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Any tricks to get away with not bathing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 4:38 AM

Anybody have any tips for hiding the fact that you haven't bathed in several days?

I've been incredibly busy/stressed over the last two weeks due to finals rapidly approaching, and one of the many things I have "not had time for" is bathing. To be honest, I showered today for the first time in about a week and a half. It started out with being too busy, but I decided to just keep it up for as long as I could as an experiment of sorts.

Now, I've messed around with using natural soap/no soap and whatnot, but this was the first time without even using water. I washed-out my armpits on Sunday, but other than that and using a natural deodorant (not antiperspirant) I've done nothing. It is more manageable than you would think at first.

Here's what I have learned from my experience:

The most obvious change for me is my hair; it almost seems to have gel/grease in it after about day 3. It just has a noticeable sheen and clumpiness that screams 'oily'. The first and second days without showering it looks the worst. One trick I found is to brush it for a few minutes with a fine comb or brush to work the oils through it. I find it ironic that this is what hair gels tell you to do when applying them. After about day five it was still obvious even after brushing that my hair was unwashed, though.

The second most obvious change is armpit stench. After a few days it doesn't matter how much deodorant I have on, I just stink. I even made a sweatshirt I was wearing over two other shirts stink just by wearing it for a few hours, lol. About the only 'trick' I learned was to get used to the smell and apply deodorant frequently. Luckily my sweatshirts kept the smell contained for the most part, but in the warmer months this wouldn't be the case.

One purely positive experience is that my skin seemed to be more healthy. I don't know if this is a result of not bathing, but I was sunbathing for about an hour midday on Monday without using sunscreen (getting some vit. D) and didn't burn at all. I was slightly rosy for about an hour, but it faded quickly. This was the first time this year, and I used to burn even with sunscreen on.

I guess the time savings is pretty big, too. Using less water is also never a bad thing.

If anyone has any tips to help me to appear 'clean' for a longer period of time it would be much appreciated.

edit: I just want to make sure that another 30 people don't skim the post and miss that I intentionally extended this as an experiment. I understand it takes 5 minutes to shower, I'm not an idiot. It is my personal belief, and highly Paleo-backed, that bathing every day or even more than once a week is highly unnatural and not good for you, especially if you must use heated chemically-treated water to do it.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

A q-tip may get "lost" depending on the gal.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Good article. I'm definitely more in the 'don't give a bleep' about what anyone else thinks about me. I'll wear my VFFs at the gym even if it gets me a dozen looks.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on August 29, 2012
at 12:18 PM

I've actually found I notice any stench long before other people do. And yes, I have friends who are that honest. (Though I don't have any friends who are as sensitive to smell as I am.)

42e9b29aa8f152876c414554848d9d32

on July 17, 2012
at 02:38 AM

You can also rub them down with vodka. The alcohol will kill the bacteria (which is what is causing the body odor), at least for a little while. As you perspire throughout the day, you'll grow new bacteria. You might have to do it a few times a day.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Oh, meant to say also that I don't think a natural bacterial reaction on a human body is abnormal in any way. I do think it can be made worse with grain, soy, bean eating. Sometimes my co-op is an olfactory adventure.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:18 PM

I disagree, respectfully. I am a stinky lass. It's much better since going Paleo, but within a day or two without my natural deodorant, I reek. I like to shower (washing only hair, pits and bits) every 2-3 days. My husband, on the other hand, only smells better with each passing day—like cedar. So unfair.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Finally, a voice of reason in this thread! While I can't imagine myself trying the q-tip trick, the rest is exactly what's been going through my head while reading the "answers" here. I suspect that as we learn more about our personal microbiota, more people will jump on the less-frequent-showering bandwagon. Western expectations are so damaging.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:11 PM

So when a woman does it, it's a "whore's bath" and when a man does it, it's a "gentleman's wash"? Figures. ;)

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Showering is way over-rated. Every few days is more than enough unless you have some kind of chemical imbalance. If you stink, then by all means, shower. If not, it will do your skin some good to just go without, or do a rinse off without harsh chemical soaps.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on May 29, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Chill out, dude. This is a place for helpful answers, not critisism.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on May 29, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Also known as a "gentleman's wash": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6U0m2wanio

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 29, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Korion, when you yourself can smell it, other people are getting gassed by the BO. :P

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on May 22, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Thanks for the reply. I must say I have to agree with you. I've been on-and-off with using soap over the last few weeks, and I SWEAR that I smell my worst immediately after bathing or when wearing deodorant (natural). I also seem to smell the best after a very hard workout when wearing no deodorant at all. It also seems that it is worse with certain 'cheats', especially after a lot of coffee. Our water is fairly hard. We have the 'soap isn't coming out' feeling when we shower in soft water.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 30, 2012
at 10:15 PM

