu 28-Nov-13 14:30:06

Bath when I wake up....bath after every gym session (live 2 mins from gym) and bath before I get into bed if bf is here, but not if it's just me.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Thu 28-Nov-13 14:33:55

I shower every morning and most evenings before bed.

I shower afterwards if I have a bath, baths are nice to relax in, but I don't feel 'clean' after one.

A 'wash' is not 'just as good', it's really not.

FoxMulder Thu 28-Nov-13 14:34:06

It does feel really nice when you have a shower just before bed, but as I shower at about 6pm after work that might be overkill!

Mrsmindcontrol Thu 28-Nov-13 14:39:23

Genuine question: for those of you who don't shower or bathe every day, do you have sex on your 'unwashed' days? If so, bleeeuurrrggghh. I'm sorry but, just bleeeuuuurrrggghhh.

Call me prissy if you like but the thought of unclean genitals meeting eachother is just vile.

AscoyneDAscoyne Thu 28-Nov-13 14:41:16

I shower everyday without fail and wash my hair about 3 times a week as it's dry it doesn't need more. I wouldn't leave the house in the morning without a shower.

SeaSickSal Thu 28-Nov-13 14:57:35

I don't know how to link on my phone but if you google 'people who's sweat doesn't smell' it brings up stuff about the study.

It's a gene that is the norm in North East Asia. People there don't use deodorant because they don't smell.

In Europeans it is a mutation but an increasingly common one.

According to the research it is the sweat that produces the smell, not bacteria.

FriendlyElephant Thu 28-Nov-13 15:11:46

These threads always make me feel really smelly. I shower every day, because if I don't, I STINK. I sometimes have to have a bit of a wash in between as well.

I wash my hair every two days so have a shower then. And a bath every day blush they're so fab and relaxing and I don't fill them to the top.....
I was one of those teenagers who found it completely uninteresting to wash so I def take a lot more showers now than I used to! Wouldn't be surprised if that's partly why I've had loads more colds in the past year than I ever did before.
I don't do it to be super clean, I'm not a princess who must feel fresh and clean all the time, but it does feel nice and for me it's the biggest treat. That I have every day grin

AdoraBell Thu 28-Nov-13 15:47:35

There have been days when I haven't Showered.

I'm sure there will moré.

Genérally I shower daily.

PPaka Thu 28-Nov-13 15:48:59

I'd feel yucky if I didn't
And my hair would be disgustingly greasy

polgar Thu 28-Nov-13 15:56:54

No, every 2-3 days usually. A quick clean of the smelliest parts in the morning is more than enough. It isn't necessary for a healthy human to have a full shower every day, I expect if more people were reasonably physically fit they'd realise they don't need one every 24 hours.

Huskylover1969 Thu 28-Nov-13 16:04:31

I have one every morning and wash my hair every other day
I have one in the evening too that's when I wash hair
I work 12 hour shifts as a carer enough said lol

PresidentServalan Thu 28-Nov-13 16:05:14

Every morning even when I am feeling ill, also in the summer I have up to three showers in the evening after work. I wouldn't dream of not showering in the morning - I don't bother with makeup etc (I don't even dry my hair most days!) but shower is essential

MelanieRavenswood Thu 28-Nov-13 16:07:57

Yes, in the evening

flatmum Thu 28-Nov-13 16:10:38

i shower every day in the morning. I'd have to be very, very ill not too. It wakes me up and I feel manky and grimy if I don't. 3 o4 times a week I shower in the evening as well.

I think you smell if you dont

yomellamoHelly Thu 28-Nov-13 16:17:30

Struggle to. Hit the ground running every morning with breakfasts, physio, getting kids dressed, trumpet practice ........ in very limited time. Weekends tend to follow same pattern so have time to do some fun stuff later in the day. But once kids are in school I do try to fit one in. So at moment weekdays yes; weekends sometimes.

JourneyThroughLife Thu 28-Nov-13 16:17:54

I have a bath every single day because I smell if I don't. I hate showers so I don't use them although I use the shower head to wash my hair (alternate days). And in the summer I might have more than one bath if I've got hot during the day and feel sweaty. I hate being unclean though. I put clean clothes on every day too....eveything, clean, evey day....

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 16:18:59

Yes. Always. Without fail. Even when feeling quite poorly.

Fact is, people's days are changeable, stuff happens, you do different stuff, you go different places, you might feel hot or not, your outfit might make you feel hot, or not.

So, bearing this in mind...regardless of what I'm doing, regardless of where I go, I don't ever, ever want to have to pause and think 'Hmm, I wonder if I smell nice and fresh, right now?'

So, that's why I always, always shower every morning...and depending on how my day has been, I'll grab a quick shower in the evening, too smile

Mrsmindcontrol Thu 28-Nov-13 16:19:06

Polgar.....what the fuck has being physically fit got to do with needing a shower everyday?
Are you suggesting that those of us who feel the need to wash on a daily basis must be unfit = fat = sweaty ???

That attitude stinks. Pun intended.

FeisMom Thu 28-Nov-13 16:19:18

So those who don't shower every day, do you change your knickers? Cos that's what your bits smell like without a shower.

SeaSickSal Thu 28-Nov-13 16:21:27

Yes FeisMom. And they smell fine after a flannel wash thanks for asking.

RaRa1988 Thu 28-Nov-13 16:21:50

I'm amazed that people shower so infrequently hmm - to me that's really odd. I shower daily, but most days it ends up being twice as I'll shower either in the morning or before bed and after exercise as well.

Find some of these comments really strange: to the people saying they don't shower every day because it would destroy their hair, why don't you just tie it out of the way? That's what I do as mine can't cope with being washed daily either.


I expect if more people were reasonably physically fit they'd realise they don't need one every 24 hours.

I shower more because I'm physically fit: I run, swim, go the gym A LOT. I couldn't not shower after that. That's gross.

jammiedonut Thu 28-Nov-13 16:23:14

I have very dry, sensitive skin but I just have to shower every day. I feel greasy if I don't and think I stink to high heaven (although have just been reassured by dh that I don't). Same with brushing my teeth, I have to after every meal or I feel anxious. I've managed to stop myself washing my hair everyday, but still do it 3-4 times a week! Am very aware that I'm a bit weird, but do have a friend who showers three times a day, but only her body. She slaps her make up on with a trowel in the morning and it doesn't budge despite her steamy shower habit. If I did that I'd be spottier than a spotted thing.

SeaSickSal Thu 28-Nov-13 16:25:44

I do find this obsession with showers a bit odd. Not long ago it was a bath twice a week and flannel washes in between. Not many people stank.

I think a lot of people have been conned by Unilever, P&G et al into a cleanliness/germs hysteria just so they buy all their products.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 16:26:56

I've never got the whole flannel malarkey?

Basically, you are using the flannel to gently re-distribute your dead skin cells, sebum, body hair, various secretions etc, around the same body area...pausing only to wring the flannel out in warm water - which contains dead skin cells, sebum, body hair, various secretions - which were transfered into the water, just a few moments previously, when you last wrung your flannel out in it.

It's a definition of the word clean that I really grapple with hmm

polgar Thu 28-Nov-13 16:28:15

I run, swim, go the gym A LOT. I couldn't not shower after that. That's gross.

Well duh, of course you shower after a workout. But if you are fit and don't do any such activity for a few days, you tend not to gain a coat of your own sweat by doing trivial activities.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 16:29:46

Sea - I beg to section of DH's family, are very much still of the I only need to bath on a Sunday night, and a strip wash between times, does me just fine, ta very much school of thought.

They smell. Very much, so.

NewName123 Thu 28-Nov-13 16:29:51

I shower twice a day on most days. I like to wash the 2 F's twice a day (face and fanny) so I might as well wash what's in between as well. Prefer going to bed after a shower as well other wise I feel sticky and itchy

Sallyingforth Thu 28-Nov-13 16:30:23

I mostly shower after sex. Fortunately that's quite often smile

FreckleyGirlAbroad Thu 28-Nov-13 16:32:17

I shower every morning and even with a 10 week old baby have still not missed one day. Personally I couldn't imagine getting dressed and leaving the house without one.

I think as a nation, we the British have a reputation for being a bit skanky Re personal hygiene, sadly!! Where I live they call it an 'English shower' when you just spray on some deo instead of having a shower!!!! I was quite offended when I heard that,!!!!

TeaAndSconesTwice Thu 28-Nov-13 16:34:01

I shower every morning, my hair needs washing every day.
I also bath about 2-3 evenings a week but that's more just to relax in.

SeaSickSal Thu 28-Nov-13 16:39:20

I'm calling BS on that. Unless people are particularly smelly if they have a proper wash they won't smell. People are way, way over conditioned to be overly cautious about this.

It's the same reflex that leads people to sterilise their homes then wonder why their kids have asthma and excema and are sick all the time when they end up with no immune system.

MrsMook Thu 28-Nov-13 16:42:59

My hair needs washing twice a week. I don't use product or heat on it so it stays in good condition. I add in extra showers when I need to because of exercise, heat or just being a bit sweatier than normal.

Showering every day is a modern thing, with the era of indoor bathrooms and central heating. I dread to think how trashed and sandpapery my skin would be if I washed it multiple times a day for no reason.

DH has more oily skin than me and needs to shower more frequently.

