My husband mentioned in passing that he'd come across some research reported in the news implying that showering might not be 'better' than taking a bath. The study actually focused on people's showering habit and it got me thinking about how my own bath versus showering habits have changed over the years.
In my teens I would think nothing of having a bath and staying in it for an hour or so, topping up as it cooled down. We did have a separate shower (I think it was considered a fancy mod-con when my parents bought the house in the early 80's) but I would choose a bath over a shower every time. My Dad worked for Yorkshire Water during the water shortages in the 90's, so I knew well enough not to waste water. Being a conscientious soul, I would generously offer my bath water to some other family member. Once I'd finished turning myself into a prune of course!
When I went off to University, the choice was pretty much shower or nothing. In my first year my bathroom was a 'pod'. Due to some shady wiring, having a shower risked setting off the fire alarm. Tremendous fun as you can imagine! In subsequent years, having a bath meant getting in something that you would have to deep cleanse first. Even then it wasn't terribly inviting. The baths were situated within a communal unisex bathroom with saloon style doors. Hardly a luxurious or relaxing experience! Baths became something to indulge in when I returned home to my parents.
In my 20's baths were strictly for pampering. I'm not sure if I ever took a glass of wine into the bathroom but candles were definitely a feature of my most indulgent baths. Up until my late 20's I could still spend a while soaking in the bath. Although bathroom decor played a role in how enjoyable the experience was. The avocado suite, wood panelling and orange walls we inherited in one house meant you had to keep your eyes closed or risk having your senses assaulted. Pregnancy made baths more of trial too. It's hard to winch yourself back out when you resemble a weeble!
With the arrival of the children, a relaxing soak has become a bit of distant memory. I like the idea of a bath but the reality is quite different. I'm fully aware that I can no longer relax and take my time. Either I'll have someone knocking at the door or I will lay there trying not to feel guilty for wasting time! It's showers all the way now and, when I remember to lock the door, it can be a nice escape for five minutes.
I wonder if I shall ever learn to love baths again? Despite the news that there might not be much difference in terms of energy saving (something that's disputed anyway), I'm not sure I will be able to change my habits. I have wondered if nice bath products would help me indulge but I suspect I would still worry that I should be doing something more productive.
So, what about you? Are you a bath or shower type of person? Do you have a special bath-time ritual or have your habits changed over the years like mine?
PS. I love that one of the Waterwise suggestions for energy saving is to 'shower or bathe with a friend'. I wonder how many blokes have tried that line?!