I never called anyone with BO hippies. Where did you get that? I think people are way to sensitive which is a damn shame. The original poster does need to take a bath. Bathing is considered taking care of yourself and apart of our culture. When people post about not bathing and is it okay, oh and my hair is greasy and I can contain the stench with a sweatshirt, and all that jive they just give a bad rap to Paleo and endorse the opposition's belief that those of us that follow the Paleo lifestyle are a bunch of kooks.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on April 30, 2012
at 09:00 PM

exactly Blitherakt. During how showers I tend to linger. Cold showers are very quick, no-nonsense affairs.

57fe410364322da1273494ded305c742

(109)

on April 30, 2012
at 11:56 AM

right on! i think people are just too conditioned to western points of view. i've heard people be so offensive about others' odors. i personally never try to smell anyone. i think it's weird! who the hell cares what other humans smell like?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:46 AM

Now this answer I like. *but body smell can be quite pleasant on the opposite sex* absolutely!!!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Really? I used to have BO when I was young. If you think you have the right to call people with BO hippies and say *"you need to take a fucking bath"*, do I have the right to say to all obese *"you need to stop being fucking lazy"*? Because I think that is extremely wrong.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:41 AM

I don't understand why people assume no-soap-no-shampoo makes people look and smell bad. As far as I know, after 2 weeks of boyscouts, I always came back looking 10 times better. Should have seen that as a clue that something was wrong :)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:36 AM

Almost never, because my focus is health and not muscles. I do carry 80 pounds for a couple of miles when I go shopping though (3-4 times a week).

57fe410364322da1273494ded305c742

(109)

on April 29, 2012
at 07:49 PM

LOL i work with children. they never complain.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Do you work from home or interact with a lot of people?

1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

(870)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:13 PM

How frequently do you work out? I've gone soap and shampoo free, but still take daily morning showers in addition to a post work out shower.

1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

(870)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:12 PM

My deodorant stone is aluminum free. Check out Thai Deodorant Crystals.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:11 PM

But some hippies really reek from the excess beans, soy, grains! Ever smelled a soy fart - you will never forget that trauma!

37f026ae463501697b0b465af49e4e06

(125)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I'm on your side. Your language, however, is both rude and unhelpful. People will be less likely to take your advice if they are offended right off the bat. Just a thought..

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:44 PM

I enjoy swearing. Especially to make a point. And yes, dude needs to take a fucking bath.

37f026ae463501697b0b465af49e4e06

(125)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Not only are there better ways to make your point, but there is also the option of not commenting at all. I suggest you use the latter choice when you feel the need to criticize and swear.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Note: OP states "It started out with being too busy, but I decided to just keep it up for as long as I could as an experiment of sorts."

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I can't imagine using a washcloth to apply oil?

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I agree- I have the hardest time getting out of a hot shower, esp. when the air is cold. But a cold shower feels *really good* to get out of.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Yow, ease up on the hostility. I have lots of friends who stink and I don't disown them - ever heard of hippies?

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:36 PM

You use the q-tip to wipe oil between the folds of the labia and then wipe it off with toilet paper. It takes two seconds. Don't stick it in the vag. Don't stick anything in the vag.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:08 PM

By the way, have you ever tried dry skin brushing? Its supposed to work well.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:07 PM

*"Other people can smell your stink long before you can smell it yourself."* Where does this idea come from? When I had BO during puberty, believe me, I knew immediately if I smelled or not.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:06 PM

The garlic is a great point. Whenever I eat it, everybody knows :)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:05 PM

I don't smell, and hardly ever sweat, but I think its a bad thing. I wanna sweat :D!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:03 PM

kashperanto, I think this is a great question, and I totally agree with *"especially if you must use heated chemically-treated water to do it"* My face after a shower is usally red, inflamed and starts to form small little bumps. Not my body, just my face.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Wow, there are better ways to make your point.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:58 AM

It was more than just you, but several people seemed to overlook that I explicitly stated that I showered the day I originally posted this. All of my recent activity is from last night, as it has been at least a month since I last logged in. I also left out that I skipped my usual workout routine last week, so not much sweat-inducing activity.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Yes, sweatshirt and good deodorant. Maybe wash your face at least. Same here @kashperanto..we talk here about trying to be healthy and "natural" and there really is no denying that bathing everyday is something that's unique to us relatively privileged people do. And yes, that is true...it's not even something people did 100 years ago.

6481788df76f391ba2746d9f1ad1e8f1

(799)

on April 28, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Total +1 for use of "whore's bath"!