Earningsthread Thu 28-Nov-13 16:47:42

Every day. Feel absolutely gross without a shower in the mornings. Shower in the evenings sometimes. Say around 10 showers a week.

YouAreMyFavouriteWasteOfTime Thu 28-Nov-13 16:47:57

i have greasy slightly olive skin so while I look young for my advancing years, I feel greasy if I don't shower daily. i think what is right for you may in part depend on your skin type.

RaRa1988 Thu 28-Nov-13 16:49:32

Polgar: Technically, don't we sweat something like a pint every day without realising it/exerting ourselves??

MooncupGoddess Thu 28-Nov-13 16:52:26

It's worth remembering that our grandparents probably had a bath a week, and our parents (if they were born in the 1940s/50s like mine) maybe 2-3 baths a week. This obsession with daily showering is very new!

I wash my hair once or twice a week. It's really thick and long and takes ages to properly wash and rinse, and doesn't look greasy until day three. If I'm really busy it might just get scraped back into a ponytail for another day or two. I don't have a shower so it's baths for me, but I will have a bath every day if possible, sometimes every other day and occasionally not for a couple or three days if I'm really slumming, but saying that I have a jug of water for pouring over my fanjo after a wee, and wash my other parts if required.

If I'm staying somewhere with a shower I do like a daily one. it's quicker and easier than dealing with all the individual parts

FreckleyGirlAbroad Thu 28-Nov-13 16:55:12

I also shower daily because I enjoy it, irrelevant of the hygiene issue. I would spend hours in there given half the chance! grin grin

Chunderella Thu 28-Nov-13 16:55:39

I only shower after sex. I'm a three times a day girl...

Anyway, it's true that some people don't sweat. Those people will only smell bad if they've done something else to cause it, like if they stink of wee or fish or something. I, however, am not one of those people, so I prefer to shower daily and if I don't get chance I at least have a wash. I do think it's hygienic to wash face, fanjo, feet and pits daily if you possibly can- though I realise there are many people in the world for whom that just wouldn't be an option, and am fortunate not to be one of them. And a sink wash isn't as satisfying as a shower, it's true. Though I resent the time it takes me to get dry and dressed afterwards, as I need loads of body lotion to avoid sore, scaly legs. Especially in winter. I might just start putting my legs in an airtight box when I shower.

Tee2072 Thu 28-Nov-13 16:56:36

grin Chunderella.

goodasitgets Thu 28-Nov-13 16:56:39

Depends. I showered/hair wash last night, didn't need to this morning.
Will bath tonight after gym but won't wash hair until tomorrow pm (horse riding in am, no point until after)
I know when I smell - I can smell myself!!
I think some people think they smell when they don't, and some don't think they do but they do. Stuck my head in my partners armpit blush post sex the other week and he was moaning he smelt - he didn't at all

Mrsmindcontrol Thu 28-Nov-13 16:58:12

Polgar- I disagree with your comment. In my life, I've ranged from being very fit to being very unfit at varying different points. At all times, my body odour situation stayed exactly the same. I could no more go 2 days without washing my pits or arse when I was regularly rubbing half marathons than I could when I was a 16 stone post baby lump.

I think you've got a nasty size-ist attitude.

Ragwort Thu 28-Nov-13 17:01:04

I usually have a bath every evening but I can go the occasional day without a bath or shower (only if I am not sharing a bed with DH grin). I only wash my hair once week.

Pinupgirl Thu 28-Nov-13 17:01:37

Hell no!!- I have a shower once or twice a week and one bath. That's plenty imo. I use deodorant and will wash pits and bits if am feeling dirty/sweaty. Dh thinks Im a right clatty cow as he showers every day and twice on a weekend!

MrsOakenshield Thu 28-Nov-13 17:04:20

I shower daily - I seem to produce a lot of discharge blush, and also I wet my hair to get the curls to bounce back, otherwise, to quote my dad, I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards (wash it every 3 days). And these days I hum if I don't - didn't used to, it's a bit annoying!

Latara Thu 28-Nov-13 17:05:12

I Shower every day unless I'm depressed then I don't feel like it.

But generally it's every day.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 17:06:08

More lolz at not having sex on days you don't shower! Why not? And where is the cut off? 23hrs after last shower = fine, but 24hrs = yuk???

And just because you haven't showered in a day, doesn't mean you are dirty!

And finally, if you think people who don't shower every day smell, then i ask of what? Or do you just mean they don't smell of guava and coconuts like you??

IndigoTea Thu 28-Nov-13 17:07:39

In the summer defo yes. With baby, in winter, I occasionally miss a day.

SamU2 Thu 28-Nov-13 17:08:21

As one of my people who I care for would say...

Only dirty people wash grin

I bath most days. Wash my armpits and bits on the days I don't.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 17:09:20

Just because showering daily is a new thing, it doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong, does it hmm

I mean, okay, so back in the day, people used to only bath once a week...and?

Back in the day, people also had to contend with rickets, TB and umpteen goadawful conditions.

I'm really pleased a lot of things have moved on, frankly.

Mrsmindcontrol Thu 28-Nov-13 17:12:53

The sex thing for me boils down to 2 things;
1. Smell- if you've been pissing & shitting & enclosing your pubic area in underwear, cotton or not, it will smell. This is undeniable. No matter how well you wipe, traces of urine, faeces & sweat will combine together with a lack of oxygen to cause a dirty smell. That smell especially when 2 sets of genitals are combined, to me at least, is incompatible with feeling sexy. I don't have a cut off point, as you so sneeringly suggested by I would generally want to wash before sex if it'd been more than 12 hours since I'd last washed myself.
2. Taste- all of the above applies and guarantees that I will not be approaching genitals with my mouth until and unless they are cleaned.
Surely you can't argue with that?

Hulababy Thu 28-Nov-13 17:14:05

Yes, I shower every morning.. So does dh and 11y DD. I also wash my hair every day too. It feels itchy if I dont. I don't feel properly clean without a morning shower.
If I have a shower in the evening for some reason I still shower the following morning.

I only ever have a bath if ill or if my arthritis is playing up. That would normally be in an evening. I don't have a bath to wash though, I wuld still shower the next day.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 17:14:08

"And finally, if you think people who don't shower every day smell, then i ask of what? Or do you just mean they don't smell of guava and coconuts like you??"

No, I can tell you precisely what such people smell like (well, to me, anyway)...they smell slightly stale, like a packet of biscuits that has been left open for several days. And, they often have a faint under-tone of slightly dirty hair, which always reminds me of my Nana's afghan rug.

I don't ever smell of guava or shower gel is usually unperfumed, as is my body lotion. I only have a smell if I wear actual perfume.

MooncupGoddess Thu 28-Nov-13 17:14:24

Oh, I don't think showering once a day is wrong at all. I do it myself (or nearly every day). I just think that judging other people for not doing so is... unnecessary.

I shower every morning but only wash my extremely thick long hair every 2/3 days.
I have the worlds greatest shower cap wink

GilmoursPillow Thu 28-Nov-13 17:18:16

I'm in the same group as Seasicksal. I'm in my 40's and have NEVER smelt of BO so I often don't wear deodorant.

I live in a hot climate and as even anti-perspirants don't stop me sweating I don't wear it every day as nothing changes if I wear it or I don't.

I may go 48 hours between showers but wash very thoroughly between showers and will shower if I feel remotely sweaty or grimy.

Seasicksal, do you also have the odd earwax thing? (ie, not wax, but flaky - something else associated with nonsmellers)

PasswordProtected Thu 28-Nov-13 17:21:51

Yes, I shower every morning before going to work.

TheGinSoakedBoy Thu 28-Nov-13 17:24:25

I shower every other day and wash my hair every time.

Sallyingforth Thu 28-Nov-13 17:24:28

Just to be clear, showering for me isn't the only time I'm exposed to water - I do wash the obvious parts frequently and particularly if I'm expecting them to be visited. But the OP did specify showering.

FeisMom Thu 28-Nov-13 17:24:52

Sorry but I agree with the stale biscuit smell.

Like it or not we lose dead skin cells and we sweat and other bodily secretions. If they are not washed away then they do start to smell.

I've never got the strip wash thing either, surely it takes longer, you get colder, drench the bathroom more and don't actually get as clean as you would in a shower or bath?

usualsuspect Thu 28-Nov-13 17:26:34

I don't shower every day,extremely dry skin.

I smell like an old digestive.

skolastica Thu 28-Nov-13 17:29:44

Daily evening bath for me - less about being clean and more about relaxing. Don't sleep as well without a bath first. Hate showers. Also hate deodorant.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 17:30:29

Just because you haven't showered doesn't mean you haven't washed though does it? I can assure you that unless you wash after every toilet trip then everyone will have a bit of wee on them, and unless you wash directly before sex you will also have a bit of a smell so why does it matter if your last wash was at the sink or in the shower?

Its good to know i smell stale and pissy though! grin

And lighten up, im not sneering at anyone, i thought this was supposed to be a bit of fun!

usualsuspect Thu 28-Nov-13 17:32:17

MN takes showering very seriously.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 17:36:24

Yes it does usual, and you either have to be in the 'i only shower on a full moon and anything else is just decadence' camp, or the 'i shower every time i fart' club. Anything else is unacceptable, even baths.

usualsuspect Thu 28-Nov-13 17:38:06

Oh yes, the competitive showering makes me laugh the most though.

