Gross or Not Gross: "I Don't Shower Every Day”

Some people skip daily showering, shampooing-and deodorizing.
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A woman holding a towel around her neck.

Perhaps out of self-defense or stubbornness, some people interviewed by the Times insisted they don’t stink. “It’s weird, but I don’t smell,” one man said. “I don’t feel I’m stinkier than the next guy,” another one said. (There was, however, one brutally honest woman: “Who cares if I stink a little?”) But while I-don’t-smell crowd may insist that no one ever tells them they stink, that’s probably because everyone is afraid to bring up such a thorny subject.

Read Stay Healthy with Hand Gels and Soap

So is there any cleaning routine you absolutely have to do every day? Yes, say experts: Wash your hands. Repeatedly. That’s the best protection against all the germs that can be found on everything from door handles to office copying machines.

And don’t think that using less deodorant and shampoo is going to stop the businesses that manufacture them. Sales of dry shampoo have almost doubled since 2007, and the latest entry into the market is a spray designed specifically to take the smell out of your hair.

Well, it’s better than nothing.

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11 thoughts on “Gross or Not Gross: "I Don't Shower Every Day”

  1. I haven’t showered every day in years. I shower three times a week, wash my hair twice a week, brush my teeth every day and use deodoarant. Unless you’re going to the gym every day, having sex every day or doing manual labor, it’s not necessary to shower every day.

    However, showering once a month is gross.

  2. Not only do I shower, shampoo and deodorize every day, I also wear a different pair of slacks and a shirt every day. All those people who think they don’t smell – honey, you do. Believe me.

  3. I don’t shower every day – more like every other day, and I do deodorize every day. But when it comes to hair, I only wash it once or twice a week. It was something I had to train my scalp into, but when you stop washing your hair so often your scalp begins to produce less oils – and the oils that do stick around for those extra days are good for your hair and your skin!

    I’ve got healthier hair, and I’m spending less money on shampoo and conditioner. Plus, I’ve never met a stylist or beautician who advocated washing hair every day!

  4. Depends on the circumstances. On days I work or volunteer, I shower. In the winter time, I may not shower daily, but I do wash. I also use deodorant daily and brush my teeth. Absolutely I wash my face – several times daily. Hair – every other day. In summer, I may shower twice daily – morning and evening.

  5. I do not shower every day in the winter, but i do wash underarms and crotch, face, behind ears, etc and wear deodorant every day and change my clothes every day. In the hot summer, I shower sometimes twice a day. I always feel sweaty and gross when it is hot outside.

  6. I do Shower daily in Summer, but in winter in do it three times a week, i also use deodorant daily , Brush My Teeth and Comb in my hair,. i have got healthier hair and i use shampoo occasionally, not daily, i like the Hot/ Summer weather.

  7. I shower every single day, regardless of the weather! In the summer, it’s nothing for me to shower twice – hate being sweaty ! These people that think they don’t stink are fooling themselves ! TRUST ME ! YOU STINK ! If you’re going thru the trouble of “cleaning up”, you could’ve showered already ! JUST DO IT ! PLEASE !

  8. Ick. I don’t shower, but I take a bubblebath every night and then slather moisturizer on. I can’t imagine not doing so daily and I cannot begin to fathom wearing an outfit and then not washing it. Ick.

  9. I don't shower daily, i may sometimes in the summer (being so hot and all) but honestly i never leave me home, i never really do physical activity, i go out bout once a week. Wash daily but showering everyday or twice a day is unheard of in this house. I was always told every other day unless you worked up sweat. And I have to say people are surprised how healthy my hair is, even after bleaching and dyeing and dyeing and dyeing my hair is still soft as silk :) and this sounds crazy but IT WORKS after you do some big thing to your hair ( be it bleach or dye a radical colour) don't wash your hair for 3 day its gross to a lot of people i know but after 3 day wash and your hair regains tons of health back, but still be sure to wash your body though :)

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