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:31 PM

I'll have to try this. I was using Natural Calm magnesium supplements a few months ago, but I haven't replenished my supply since running out.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I don't like the fact that they contain aluminum, but thanks for the suggestion.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Thank you for being one of the few people to actually give me a suggestion. I will definitely have to try this. I have been thinking about just skipping the 'natural' deodorants and washing the armpits more frequently. I was googling today and found that lemons can be used to kill off bacteria.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Once again, how many of you even read my post all the way through?

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:20 PM

The sweatshirt works as well as I think. I have someone I trust who claimed I didn't smell at all when I thought I did. I did use Jason tea tree natural deodorant, which covers up and fights the odor naturally. And I washed my underarms when I could really tell it was getting bad. It's funny to receive such negative criticism here where everyone should see that bathing every day with soaps and even water is decidedly unnatural. Up until maybe 100 years ago frequent bathing was not normal, let alone in Grok's time.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Mick Jagger has it right. I started out with just not giving myself time in the mornings, but then it became a "how long could I pull this off?" kind of deal. Our water is city water that is fluoridated and chlorinated, so if I can get away without water rinsing at all it is best. Like I said in the OP, I have gone just water in the past and this is noticeably better on my skin.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Showering everyday really is something that is done mostly for "social acceptance" rather than health. I don't see why the OP should stress so much over it. I mean, maybe the OP should shower more often than bi-weekly though if he/she is stinking that much.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Really? Maybe it just depends on the school social "environment". At my undergrad, sleeping in the study lounge overnight was common because everyone was a freak at being competitive and late-night studying. At my younger sister's school, people would sleep at the library, bringing their toothbrush, wake up, and study again. Showering was taken down a notch during crunch time and it was normal at both mine and her school.

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

(1646)

on April 28, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I think Aaron was alluding to the "It's cold! It's cold! It's cold! I gotta get out of this!" more than the heat-up time... You probably wouldn't want to lounge under a 60-degree spray as long as you would if it was 100-degrees.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:58 PM

A q-tip? Huh? I'm with Bobbie. Why not a wash cloth?

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Huh? The eight seconds to get warm water is that time consuming? Otherwise I don't see how it's any faster at all.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 28, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Seriously on the q-tip crotch funk? Why go to all that trouble when someone can just take shower or bath? Seriously.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on April 28, 2012
at 02:38 PM

you had time to post this but no time to shower? sounds like lazyness to me. I have little kids and can only shower whhen they are sleeping, or on the rare occasion my husband is home and has time to watch them. i still manage to get it done daily. on the rare occasion every other day. gross....

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 28, 2012
at 01:56 PM

If you can spare a few minutes to brush your hair, spend it in the shower rinsing out your hair and scrubbing your body instead. Skip the deodorant and other attempts to cover your odor; they probably only make it worse in the long run. Just clean yourself with water and maybe some minimal soap. It doesn't have to be a big deal.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on April 28, 2012
at 01:04 PM

As a perpetual student, I have to disagree a bit. PLEASE SHOWER! Nothings worse than getting stuck sitting next to somebody during an exam who thinks showering should be a weekly or biweekly affair.

07c86972a3bea0b0dc17752e9d2f5642

(3162)

on April 28, 2012
at 12:45 PM

I was about to say the same! Stand back from people. Although the truth is when I've gone days without showering and I asked someone I trusted to tell the truth, they always say they I don't smell at all to them even though I think I do. I think we are more hyper aware of it at that point, when most other people don't notice at all.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 28, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Also, if you go shampoo and soap free the shower takes even less time. I've noticed that my showers take about half as long as they used to and no one seems to think I stink.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on April 28, 2012
at 12:30 PM

I work 40+ hours a week and am 3/4 through my masters and I manage to shower at least once a day.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 28, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Here is my trick - please stay a couple of yards away from other people, especially in hot and humid weather. I shower every single day because I always notice if I start to smell. People with sensitive nose will have a hard time with it. Remember the reason why Steve Jobs was working night shifts? Thanks!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:32 AM

The people around him probably care. I doubt that sweatshirt he claims "contains the stench" does it nearly as well as he thinks.

3ed47bb3513ed0b4849e6b492422cadf

(90)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:33 AM

This story stinks! lol.

B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

(748)

on April 28, 2012
at 07:23 AM

+ 1 for actually answering the question.

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:34 AM

He said it started out with his being busy, but I gather from the question that's not the case anymore.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:29 AM

Awww....and I thought I was just being an A$$hole. Who knew I was funny!?

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I love your answers that use both humor and truth!!

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(10663)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:19 AM

Lol exactly. Coulda taken a shower in the time it took him to write this question.

