Soap or not soap, that is the question ?

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  1. Oct 22, 2019 #21

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    Dogs are different story. the optimal time of bath is the most twice a year. look at the wolves they do not bath , no skin problems
    I still will use soap and deo, can not imagine to go anywhere taking stink with me, What about woman jewels, Do we wash it or not? I do not believe in no soap
    I have one customer who does not wash her hair more than once in two months, She got my syndet. Hair hair is awful no shine, no body even the hair is good ; thick
    My routine is shower every two days; if possible, On summertime of course every day but twice a day my jewels and once a day armpits, Hands probably 40 times a day, Some washing hands obsession which serves me well . I had not flue for the last 15 years, with my COPD it would be difficult to survive, So washing the hands is probably why i avoid flu
     
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    I have to find that article I read once, a long time ago, that recommends not washing em with anything other than plain water, and only if it's necessary. Something about ph, which is why there are such things as ph balanced feminine washes now.

    I was horrified to say the least. I use whatever soap I'm using on the rest of my body.... So far no one has complained :p
     
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  3. Oct 23, 2019 #23

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    I am the same, without soap I would feel dirty and stinky ;))
     
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    I am the most showeriest person here (not a real word!). I shower as soon as I get up. I usually exercise every morning (yoga or aerobics) so I shower when I get home. And I always shower before bed. Hair wash sometimes every day, sometimes I can go 2 days. I live in South Florida so it's always pretty hot and humid which dictates frequent showers. Sometimes just walking outside to my car I can work up a good sweat! The whole reason I got into soaping was because my skin was so dry, I was going through a bottle of lotion a week (go figure). I seldom use lotion anymore, I superfat my soap so that it is lovely on my skin.
     
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    on humid hot summer I do the same , showering a few times a day
     
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    Instead of 'FP&C', I think I shall from now on refer to the washing I do on my off-shower days as an 'FP&J'. 'Jewels' sounds much more lady-like and polite than crotch. lol My jewels get washed with soap once a day.


    IrishLass :)
     
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    That's funny. In nursing school (40 years ago), we sometimes gave a TPA bath instead of a full wash. (Tits, pits and ass).
     
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    jewels what about under the breast ladies, it is important to take care of it especially when we have double d
     
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    Actually the breasts are specifically mentioned in my TPA bath mentioned above.
     
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    Double Ds and underwire for support + tropical climate.. Makes for frequent showers lol

    Our collection of acronyms are getting interesting lol

    I wash my hair maybe twice a week, unless I went out into the pollution, or I did something dirty and/or sweaty here at home. More than that and both my hair n scalp feel weird.

    Body showers though.. Twice most days, sometimes thrice. I figure if I'm gonna get wet (TPA or FP&J) anyway, might as well do everything.. Because there's no way I'm not gonna make a mess if I don't stand the full me under the shower head lol
     
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    Daw I! I agree, no point in just doing a half-a$$ed job!
     
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    You're the only person besides my mom who uses/knows that expression. Apparently most people say "spit bath" which also sounds sort of yucky, but is better than whore bath.

    Can't believe SMF is letting us use that word.
     
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    We grew up fairly poor...at one point we lived in a house with no indoor plumbing and so picked up the habit of only bathing once a week since water had to be drawn from the well, heated on the stove, poured into a tin tub that Dad brought in from the pack porch. Clothes washing was done on Saturdays...we had a old winger washer and line dried. So 'school clothes' were taken off when we got home and carefully hung up and we put on 'play clothes'. During the summer, we took 'spit' baths before bed...Mom didn't want us getting the sheets all dirty.

    I think it was when I was getting the youngest two ready for bed, having just bathed them and put them into clean jammies, that I realized just how wasteful I had become. Bathing every day, clean jammies and towels every day, clean clothes every day (undies and socks are different). So I started by bathing every other day, wearing jammies for a week, changing out towels every three days, checking clothing for dirt and rehanging if good.

    I'm in my late 50s now and am not nearly as active as I used to be and work in an office. I shower once a week and 'wash up' in the middle. When I get home from work, I change out of my 'work clothes' and put on my jammies. I do four loads of laundry every two weeks. I use cold water to wash clothes except for 'whites'; I hang my bras up to dry. I quit buying 'antibacterial' soaps several years ago.

    My electric bill is lower, my water bill is lower, I'm not spending as much on shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, Bounce sheets, etc. Our skin and hair isn't as dry. Our clothes are lasting longer and hubby, who used to get sick twice a year, hasn't gotten sick in three years. My way isn't for everyone or every circumstance.
     
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    Definitely not, but if it works for you. I am an RN. I specialize in GI Nursing. So I help out with colonoscopies and upper endoscopes. I ditch my clothes and shower immediately on arriving home. I’m sure you understand. I also exercise frequently. Plus I live in Florida. Showers are just a thing for me.
     