LittlePeaPod Thu 28-Nov-13 17:39:26

I shower every morning and have a bath every evening... Maybe I am obsessed. grin

Tee2072 Thu 28-Nov-13 17:40:22

I've been trying to decide why anyone cares. Just nosiness?

usualsuspect Thu 28-Nov-13 17:41:41

I think.mnetters just like people to know how clean they are,Tee.

It's a bit weird how often this comes up on MN.

loveolives Thu 28-Nov-13 17:42:40

Have a shower and wash my hair every morning. My hair gets greasy very quickly and I do sweat quite a bit.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 17:44:13

Tee, not many people do i suspect, its just entertaining reading!

AdoraBell Thu 28-Nov-13 17:44:33

Ooooh, I'm unacceptable grin.

I was probably more regular with showering when I had a newborn - well, when I had my second - as the shower helped me feel a bit human and able to look after toddler and baby.

Now, it's more or less every day but occasionally every second day. (and sometimes I'll end up showering twice in a day if I had a shower in the morning and then go swimming later on).

HesterShaw Thu 28-Nov-13 18:07:43

I think.mnetters just like people to know how clean they are,Tee.

Or how OCD they are, usual.

People who don't shower every day are skanky and discusting.

Chivetalking Thu 28-Nov-13 18:09:47

Shower every morning, bath and hairwash every evening.

Don't know about slight biscuity aromas but I can't be the only one to have noticed there are some properly ripe souls striding the streets and malls. Must be more like a couple of weeks for some of them.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 18:30:18

Strip wash? What a hassle...takes more time, makes more mess, and doesn't get you nearly as clean as a quick shower. So, why? Why?

And, washing your pits/bum and bits really isn't you not think your body sweats on other areas of your body, then? Really? Or, that other areas of your body release sebum, and shed dead skin cells and lose body hair?

To be honest I couldn't give a monkey's how often someone showers...until such time as I have to be in close proximity with them, and then I do care very much.

Showering every day, isn't obsessive, neither is it OCD - it only takes a few minutes, after all.

It quickly gets you thoroughly clean in a way that all the flannels, and bowls of gloopy soapy water in the world, can't replicate. And, it means that you will never, ever have to pause and wonder whether you smell like my Nana's afghan rug.

Result smile

veee123 Thu 28-Nov-13 18:45:15

No one has mentioned this but for the people who don't shower everyday what about when your on your period?

I shower everyday. Twice if I go gym and also wash in between. I get paranoid that I smell !

Id never have sex if I haven't had a shower. I don't like getting into my sheets if I am not clean.

A very cruel step father once said I was so filthy that's why I had to bath so much 2/3 times a day when I lived at home.

dogindisguise Thu 28-Nov-13 19:21:09

I have a shower every evening (I'd rather have one in the morning but that's become impossible with a toddler and a baby).

Meglet Thu 28-Nov-13 19:26:06

Yes, shower and wash hair every evening.

Shower (not hair) after any morning gym sessions too.

MummytoMog Thu 28-Nov-13 19:27:37

Well with the mooncup you tend to end up washing your fanny every time you empty it anyway. Or at least I do, because I'm massively malcoordinated.

I've been sniffing away at myself, having last showered on Tuesday morning, and I really can't smell anything. And if someone is mouth breathing across the aisle from me on the tube it makes me want to vomit. So I'm pretty sure I could tell if I stank.

Mitchum is the best thing ever, I always had sweaty pits until I discovered it. Also using an epilator on your armpits. Hurts like hell, but oddly effective at keeping them baby smooth and less stinky.

I could not care less about how often people shower but for the love of god, please breathe through your nose.

fatlazymummy Thu 28-Nov-13 19:27:44

I shower every day, though I may not bother if I'm not going out (which would only be on a Sunday), I also wipe myself with a baby wipe every time I go to the toilet so I know I never smell of wee or poo (no, I don't flush them down the toilet).

Beamur Thu 28-Nov-13 19:27:45

I don't shower daily. Neither does my DP.
We don't care, judge away!!
DP is the least stinky man I know. I actually like the way he smells, even after exercise.

thegreylady Thu 28-Nov-13 19:28:34

Not every day-maybe 3 or 4 times a week and all over wash every day.

UsedToBeNDP Thu 28-Nov-13 19:29:32

Yes I do. Most days I shower in the am and bathe in the evening.

Do I expect everyone else to do the same? No.

Niue Thu 28-Nov-13 19:31:00

I shower three times a day.
Once first thing. Once just before commencing my work, and again after I have finished my work. I am very very clean.

Niue Thu 28-Nov-13 19:32:16

One shower at work is mandatory. The other is strongly recommended.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 19:42:19

LaQueen - haha at Nanna's Afghan rug! But i know what smell you mean. Although i suspect that those people have much worse hygiene issues than not showering every day.

Yes other areas of the body shed skin and produce oils etc but arms and legs really don't smell 'bad' if you don't soap them up every 24hrs. Every other day should be sufficient for keeping them clean. If i subjected my limbs to a shower every day they would crack and bleed through dryness.

IdaClair Thu 28-Nov-13 19:43:54

I have not lived in a house with a shower this millennium, so I don't shower very often, no.

I have to bathe in the evenings. The bath takes about 15 minutes to run to a decent level. I cannot bathe in the mornings, what would I do with the DC whilst I was in there?

How on earth does anyone with DC of a can't-be-left age fit in so many showers and baths every day? How does anyone have time for so much bathing?

MummytoMog Thu 28-Nov-13 19:50:39

Go on Niue, tell us what you do...

Bubbles1066 Thu 28-Nov-13 19:51:27

No not regularly. I only shower every day if I'm dirty or I'm getting sweaty in a heat wave. I usually shower every other day normally, sometimes every 3rd day in the depths of winter when I'm not sweaty.

Bubbles1066 Thu 28-Nov-13 19:53:46

Oh if I'm on my period and it's not a shower day I just wash my bits not my whole body. I use tampons though so there's not much mess anyway.

JRmumma Thu 28-Nov-13 20:03:04

FYI I'm in the bath just now and my last shower was Tuesday. Yesterday was a pits and bits at the sink jobby.

Sallyingforth Thu 28-Nov-13 20:28:24

So am I the only one on MN with a bidet?

Ragwort Thu 28-Nov-13 20:29:58

Ida - many babies sleep grin, or are happy to be left in a play pen or similar. I did not chain myself to my baby/toddler - I showered/bathed (& went to the toilet grin) in peace smile.

MrsPear Thu 28-Nov-13 20:31:24

Me and my children bath daily. I wished dh did ...

Salmotrutta Thu 28-Nov-13 20:39:49

usual and LaQueen... Ahem.

It's time for the game show.

MN Competitive Showering:- Round One - Celebrity Soap on A Rope

Salmotrutta Thu 28-Nov-13 20:42:31

Oh, and I shower every other day due to paper dry skin and eczema.

But I wear fresh clothes every day and wash daily too... HTH

Salmotrutta Thu 28-Nov-13 20:43:55

And I've bagged Gerard Butler for Round 3 "Speedy Showering" Laqueen.


Yes shower every day. Usually have a bath on a Sunday or Friday especially if the children are at their dads as it's peaceful and relaxing.

I have to admit I don't always want to shower or bath but I do otherwise I'd be smelly as I exercise every day as in gym or going for a run. I wash my hair every other day.

Chiggers Thu 28-Nov-13 20:51:36

You know you need a shower when a dog owner chases you down the street with a poop bag over their hand.

Crowler Thu 28-Nov-13 20:52:47

I love to shower, love the nice-smelling soap.

I shower every day that I leave the house.

wannakillem Thu 28-Nov-13 20:54:28

I prefer being skanky then to have my skin become so dry it cracks and bleeds.

The bitchiness on here as ever is fabulous.

CamelBalls Thu 28-Nov-13 20:56:01

Mrsmindcontrol Thu 28-Nov-13 12:29:38
I shower every morning. Couldn't get dressed if I felt I had an even slightly claggy vag area. I also shower before bed if I'm having a period or on a promise.
To be honest, I don't care what guff people spout about not being smelly individuals, your undercarriage WILL smell if you don't wash it every day*

What's on a promise? :/

junkfoodaddict Thu 28-Nov-13 21:00:21

I do but there might be an odd Sunday if I know we're staying in and not having visitors when I may not.
When recovering from my c section, I didn't bathe until 3 days after when I was helped out of bed. After that, I showered everyday to keep my wound clean and fresh. I get a bit paranoid about people thinking I smell.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Thu 28-Nov-13 21:02:15

Oh, yes bugger...damn you Sal <shakes fist>

Salmotrutta Thu 28-Nov-13 21:04:31

wannakillem - I understand about the dry skin.

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt etc.

Ignore the frothy people who say "You are a skank if you do not have three showers a day".

I know I am clean on a shower every other day and clean clothes every day.

We are fast running out of cheap energy anyway so once again, hot water will be a luxury that many will not be able to afford.

And in fact, we may end up being forced to ration energy and employ WWII strategies.

DipMeInChocolate Thu 28-Nov-13 21:04:45

I never used to but now I always have one before I get dressed that I don't feel awake until I have one.