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on April 28, 2012
at 05:56 AM

Really, showering is something that not everyone does on a daily basis. It's something that industrialized countries do moreso for social and aesthetic reasons, rather than health.

I don't know about adults, but I know that it is not recommended that infants be bathed everyday because it increases risk for asthma and also can lead to dry skin. If you're sweating a LOT, maybe drinking some ice-cold water might help. I don't think it would be harmful to shower less often, if you aren't working out vigorously everyday and work in a professional environment. It might help regulate your skin's self production of oils in the long run, since you talked about having better skin.

You're a student...you can get away with this. And who cares if you don't shower during finals week when you're probably hiding in the library with no social life anyway? I don't know about you, but when I was a student, this kind of behavior was normal, and people just wore the same outfits over again and showered less. Enjoy this precious time to be free before you enter the real world and have to look "neat" and wear stuff like khakis and pants with zippers and buttons (as opposed to sweatpants all the time).

Good luck on finals!

B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

(748)

on April 28, 2012
at 07:23 AM

+ 1 for actually answering the question.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on April 28, 2012
at 10:32 AM

The people around him probably care. I doubt that sweatshirt he claims "contains the stench" does it nearly as well as he thinks.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Really? Maybe it just depends on the school social "environment". At my undergrad, sleeping in the study lounge overnight was common because everyone was a freak at being competitive and late-night studying. At my younger sister's school, people would sleep at the library, bringing their toothbrush, wake up, and study again. Showering was taken down a notch during crunch time and it was normal at both mine and her school.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Yes, sweatshirt and good deodorant. Maybe wash your face at least. Same here @kashperanto..we talk here about trying to be healthy and "natural" and there really is no denying that bathing everyday is something that's unique to us relatively privileged people do. And yes, that is true...it's not even something people did 100 years ago.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on April 28, 2012
at 01:04 PM

As a perpetual student, I have to disagree a bit. PLEASE SHOWER! Nothings worse than getting stuck sitting next to somebody during an exam who thinks showering should be a weekly or biweekly affair.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:20 PM

The sweatshirt works as well as I think. I have someone I trust who claimed I didn't smell at all when I thought I did. I did use Jason tea tree natural deodorant, which covers up and fights the odor naturally. And I washed my underarms when I could really tell it was getting bad. It's funny to receive such negative criticism here where everyone should see that bathing every day with soaps and even water is decidedly unnatural. Up until maybe 100 years ago frequent bathing was not normal, let alone in Grok's time.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Showering everyday really is something that is done mostly for "social acceptance" rather than health. I don't see why the OP should stress so much over it. I mean, maybe the OP should shower more often than bi-weekly though if he/she is stinking that much.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:05 PM

I don't smell, and hardly ever sweat, but I think its a bad thing. I wanna sweat :D!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Showering is way over-rated. Every few days is more than enough unless you have some kind of chemical imbalance. If you stink, then by all means, shower. If not, it will do your skin some good to just go without, or do a rinse off without harsh chemical soaps.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 28, 2012
at 04:49 AM

I guess my first thought, if I am being honest is - If you have time for PaleoHacks you have time for a shower. For that matter sleep 5 minutes less and have a hot water rinse. That's all I generally do anyways.


Edit - Since I suspect it's my comment that Killer and & Kash are alluding too I'll add -

You shouldn't ever smell bad. If you do, something is wrong and given our current population density you owe it to others to do something about it.

I do absolutely take issue with "No time" being the reason given, especially with the 3 active questions and 20+ recent answers on the OPs profile. It just strikes me as untrue.

Now let's say you hate showering and bathing. I do. I really dislike getting in the water, it bugs me. I shower 2x a week, I don't eat garlic or onions in quantity because I start getting more smelly. I don't use deodorant, shampoo, cologne or soap. My 2x a week is a really brisk scrub under hot water. I time them so they are on the days I workout and I add a rinse any day I get especially hot and sweaty. I'm also 33 years old and can tell you if I did this in my teens or early 20's I would have stunk.

So to be fair -

Avoid/limit sulfur foods. Anti-bacterial things will cause the bacteria on your skin to change (my theory) and to make you more smelly. If you are committed then skip the tea-tree stuff.
Make sure to exfoliate everytime you shower if you don't shower regularly. It cuts the food supply and living environment for the stinkiest of bacteria, skip this step and you will probably smell like cheese.
If you can't shower after workouts at least towel off. It helps.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 28, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Also, if you go shampoo and soap free the shower takes even less time. I've noticed that my showers take about half as long as they used to and no one seems to think I stink.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:06 PM

The garlic is a great point. Whenever I eat it, everybody knows :)

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:34 AM

He said it started out with his being busy, but I gather from the question that's not the case anymore.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:19 AM

Lol exactly. Coulda taken a shower in the time it took him to write this question.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:58 AM

It was more than just you, but several people seemed to overlook that I explicitly stated that I showered the day I originally posted this. All of my recent activity is from last night, as it has been at least a month since I last logged in. I also left out that I skipped my usual workout routine last week, so not much sweat-inducing activity.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I love your answers that use both humor and truth!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:29 AM

Awww....and I thought I was just being an A$$hole. Who knew I was funny!?

