This Mom Can Admit It: I Don’t Shower Every Day

showerWhile many think it's imperative to take a shower every single day, I don't. My sister is one of those people -- every day a shower. Every day she spends 15 minutes or more lathering up, suds everywhere, scrubbing, and washing every inch of her body. How could she really get that dirty every single day, I often wonder. She's not a mud wrestler.

Technically, I'm not a mud wrestler either, unless you count trying to get the kids not to jump in muddy puddles. And even if I got muddy, a little spot clean would be all I need.

I think showering is a chore.


Sure, I love the aftermath of a steamy bath -- after the hair is dry, the legs are smooth, and there is no underarm stubble. Bliss! I'd prefer if someone could come and watch the kids while I took an uninterrupted shower and then had a team of professionals doing my hair and giving me a massage. That is true bliss! That, though, is just not going to happen.

Of course I love smelling nice, too. But the act of showering is a burden. I'd rather spend that time doing something else ... like getting my kids to preschool on time or slowly enjoying a cup of coffee or sleeping 10 minutes longer. Plus, if I don't shower every day (or the days I really don't need to), I'm conserving water. It's also one of the reasons I love showering with my husband.

I barely have time to shower in the morning, so rushing to try to fit it in just seems counterproductive to starting my day off right. And once the day starts, it starts. I wash my face, put on clean clothes and some scented lotion to feel a little fresh, and once the mascara is on, I've begun the day. Why would I want to interrupt that flow to take a shower?

Of course if I was extremely sweaty or did something that really warranted a shower (wink wink), I'd make sure it was a shower day. But generally, I shower every other day. There are times though that I go two days without showering and washing my hair. That's easy to do in winter -- not much sweating. In the extreme heat and humidity of the summer ... not so much, though nothing a few minutes in an air conditioned room won't cure. I do start the day washing my face, hands, and arms and sometimes I use a washcloth on the pits if needed. I'm clean. I don't stink. And I've double checked with my husband to make sure.

Do you shower every day? Do you think everyone should?


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