Salmotrutta Thu 28-Nov-13 21:05:16

Teehee LaQueen...

<hides Gerard in cellar>

Bodicea Thu 28-Nov-13 21:07:15

I shower every morning without fail. Feel icky otherwise! Even with a 4 week old baby I haven't missed a day. Makes me feel human again.
Wash my hair every other day.

Corygal Thu 28-Nov-13 21:10:09

No - vigorous bath every two days. Scientists tell us firmly we wash too much, and after stopping the daily bath, I agree - no odour, better hair, better skin.

BigToesofFrog Thu 28-Nov-13 21:12:51

Actually when I think about it, I don't really have a bath every day to get clean (though my hair is greasy if I don't wash it every day). It's more that the lovely hot water and bubble bath wakes me up and makes me feel human in the morning.

Lizzylou Thu 28-Nov-13 21:13:41

I shower at least once a day, twice depending on when I have exercised. But I have fine, limp hair that needs a daily wash and I am not one of those lucky sods who naturally don't smell, I would be honking to high heaven on anything less.

sunshine401 Thu 28-Nov-13 21:15:10

I have not had a shower since the last time I went to the
Spa so about 4 months. My home does not have one. However I do have a bath but that would be a different question.

wannakillem Thu 28-Nov-13 21:17:16

Salmotrutta I couldn't agree more.

My dermatologist has said that showering everyday is not needed for the majority of people due to washing away natural oils and good bacteria.

PrimalLass Thu 28-Nov-13 21:17:54

Yes. I feel horrible without a shower. I think it is the lack of head massage from the shower water in the morning.

ShoeWhore Thu 28-Nov-13 21:21:28

No I don't shower every day, I usually shower every other day with a good wash on the in between days.

BUT I do live in the countryside and the air is really clean here. When I go back to the city I feel much dirtier and shower every day.

dementedma Thu 28-Nov-13 21:21:33

Don't have a shower in this very old, low water pressure flat. Have a couple of baths a week, wash hair 3 to 4 times a week.
Kids the same although dd1 washes hair every night and leaves hair in the plughole.
Don't think we are smelly!

poorbuthappy Thu 28-Nov-13 21:23:38

Every day, and wash hair too.
I have the type of hair which if it isn't washed, will not do anything vaguely decent.

AntiJamDidi Thu 28-Nov-13 21:24:19

Not every day normally. Every second day unless I feel particularly lazy when I occasionally leave it for a third day.

superlambanana Thu 28-Nov-13 21:24:23

I shower daily in the morning and wash my hair every two days. (Except at the moment because due to horrible morning sickness I can't stand up long enough to shower until at least early afternoon)

I'd feel really horrible if I didn't, though there have been times when I haven't - eg a ridiculously early morning, camping without facilities etc - when I just wash bits, pits, feet and face. This takes as long as a shower so I may as well have the shower!

DH's family don't believe in deodorant and think it is unhealthy. At our wedding his sister sat down in front of my cousin's 2yo, who immediately began asking his mum what the smell was hmm It doesn't always follow that if you don't use it, you don't need it...

Bonsoir Thu 28-Nov-13 21:25:42

I have a bath and wash my hair every single morning. I finish off with a rinse under the shower.

Xmasbaby11 Thu 28-Nov-13 21:28:27

Every day in the summer, but at the moment, no, just most days. I don't do any exercise and my job isn't physical, so I promise I don't smell.

MaeMobley Thu 28-Nov-13 21:29:45

every morning.

MsJupiterJones Thu 28-Nov-13 21:42:31

I hope you all wear clean pyjamas every night, it would be a travesty if you were putting your nice clean slippery bodies into discusting dirty stale nightwear that probably smells of biscuits and shit.

Oh and sheets, now how often do you change those? Eh? Eh?

IdaClair Thu 28-Nov-13 21:50:14

Babies/toddlers sleep, I'm sure, but can you really get your kids to nap in the morning when they've just woken up so you can get a shower? My youngest could climb out of a playpen (or a cot) before you could say lickety-split.

For me to get even a quick bath in the morning takes at least 15 minutes to run it then 15 minutes to get in it, wash, dry and dress, then leave the house with wet hair, or add an extra 10 minutes to dry hair. I don't chain myself to my kids but there is no way I could leave my DC unsupervised for 15-25 minutes every morning whilst I do all this - hence having to do it in the evening, when they are in bed, and wondering how it seems to be such an easy thing to 'jump in the shower' when you wake up in the morning, every morning.

strawberriesandplumbs Thu 28-Nov-13 21:51:38

Every morning. I really struggle to feel awake otherwise plus fine lank greasy hair that really can't survive without a daily shampoo.

Lizzylou Thu 28-Nov-13 21:54:56

Oh come on, people who shower/bathe often have explained their reasons, so have people who don't. No drama.
I don't give a flying soap on a rope what others do. I shower daily for my own reasons.

everlong Thu 28-Nov-13 21:58:33

Bath every night without fail. Shower most mornings (to wake up) the only reason I wouldn't shower in the morning is if I have a hangover ( which isn't that often )

ThoughtsPlease Thu 28-Nov-13 21:59:00

I shower every morning and every night when I wash my hair.

I like to wake up with a shower, and I also like to get in to bed all clean and fresh.

I have done this while having 3DC, including newborn and 2 on the school run.

IamInvisible Thu 28-Nov-13 21:59:41

I shower every morning. I 've been doing it ever since I went to secondary school in 1982.

I couldn't not shower, my hair needs washing everyday and I feel dirty if I don't. I couldn't be bothered to mess about with flannels, it's quicker to have a shower imo.

DH and the DC have at least 2 a day.

We wear clean pyjamas every night too!

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Thu 28-Nov-13 22:02:26

No I have a bath 3 times a week
I am not smelly nor does my hair get very greasy

The boys have a bath / shower every day and I will be happy to have this routine for as long as they want it.

I grew up at a school where we had a wash twice a day and a bath once a week so this doesn't feel unusual to me.

No because I usually only have my dog for company and he doesn't care. However, I do wash my face and undercarriage daily, and pits when required (they don't get sweaty usually). If I'm going to meet people I always shower and change my clothes though just in case of BO. Otherwise I shower every 3-4 days when my hair needs washing, or more often if I've been sweating e.g. if out running.

I've got a method for washing my undercarriage that I really want to share...sorry if TMI though. blush OK, what you do is sit on the loo, soap the area, then rinse using water poured from a jug. It's a flippin' brilliant, simple and practical way of doing it! grin I use this method for freshening up when necessary, like...ehem...after sex, and it means I don't have to get in the shower just for that area.

dementedma Thu 28-Nov-13 22:20:49

Tell me people don't actually wear clean PJs every night?
How much bloody laundry do you do?

bellasuewow Thu 28-Nov-13 22:25:28

Hester you are hilarious, I wash hair about 5 times a week and shower about 6 times a week as I am lazy at the weekend but I brisk dog walk in the mornings before work so i get sweaty and have to be smart for work. I always wear clean clothes every day and I'm not really a stinky bo producing person

bellasuewow Thu 28-Nov-13 22:26:35

I love this thread It is so nosey

alemci Thu 28-Nov-13 22:28:05

yes and twice if going out.

beeny Thu 28-Nov-13 22:28:54

I shower every morning including hair wash.

garlictrivia Thu 28-Nov-13 22:31:04

Nope. I have depression. Sometimes can't face it for five or six days. Bonkers, really, as I love showering! But bonkers I am, it's a mental illness innit?! Am feeling less-depressed atm, and have showered WITH hair wash three days running! Go me wink

garlictrivia Thu 28-Nov-13 22:32:48

In case anybody wondered, I fudge it with baby wipes while not washing. Thank god for baby wipes ...

GoMommaGo Thu 28-Nov-13 22:44:24

I didn't wash /change top once for three days and two nights, ....was in hosp and had iv in my arm so I couldn't remove top, managed wriggle out of bra though and got clean pants on end of day two, hmmm felt yuk to be honest but my hair didn't get as awful as I thought so now days I try not to wash so often (used to be daily) as I think it dries it out and makes it limp and claggy with residue of hair conditioner, only my mum visited and she was very polite evening of the second day as I know I was a bit stinky by then! It's so warm in hospital at times and the plastic beds with one sheet don't help.

HesterShaw Thu 28-Nov-13 22:44:33

Good luck garlic. Depression is a total fucker x

MrsRogerSterling Thu 28-Nov-13 23:07:03

IdaClair I shower every morning without fail and have 2 dc. When they were babies I put them in a baby bouncer/swing in the bathroom, when they were toddlers I let them watch tv in my bed drinking their morning milk whilst I showered. Now dd1 is 6 she will alert me if dd2 who is 2 is getting into any mischief. It only takes a few minutes and I get dry/dressed in my bedroom so not unsupervised for long.

CremeEggThief Thu 28-Nov-13 23:19:05

Every other day for me. I feel it makes me appreciate and feel the pleasure of being clean much more grin.

Also, if you shower every day, don't you feel a bit icky about wearing the same clothes or nightwear again? Apart from underwear and socks, I always get two or three wears out of my clothes, even though I probably have enough to keep me going for a whole month, wearing something different every day! I would feel really annoyed if I had to do more than two clothing loads a week (excluding towels, bedding and woollens/delicates, which I always do separately), and usually, I only do one.

