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April 25th 2016
3 min read

Bath vs Shower

We all want to stay clean but it is a matter of personal choice if you would rather do it in the shower or the bath.

Which gets you cleaner?
Many people feel that taking a bath means that you are soaking in your own dirty water. This in a way is right as your body sheds dead skin cells whilst you are soaking in the water,add that to the dirt on your body and residual soap, then of course the water will get dirty. However, if you love to have a nice long soak in the bath at the end of a busy day then you can easily overcome this problem by rinsing off with clean water after your bath.

Having a shower means that clean water is used at all times but the dead skin cells are not so easily shed, as you are not actually allowing your body time to soak in the water. Showers are therefore fine for everyday cleaning but having a bath from time to time as well, is the best way to ensure complete cleanliness.

Which is healthier?
Warm baths are stress-relieving and as long as the water isn’t too hot they can help moisturise your skin.

Hot showers can be invigorating and the hot pressure on your back is good for sore muscles. The steam that showers create is a natural decongestant if you have a cold.

Cold showers have the most health benefits. They help wake you up, stimulate weight loss, don’t dry out your skin or hair, increase the speed of muscle recovery and can boost immunity.

So whether you have a bath or a warm shower, it is always a good idea to take a short, cold shower afterwards.

Which is faster?
It’s quite obvious that showers take far less time than baths. The average shower takes 8 minutes but it takes approximately 7 minutes just to fill up a standard bathtub. If you’re in a rush, take a shower. 

Which uses less water?
A shower definitely wins this one. Depending on the type of shower head you use, a 10 minute shower uses roughly 50 to 75 percent less water than an average bath.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever have a bath! You could always conserve water by reusing your bathwater but remember if you have used products in your bath, they may be toxic to plants so don’t use this water in the garden.

Which is safer?
Both showers and baths can be dangerous if care is not taken. You might slip and fall in the shower as you are standing and moving around but equally, it is easy to slip when getting in or out of a bath. As you are more relaxed when soaking in a bath you might fall asleep which then puts you at risk of drowning. If you use scented candles whilst in the bath this is a potential fire hazard if you do fall asleep or if you forget to put them out when you leave the bathroom. Most of these risks are avoidable, so you need to just take care!

For most of us both showers and baths have their time and place. We may take a shower in the morning when time is of the essence but a long, luxurious soak before bed or at the weekend when we have more time, is something to look forward to.