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Mick Jagger has it right. I started out with just not giving myself time in the mornings, but then it became a "how long could I pull this off?" kind of deal. Our water is city water that is fluoridated and chlorinated, so if I can get away without water rinsing at all it is best. Like I said in the OP, I have gone just water in the past and this is noticeably better on my skin.

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A190543468586aa445265c8165e254e2

on April 28, 2012
at 03:08 PM

You're not tricking anyone. Other people can smell your stink long before you can smell it yourself.

You're a dude. Dude showers are like five minutes. No excuse.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:07 PM

*"Other people can smell your stink long before you can smell it yourself."* Where does this idea come from? When I had BO during puberty, believe me, I knew immediately if I smelled or not.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 29, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Korion, when you yourself can smell it, other people are getting gassed by the BO. :P

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on August 29, 2012
at 12:18 PM

I've actually found I notice any stench long before other people do. And yes, I have friends who are that honest. (Though I don't have any friends who are as sensitive to smell as I am.)

7
9af2c2c49634ea6caea14af9e1431b82

on April 28, 2012
at 08:18 PM

No, no no no no. Stop it.

If you have time to goof around on Paleohacks, you have two minutes to go take a Whore's bath.

6481788df76f391ba2746d9f1ad1e8f1

(799)

on April 28, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Total +1 for use of "whore's bath"!

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on May 29, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Also known as a "gentleman's wash": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6U0m2wanio

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:11 PM

So when a woman does it, it's a "whore's bath" and when a man does it, it's a "gentleman's wash"? Figures. ;)

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A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

(130)

on April 29, 2012
at 03:33 PM

This is mostly just opinion and personal experience, so...

Not bathing regularly is something you can get away with, but there is an adjustment period where your body is still producing oils as if you're showering regularly. For a short term period of time away from a shower, I've heard baby powder in the hair can help prevent greasiness. Other than that, I really don't know. As others have said, you may as well jump in and out of the shower and be done with it. But if you want to shower less frequently on a long term basis, expect to feel gross for a few weeks as your body adjusts.

My roommate, a female, probably only showers once every couple of weeks, and I honestly don't notice any smell. And she's a big girl, possibly 250-300lbs. I think she's been doing it for so long that her body just doesn't produce the excess oils that mine does when I go for a similar period of time without showering. After just two days, my hair is a greasy mess. Of course, we're both females. In high school, I did have a male friend that trained himself to only shower once a week. I absolutely did not notice a bad smell on him. His natural body smell was much stronger, but it wasn't a foul odor. It became a sort of game for him, to see how long he could go without a bath. No harm done, as far as I can tell.

Maybe the "armpit stench" you're smelling isn't as bad as you think it is? Maybe it is your natural body smell. If it really is a bad stench, maybe try another deodorant or anti-perspirant to see if that helps. Also, find someone around you that will give you an honest opinion about the smell. There's a big difference between body smell and body odor. Body odor gives me a headache, but body smell can be quite pleasant on the opposite sex.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:46 AM

Now this answer I like. *but body smell can be quite pleasant on the opposite sex* absolutely!!!

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Cold shower. Takes MUCH less time than a hot shower. Very efficient and invigorating.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Huh? The eight seconds to get warm water is that time consuming? Otherwise I don't see how it's any faster at all.

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

(1646)

on April 28, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I think Aaron was alluding to the "It's cold! It's cold! It's cold! I gotta get out of this!" more than the heat-up time... You probably wouldn't want to lounge under a 60-degree spray as long as you would if it was 100-degrees.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I agree- I have the hardest time getting out of a hot shower, esp. when the air is cold. But a cold shower feels *really good* to get out of.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on April 30, 2012
at 09:00 PM

exactly Blitherakt. During how showers I tend to linger. Cold showers are very quick, no-nonsense affairs.

4
Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on April 28, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Try a deodorant stone for the pits. Mine are stench free.

Wet pits, wipe the stone around (wax on, wax off...), gently blot the pits dry.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I don't like the fact that they contain aluminum, but thanks for the suggestion.

