During one of the dreadful late-night conversations that freshmen in college have, my roommate casually mentioned something about the annoyance of taking off her shirt before pooping. Wait, what? “Um, you mean you DON’T take off all your clothes to poop? Isn’t that gross?” She was completely shocked that other […]

But the availability of water isn’t the only factor affecting this. Frequent bathing is common even, for instance, in low-income parts of Lilongwe, Malawi, whose residents might take bucket-based baths two or three times a day despite intermittent water access. Many Ghanaians, Filipinos, Colombians and Australians, among others, also bathe […]