NigellaLaw5on Thu 28-Nov-13 23:49:19

I have a bath on a Sunday whether I need it or not.

Brokensoul Fri 29-Nov-13 00:24:44

Shower twice a day, morning and evening . It's a must !!!

wiltingfast Fri 29-Nov-13 00:37:47

Twice a day! Seriously? Why do people feel so dirty? Clean pjs every night? Where on earth do you store it all?!

I shower once a week.

I wash my hair every 2 days.

When I have my period, I wash my bits every night.

I have a sit down job and I'm not into strenuous exercise.

Why would you shower twice a day? Aren't there other things you want to do?

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 01:02:13

Having grown up in a hot country showering or bathing every day was the norm. I found it very odd when I moved here to find that people used a flannel and had an all over wash with it instead of showering. I still love my nightly bath ritual with bubbles, relaxes me .

SeaSickSal Fri 29-Nov-13 01:17:32


Yes I have the hard flaky wax too. Another thing north asian's have.

antbaby1 Fri 29-Nov-13 01:36:12

I shower every day and/or bathe in the evening. Hair washed only 2-3 times a week (very dry you see).

antbaby1 Fri 29-Nov-13 01:38:17

What about sweat, Wilting? Even without strenuous exercise you'd start to smell after a couple of days.

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 02:07:27

Is this not bathing daily just a British thing?

Xochiquetzal Fri 29-Nov-13 02:54:49

I have a bath most days, shower if i don't have time (I hate showers) but only wash my hair every 3-4 days or so as it goes really horrible and dry if i wash it more than that

Xochiquetzal Fri 29-Nov-13 02:58:40

garlictrivia, baby wipes are like a little miracle, when i had PND I would have stunk without them!

You would freak at how little I shower/bathe. but I do strip wash every day!

Just can't afford a bath and the heating and cooking on what I have at the moment.

Amazingly enough I do not wash my hair now at all, but brush and comb twice a day, and it is in better condition than it has ever been.

oh dear!

leonardofquirm Fri 29-Nov-13 04:07:01

Yes, can't function without morning shower.

Also don't feel clean without it really.

chrome100 Fri 29-Nov-13 08:12:26

I shower (or swim and shower) every morning and have a bath when I get in from work. I walk 5 miles home from work though so stink. But I have a bath even on the days I don't work before bed to wash the day away.

Ragwort Fri 29-Nov-13 08:15:06

Some of you must spend your lives having showers/supervising the rest of the family having showers and doing laundry. Hate to think what you water/energy bills are like grin.

For those who really want to know hmm - yes I would shower before sex (& wash afterwards) & as I have been through the menopause I no longer have to worry about periods grin.

And yes, older people do have sex grin.

Eliza22 Fri 29-Nov-13 08:20:14

Morning and evening. Morning because it's not nice not to. Evening because it gets me all warm (and clean) for bed. It's just what I do. shower a day, before bed.

trice Fri 29-Nov-13 08:27:44

Dcs have a bath on Sundays. They don't smell and more frequent washing irritates their skin. I shower three times a week. Dh showers daily because he works out until dripping with sweat.

livinginwonderland Fri 29-Nov-13 08:30:53

We don't have a shower but I have a bath every other day as a general rule - more often in summer, though. In winter, I find my skin gets really dry with central heating if I shower everyday.

expatinscotland Fri 29-Nov-13 08:31:37


Halloweenjunkie Fri 29-Nov-13 08:50:09

I shower every morning without fail. Even with a newborn, I made sure I got 5 mins a day for a shower. Wakes me up and makes me feel human.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Fri 29-Nov-13 10:40:11

"Why would you shower twice a day? Aren't there other things you want to do?"

Well, considering a quick shower only takes me 3-4 minutes tops...there's really not a lot else that I want to do, that could be squeezed into that 3-4 minute time slot.

Certainly nothing I wanted to do more, than feel nice and clean and fresh, anyway.

burberree Fri 29-Nov-13 10:46:07

personally I keep coal in the bath and have a strip wash when I start to itch.(apologies to some author or other)
this obsession with shouting about how clean u are is so ....^lower middle class^

Thatisall Fri 29-Nov-13 10:53:47

Every other day. Unless it's really hot or I've done some serious exercise. Why do you ask by the way?

passedgo Fri 29-Nov-13 10:55:12

If we all showered every day the shower would be running for about half an hour and our bathroom would be wrecked. We shower every other day, with a hair wash and change of pjs in Winter. If we all showered every day we would have a house strewn with damp towels and there would be twice as much laundry to do.

In summer it's dfferent as needs are different, we sweat more, are outdoors more, and towels dry quicker.

I think it's pointless really. Not good for your skin, not good for the environment, a waste of money through laundry, water use etc and wears clothes out in the washing machine.

Only useful to shower every day if you are really smelly or work on a farm.

NigellasLeftNostril Fri 29-Nov-13 10:56:29

yes that is true, when I worked with horses in a hot country we all showered twice a day, it would have been rank not to.
But normally it is not necessary.

Oldraver Fri 29-Nov-13 10:57:03

Yes, once a day minimum.

MillyStar Fri 29-Nov-13 11:08:07

I shower every morning and wash my hair - cant leave the house without it!

Sometimes have a bath at night also.

I think it's just what you/re used to, my dad baths every night because he's a builder but my mum prob does once a week - i don't know if it's a generation thing because her family were so poor when they were young, she didn't even own a pair of socks until she met my dad.

My daughters other nan has her shower and hair wash every sunday

HopSkipJumpFroggyHopSkipJump Fri 29-Nov-13 11:13:24

I shower every day but was hair every other day or it gets too dry

passedgo Fri 29-Nov-13 11:15:07

I blame the Antipodeans, coming over here with their hot-weather showering habits and ruining our weekly family traditions.

CrotchStitch Fri 29-Nov-13 11:26:08

Gosh yes, everyday (sometimes twice)
TBH I am very much an in and out type and only use baby shampoo (short hair anyway) and mild soap. It takes me about two minutes to shower, less than it would take me to wash my bed head in the sink.
We must be freaks beause DH and DS shower daily too hmm

ChablisChic Fri 29-Nov-13 11:33:34

Yes, I shower every morning, but it's more to wake me up than because I feel grubby. I also wash my hair every day as it's very short and sticks up all over the place if I don't. I can be in and out in 3 or 4 minutes.

YoucancallmeQueenBee Fri 29-Nov-13 11:34:44

Thank heavens we have a choice!!!!! Imagine if you were only allowed a shower every 3 days or you had to have one every day. Each to their own.

I can always smell unwashed hair (sensitive nose) it is one of my pet hates. Always makes me laugh to myself when people say that they only need to wash their hair once every 4 days and on day 3 I'm getting mega wiffs of unwashed hair!

garlictrivia Fri 29-Nov-13 12:06:06

QueenBee, hair does stop smelling after a few weeks. Left unwashed, and brushed daily, it starts working like it was meant to - conditions itself, shrugs off pongs and repels dirt. The grim part is getting to the point of optimum hair health! Somebody who'd never used chemicals on their hair, but brushed it well, would have perfect tresses smile

PeriodFeatures Fri 29-Nov-13 12:16:40

I think the world is mad.

The hygiene industry has done a great job on us making us think we are all filthy dirty and need a minimum of a daily shower.

It is not good to be scrubbing ourselves and chucking chemical products on our skin and hair every single day. Not unless we are in work which is making us filthy or really sweaty. We then buy products to balance the PH in our skin, products to make it smooth again after we have scrubbed dry daily. Seriously??!!

We are we so worried about our bodily excretions that we spend time and money getting rid of them. Yes, if left for days on end we will smell, we will smell if we don't change out clothes but really? Is a daily shower really necessary?

Yes clean your bits, but TBH the smell of products is really off putting. I want to shag someone that smells like a human.

This country has a water shortage nearly every year. Quick shower or strip wash a day is fine but excessive showering and cleaning is totally unnecessary.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:30:18

If I'm not going to be at work ill sometimes skip a day.

willyoulistentome Fri 29-Nov-13 12:40:59

Yes, otherwise my fine hair goes totally flat. (it does anyway, but at least it's not greasy and flat if I shower)

Mintyy Fri 29-Nov-13 12:43:43

Yes, I have a shower every day. Or maybe 360 a year or something like that. There are parts of my body that I want to wash at least daily and it is just as quick to do it in the shower.

I am intrigued by those of you who don't get whiffy armpits, underparts and feet after 24 hours. What race do you come from?

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Fri 29-Nov-13 13:05:06

it depends, but it's more like every other day.

I don't get sweaty and I don't stink.

However in the summer I do shower every day and when it's very hot I might have a few extra "cooling showers".

If I went to work everyday I would shower every morning before putting on fresh clothes - but I'm home so no one cares.

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Fri 29-Nov-13 13:07:50


I sort wiffy armpits with wet wipes, dry them then use deodorant.
not worth a shower.

don't have sweaty feet so they are never smelly.

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 13:28:07

It's definitely a British thing to not shower or bath every day.

principalitygirl Fri 29-Nov-13 13:30:56

Wow! so many replies, despite numerous other similar threads I was hitherto unaware of.

