What a bubbly duel it has been over the years…
As fun as it is vital, the slippery discussion of a shower or a bath is one that some take with a pinch of bath salt and others… dive right into.
Those who only take baths remain steadfast in thinking a tub soaking is superior in comfort and relaxation, while shower patrons favour the speed and rigorous uplift of the falling water. We’ve pulled together some of the strongest points from both sides and laid them out for all to dissect.
We could skip to the end and say that it really depends on what matters most to you but we do also think there’s some interesting information often overlooked by both sides that may benefit you when deciding the best way to make yourself sparkle.
Let’s look at some of the more common speculative rumours out there and hopefully separate some fact from fiction! Then vote for yourself in our poll below!
· A hot bath can burn calories and reduce your blood sugar levels: Numerous studies have shown that this is in fact true. Around 130 calories are burned from a hot bath and can in a lot of cases lower blood sugar levels by 10% for 24hrs.
· A bath relaxes you and can improve sleep: Raising your temperature at night is a message to the body to start producing melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. So as much as this is true for baths, the same would be true for taking a warm shower or simply curling up in a blanket!
· You use less water in a bath: In fact, filling a normal bath to 135 litres uses as much water as three 5min showers! it’s about being conscious of how much you’re putting in.
· Soaking your skin in a bath gives a deeper clean: Although there is no evidence the practice of sitting in a bath leaves you any cleaner than a shower, there are bath salts, cleansers and various oils that benefit from a longer contact period with the skin.
· Showering often can harm the skin: The pressure of a shower stream hitting your body will rarely do damage to the skin. Vigorous scrubbing with water at high temperatures can remove natural oils, skin layers and lead to dry skin.
· Baths relieve sore muscles: This may be true but no more than standing in a shower or lying in bed. We think warmth is the key here as this aids in muscle repair. There are also specific bath products that can aid with sore muscles.
· You can add salts and foams and fragrances and lovely stuff: Making an event out of a bath is perhaps one of its more alluring features.
· You can play with boats and bubbles and your fingers go wrinkly — no real come back from that!
OK so whilst team bath returns to its sparing corner we can now hear from their enthusiastic opponents.
· A shower is way faster: Sure, zapping in and out of a 3-min shower is beneficial in a myriad of ways and if you like it this fast, you’re also saving water!
· A shower gives you energy: This may have been muddled with the idea of cold showers since they drive so much stimulation in the blood flow and this extra stimulation feels like energy.
· It’s easier to share a shower: Not much lounging room in an occupied bath I guess.
· A shower is cleaner and more hygienic: This is likely referring to the fact the you remain in the bath that you are washing in. I suppose it depends on how you operate, most rinse off with the shower hose after a bath anyway.
· A shower uses less water: This can be true in many cases. Using a water saving shower head can reduce the flow rate to as low as 8 litres per minute whilst maintaining a good shower pressure.
· You don’t have to wait to fill up a tub: Speed wins again here.
· A bath goes cold quickly: How often do you find yourself having to top up a bath with more hot water? If it’s a lot you may be using more water than you need.
· After every bath you need to go back and scrub it clean: No escaping this one :)
Looking at these points it’s easy to see why the discussion has continued for so long and even if reading this has only led you to even more water wonderment, hopefully you are thinking differently about the practice that has become so natural to all of us.
What we found ourselves is that in many cases, those who want to save on the water they are using simply pay more attention to the time they are spending in a shower or the amount they are pouring into a bath. There are also handy tools to assist people with this and lots of these are free of charge!
If you’d like regular tips about the water and energy you use, specifically tailored to you, we have a clever Savings Engine on aqKWa.co.uk that uses your data to offer advice and information on how to increase your efficiency all around the home.