1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

(870)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:12 PM

My deodorant stone is aluminum free. Check out Thai Deodorant Crystals.

4
Fb031dfd6b79e5617da593a2bf9b23cd

on April 28, 2012
at 12:03 PM

For oily hair, baby powder applied to it and massaged throughout will soak up the oil. As far as the smell and deodorant isn't working... what about just washing your armpits?

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Thank you for being one of the few people to actually give me a suggestion. I will definitely have to try this. I have been thinking about just skipping the 'natural' deodorants and washing the armpits more frequently. I was googling today and found that lemons can be used to kill off bacteria.

42e9b29aa8f152876c414554848d9d32

on July 17, 2012
at 02:38 AM

You can also rub them down with vodka. The alcohol will kill the bacteria (which is what is causing the body odor), at least for a little while. As you perspire throughout the day, you'll grow new bacteria. You might have to do it a few times a day.

4
1c3e393660af60afdd2fabcfea39f193

on April 28, 2012
at 05:48 AM

This is a bizarre question. How is it that you are too busy for a shower? You can be in and out, dried, and dressed in 5 minutes or less.

Sounds like you'd just like folks around you to know that you're working really hard at school. There are easier ways to do that than building up body odor and oil. Your academic performance will also probably be better if you take care of yourself a little.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on April 28, 2012
at 12:30 PM

I work 40+ hours a week and am 3/4 through my masters and I manage to shower at least once a day.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on April 28, 2012
at 02:38 PM

you had time to post this but no time to shower? sounds like lazyness to me. I have little kids and can only shower whhen they are sleeping, or on the rare occasion my husband is home and has time to watch them. i still manage to get it done daily. on the rare occasion every other day. gross....

3ed47bb3513ed0b4849e6b492422cadf

(90)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:33 AM

This story stinks! lol.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Once again, how many of you even read my post all the way through?

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Note: OP states "It started out with being too busy, but I decided to just keep it up for as long as I could as an experiment of sorts."

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I haven't taken a shower in 10 months, and asking several (like 20) people if I smelled gave negative results. I just wonder : is smelling a good thing, and is sweating a good thing? I believe the answer to this is yes and no, just like with poop : smelly poop is usually not a good sign, but no poop too.

The reason why I don't shower is because the water irritates my skin. If it would be a bit warmer outside, I'd take a bath in the sea, but right now it's cold and it has been this cold for almost a year.

I'm a student too, and totally agree with Sunny Beaches. I remember, two years ago, when I started eating lots of pizza, I started to smell really bad even when taking showers. Nobody minded.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:08 PM

By the way, have you ever tried dry skin brushing? Its supposed to work well.

1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

(870)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:13 PM

How frequently do you work out? I've gone soap and shampoo free, but still take daily morning showers in addition to a post work out shower.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:36 AM

Almost never, because my focus is health and not muscles. I do carry 80 pounds for a couple of miles when I go shopping though (3-4 times a week).

3
8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on April 28, 2012
at 03:13 PM

For girls, a little oil on a q-tip can clear out crotch funk (i.e. "smegma" between the labia folds). For men and armpits, I'd think powder of some sort would absorb excess moisture and could provide a little pleasant odor. I use Burt's Bees baby oil and powder and it has a gentle, sweet smell. There are also no-rinse cleaning products that astronauts and hikers use, or truncated baths/splashes where you just do pits and bits w/o immersing your whole body (my mom calls them "whore's baths" - sorry if anyone finds that vulgar, but I think it's kind of cute). Or just wash/rinse your hair under the faucet - thirty seconds (depending on how much hair you have) and you're done.

I'm really surprised at all the "ew" responses to this question. I've typically found this community to be really open-minded about alternative ways to conduct our lives. Is a woman's choosing not to shave gross and icky too?

Frequent bathing - and this verdant repulsion to natural body odor - strike me as manufactured, marketed, very "Westernized" views on humanity. American women were, not very long ago, told via advertisement to douche with Lysol to "regain their husband's lost affection" due to their disgusting, awful, natural body stink. Honestly, there's a difference between healthy hygiene and American standards on bathing.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 28, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Seriously on the q-tip crotch funk? Why go to all that trouble when someone can just take shower or bath? Seriously.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

A q-tip may get "lost" depending on the gal.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:36 PM

You use the q-tip to wipe oil between the folds of the labia and then wipe it off with toilet paper. It takes two seconds. Don't stick it in the vag. Don't stick anything in the vag.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:58 PM

A q-tip? Huh? I'm with Bobbie. Why not a wash cloth?

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I can't imagine using a washcloth to apply oil?

