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Pro Tip: You Don't Need to Shower

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Do you bathe on a regular basis? Stop. You don't need to.

James Hamblin, a physician, explains in The Atlantic that it's unnecessary. Your body will naturally regulate its own filth if you would just leave it alone:

The odor of bodies is the product of bacteria that live on our skin and feed off of the oily secretions from the sweat and sebaceous glands at the base of our hair follicles. Applying detergents (soaps) to our skin and hair every day disrupts a sort of balance between skin oils and the bacteria that live on our skin. When you shower aggressively, you obliterate the ecosystems. They repopulate quickly, but the species are out of balance and tend to favor the kinds of microbes that produce odor.

But after a while, the idea goes, your ecosystem reaches a steady state, and you stop smelling bad.

Hamblin put the theory to the test on himself. It worked! His friends tell him that he doesn't stink:

And everything is fine. I wake up and get out the door in minutes. At times when I might’ve smelled bad before, like at the end of a long day or after working out,  I just don’t. At least, to my nose. I’ve asked friends to smell me, and they insist that it’s all good. (Though they could be allied in an attempt to ruin me.)

So knock it off with bathing. Live naturally. The people around you will appreciate it.

-via TYWKIWDBI


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NO BATHING = NO MORE ORAL SEX FROM GIRLFRIEND!! NUFF SAID!

THERE'S A REASON THEY CAME UP WITH THE ADVERTISING SLOGAN:
"AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU USE DIAL? DON'T YOU WISH EVERYBODY DID?"
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Yeah, not to get all TMI, but... given how gross certain areas of my body feel after even two days without a shower, I don't want to think about what I'm going to wake up with under my fingernails on day three. I'll let you fill in the rest of that mental image.
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Been living this way for over a decade. I've found it's much more important to wear clean clothes than to shower often. The stink lives in your clothes more than it lives on you. I work in an industrial setting and only wash my coveralls once a week, but the Tee shirt I wear under them gets stinky after three days or so. Even if I haven't showered in a week a simple change of clothes fixes everything.

So stinky subway guy is stinky because he's been wearing the same clothes for a month. Not to say he doesn't have some hygiene issues, but most of the wretched stench in in the shitty pants and jacket he's been wearing all summer.
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