As long as no one complains they say they plan to do that
Robin Harper, the administrative assistant at the Martha’s Vineyard Kindergarten, takes a shower every day.
He said: “This is what you did.” But when the coronavirus pandemic forced her to stay indoors and away from the public, she started taking a bath once a week.
The new approach is environmentally beneficial, practical and liberating. And it has always existed.
“Don’t get me wrong,” said Harper, now 43. “I like showering. But it’s my business. I am a mother and I work full time. This is one thing I want to do.”
The pandemic has changed the use of zipper pants and changed people’s eating habits. There are now signs that this has made some Americans more Spartan in washing their hands.
Parents complained that their teenagers gave up daily showers. After a British media poll on YouGov showed that 17% of Britons gave up their daily showers during the pandemic, many people on Twitter said they did the same.
Heather Whaley, a writer in Reading, Connecticut, said that shower usage fell by 20% last year.
After the pandemic forced her to lock up, Wally, 49, said she began to think about why she had to take a shower every day.
“Do I really need it? Do I want it?” she said.
Harper still wears deodorant and washes the “parts that need to be done” in the sink every day. He said he is confident that he will not offend anyone. His 22-year-old daughter was worried about taking a bath and bathing twice a day, but did not comment on her new hygiene habits. The children are not in his school either.
Harper said: “Children will tell you that you smell bad, and three, four, and five-year-olds will tell you the truth.”