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Finally, a voice of reason in this thread! While I can't imagine myself trying the q-tip trick, the rest is exactly what's been going through my head while reading the "answers" here. I suspect that as we learn more about our personal microbiota, more people will jump on the less-frequent-showering bandwagon. Western expectations are so damaging.

3
4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on April 28, 2012
at 11:56 AM

Magnesium oil. I started using it transdermally (on the skin), and forgot to wear deodorant yesterday, and had no body odor. (I even made my fiancee smell my underarms!)

But, take a couple of minutes every few days to get in the shower. It will make you feel better, and the study break will help as well.

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on April 28, 2012
at 08:31 PM

I'll have to try this. I was using Natural Calm magnesium supplements a few months ago, but I haven't replenished my supply since running out.

2
3a966a805e09d88b0f223f2985392e4f

(836)

on July 16, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Showering every day is CERTAINLY an Anglo-sphere thing, and a modern one at that. My grandpa used to say to my Dad, "Bath once a week whether you're dirty or not!" And then his 7 brothers and sisters would all use the washtub outside their house with water they heated up from the lake. The person who used the tub last got the dirtiest water. This was out in rural Canada.

I spoke to a gentleman who was a retired naval vet about this and he said it was the exact same way in Missouri when he grew up. "One bath per week, even if you're not dirty."

2
2fdb7a6236b04bdfc3dacaf2bc236515

on April 28, 2012
at 04:29 PM

I have never been too busy to carve out 15 minutes to take a shower (my hair is long, thick, and hard to rinse, though) each day or two. As others have pointed out, it's really inconsiderate to everyone around you when you refuse to bathe every few days. In Western culture, anyway :)

Having said that, unscented baby wipes are great for a sponge bath after my workouts when I'm sweaty and can't take a shower. Not the most "paleo," but it works for me.

2
Medium avatar

(2338)

on April 28, 2012
at 03:24 PM

for me the shower is so much more than just getting clean. it's so relaxing and invigorating at the same time. i can't see why you would not just take 5 mins and enjoy a hot steamy shower ended with a couple minutes of icy coldness. probably one of my favorite parts of the day.

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44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 28, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Take a fucking bath. This is disgusting and I see no point in it unless you no longer want to have friends or you have some issues where you want to stink. I honestly thought this was a joke at first. WTF?

37f026ae463501697b0b465af49e4e06

(125)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I'm on your side. Your language, however, is both rude and unhelpful. People will be less likely to take your advice if they are offended right off the bat. Just a thought..

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:44 PM

I enjoy swearing. Especially to make a point. And yes, dude needs to take a fucking bath.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Yow, ease up on the hostility. I have lots of friends who stink and I don't disown them - ever heard of hippies?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:11 PM

But some hippies really reek from the excess beans, soy, grains! Ever smelled a soy fart - you will never forget that trauma!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Wow, there are better ways to make your point.

37f026ae463501697b0b465af49e4e06

(125)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Not only are there better ways to make your point, but there is also the option of not commenting at all. I suggest you use the latter choice when you feel the need to criticize and swear.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on April 30, 2012
at 10:15 PM

I never called anyone with BO hippies. Where did you get that? I think people are way to sensitive which is a damn shame. The original poster does need to take a bath. Bathing is considered taking care of yourself and apart of our culture. When people post about not bathing and is it okay, oh and my hair is greasy and I can contain the stench with a sweatshirt, and all that jive they just give a bad rap to Paleo and endorse the opposition's belief that those of us that follow the Paleo lifestyle are a bunch of kooks.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Really? I used to have BO when I was young. If you think you have the right to call people with BO hippies and say *"you need to take a fucking bath"*, do I have the right to say to all obese *"you need to stop being fucking lazy"*? Because I think that is extremely wrong.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on May 29, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Chill out, dude. This is a place for helpful answers, not critisism.

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E95216c62a14d21c371fcbf2fed8469b

(1867)

on April 28, 2012
at 05:32 AM

You need to master the two minute shower. During the winter, I hate showers though and will do a sponge bath and oil my skin down and save my good showers for my moon time. During the summer, I take cold showers and all the rest. I'm a female and for men it may be different and more smelly. I understand about being busy though. It's so tempting to let personal hygiene fall by the wayside.

1
57fe410364322da1273494ded305c742

on April 29, 2012
at 02:12 PM

http://freetheanimal.com/2009/12/paleo-i-dont-care-i-like-no-soap-no-shampoo.html

Very interesting article on non-bathing :) I am thinking of trying it.