Someone asked why I asked the question - mainly cos quite a few people I know seem to shower lots - more than me - so wanted to see what was more common.

I too have v dry skin and if it's flaring up - prob due in part to overwashing - then showers have to be followed by extensive moisturiser application, even if soap use only limited to essential parts, plus moisturiser sinking in time before dressing - such a palaver! I'm truly envious of you '3 min to shower and dry' folk with your short, quick dry hair too. I wash my hair every 2-3 days as it goes weird if I don't dry it completely with a hairdryer after washing and this takes a while as it's quite thick. I use dry shampoo in between if it needs some oooomph - is the dirty hair smell that some claim able to detect after just a day of not washing hair actually Batiste?! ;)

I for one don't change my pjs daily! am drowning in laundry as is.

V good points made about excess water use though. I hope we all have eco shower heads! I'm on a water meter too so a daily morning shower and a daily evening bath as some report having would really up my usage.

As I no longer commute by sweaty, overcrowded public transport I feel a lot less dirty each day.

Nothing beats a warm bath or shower when you're filthy dirty and cold though. Get dirty first (walk/run/cycle ride through muddy fields in winter) and getting clean feels amazing!!

YoucancallmeQueenBee Fri 29-Nov-13 13:33:26

PeriodFeatures, not sure where you live but if you had to catch the tube every day, two things about hygiene would occur to you.

1. A lot of people clearly do not wash every day.
2. The tube is filthy and you are pretty yuk too by the time you get home. You only have to blow your nose to see the level of grime you've been coated in.

I'm not a hygiene freak & I like to shag something human smelling too - but not tube coated human!!!!

garlic, hair probably does self-clean if you live somewhere clean & you are rigorous about coming out the dead skin cells. However, I've yet to meet anyone who self-cleans their hair, so I can't comment on whether or not it wiffs - but 3 day old hair usually does. wink

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Fri 29-Nov-13 13:35:09


I'm not British

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 13:35:38

There are a huge amount of chemicals pumped into the water supply, especially late at night. I shower or bath at night to avoid itchy skin caused by these chemicals.

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 13:37:28

To clear that up I bath about ten but something definitely gets pumped into our water supply about midnight and the smell from the water is awful as is the taste.

PuntCuffin Fri 29-Nov-13 13:39:49

Loving this thread.

Many years ago I got thoroughly slated on MN for daring to admit that I didn't bath my children every single day. I tried to explain that routine was 2-3 times a week, but more if they were visibly dirty, as in they'd been out in the garden or done sports and got muddy. This got interpreted as me being an abusive and neglectful mother who waited until my children were stinking, mud coated, snot smeared little horrors. Yes, the words abusive and neglect were used.

And now I find that half the adults here don't wash at least three times a day. Outrageous! grin

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 13:39:52

Does fair enough but when I moved to the UK I was amazed that people here didn't bath and did the flannel thing.

YoucancallmeQueenBee Fri 29-Nov-13 13:48:22

Milly, if companies pumped chemicals into the water at night, wouldn't it take a while for it to get to your tap? Doesn't it take a while for the water to be drawn down from the reservoirs or wherever your local water is stored?

At what point in the water collection & filtering process do you think the chemicals are added?

I've just been doing water supply with DD as part of a science project, so I'm curious to know where you think these chemicals get in?

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Fri 29-Nov-13 13:59:03

"Yes clean your bits, but TBH the smell of products is really off putting. I want to shag someone that smells like a human.

This country has a water shortage nearly every year. Quick shower or strip wash a day is fine but excessive showering and cleaning is totally unnecessary."

Well, yes...I like DH to smell like a human being, but a clean human being, ta very much.

As for the water shortage...I don't actually absorb any water when I'm showering, you flows over me, down the plug-hole and right back into the water system.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Fri 29-Nov-13 14:01:02

I do think this may be a generational thing, or even a class perception thing?

I know from certain parts of DH's family, that daily showering is seen as frivolous, and too indulgent and namby pamby and certainly not necessary for salt o' the Earth, hearty types like them.

NurseRoscoe Fri 29-Nov-13 14:12:07

I bath every day as still waiting for the council to fix my shower. It's just as much my relaxation time away from the kids as it is about getting clean

Crinkle77 Fri 29-Nov-13 15:29:10

I shower every evening during the week when I have got work. I might leave it for a day at the weekend if I am not going out any where.

Sallyingforth Fri 29-Nov-13 15:57:07

I am intrigued by those of you who don't get whiffy armpits, underparts and feet after 24 hours. What race do you come from?

Ah, a racist comment! <only joking>

I'm white English and my feet and armpits don't smell after 24 hours. As for underparts I have a bidet that I use after visiting the toilet. It's very quick, uses little water and is far cleaner than wiping.

usualsuspect Fri 29-Nov-13 16:45:25

Bloody stinking filthy WC types.

Spray them with hoses.

veee123 Fri 29-Nov-13 16:57:25

Did someone say they bathe once a week omg.

Also to pp who said that she doesn't shower daily as she doesn't want dry skin. Have u never heard of creaming your body?

I think thats why white people age faster than black people. Seriously black people have less wrinkles
I think because of the daily moisturising.

HesterShaw Fri 29-Nov-13 17:03:33

What? All black people moisturise daily? Are you sure?
<massively disbelieving>

garlictrivia Fri 29-Nov-13 17:04:10

Seriously black people have less wrinkles, I think because of the daily moisturising.

Well, that's a non-sequitur if ever there was one! Does black skin come with a genetic addiction to moisturisers? grin

You might find that melanin, the brown colouring in skin, exists to protect it from the sun's UV rays. Those rays are what cause visible skin ageing.

YouAreMyFavouriteWasteOfTime Fri 29-Nov-13 17:25:19

also doesn't more/less colour in your skin generally mean more/less oil?

so paler skin = dryer skin
so darker skin = oiler skin

and oil also play a major role in aging?

HesterShaw Fri 29-Nov-13 17:34:09

What, as in ages less or more?

YouAreMyFavouriteWasteOfTime Fri 29-Nov-13 17:47:10

oily skin = age more slowly

mrsWast Fri 29-Nov-13 17:56:01

my favourite theory is that 'they' pump chemicals into the water supply at night. so it's a bit of a lottery then - untreated water full of bugs and sewage, or bathing in a chemistry experiment.

please, someone explain the logic of this idea?

and anyway, i have a cold bath monthly, whether i need it or not. three inches of water and an old coal sack as a flannel. you lot don't know you're born.

Binkybix Fri 29-Nov-13 18:22:49

I enjoy showering and do it most days (hair wash every other day). Might not sometimes if not going out. I don't mind having sex if not showered, but oral I'm less keen on.

The thing I find icky here is people going to the gym and having a shower but not washing their hair. That's surely a bit grim?

Hogwash Fri 29-Nov-13 19:58:58

All these people who don't shower daily and think they don't smell ... there is a mother at school who doesn't shower daily and thinks she doesn't smell. Just saying.

Wondered that too Mrsmindcontrol.

MillyRules Fri 29-Nov-13 19:59:59

YoucancallmeQueenBee......its about midnight to two in the morning. Im very very rural and the reservoir is only three quarters of a mile up mountain from me in North Wales. The water tastes absolutely vile at this time of night/morning, so strong and pungent. Maybe we notice it cause we are so close to it.

MummytoMog Fri 29-Nov-13 21:01:33

Good lord, I can't remember the last time I bathed the children. Tuesday night? Best call social services quick.

MrsOsbourne Fri 29-Nov-13 21:11:59

I shower in the morning and bathe at night < so shoot me>

OMG the smell of my DH freshly showered with Molton Brown Black Pepper < weak at the knees>

PeriodFeatures Fri 29-Nov-13 23:09:03


God, yes tube use. It has been years since I lived in London. That is an exception. Urban grime, yuck. Product me and scrub me down daily!!

ThenSheSaid Fri 29-Nov-13 23:19:09

I shower every morning, then usually do some sport so shower again.
If I do some physical work or go for a walk or something I may have yet another shower.

I also, sometimes, have to shower after cooking on the BBQ grin I smell all smoky and meaty if I have been doing the cooking.

My showers are quick.

M0naLisa Sat 30-Nov-13 00:35:06

No but I have a bath every night.

ShylaMcCall Sat 30-Nov-13 00:51:04

I bathe or shower every other day or so, but I think it depends how one washes. I use a harsh exfoliating sponge all over, and on the days in between scrape my pits with a razor whether they need it or not.

It's a bit like doing dishes, I think. Rinsing in nice smelly soapy bubbles is all very well but in order to get properly clean, one has to scrub.

The ancient Greeks had it right I think, with their oil and scrapers grin

MinesaBottle Sat 30-Nov-13 01:09:18

I hardly ever shower, only after long flights really. I'm one of those indolent, decadent horrors who prefers a bath grin - which I do have most days. I don't have an active job so I don't need to shower every day. It's not necessarily good for your skin either. I do make sure I'm clean though with the good old pits n' bits wash every morning.

MadAsFish Sat 30-Nov-13 01:53:47

Every second, and sometimes third day. I have paper-dry skin too, so it's a bit of a process, all the moisturising.
And no, I don't think I smell. Anyone getting that close to me deserves what they get, the weirdoes.

