Do you really need a shower in the MH every day?

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  1. Barclaybasher

    Barclaybasher Funster

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    The Unwashed Revolution?

    There is a growing minority of people who are bucking the expectation of the daily shower. Some might even call it trendy to wash less often. I happen to be one of them.

    I am concerned with washing off beneficial microbes with soap so I restrict using soap to my armpits (rather than use deodorant) and to wash my hands when dirty. Also, I am barefoot most of the day so I wash the soles of my feet every night before going to bed. All this only takes a few bars of soap a year.

    Thankfully there is a greater awareness and understanding that beneficial microbes are not the enemy the media has portrayed them to be. The reality is that they are important for our health.

    Others cite environmental concerns as their reason for fewer showers, especially water usage. One seven-minute shower uses more water than a bath, and it’s expected that water usage for showers will grow five-fold by 2021.5

    Still others are looking to cut back on their use of chemical-laden body washes and shampoos, and note that their skin and hair has never looked better since they’ve cut back on so many showers.6

    Remember, it wasn’t long ago that a once-weekly bath was considered the norm. Daily (or more) washing is a relatively recent phenomenon.

    Even dermatologists tend to frown on daily showers, especially in hot water and with harsh soap, because of the damage it can do to your skin. According to John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry:7

    “A vigorous daily shower would disturb the natural bug flora of the skin as well as skin oils… As long as people wash their hands often enough and pay attention to the area of the body below the belt, showering or bathing every other day would do no harm …Even twice a week would not be a problem if people used a bidet daily as most infectious bugs hang around our lower halves… We should wash to stop cross-infection, not for grooming reasons.”

    .............or am I using the science to justify myself only showering twice a week!:Eeek:
    but I do
    "wash my hands often enough and pay attention to the area of the body below the belt"


    .........honest!

    :whistle:
     
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    Have you noticed how some old single men have a certain aroma? they too only wash when they think themselves dirty

    smelly old man syndrome
     
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  3. Barclaybasher

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    Oi !!

    I resemble that remark


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    Hi.
    Under NO! account,must you interfere with your "Natural Body Oils". Showering TWICE a week!!? NO! You miss read the paper,it should read. "Twice a year MAX"
    Tea Bag
     
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    Only dirty people wash !
     
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    I always wonder why people have a shower every morning, what have they been upto all night to get dirty.
     
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    .......shower?.... I thought it was 'a drink before and a cigarette after'..........
     
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    I couldn't start a day without a shower.

    Not sure if I'm harming my skin or not (it's still all attached) but the day I smell "old" (what is that soap?) or "French" (where is that soap?) is the day my kids have permission to give me a swift tap at the back of my head with a baseball bat.

    If you're washing your hands and face (and arse) daily, can't really see why you don't go the full hog. ::bigsmile:

    A "motor home shower" using the trigger, uses bugger all water (certainly a lot less than a bath) and the old "remember bath night once a week" argument is like saying "remember cleaning your teeth with an old stick"

    Years ago we all stank (we had baths once a week, our parents smoked, I remember wearing the same school clothes all week, and we ate fried food)

    I can't imagine what our classroom smelt like on a wet day :whatthe:
     
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    Nobody 'smelled' then anyway........... no such thing as shower gel or deoderant ............

    (y)
     
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    I NEVER use the shower in the van, just hate to think about the water getting somewhere it should'nt, in the van I mean :whistle2:
    However, I shave and have a strip wash every night before bed, and every other day when I am running I also have a strip wash after my run, don't feel that I need a shower and the water lasts longer which is a benefit as I wild camp most of the time.
    If you meet me and I smell bad please let me know :Eeek:
     
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    What is it with the older generation and their strip washes. Flannel around the arse, armpits and face (probably in that order) sink full of dirty water, slopping all over the floor. So much easier just to step in the shower. Still washing the same bits but with less hassle. You'll have us in a tin tub by the fire next ;)
     
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    I have to make do with the radiator now, not quite the same as the old coal fire.:D
     
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    Whilst serving in Northern Ireland, we only had the opportunity to shower once every five weeks. The consensus was that, (in South Armagh), lives were saved because we smelt like sheep. The pong of fresh soap and clean bodies travels a long way with the breeze. :(
    On saying that, nothing more refreshing then a nice shower at the start, or end even, of a warm day. But, as TB rightly says, washing the body's natural oils away too often is a mistake. (y)
     
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    I'm still showering every day.............
     
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    That's cos you is a Mucky Duck :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    no need for all that palaver Jim

    a couple of baby wipes is so much easier.. and uses no water (so I have read) :confused:
     
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    As a recently retired GP my experience regarding body odour is that the people with it don't think they've got it and those without it shower regularly. A daily shower with a simple shower gel or plain perfume free soap won't have any significant bad effect on most peoples' skin.
    My children were horrified not that long ago when I found some old flannels and told them what they were for! I do have some in the van for emergency use only but "face , armpits, groins and then feet", the emergency has not happened yet thank goodness.
     
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    I'm not the older generation but right now we don't have a shower in our van..

    I'm hoping the other folds at the meet we just got back from would agree that we don't smell and a strip wash every day is good enough for a weekend..

    Mind you we don't go out for longer than 4 days at a time and we are getting a shower fitted because there is a limit..

    Anyway, I'm off for a shower.
     
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    I've just come back from the Shepton Mallet show. I would be pretty certain that I could detect which motorhomers, fell into which group lol

    Our campsite is rated by the AA at 84% 4 Pennant, and we have been told that we cannot get a higher score as we didn't build and private wash basins in when we built the shower block

    We generally didn't realise that some campers still prefer a stand up flannel wash in the sink, opposed to a lovely hot shower.

    Didn't put anywhere outside to tie a horse up either lol
     
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    We generally shower daily at home, but sometimes once every two days in the van, unless the temperature is in the upper 30's, or longer if water is in short supply. If you use the French way of showering ( not because they like to pong, but it saves water and the electricity to heat it up) it saves so much water. So, it's water on, get wet, water off. Soap up, water on to rinse. If you are careful, you shouldn't use more than 4 or 5 litres of water per shower and if you have a decent shower, once the water temp is set, you won't need to mess about with it and waste water.
     
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