“The length of the average shower is 11 minutes and uses about 27.5 gallons of water. Skipping showering every two to three days actually saves you 33-43.2 hours a year. If all 38 million California’s residents decreased their shower frequency to three times a week, we’d save over 217 billion gallons annually.” Also, if the other mentioned statistics are correct, Angelenos are taking way too long in the shower, especially considering the water crisis. If you need to “wake up” in the shower, turn the dial to the cold setting 😉
I have to admit I was shocked the first time I learned about cultures where showering normally was a once a week – or even one a month – practice. You see, I am from south China, a coastal city with an abundance of water, an area of the world where people shower at least once a day. Curious about the global average, I discovered 43% of global consumers take a sponge bath at least once a day according to the Euromonitor International’s Personal Appearances Survey. However, people do not think or live in the same way as we do in north China.
Average Showers and Shampoos Habits by Country, from Euromonitor.
Whether you recognize it or not, expectations related to frequent showering may arise from pressure related to societal norms. In warmer climates frequent showering seem to make sense, yet in balmy regions like Turkey and Spain, bathing is less frequent. Dermatologists Dr. Joshua Zeichner and Dr. Ranella Hirsch
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