57fe410364322da1273494ded305c742

(109)

on April 29, 2012
at 07:49 PM

LOL i work with children. they never complain.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on April 29, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Do you work from home or interact with a lot of people?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:41 AM

I don't understand why people assume no-soap-no-shampoo makes people look and smell bad. As far as I know, after 2 weeks of boyscouts, I always came back looking 10 times better. Should have seen that as a clue that something was wrong :)

57fe410364322da1273494ded305c742

(109)

on April 30, 2012
at 11:56 AM

right on! i think people are just too conditioned to western points of view. i've heard people be so offensive about others' odors. i personally never try to smell anyone. i think it's weird! who the hell cares what other humans smell like?

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Good article. I'm definitely more in the 'don't give a bleep' about what anyone else thinks about me. I'll wear my VFFs at the gym even if it gets me a dozen looks.

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5a44ddf35ab962b11a375b94f3e7e800

(175)

on April 29, 2012
at 12:40 PM

If you have BO, something is wrong...

Do you eat a lot of spicy / pungent foods?

I have a physical job, and at the end of the day I can have a bit of an "honest day's work" armpit whiff - but if I've been eating grains, too much coffee, certain spices then it's a lot stronger and more unpleasant.

What are your clothes made from? Artificial fibres keep sweat on the skin and feed the stinky bacteria; natural fibres let the skin breathe. Same idea with tight vs loose clothing.

What soaps / deos have you used? Again, I find the more artificial, chemically, scented super-duper ones actually wear off fastest and provoke a stronger response, than e.g. the "salt stick" deo. Dr Bronners or african black soap is my preferred.

(For the record, I shower each day with occasional exceptions)

EDIT - "no poo" seems to work well in soft water areas but not in hard water. What's your water like?

9b0310b623f8ed289c9571ab3a58a142

(384)

on May 22, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Thanks for the reply. I must say I have to agree with you. I've been on-and-off with using soap over the last few weeks, and I SWEAR that I smell my worst immediately after bathing or when wearing deodorant (natural). I also seem to smell the best after a very hard workout when wearing no deodorant at all. It also seems that it is worse with certain 'cheats', especially after a lot of coffee. Our water is fairly hard. We have the 'soap isn't coming out' feeling when we shower in soft water.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Oh, meant to say also that I don't think a natural bacterial reaction on a human body is abnormal in any way. I do think it can be made worse with grain, soy, bean eating. Sometimes my co-op is an olfactory adventure.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 16, 2012
at 10:18 PM

I disagree, respectfully. I am a stinky lass. It's much better since going Paleo, but within a day or two without my natural deodorant, I reek. I like to shower (washing only hair, pits and bits) every 2-3 days. My husband, on the other hand, only smells better with each passing day—like cedar. So unfair.

0
C06d69aac8feee82831cb927d0b05abc

on May 29, 2012
at 08:48 AM

The less liquids in you, the less liquids come out of you, in every form, including sweat and oils.

Needless to say, this is something most people would not recommend for obvious reasons. However, for this particular question, it apply's. Simply consume less sodium and avoid pure water. Drink fruit juices, soda and other liquids that wash right through the body. NOT sports drinks or high sodium content (like soup broth etc.)

Of course avoid any strenuous activity such as sports and other physically demanding labor. If you don't do a lot, you don't need a lot, and you of course won't sweat a lot.

But again... in the end, if there's not a lot of liquid in your body, it will keep all that it has locked inside... or at least, it will keep much more locked in.

This is also speaking from experience. I have never been one to drink the recommended amounts of liquid/water daily and as a result, I am often mildly dehydrated--- however, it just results in less sweating and NATURAL oil reserves/build up where people tend to lose it most (hair and skin).

I rarely ever sweat, and I never need moisturizers. My hair and skin are naturally "normal". I am 28 years old now and have had less than 10 pimples in my LIFE, have only gotten sun burn once in my LIFE, and have been VERY fortunate to have never gotten any skin rashes and dandruff only shows if I don't wash my hair for 3+ days, and after one wash, it's gone.

This is just MY theory, but I honestly think the reason for my "luck" is common sense. Sweat is the nasty stuff your body pushes OUT, for a reason. It's not meant to stay inside, and the whole reason we bath in the first place, is to wash off dirty sweat and other bodily oils the body pushes out when in access (along with other things we just come in contact with through out our daily lives). In the end... I think it makes more sense to just cut out the middle man. Be less physically active so that you don't NEED to keep overly hydrated... Do less - Drink Less - Sweat Less, viola! If you sweat less, you stink less. And nasty smells are a natural sign that something is nasty. Getting sweaty is like rubbing nasty liquids on your body... why not just stop sweat before it starts? Take it out of the equation for a few weeks and see what happens.

Obviously... you can only do this if you don't have a physically active life style. But if you ever have a "Home" vacation, you should give it a try.

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