Some are shower people, some are bath people–and some of us just can’t decide what we like better. There are lots of reasons why we love our showers, and just as many why we can’t give up our baths. If you have trouble deciding which is better, read on! We’ve listed the most popular reasons why showers and baths are both so popular.
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Why You Should Love Your Shower
It saves water
It’s true that showers use less water than baths. There are a few shower experts who will tell you that this depends on the amount of time you spend in the shower, as well as the showerhead you use.
And yes, chances are that if you take very long showers and use a showerhead that’s inefficient, you may use more water in your shower than in a bath, especially if you don’t fill the tub the whole way. But most of the time, you will use less water in the shower. This in turn saves you money on your water and heating bill, and it’s better for the environment as well.
It gets you cleaner
Showers do get you cleaner than baths–the dirty water goes down the drain instead of staying in the tub with you. However, that’s not the only reason showers are cleaner. When you’re in the bath, you tend to use a hotter water temperature than when you’re in the shower.
This is because you’ll be sitting in the same bathwater for some time, and you don’t want it to lose its heat. But when your body is hot, it sweats–even when you’re in the water. So in a bath, you can sometimes get dirtier when you think you’re getting clean. True clean-freaks tend to prefer showers to baths.
It makes you sound like a pop star
Who doesn’t love to sing in the shower? For some reason, showers make us sound like pop stars. And belting out “I Am the Walrus” in the shower before work couldn’t be better for your health–studies show that singing gives your brain a euphoric jolt that calms your nerves, gives you energy, and puts you in a good mood. So next time you want to sing in the shower, remember it’s for your own good–and don’t hold back!
Sometimes you’re in a hurry to get out the door, and that’s when showers really shine. No waiting for the tub to fill–just turn on the faucet, jump in, soap up, rinse off, and you’re done! Nothing beats a shower when you’re late to work or about to miss your bus.
Why You Should Love Your Bath
Showers are made for speed, but baths are made for relaxation. There’s nothing more soothing than a nice, hot soak at the end of a long day. Taking a bath lowers your stress level, and gives you a chance to take a deep breath and put things in perspective.
In addition, aromatherapy and medications can be added to a bath to boost your health. If you’ve got a cold, there’s nothing better than a bath to clear congested lungs. Even breathing in the steam from a bath is healthy, and can soothe sore throats. A bathtub is definitely a must-have for any house.
It gets you nice and warm
The winter months can be long, cold, and dreary. When you’ve got a cold house, you’ll appreciate a hot bath. Baths are simply warmer and cozier than showers. If you’ve got a chill, a long, hot bath is just the thing to warm you up–followed by a thick, soft robe and a cup of cocoa or tea.
Baths are just plain sexy–and the bathtub is the perfect place for an intimate rendezvous. There’s something about a pool of warm, steaming water that makes us want romantic company. Light up your bathroom with candles, turn on some soft music, and don’t forget the sexy soaps and lotions–and you’re sure to have a romantic encounter you’ll want to repeat over and over.
It’s the perfect mini-vacation
The bathroom is the most private place in most people’s homes. When you take a bath, you shut yourself away from the outside world–even if only for a little while. You can bring a book, a glass of wine, your favorite music, and let your thoughts wander–it’s almost like going on a luxury vacation for half an hour. If you need time to yourself, time to think and relax, or time to read a good book and escape from the ordinary world, the bathtub is the perfect place to do it in.
So, which is better–showers or baths?
It’s a tough choice–there are so many reasons to love both. Showers are more practical, baths are more luxurious–and both are plenty of fun. We can’t decide which we like better–so you’ll have to make the choice for yourself!