Mr Haji, 80, says he chose this way of life after going through some emotional setbacks in his youth and since then – perhaps unsurprisingly – he has become a bit isolated.

His home is in Dejgah village in the southern province of Fars in Iran where, once, a group of young men offered to give him a shower – but luckily he managed to escape!

At night he either sleeps in a hole in the ground, which is quite like a grave, or in an open brick shack which concerned locals built for him.

As well as cleanliness, Mr Haji also has an aversion to clean food and drink. He much prefers the rotten meat of dead animals and five litres of water a day from a rusty oil can.

But don’t think Mr Haji doesn’t look after himself – when he wants to look his best he uses car mirrors for grooming, The Tehran Times reported.

And, when he needs a haircut, he simply burns his locks in a fire.

As for clothing, he wears rags and, in the winter, a war helmet to ward off the cold.

The last record of longest time going without showers belonged to a 66-year-old Indian man, Kailash Singh, who had not taken a bath over 38 years.

Mr Haji claims to have beaten that!


He believes his good health is a result of him not bathing. It’s hard to argue with. He hasn’t seen a shower in over 60 years and he seems to be a healthy 80 year old.

According to Dr. Mercola, most Americans actually shower far too often. They go on to point out that daily showering or bathing is a result of cultural preferences or societal norms, and that humans really only need to bathe ever 2-3 days.

Obviously these dermatologists wouldn’t recommend not showering for 60 years, but who are we to judge this man’s life? He has found happiness in the Iranian desert and that’s all that matters.

We encourage everyone to think about what they truly desire in life and we encourage everyone to follow those dreams. If this man is happy living in the Iranian desert without bathing, more power to him!