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How many days can you go without showering?

Asked by tinyfaery (41283points) September 21st, 2008

Things to consider: camping, being sick, hot vs. cold weather, whatever…

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Lightlyseared's avatar

While camping I went 5 or 6 days. Admitedly it was a typical UK summer so rained almost constantly.

Good advice – merino wool base layer (t-shirt, pants and socks) doesn’t really smell that bad even after repeated use.

asmonet's avatar

Eh, I usually only got 2 days max. I don’t like to shower and deal with my hair or anything on my days off if I’m just gonna be lounging about my house. If I got out, I’ll shower. But on my time, it’s my business.

The maximum I ever went was 8 days when the water went out for our entire area. We would have had to drive 2.5 hours to take a shower. No thanks. I’ll stay funky.

KatawaGrey's avatar

The only time I’ve gone for an extended period of time was when I was in the hospital and the days that came after. I think that might’ve been a week.

nina's avatar

Oh, indefinitely, but how you will feel and how far you have to keep yourself from others. Those are soem great questions to consider.

Nimis's avatar

Depends on what I’ve been up to.

If I’ve just been chillin’ at home, I might be able to go for longer.
But if I’ve been working in the smithy…like 1/2 a day max?

AstroChuck's avatar

About 18 hours. I’m a mailman. Believe me, you don’t want me to go longer than that. I shower frequently.
Thank God, no water meters in Sacramento!

Mr_M's avatar

If I had to go to work and couldn’t shower before I went, I’d call in.

galileogirl's avatar

I was released from the hospital to my mom’s house because she was my only family member who didn’t work. I was just able to walk with a cane and had not been up stairs alone when I was released but it didn’t occur to me there was only a powder room on the first floor. So it was 6 days before they could pack me up and get me to my sister’s house 30 miles away. Six days of 90+ temps and sponge baths every couple of hours ARGHH!

After that I was relentless about going home and though I was supposed to convelesce for a few months, I was home in 10 days.

iJimmy's avatar

I can’t go more than about 20 hours. Sometimes I take two or even three a day. I can’t stand feeling unclean. Even when I’m sick.

windex's avatar

9 months

asmonet's avatar

Dear lord, Windex. Well, I suppose being Windex you’re pretty clean already.

Nimis's avatar

You mean in your mother’s womb?
That’s like a 9-month-long bath in amniotic fluids, dude.
That’s why they come out like bloody raisins.

windex's avatar

oh…I knew that…

note to self, Google pregnancy
BLOOD BATH

deaddolly's avatar

umm….four days. I was pretty ripe. I did do a ‘whore’s bath’ tho (pits and privates).

Divalicious's avatar

I have to shower immediately after getting home from work. No telling what kinds of cooties have come home with me from the jail!
I usually don’t shower on my day off, since I’m clean from the previous evening (unless I “got lucky”... woo hoo!)

@deaddolly.. whore’s bath… you give them way too much credit! ;-)

deaddolly's avatar

@ divalicious lol…it was a phrase I got from a male friend; I never questioned it! lmao

jjd2006's avatar

The longest I’ve gone was 4 days on a roadtrip from Seattle to San Fran and back.
It was not voluntary and it was nastyyy…

Emilyy's avatar

@deaddolly: I call that a “birdie bath” which I think is the same thing but a much more G-rated version.

I prefer to shower daily. When I oversleep and have to jet to work I start getting all antsy around 5, daydreaming about cleanliness. But I think the last I went recently was maybe 3 days after I crashed on my bike and had two huge scabs on my back so I couldn’t shower. I called in sick that Monday.

pandamonia's avatar

Well, I think there should be a distinction between how many days can you go without showering and how many days should you go without showering because, to me at least, those are two different numbers.

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