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    Gecko. We lived in Alaska for 31 years...20 of which we did not have commercial electricity or running water. We did the wash tub bit for the first winter there and then hubby built a sauna with a shower base. Lordy, was that ever heaven. In between our weekly showers we did the spit baths almost daily but I could only go about 3 days without a hair wash before my scalp felt bruised...mostly it was every other day, depending on how much water was available(we hauled it about 20 miles once or twice a week.) I stopped wearing make-up at that time since it was more of a chore to get it off, so a daily rinse on my face was the most I did. Of course, we doused ourselves in the summer with eau de Alaska (you'd call it mosquito repellent) and it was noticeable how the mosquitos hovered after a sauna/showers

    When we were able to afford to drill a well and get commercial power, I thought I died and went to heaven with showers every day and more in the summer if we were active. However my skin decided that it was going to look like someone had opened a box of confetti over me with all my flaking skin. I spent a lot of time trying out different soaps and ended up with a shower every other day which sort of took care of the problem.

    After we retired and moved to Idaho, craft places were more readily available and I started using natural based soaps which got rid of most of the confetti and I could take a daily shower again (summers are in the triple digits here). Then I started making my own soaps through tutorials and lots of luck!(before discovering SMF site). But I've never lost the habit of having sets of "work" and "good" clothes and since we are retired the "work" clothes last a long time. More time to soap and quilt, so that suits me fine.

    My one daughter swears that if she drinks a full glass of water in the morning before she starts on coffee, that her body odor is minimal. If the need for coffee is paramount, then the odor will stick all through the day even after a shower.

    The other daughter was having a nasty issue with infections in her jewelry (love that expression)...the doc finally told her to leave off with washing the area with any type of soap....just plain water. She hasn't had another in about 12 years....she loves my soap but it never gets put directly in the area of her jewels! I thought it might be the scent or EO and offered to make unscented, but she won't even try it.

    Hubby is still a "shower once a day guy" and loves his Dial soap...okay by me...I just ignore him when he complains about itchy skin. Lots of different skins and attitudes in this family. I just love it when the girls ask for more of my soap...so I can supply them and make more!
     
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    My husband was using the antibacterial version of Dial in some tropical scent and showered every day, twice on the days he had a gig. Every year, two to three times a year, he would get really sick. When Dial quit making the tropical scent, I convinced him to try another soap that wasn't antibacterial and I switched out the liquid soaps in the bathroom and kitchen to non-antibacterial. That was over four years ago and it's been well over three years since he has gotten sick. And for me, eliminating antibacterial soaps meant I wasn't going through a large bottle of lotion every month.

    We've been using my soap for three months now and I noticed that all of us aren't itching like we used to and the rough, dry section on the underside of my left arm that I used to take an emery board to has disappeared. And I recently took a bar of my soap in a travel container for the 'ladies' at work because they use antibacterial soap.
     
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    I think he just uses the old regular Dial Gold which is harder to find these days. No illness but as long as he can find the old junk he won't let go! I've cut my lotion use more than in half, never use lip balm and no bleeding cuticles. Rarely need to buff my feet as my callouses almost disappeared. I wish Had learned to make soap long ago rather than just a few years ago. Although that might have been an issue when we moved! Another shipping crate for the soaping supplies and inventory! LOL
     
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    Ohh so that affirms what I read, about only using water down there.

    Can I just also say that I'm enjoying reading the snippets about people's lives.. So interesting, so very different from mine, or my parents for example.

    Thank you for sharing @TheGecko and @Quilter99755 :)
     
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    Honestly, we have allowed advertisers to turn us into germaphobes and vampires. “Lather. Rinse. Repeat.” Made billions of dollars for shampoo companies...along with conditioners and treatments since we have now stripped all the natural oils out of our hair. How many blades do you really need to shave? Bottled water? Washing your hands and covering your cough does more than hand sanitizers. How many folks have a Vitamin D deficiency because of skin cancer scares? Not saying that it’s not valid, but with all things in moderation, a little sun worshipping is good for you.

    Edited to fix the quote.
     
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    A few years back they measured germs on counters and tables citing the biggest culprit was our purses or totes. I figured if I lived in Alaska without running water for 20 years...and for sure I did not sanitize my counters after our once a month trip into town for groceries (it was 125 miles each way)...I wasn't going to be scared by that study. I always figured we needed to build up our own immune system better to combat the germs naturally, not disinfect every time you moved! We rarely got sick until our kids went to school...then it was non-stop until summer time when we all got healthy again. A little soap and water goes a long way (except for my daughter's jewelry! LOL)
     

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