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Shunning Showers: How Clean Are You?

One thing is for sure: personal care products have been running rampant for decades. Advertisers have us blue at the gills at the thought of emitting any odor other than those created in a fragrance lab. Women, on average, use 12 personal care products each day! There are no limit to the concerns about many of the ingredients in these products, and many of them are wreaking havoc in our waterways, in addition to all of that unnecessary packaging.

15 Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care Products

And then there is, simply, the amount of water used. If each of 307,006,550 Americans take a daily five-minute shower, the water usage rings in at somewhere around 12,280,262,000 gallons of water per day. Eliminating a few showers a week would clearly add to national water conservation efforts.

Calculate Your Water Footprint

Vote in the poll to let us know where you stand–in the shower every day or less frequently? And if you shower less frequently than the average bear…well that would be never, so, less frequently than the average daily-showerer, do you rely on other methods for keeping fresh? Dry shampoos? Spot cleaning? A few swipes with a lemon peel? Leave a comment and tell us all your dirty secrets.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:46AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

thank you

1:47PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

I only shower a few times a week and don't have any problem with odours. Also, I read some years ago (and don't recall where), that Vitamin D is made on the skin during the day, but absorbed during the night and that it takes about 48 hours to absorb, so if you are showering daily, you probably have an issue with absorption of Vitamin D. I must research it more to see how accurate that is, but it seems there could be some truth in it, as Vitamin D levels in the west are dropping. Worth some more reading, I think.

8:52AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Ther is PLENTY OF WATER! Geez hasn't anyone been watching the news? The mid west IS FLOODING AND HAS BEEN FOR MONTHS! Chemicals are a problem big time! Keep the chemicals out of the water and it will clean its self with a little bit of help from us. KEEP CLEAN.

4:49AM PDT on May 27, 2011

Adorable Maja M., we must have to save water. As we waste lots of water while bath.

10:33AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

I shower daily, but I try to use as little water as I can - I turn out the water while I apply the soap or shampoo and only turn it on again when I rinse.

8:55AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

i actually think that dry shampoos used with alot of spray anti-persipant are more harmful....because you cannot recycle the bootles and they release harmful ingredients into the air....if you shower with biodegradable body care products and less hot water and a flouride/chroline elimater shower head this is less harmful

12:55PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011


3:16AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011


12:47AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

I shower twice a week...winters or summers....and I still smell good all the time..Its about washing your clothes and using effective body sprays!

9:18PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

This always seemed so obvious to me even before I knew any facts or statistics or anything. My parents disagree with each other on the subject, and when as a child I caught on to the discrepancy, I didn't even have to think about it, I knew with whom I agreed. You can't beat healthy skin/hair AND water conservation AND less toxic chemicals, can you?

Didn't think so. =)

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