questionshow long should a shower last?

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During the winter I tend to take longer showers (about 15 minutes) but about 5 minutes of that is dreading getting out of the nice, hot shower and into the cold, icy air. When the weather is warmer, though, they're more like 10 minutes.

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Showers should last as long as you want them to.

Growing up in a large family, you just had time to jump in and out quickly. No time to even rinse off all the way. As an adult, it is an indulgence to be able to get out when you want. However, I perfer baths when I have extra time (very rare).

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Depends on how sore I am, if I'm in a hurry to get somewhere and if I'm doing other things (eg. trimming my beard, which adds about 10 minutes every two weeks or so).

I probably average 15 minutes, from entering the bathroom to leaving it.

Daughter#1 is about the same as me (in terms of timing; she doesn't have a beard). Daughter#2 was 45-60 minutes, though now that she has to be at school at 7:30 AM weekdays and work at 8:30 AM on Saturdays, she has gotten it down to about 30 minutes.

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On a normal day I take about 15-30 minutes in the shower. It can be up to an hour though... Long legs are a bitch to shave.

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Mine take about 15 minutes, but that'd be cut in half were it not for the foot and a half of hair I have to deal with every day. I keep threatening to chop it all off and send it to locks of love, but here I sit with my mane intact and my showers at a quarter hour.

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As long as the hot water holds out.

I figure 15 minutes, give or take a few minutes is good during the week, especially in the morning. Helps me clear my head and wake up. All that steam is great for clearing out the sinuses, and loosens up sore muscles. On the weekends, like 5 minutes, I usually take my shower later in the morning after I've eaten and had some coffee, so that extra wake up time is not needed.

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Mine average about 10-15 mins or so only because my water heater is small and doesn't last but 15 mins tops. If it would hold more I would be in longer.

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5 minutes. I try not to waste water.

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It should only last as long as it takes to clean yourself but on days when I am sore I will stay a bit longer but never more than 10 minutes.

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How many people are in the shower?

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You gotta get some of those baby bath books that are waterproof. Those are compatible with showers.

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5-10 minutes. I appreciate the sensory luxury of longer showers, but I know too much about the international water situation to feel good about it.

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If you pay the utilities they should last as long as you say.

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As long as it takes to shower and shave... I use a flow restricted shower head, it cuts down on the water usage and helps make the hot water last longer...

Yes, I pay the utilities....

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I put tile in my showers. Last a very long time.

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According to George Carlin, showering everyday is exessive. But he says you do need to tend to the four vital areas (armpits, a$$hole, crotch, and teeth) daily.

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I tend to take a zillion quick showers every day during the early spring because I have allergies up the wazoo (and you know how painful that can be). Here in DC, springtime pollen can be fierce. A TV weatherperson suggested quickly standing under the shower for just a few minutes each time you'd been outside if allergies really bothered you. So I took his suggestion & found that it helps. Normal shower is maybe 5-8 minutes long, but springtime get-the-pollen-off-the-body shower might be a minute or two.

I know, I know. Who cares?

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Some allowance has to be made for people with long hair.

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your roommates might be shaving their legs, pits, and other areas, letting the conditioner stay in the hair for the recommended few minutes, or enjoying the new showerhead that pulsates. you never know. when i wash my hair i take over 20 minutes but i only know because if i turn on the heated lamp timer it turns off before i'm done
the first minute is waiting for the water to warm so i can dunk my head under

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@bukzin: THe fiberglass surround in my shower seems to be holding up fine, but the previous owner of this house was a 4 foot midget, so the 2 1/2 foot square shower doesn't really cut it for me... I may go with tile in the replacement...

@w00tgurl: While I agree long hair does take longer ( used to have hair down my back, now I have no hair) and the shaving thing takes a while, I don't know many guys who shave their legs or pits, yet they take longer than the girl who lives here. As for the time needed for the shower to heat up, the water heater is directly below the bathrooms, and it only takes about 5 seconds for the water to hit the right temp.

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Have a nice shower, with a head on the front and back and a body spray on the front. Could stand there for ages... specially in the winter

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Depends. How bad I'm feeling is a factor. And do I have to go to work impacts it as well.