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sat 30-Nov-13 07:16:05


as you are my nemesis I'm obliged to point out it was the ancient Romans who did that.
well, according to Horrible Histories, that is.

(in other words you suck!
advantage Zing!)

Chunderella Sat 30-Nov-13 08:27:10

Very good point about timing principalitygirl. The people who are saying a shower is quickest clearly don't have to piss around with moisturisers afterwards. And my skin isn't even that dry on the whole! Just legs and upper arms go as dry as the Gobi, some people have it much worse. On balance I still do enjoy showering, like most people I like being in water, but it is a fucking faff sorting myself out afterwards. And yes, it isn't particularly green to shower or bath daily let alone more than once. Not so much because of water usage, but because of the energy used to heat the water. Unless you're using cold of course. I think those of us who are engaged in this practice would do better just to own it.

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Sat 30-Nov-13 08:46:32

What are you people taking so long for hmm

Do you stage elaborate, Marie Antoninette style shower sessions with intricate rituals and endless faffing?

A quick shower takes me about 3-4 minutes (including a hair wash), when I get out it takes me less than a minute to slather on body lotion.

Job done.

Chunderella Sat 30-Nov-13 09:07:55

Lucky you. What takes me so long is the need to use more than one layer of moisturiser and wait for it to soak in before applying the next one. Especially in winter, it isn't so bad in summer. I really need someone to invent a contraption that keeps your limbs dry in the shower and washes the rest. Also the day I can wash my hair in 3 minutes is the day Abu Hamza gets gay married. Some of us just have lots more hair than others, I guess, and also I need to use a liberal amount of conditioner which obviously some people don't. I don't mind that too much though as I like the sensation of washing it and don't have to do it every day. Being curly has its benefits!

ConfusedDotty Sat 30-Nov-13 09:14:29

I shower in the mornings and have a big bubble bath every night. I can't go to bed unless I am 100% clean.

ThanSheSaid Sat 30-Nov-13 09:15:30

I can go from bed to showered and dressed in 5 - 10 minutes. I have shortish hair and I don't wear make-up.

Ememem84 Sat 30-Nov-13 09:36:15

I tend to Shower every morning. Either at home or the gym or at work. Depending on if I'm gyming or running to work. Or being lazy. Wash hair every 3 days. Even when I'm sick. I find a shower helps

Just booked our next trip to nz. We'll be flying via Singapore with a 3 hour lay over. Have booked a shower at Singapore airport. To freshen up before next 13 hour flight.

cjbk1 Sat 30-Nov-13 09:41:27

well I didn't last night after all my daily rantings at dh to "please shower before you get into bed with me" blush
I was 'too tired' but the baby woke up anyway so the time I spent settling her I could have showered

cjbk1 Sat 30-Nov-13 09:55:16

oh and by the way I'm mixed race
see photos and my skin is terribly dry and my dad for example who is Afro-caribean also had dry skin and moisturises for comfort I thought dark skin aged slower because of melanin please don't flame

PublicEnemyNumeroUno Sat 30-Nov-13 10:59:48

No because my hair is wait length and takes me a good 30 mins to dry with a hairdryer

However ive just bought myself a shower cap, so i dont have to wash my hair every time now.

I prefer a nice, hot bubble bath though

LambinsideaDuckinsideaTrout Sat 30-Nov-13 11:52:14

Twice a day here. Morning bath. Then bath every evening after tea. Cooking makes me feel greasy!

Elizabeththefirst Sat 30-Nov-13 11:55:24

Yes, but I live in London where I seem to get much dirtier than when I was in the burbs.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 30-Nov-13 12:57:21

Every other day I shower. Strip wash on the non shower day. Can't wash my hair every day because of a scalp condition so strip wash ensures I don't absently mindedly wash my hair which is easy to do when half asleep.

I don't smell, I barely sweat even in the heat but I am washing everyday so <shrug>

principalitygirl Sat 30-Nov-13 13:34:18

Did a little experiment today... timed myself and a shower with washing all over, a hairwash (2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner) and a pits and lower leg shave followed by full body application of lighter , non-prescription moisturiser after drying then dressing took 17 mins. Another 3 or 4 minutes to dry my collar length, layered hair. So that's 20 minutes give or take. It'd be at least 25 if I needed to use the thicker moisturiser if skin was bad. Twice a day I'd be spending the best part of an hour just washing and drying - a luxury I don't have. I don't feel I hang around but I remain in confused awe of those who claim to be done in 5 mins or less.

Iwaswatchingthat Sat 30-Nov-13 13:39:30

I shower every morning and also have a bath/shower and wash my hair very night. I would not feel awake on a morning without my shower and I like to feel fresh before bed. I find it relaxing.

oldgrandmama Sat 30-Nov-13 13:48:10

No, I don't shower daily ... but I have a lovely, deep bath daily! I know, not good for the environment etc. etc. ... all that water. BUT, I am arthritic and the heat soothes the pain. Plus, reading in the bath is wonderful (though not my Kindle, until they make a waterproof one).

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Sat 30-Nov-13 16:29:56

Chunderella I have very thick hair, too, to be honest.

To save time, I only use a shampoo in the shower, and then use argan oil just before I blow-dry it. My hair is much better since doing this.

ByTheSea Sat 30-Nov-13 16:33:13

Yes every morning unless I am ill. I have curly hair that needs to get wet to re-shape before I face the world.

Nomorepat Sat 30-Nov-13 16:33:59

Unless ill or some other emergency, yes. Once a day. If I can't shower, I'll make sure I have clean hands though as dirty hands and nails irritate me.

Weirdly, it's a full shower or nothing with me: I couldn't do the smelly areas and leave the rest, somehow, the contrast would make me feel worse. And I hate it when the shower attachment can't be taken off the wall to thoroughly give the (deeply) personal areas a good going over. grin

So every day it is in the shower apart from ill or emergencies, as for those days, well, got to give yourself a bit of a break on those and say sod it if you smell a bit.

ArgyMargy Sat 30-Nov-13 16:37:10

No. Every other day or sometimes leave it until the third day. My life is not that dirty.

pinkmagic1 Sat 30-Nov-13 16:43:55

Every morning without fail, feel grubby if I don't. I normally shower or bath in the evening too although this isn't as essential as my morning one especially at this time of year.

Chunderella Sat 30-Nov-13 17:41:27

I think mine would turn into wire wool without conditioner LeQueen! And that's without blow drying. Its just non-optional for some of us, you know? I'd possibly drop shampoo before conditioner, if it ever came to that.

Artandco Sat 30-Nov-13 18:17:16

Shower every morning - 3 mins to shower/ soap/ shave legs and arms. 1 min to moisturise after. Don't wash hair in am

Shower in the eve every 2/3 nights and wash hair - 20 mins max to wash, condition and blow dry long hair. Shower every eve in summer/ if Iv been jogging

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Sat 30-Nov-13 18:18:25

Chun but argan oil is a fabulous conditioner, you should try it.

DisappointedHorse Sat 30-Nov-13 18:24:07

I do usually because I have to wash my hair every day. If I leave it it's vertical. Not a great look.

Binkybix Sat 30-Nov-13 18:29:47

Could you put argan oil through and just leave to dry rather than blow drying?

LaQueenOfTheTimeLords Sat 30-Nov-13 18:33:16

I don't know binky I've never tried, as I always blow-dry my hair, sorry.

MillyRules Sat 30-Nov-13 18:36:42

I love my hot evening bath with lots of bubbles and lavender oil. So relaxing and winds me down and prepares me for sleep.

BumPotato Sat 30-Nov-13 18:37:35

I shower every day, otherwise I smell.

bumpotato your name makes me giggle grin

JapaneseMargaret Sat 30-Nov-13 18:47:13

I'd never even heard of a 'strip wash' until I came on MN.

As far as I'm concerned stripping your clothes off, getting in the shower and washing yourself is a 'strip wash'.

If you deem yourself unclean enough to require washing, then why would you think moving dead skin cells around your body with a wet cloth would result in you being clean? Am I missing something?

Iwaswatchingthat Sat 30-Nov-13 18:57:34

japanese I know just what you mean. Surely hopping in the shower is just as quick. I don't get it either.

Not every day - at the minute it's definitely every weekday, as rehearsals for the uni Christmas production are in full swing and after a 12 hour rehearsal I need a shower to relax as well as to feel clean. I'm another one who doesn't really get sweaty though... in the summer I'll shower every day as warm weather makes me sweat, but in the winter I go every other day unless we're rehearsing for something, because physical exercise doesn't get me sweaty at all.

My hair will frizz uncontrollably if I wash it every day, I don't own a shower cap because the way they feel makes me cringe, and I hate slathering product all over it afterwards - I'd much rather just give it a wash with shampoo and conditioner every other day, so much more manageable.

Before I got pregnant, it was always two showers a day on my period, hate feeling sticky and gross, but in the same vein I like to get a couple of days wear out of clothes (not sweating helps with that), especially jamas, and I'd hate to have a shower and get into dirty pyjamas.

There's seven of us living in my student house right now, and if we all showered every day - with the length of time some of them spend in the shower hmm although OH is the worst for this grin - our water bills would shoot through the roof! Every other day works quite nicely (and my feet are cheesy even right after a good scrub - naturally cheesy feet, but only if you get close enough for a sniff, which is just plain weird grin ).

