In Australia we joke that Poms don’t shower every day.
This potential myth was confirmed for me by two very popular English frugal blogs I read. Both bloggers said they don’t, and there is no need to, have a full shower or bath every day. Waste of hot water, waste of water and thus a waste of money.
Mmm! Really? No way!
Heaven knows, in Australia it is common to have two showers a day. God, in summer sometimes I can’t get to sleep unless I’ve had another shower because I am so sticky. And teenage boys definitely need to be encouraged to have a couple of showers a day for the sanity and comfort of all.
Well, now I know why. (OK, don’t get upset if you’re English and tell me it’s a load of old cobblers. Just bear with me on this. And as another aside, 25 years ago I visited my mother’s cousins in Germany. They didn’t shower every day either. They complained by phone to my mother that I showered every day. In fact one of their showers was used to store things and obviously had not been used as a shower for a long time. Another German relative I stayed at, I couldn’t work out how they showered. They only had s hand held attachment with mo means of hanging it up and no shower curtain around the bath. But I digress. Back to knowing why showering every day might not be necessary.)
You actually don’t sweat in England. You don’t get sticky and smelly. It’s amazing. Even with all the walking, Mr S and I didn’t sweat! Unbelievable! And with all the heating, your skin dries out so actually having a hot shower a day dries the skin even more.
Of course, I still had a shower every day. It’s just what I do. But I could see you wouldn’t really need it. No underarm smell at all. No stickiness.
Today I went for a walk with a friend. It may be autumn and cooling down but temperature in the low 20° and high humidity meant I was sticky at the first hill.