How often do you shower?

How often do you shower? I had a boring old press release fall in my inbox the other day about showers.


It was 95% dull, but there was one fact that did stick out – apparently the average person in the UK has five showers and three baths per week.

I had to re-read that just to make sure.

It’s not five showers or three baths, it’s five showers and three baths. That’s more than one wash of some sort every day. That means there’s at least one day during the week where this average person thinks to themselves, ‘you know what, I had a bath this morning, but I’m going to have a shower too!’

How often do you shower? Do you fit in three baths a week?

I reckon I average four showers and zero baths. Apart from quite possibly making me a bit rank, it also must mean that somewhere there is a person having six showers and six baths a week, to balance out me, which seems excessive to say the least.

The truth is that I really am not a fan of washing. I hated it as a child and my parents are very fond of reminding me that my Dad used to have to carry me upstairs over his shoulder to the bath while I screamed ‘don’t make me do it!!’

I thought I’d grow out of it, but I haven’t. I do it obviously, because I have to, but I don’t enjoy it. I don’t ever think ‘Oooh, lovely, I’m going to have an amazing long shower, that’ll be nice.’ 

I used to shower more often, but that was primarily to wash my hair. Over the last year of so, my body seems to have been on the decline, and is generally drying up a bit. Where I used to need to wash my hair everyday or look like I’d stuck my head in a chip pan, now I can go two or three days.

It’s ace!

My favourite time of the week is just after I’ve had a shower and washed my hair. I like it because it’s the furthest away from my next shower that I’m ever going to be. It’s brilliant. I go to bed that night feeling all smug because I know I’m going to wake up the next morning and not have to shower.


Reading this press release though, I can’t help but feel a little on the scummy side. What do you reckon? How often do you shower or have a bath? Should I get in NOW and have a good scrub??


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  1. 25 October, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I really love showering! It can make me feel better after a rubbish day, so I’ll often have one just for that reason. I have at least one a day and often I’ll need (another) one after the gym (or after getting off a hot tube in the summer!).

    But three baths a week?

    No thank you.

    • Jo Middleton
      25 October, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Yeah the baths thing is weird right?? I guess there must be people who don’t HAVE showers and so have to have baths? I really want to know more about the research!

      • 25 October, 2017 / 4:11 pm

        That used to be me (bane of my life!), but five showers AND three baths?

        Maybe they’re all Lush baths?!

  2. Jackie Boyer
    25 October, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    My bath doesn’t work and I don’t shower every day either (usually when I’m going to actually leave the house), mainly because my bathroom is cold. I don’t think I smell though. I read somewhere that being too clean washed away good bacteria and I’d hate to do that.

  3. Susan zahid
    25 October, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Everyday I have showers not baths

  4. 25 October, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    I would probably say about once or twice a month there’s a day that I don’t shower. I would only have a bath for relaxation so there would be days that I would shower in the morning, have a bath in the evening and then shower quickly as the bath was draining to get all the bubble bath scum off and maybe wash my hair. I would also shower once in the morning and then shower in the evening after going to the gym if I was feeling particularly rank. So yeah, I can see how that adds up.

  5. Jonet Middleton
    25 October, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I am like you, or perhaps you are like me! But Mitch always has two showers a day!! Xx

  6. Kathryn Hipkin
    25 October, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I have showers on Tuesday evenings, Thursdays as it’s my day off and I have a bit more time and Sundays when the rest of the family head off to church and I generally have the house to myself. Might have a bath once a week if I feel like it but generally just stick with the showering!

  7. A
    25 October, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I’m like you. Every other day and having to wash my hair less too. I don’t enjoy showering so only do it when I need to and not for pleasure. I don’t go to the gym or anything so that probably makes a difference.

  8. Boo Oatham
    25 October, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I’m now disabled and have to have bed baths (yucky) until I get a bungalow with a wet room. However before my MS kicked in and made me immobile I was a bath person. About 9 o’clock every night I would toddle off to the bathroom, book in hand, for about an hour!! When the water started to cool down I’d flick the hot tap with my toe and top it up again. I would come out lobster red and I loved it. Very occasionally had a shower but baths are king. How I wish I could still do that .

