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  • Avatar burritos 
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    Yeah, soap goes away better / more fully with warm to hot water.

    Do these cold shower proponents not use soap and shampoo? If not, then they will be both miserable and stinky.

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    I use the used soap that we bring back from fancy hotels(going to be thrown away anyways and they are usually pretty nice). We have a quite an impressive stack.  I’m always tempted to take the unused soaps but if we didn’t use them, we leave them for the next guests.

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    Avatar Anne 
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    I have had to take enough cold showers in my life due to being in situations where that was the only option. It’s not terrible if you don’t have to wash your hair, but washing long hair in a cold shower is miserable. It’s especially miserable when it’s also cold outside. But at the end of the day there are worse things. But I still don’t do it voluntarily.

    Sauna with a cold plunge on the other hand is fun.

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    Avatar Allixi 
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    I don’t feel clean if I shower with just cold water.

    I do turn off the water when I’m lathering; that’s about as far as I’d go towards conservation.

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    Avatar burritos 
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    Whats the max amount of money one could possibly save in this area? That would be my first way to evaluate this idea. Its probably not even noticeable overall. There are other ways to save water.

    The only time I take a shower with cold is after a run when I have clinic/OR shortly after and Im trying to cool down fast. Still tough.

    Alternatively, you could tell yourself that this is something you enjoy and spend intentionally on, for the low sum of whatever increase over cold showers only is.

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    It’s not the money, it’s the mode of living. I use a dishpan to carry out my kitchen greywater also. Probably saves me pennies at the most, but it forces me to visit my garden 5-6 times a day.

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    I must have misinterpreted the frugal part to mean monetary.

    If how you want to live involves cold showers then you need no further reasoning.

    You have to keep me from the garden, or well pots and mini greenhouse I’ve been downsized to.

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    Well, if cold showers cost me money, I wouldn’t do it cause I’m cheap. If it weren’t for the greywater, I wouldn’t visit my garden as much either, certainly not during the dark night time. Cold shower and rustling little critters amp up sympathetic system. I’ve never taking stimulants, but endogenous release might be somewhere on that spectrum.

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    Avatar wideopenspaces 
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    I recommend cold showers to my patients for a quick way to halt a panic attack while at home! Better than xanax:-)

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    Zaphod Zaphod 
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    I recommend cold showers to my patients for a quick way to halt a panic attack while at home! Better than xanax:-)

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    This is the opposite of my experience.

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    djohnflatfeecfp djohnflatfeecfp 
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    I used to after hard practices back in high school.  However, I swear I would sweat more after the cold shower than during the practices.

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    Avatar RollieStrummer 
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    Whats the max amount of money one could possibly save in this area? That would be my first way to evaluate this idea. Its probably not even noticeable overall. There are other ways to save water.

    The only time I take a shower with cold is after a run when I have clinic/OR shortly after and Im trying to cool down fast. Still tough.

    Alternatively, you could tell yourself that this is something you enjoy and spend intentionally on, for the low sum of whatever increase over cold showers only is.

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    It’s not the money, it’s the mode of living. I use a dishpan to carry out my kitchen greywater also. Probably saves me pennies at the most, but it forces me to visit my garden 5-6 times a day.

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    I must have misinterpreted the frugal part to mean monetary.

    If how you want to live involves cold showers then you need no further reasoning.

    You have to keep me from the garden, or well pots and mini greenhouse I’ve been downsized to.

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    Well, if cold showers cost me money, I wouldn’t do it cause I’m cheap. If it weren’t for the greywater, I wouldn’t visit my garden as much either, certainly not during the dark night time. Cold shower and rustling little critters amp up sympathetic system. I’ve never taking stimulants, but endogenous release might be somewhere on that spectrum.

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    Wouldn’t it be more economical to just bathe in the kitchen greywater?  Perhaps you could dump it over your head while standing in the garden.  Sounds like a win-win-win to me.  I’m sure any dish soap that has found its way into the kitchen water will be more than adequate as shampoo.

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    Dreamgiver Dreamgiver 
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    Or you can do what Cosmo Kramer did in Seinfeld…install a garbage disposal in the shower and prepare food as you bathe. Kill 2 birds with one stone! Now you are saving more than a couple cents a month…perhaps a whole quarter.

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    Avatar Yowza 
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    When I’m really hot after a run otherwise warm-hot preferred.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    Or you can do what Cosmo Kramer did in Seinfeld…install a garbage disposal in the shower and prepare food as you bathe. Kill 2 birds with one stone! Now you are saving more than a couple cents a month…perhaps a whole quarter.

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    Not with all the water waste from the commando 3000.  That high pressure sure is nice though.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    Lived in Mexico for six months where the temp rarely dropped below 95.  Cold showers were awesome then.

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    Dreamgiver Dreamgiver 
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    Or you can do what Cosmo Kramer did in Seinfeld…install a garbage disposal in the shower and prepare food as you bathe. Kill 2 birds with one stone! Now you are saving more than a couple cents a month…perhaps a whole quarter. 

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    Not with all the water waste from the commando 3000.  That high pressure sure is nice though.

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    I bet it’s a lot harder to find a Bosnian selling black market plumbing supplies now than it was in the 90s!

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    Let’s chalk this up for a pro for buying rather than renting. At least you get to pick your shower flow.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    Avatar Phantasos 
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    If you don’t mind a little medical quackery, this is a fun book:

    What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
    Book by Scott Carney

    It somewhat inspired me to try cold showers. Not just cool showers, but truly cold water showers – the kind that hurt and make you hyperventilate.

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