This one is easy in summer, not so much in winter…
Submarine (or military) showers equate getting wet, turning off the water while soaping up and then rinsing off–quickly. My husband does it by habit, but I’ve had to train myself. And on those winter days, when the bathroom remains nice and chilly, it isn’t too pleasant. It does make you wash a heck of a lot faster!
In Basic Training, the showers were so short, we couldn’t always get clean, just thoroughly soaked with water, until we “earned” the privilege to take showers long enough to rinse the soap from our hair. I remember two girls with super thick locks unpinning their wet hair at night only to discover it remained damp when they awoke. They both swore their hair had mildew by week three because it never had a chance to dry! Once we graduated into technical school, and had to rise and shine at 3:00 a.m. to cook breakfast for the masses, I had trouble “hurrying.” I can still hear my friend Laura say as I stumbled around trying to tie my boots, “Pretend like you’re in Basic! Pretend like you’re in Basic!”
When I’m in the shower and it’s cold, it’s Laura’s voice that pops into my head. “Pretend like you’re in Basic!” And it works. I wash quickly in the winter months. And in the summer, I take my time lathering up while the water is off.
In the dark.
And I have no qualms about it…it isn’t really extreme. It’s simply not wasting water. And anyone that’s ever spent any time in a 3rd world country would agree to that.
Thanks for the reminder, Jeremy! (For Jeremy who spent the past year working an internship in India and washing from a single bucket–I think about that every time I get in the shower and it MAKES me turn off that water. You’ll never realize the impact you’ve had on my life.)