Objection Sat 30-Nov-13 19:20:06

Every other day unless I've been to the gym or done something to make me dirty.

trixymalixy Sat 30-Nov-13 19:24:50

I shower if I'm leaving the house. If not I may or may not shower depending on how I feel.

I don't see anything wrong with a strip wash.

I'm interested to know how those of you who think a strip wash is "moving dead skin cells around with a cloth" clean your kitchen work surfaces? Surely by your logic you are just moving mouldy food particles around with a cloth? Or do you shower your kitchen? hmm

JapaneseMargaret Sat 30-Nov-13 19:33:25

Well, for a start, my kitchen surfaces don't sweat, nor shed skin cells.

They also don't have hair to trap things. Lastly, since they're non-porous, I can literally sweep crumbs and dirt off their surface to be rinsed away. They don't need sluicing, in the manner of a human in a shower, to be properly clean.

It's all pretty efficient, really.

The other thing for me is time. I run a small business and also have a second part time job, and I am a single parent with dts who are eight, right, so that's a huuuge hunk of life taken up there. Dp and I don't live together, so it's everyman for himself re housework, ie mine is all mine and his is all his (although we try to help each other out in a pinch). More time gone. I have a tiny flat with one bedroom spare, that I rent out to foreign students. They generally bathe everyday, and the dcs bathe daily cos they are dirty and smelly most days due to eating like chimps and running about like, well, chimpy boy humans. This affects availability of said bath room. Doing the umpteen billion things required daily, just to keep head above water an' all that, takes me to around 9pm. The entire bathing shenanigan for me takes best part of an hour. Some of that is the preparing of the bath, which I can obviously multi-task during, but the aftercare is the dealbreaker. Moisturise all over. Stand and shiver while it soaks in. Then the whole athletes foot prevention routine, inc powders, and regarless of whether or not I bathe, I do have to clean my teeth thoroughly with dental sticks. All that takes me promptly to about eleven pm, and I want some time to watch tv, mn or even chat to dp shock. If we are gonna dtd then bath defo, but couldn't manage it daily

JapaneseMargaret Sat 30-Nov-13 19:37:50

To me a 'strip wash' (seriously, just 'strip' off and 'wash' yourself in the shower! grin) is only something you'd do if you were posted to the Royal Artillary in Burma in the dying days of WWII, and didn't have indoor plumbing and hot running water.

BohemianGirl Sat 30-Nov-13 19:38:52

There is showering and showering.

I daily shower - it involves bringing the spray head to shoulder height and i wash myself with gel. This takes 2 mins max. I hair wash, usually twice a week in the shower - that puts shower time upto 4 mins.

I deep bath and relax weekly - this is my 40 mins of shaving bliss.

However DH and sons seem to manage a 40 min shower every day.

MummytoMog Sat 30-Nov-13 19:39:13

But they do have like actually manky stuff on, like bits of raw chicken. I rarely feel the need to bleach my pits.

scottishmummy Sat 30-Nov-13 19:43:13

Shower daily,sometimes twice daily.morning and bedtime

JapaneseMargaret Sat 30-Nov-13 19:51:05

I don't bleach my pits either.

I don't undertand the point.

scottishmummy Sat 30-Nov-13 19:53:12

Bleach pits?whats that even mean
Oh god is it gross

Neverland2013 Sat 30-Nov-13 19:57:25

Shower every morning - it actually wakes me up...rarely have a bath...

Chunderella Sat 30-Nov-13 20:16:26

Yeah I might try the oil if I could use it in the shower. I am very much of the wash it, put it up and forget about it school! Possibly because the washing part takes a while.

Thumbwitch Sat 30-Nov-13 20:25:11

mummytomog was continuing the comparison with kitchen work surfaces. She would bleach her kitchen work surfaces, but not her pits. The person washing and kitchen worksurface washing aren't really comparable.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:25:36

Yes. Even with a newborn. Don't feel on top of things otherwise.

flashheartscanoe Sat 30-Nov-13 20:27:04


trixymalixy Sat 30-Nov-13 20:28:16

Of course they're comparable. Skin is pretty wipe clean. You wash with the cloth rinse the cloth then wipe again. If wiping your kitchen work surfaces with a cloth gets them clean then wiping yourself with a cloth will get you clean in exactly the same way.

MrsOsbourne Sat 30-Nov-13 21:35:52

I have no idea why people would stand there wiping with a minging flannel <shudder> when you can stand under nice hot water, apply shower gel to body ,give yourself a good scrub and rinse off.

JapaneseMargaret Sat 30-Nov-13 21:39:26


If a 'strip wash' is so efficient, then why bother showering at all?

howrudeforme Sat 30-Nov-13 21:45:56

I shower every morning before work and before my weekend days. I want to be clean.

Couldnt care less what other people do though.

Strawberryfieldsforever1 Sat 30-Nov-13 21:53:38

Every day without fail and even a quick one in the evening too sometimes before getting jammies on.

Thumbwitch Sat 30-Nov-13 21:56:38

I rather think that was the point that was being made - mummytomog would need to bleach her kitchen work surfaces after certain uses; she wouldn't need to bleach her armpits for any reason whatsoever that is hygiene-based. Different cleaning for different surface types.

Personally I have no issue with flannel washing; rinse and repeat will work fine.

miffybun73 Sat 30-Nov-13 21:58:04

I shower every day twice a day. Wash hair in the morning, just body in the evening.

It only takes 5 mins and I would feel yucky going to bed without showering.

Queenmarigold Sat 30-Nov-13 22:05:55

Yes, every day and also post workout. My mother doesn't, she is very lazy, and her clothes always smell musty. I do not want to be like her, so I have a shower. Not hard.

alemci Sat 30-Nov-13 22:58:41

I would only strip wash if we had no hot water.

occasionally I may do in the morning after having a bath the night before if I am not in work.

ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmmmmmmmm Sun 01-Dec-13 02:56:51

Strip wash........yeuch.

Get in the shower, you mingers. grin

MiniMonty Sun 01-Dec-13 04:16:02


Just read the thread and now I understand why women never smell like women anymore...

More like a chemical disaster as deodorant meets perfume meets shower gel meets hair spray meets shampoo meets moisturiser meets body spray meets shower gel meets body scrub meets twice a day everything meets "wipe clean" meets "rinse clean" meets "bleach my pits" meets "cleansing different surface types" meets "Strip wash" meets <shudder> meets OMG - a clear OBSESSION with cleansing and cleaning !!!!!

What is SO WRONG with just smelling like YOU ?

Have you forgotten that men like the scent of a woman... ?

Destroy the smell of yourself and you become a neuter. You become just another skirt who smells of chemicals. An asexual being in the sensual world. You'll become someone who paid a million quid for products which made you completely invisible to the opposite sex.

Advertising has REALLY worked on you lot. It's convinced you to instantly give up on yourselves before you even got going. Soap and water will keep anyone healthy and clean. All the stuff listed in this thread (or even some of it) - you'll smell like an experiment.

JapaneseMargaret Sun 01-Dec-13 04:45:11

Yeah, because being sexual to men is our raison d'être.

LittlePeaPod Sun 01-Dec-13 08:39:45

MiniMonty your post has just made me laugh so much, I nearly did a little pee.... grin

You remind me of a guy I used to work with that believed the reason women went to the gym, put make up on and dressed well was so they could impress a man or men. He actually, truly believed this to be the case... He was as deluded as you are in thinking that women keep clean and bath to attract a man.

BUT, thanks for the tit bit of advise. I am sure those single ladies on here will immediately dispose of their perfume, creams, potions and immediately stop bathing so their woman's scent can bag them a man!! grin hmm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Brilliant, simply comedy genius!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Crowler Sun 01-Dec-13 08:47:37

I admit I like to smell not so much like a "woman" in the biblical sense, but more like creme brulee ( my current bath soap).

MillyRules Sun 01-Dec-13 12:19:29

Crowler your creme brulee soup sounds divine....where is it from please?

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sun 01-Dec-13 12:25:24


I like smelling like an experiment.
Where do you get your creme brûlée soap from Crowler ?

Salmotrutta Sun 01-Dec-13 12:40:30

Showering every day is all very well but someone up there mentioned musty smelling clothes.

All the showering in the world is pointless if you never launder your clothes properly.

I might only shower every other day to preserve my paper-like skin (and spend bloody ages putting on emollients afterwards) but underwear, vest-tops, socks, t-shirts and any items worn next to the skin are worn once then laundered.

Salmotrutta Sun 01-Dec-13 12:41:57

Oh, and someone at my work wears some hideous Body Shop lotion that smells of god knows what.

It's overpowering and makes me feel queasy.

perplexedpirate Sun 01-Dec-13 13:18:28

Every other day unless I've been dancing, when I always shower afterward. I've got long, mad thick hair though, so It's a pain to dry and style so often. sad

hipocondriaco Sun 01-Dec-13 13:23:20

People who don't shower every day are almost as disgusting as people who come back downstairs in the same clothes after going for a poo.

NigellasLeftNostril Sun 01-Dec-13 13:26:54

ummm ......confused....for real?

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sun 01-Dec-13 13:27:24



jacktherat Mon 02-Dec-13 00:31:22

I shower every morning, but only wash my hair every other day.

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