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Who showers more boys or girls?

Showering is an important part of personal hygiene and health. On average, most people shower at least once per day. However, there are some differences between boys and girls when it comes to shower habits and frequency. In this article, we will explore the data and research on shower frequency for boys versus girls.

Key Factors That Influence Shower Frequency

There are several key factors that can impact how often someone showers:

  • Age – Younger children often need help showering so frequency may depend on parents. Teenagers tend to shower more as they go through puberty. Older adults may shower less due to health or mobility issues.
  • Gender – Women often shower more frequently than men, partly due to hair washing habits.
  • Activity level – People who exercise regularly tend to shower more often.
  • Climate/weather – Hotter climates and seasons lead to more frequent showering.
  • Access to showers – People with shared or limited access to showers may bathe less often.
  • Culture/customs – Expectations around hygiene and showering vary between cultures and countries.

Shower Frequency Guidelines

Experts generally recommend the following shower frequency:

  • Newborns – 2-3 times per week or as needed.
  • Babies 9-12 months – 3 times per week.
  • Toddlers 1-5 years – Every 2-3 days.
  • Kids 6-11 years – Daily or every other day.
  • Teens 12-17 years – Daily is recommended.
  • Adults – Daily or every other day.

However, individual needs and activities may require showering more or less often than these recommendations.

Data on Shower Frequency for Boys vs Girls

Several surveys and studies have collected data on how often boys and girls bathe or shower.


A 2010 survey by the Soap and Detergent Association of 1600 American parents found:

  • 86% of girls ages 6-11 bathe or shower once a day or more.
  • 83% of boys ages 6-11 bathe or shower once a day or more.

So girls ages 6-11 seem to bathe or shower slightly more often than boys of the same age group.


A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2013 surveyed over 1000 high school students in the U.S. They found:

Frequency Girls Boys
2 or more times per day 14% 8%
Once per day 64% 56%
Every 2-3 days 18% 28%
Less often 4% 8%

This data indicates teenage girls tend to shower more frequently than teenage boys. 78% of girls showered daily or more compared to just 64% of boys.


A survey conducted by deodorant brand Degree in 2017 asked 2000 Americans about their shower habits. They found:

  • Women shower an average of 7.6 times per week.
  • Men shower an average of 6.1 times per week.

Again this indicates adult women generally shower more often than men.

Why Girls and Women Shower More

There are several reasons why females tend to bathe and shower more frequently than males on average:

Hair Washing

Many women wash or wet their hair every time they shower. Since hair takes longer to dry, they may not want to wash it more than once a day. Men with short hair do not need to wash it as often so can go longer between full showers.

Skin Care

Women tend to use more skin care and beauty products that need to be washed off daily. Their skin may also be more sensitive to things like sweat, oils, and bacteria build-up.


When girls and women are on their periods they may feel an increased need to shower due to blood and discharge. Showering can help them feel fresher during this time.

Societal Norms

Women may feel more social pressure to shower frequently. Smelling fresh and having clean hair is tied to femininity. Men do not face the same pressures when it comes to hygiene and shower habits.

Regional Differences

The frequency of male and female showering can also differ based on country and cultural norms. Here are some examples:

  • Japan – Japanese people shower less frequently, about 3-5 times per week on average.
  • India – Due to climate and water access, daily showers are less common.
  • United Kingdom – Brits shower 4-5 times per week on average.
  • Brazil – Brazilians shower more often, up to 2 times per day.

So shower habits depend greatly on the local culture and customs. But even within a given country, women tend to shower more than men.


Based on available survey data and scientific research, girls and women do seem to shower and bathe more frequently than boys and men. Several factors contribute to this difference in hygiene habits:

  • Hair washing frequency
  • Skin care routines
  • Dealing with periods
  • Societal norms and beauty standards

However, showering daily is recommended for both males and females for health and hygiene. Local climate, culture, and customs can also impact how often people shower. But across many different countries and age groups, females are consistently more likely to shower or bathe on a daily basis.