Hello SOTGC community,
This week, we are asking everyone we can reach to eschew their showers for a few days. Why? Well, we’re saving the real answer for number one. But, here’s a list of ten reasons, because who doesn’t love a Top Ten List? No skipping ahead – honor system!
Number 10: Showers take too much time.
I calculated this one time. Bear in mind that I am not an obsessive showerer (that’s not a word, but it’s the only thing that works there). I’ve been known to skip a few for no reason at all. Or, because my toddler has decided she doesn’t want me to. Or, I’m just lazy. Stop judging me.
With that information in mind, I’ve estimated that I spend about 68 hours a year in the shower. That’s almost three whole days. When I think about what I could have accomplished in those three days … knitted a few sweaters for loved ones, started that novel that’s been in my head for a couple of decades, picked every molecule of petrified apple sauce and Swedish fish out of the upholstery in my car without giving up and just dousing everything with Febreze.
But, no. I was wasting my life in a box that shoots water at my face.
So, now, I skip showering sometimes to save time. That’s my reason. That’s all I have to say about that.
Number 9: Showering dries out your skin.
This is a fact. When water evaporates, it also takes away a lot of the moisture stored within the skin. So, every time you shower, you’re losing precious moisture. It stands to reason, then, that the less you shower, the more soft and supple your skin will be. Also, my attorney has advised me to let you know that I am not a dermatologist, nor do I claim my logic to be accurate; and that maybe I should take it all back …
Number 8: Save water and electricity and what you spend on them.
They say that 99% of people in the US are trying to cut costs wherever we can. They also say that 61% of statistics are made up. But, I digress.
Despite my shenanigans above, this is valid, if only on a small scale. If you pay your own water bill, you will actually save some money by cutting your showers. A conventional showerhead uses 7-10 gallons of water per minute! Showering also probably means hair products, the hair dryer and maybe a clean towel or two, which is also costing you big money (read: a small to moderate amount of money).
Number 7: It makes more sense for our contemporary lifestyles.
In the 1920’s it was completely rational to want to shower daily. We walked to a lot of places, manual labor occupation was much more prevalent, and many of us were still living in pretty rural areas. But, now, most of us sit in front of a computer all day, then ride home in our temperature-controlled cars, and finally, we retire to a bed with freshly washed sheets (because washing machines).
I personally come from a long line of “neat and tidy” people, a gene I was not (un)lucky enough to inherit. Maybe I’m more evolved?
Number 6: It’s a cash cow … but not for you.
When I think about the bombardment of commercials that encourage us to use our hard-earned paychecks for obsessive “cleanliness,” it hurts my head. Not because I’m physically pained by this phenomenon, but because the advertisements are so loud and busy, they really do hurt my head.
Every other ad tells us that we’re not clean enough – our house is dangerous because it’s dirty, and our natural odors are shameful. And our kids are in grave and terrifying danger if we don’t purchase the steaming-cleaning, maximum-strength sanitizing, intensive de-molding, ultra-hygienic teddy-bear misting, supersonic de-dirtifying thingy that costs $99. (It’s on sale today, by the way!)
Oopsie, got a little ranty. But, my point is that all of these messages make us believe that we have to be hyper-clean. Maybe we don’t, and it’s just being fed to us so companies profit more? I’ll just put that out there.
Number 5: Your progeny may depend on it.
Mind if I get a little science-y? Studies have demonstrated attraction between individuals of genetically dissimilar human leukocyte antigen types (God bless Wikipedia). Those antigens are our natural scent. Through these bodily aromas, humans can subconsciously tell if a potential mate will pass on favorable traits to their offspring. This is a thing!
So, there you have it, folks. Not showering too much can help you find your future baby daddy (or mama, no sexism here).
Number 4: You will have slightly less housekeeping.
Think about it. All the soap scum, the dirty towels, the clogged drains, the shampoo glopping everywhere… And, if you have young kids, the water… everywhere… oh holy batman, the water in every corner, on every wall, in all squeaky tub toys, on every surface of the bathroom.
What if the hours you have to spend scrubbing tubs and sopping up toddler tornado torrents could be spent, well, knitting those sweaters?
Number 3: Your significant other doesn’t have to hear your shower show tunes as often.
That’s all I really have to say about that. It speaks for itself. (You’re welcome, SO’s!)
Number 2: Boost your immunity.
More and more doctors are asserting that showering too often (particularly in hot water) can wash away the good bacteria that naturally exist on your skin and introduce minor abrasions that put you at a higher risk of infection.
These doctors posture that we should especially not bathe babies and toddlers daily. Early exposure to dirt and bacteria may prevent allergies and conditions like eczema. This, people, is why I don’t have a fit when my daughter eats a little dirt now and then. Ok, if the dirt is potentially laden with feces, then I will adamantly object. But a quarter teaspoon of soil from our organic garden here and there doesn’t call for a mommy mad face.
Number 1: It will save lives.
You read it right. This week only, if you commit to skipping a few showers, you can be the reason that hundreds of people will have clean water.
These are people who currently have none. They are sub-Saharan African families, and we’re collecting a group of people to join a crowdfunding campaign with us to transform their lives, using water as the catalyst.
The campaign is called the Shower Strike, and this will be our seventh year to stop showering (for a short time!) to raise funds and awareness for people who could thrive and prosper but need only a little help to get there.
If the top ten to two reasons didn’t convince you, perhaps one will? And, if you still can’t do it, can you help spread the word? Every single dollar, like, post, repost, email, meme, tweet, phone call, smoke signal, and message via carrier pigeon help!
To learn more about how to be a part of this crazy and amazing movement, visit ShowerStrike.org today.
If nothing else, please take a second to appreciate the shower you do take today. We’re so fortunate to have them. And, you do smell awfully pretty today (buttering you up there).
More on our water project work at WellAwareWorld.org.