How to Shower Less (and Still Feel Clean)
You might be wondering, "Why in the world would I want to shower less?" Well, there are a bunch of reasons. (See also: Save Hundreds by Getting Yourself Out of Hot Water)
- Maybe you're traveling, and you just can't shower as much as you usually do.
- Maybe you've decided your hair looks better with a little grease in it.
- Maybe it's all about saving a little extra money on your water bill.
- Maybe you want to help the environment by conserving water.
- Maybe you're too busy to shower!
- Maybe you just had a baby and showering has fallen into the "luxury" category of life.
- Maybe you work in a cubicle and don't work up a sweat, so you don't really need to shower that much.
No matter the reason, if you want to shower less and still feel clean, this is how you do it.
Do a Bird-Bath
A bird-bath is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You stand in front of your sink filled with water and soap up your rag and then get to cleaning. You will forgo your shower, and you will feel clean.
Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is great because if you have fine or oily hair you can spritz in on your head, and then all the greasiness instantly goes away. There is the added benefit in that it thickens your hair and gives it texture. Plus it smells nice, so that's a treat too.
Take a Dry Bath
Yes, a dry bath. I haven't ever tried this before, but it looks like it might be worth a shot.
Wait Another Day
Extend your showers out an extra day, and gradually try extending them out longer and longer until you can't stand it anymore. You'll build up your tolerance, and you'll shake your shower-a-day habit.
Take Shorter Showers
Pretend you are on a game show, time yourself, and try to beat your best time. Thirty second shower anyone? I challenge you to try it.
Collect the Water
Let the water collect in the tub from your shower and use it for your next bath. It will obviously be cold by then, but since we're coming up on the summer month's, maybe you will be able to get the added benefit of cooling off, too.
Perfume and Deodorant
If you smell clean, you are half way there…at least to some people.
Douse your stinky (or potentially stinky) bits with baby powder. Be sure to rub it in and shake the excess off before going out in public, so you don't look too powdery or "George Washington-y."
Hang With Stinkier People
If you're the least smelly person in the room then, really, how could you not feel clean?
Have you ever considered showering less for personal, financial, or environmental reasons? If so, what tips do you have for showering less while still feeling clean?