  9. Iris Tilley.
    26 October, 2017 / 7:27 am

    I use to have showers everyday cos it warmed me up plus woke me up and I felt dirty if I didn’t. But since the showers now broke I’ve switched to baths using bath bombs for first time and I love them lol. Question is will I ever bother with the shower again…..?

  10. Angela
    26 October, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Like you, I only shower every 2 or 3 days or when my hair needs washing. My OH loves showering but I feel exactly like you about washing.

  11. 26 October, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I dont have an option for a bath as we dont have one, bathroom not big enough.
    Use to love a soak in the bath after a 12 hr shift at work on my feet and walking MIIIIILES in a day
    Now it is a shower 7 times a week cos my brain will not let me go out without one in a morning.
    As a kid we got a bath once a week on a Sunday ready for school on a Monday., that was life back then. Time we got to secondary school it was more often.

  12. 26 October, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Four showers and three baths!! I think their people exaggerated. I have usually 4/5 showers a week, if I’m lucky I’ll average around 1 bath every couple months :)

  13. Fiona jk42
    26 October, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    I can maybe enlighten you on the high number of showers AND baths. I used to work in the stables at a farm one day a week. When I got home I’d be really grubby, having spent my day grooming horses and shovelling poo. The first thing I’d do when I got home was jump in the shower to clean off. Then I would have a nice long soak in the bath to relax. I did not want to get straight in the bath because then I’d just be wallowing in dirty water, On that day I would therefore have both a shower and a bath. I’m sure there must be other people who do the same thing, i.e. using a shower to get clean and a bath to relax, which is why the statistics show more than 7 “washes” per week.

  14. Ana-Maria Suciu
    27 October, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Everyday I have shower,batch maybe once a week

  15. Victoria Prince
    28 October, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Personally I think people shower/bath far too frequently and even every day is excessive – apart from anything else, think how much water we would save! Your routine sounds perfectly fine to me :)

  16. Anne
    2 November, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I shower every morning to get clean, fresh and my body moving. In the summer I do evening too as I’m often grubby from the beach or wearing flip flops and don’t want to put dirty feet into my bed. In the winter my rheumatoid arthritis kicks in more so I still shower in the morning to help the ceased up joints and I have a bath in the evening about 4 Times a week to help with the pain and inflammation. That pretty much explains the statistic!

  17. Sheila Flannigan
    29 November, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I thought it was just me! Lol I’m a shower every other day and I avoid baths because I get bored and my bath is tiny! Used to shower daily because of the greasy hair but dry shampoo got better. I still wash everyday just not a shower. I read somewhere showering daily is actually bad for your hair and skin as it stripes the natural oils and bacteria. My kid only gets a bath twice a week unless she needs more often (like in summer with the sun creams and the dirt) again though she gets a wash daily.

  18. Pearl
    1 February, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    I’m shocked that people DON’T shower every day!

  19. 1 February, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Ha ha this post made me smile! I definitely like a daily shower and don’t ever have a bath! Those who go the gym must shower more!

  20. 25 March, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    I don’t think your scummy at all! I’ve always found washing a chore rather than a pleasure and I’ve also always thought that most people shower too much. I wash my armpits in the sink with a flannel almost every day to rid them of BO, but I only shower about twice a week when my hair needs a wash (it’s curly so too much shampoo dries it out and makes it frizzy). As well as showering, I also usually have one bath a week to relax my body and help to de-stress my mind (I do love having a bath, but only for relaxing rather than for washing in!) Overall, I think washing every day is a huge waste of water, time and energy. I’m also pretty sure that skin is healthier and stronger when it is allowed to accumulate a little natural oil, and that our immune systems benefit rather than suffer from a little accumulated dirt on our bodies. I’m so glad tgat I’m not alone in my dislike of washing!!! :)

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