It turns out that my work schedule and laziness (or need for sleep) along with a little apathy are good for my water bill, the environment, and my awareness.
I didn’t shower between Sunday and Wednesday. I didn’t smell bad or feel dirty, though my hair was starting to get a little greasy. I’m sure no one would have noticed if I’d just braided it…but I also enjoy the relaxing aspect of showers and feeling clean so I decided to take one.
I’ve taken many fewer showers since I stopped my 9-5 job. In the morning, I don’t want to get up until I really have to, so cutting out a shower lets me sleep longer. Plus I don’t use hair dryers and my head can get really cold while I’m waiting for the bus or train.
Then after work I sometimes feel apathetic about them–why bother?
And I’ve discovered a secret: We really don’t need to shower as much as we think.
The therapeutic aspects of showers are great, of course. But a short wash-up in the morning is really all the cleaning we need. In the 40’s, 50’s and such my mom’s family only took real baths once a week. They were clean and always washed, of course, but not this daily shower business. I still don’t think my mom takes daily showers.
I’m all about being clean, but I’ve found that daily showers doesn’t have much effect on that unless I’m working out or something.
Someday (perhaps if I’m staying at home with an infant) I might even do this. We’ll see.