It is a battle that has raged inside family homes for generations: bath vs shower, which is better, which is more economical, which is cleaner?
There are some that argue a bath wastes too much water and that’s it’s not hygienic to sit in your own dirt, while others argue that a shower just doesn’t provide the same relaxing, soothing relief that you can get from a bath.
What is the truth? Well, we’re as opinionated as anyone else here on Versus-All, but we’re going to try and approach this from a neutral standpoint as we often do. We will look at shower vs bath in terms that everyone can understand and appreciate, comparing the two to find out the best way to clean yourself once and for all!
Shower vs Bath: Water Use
Water conservation is a big issue right now. Believe it or not, the world is running out of water. Just because we are surrounded by it doesn’t mean it will be there forever, because clean and fresh water just isn’t that easy to come by.
That’s why we’re all being told to use less water and for that, surely a shower is better, right? Well, it all depends. We’ve heard both sides of the argument. We’ve heard from people who adamantly believe that showers use a fraction of the amount of water as a bath and from people who believe that it’s a myth.
The truth is somewhere in the middle, as is usually the case. The average bathtub has enough for about 40 to 50 gallons of water, but the average bath is only filled with about 30 gallons. A shower will use 20 gallons to 25 gallons every 10 minutes. In other words, a ten minute shower uses less water than a bath.
But if you’re someone who spends 20 minutes or more in the shower then you will actually use more water than you would in a bath. 20 minutes is a long time, of course, but it’s not unheard of and to use the same amount of water in a shower as you would in a bath, you only need to be in there for 15 minutes.
Obviously, a shower wins this. Not just because the average person spends 10 minutes or less in the shower but also because it’s possible to buy water saving shower heads without lessening the experience, while you can’t really do that with a bath.
Shower vs Bath: Which Gets You Cleaner?
One of the arguments against baths is that you sit in your own dirty water and it’s not hygienic. But providing you use soap and scrub down, this is irrelevant. You will get clean with both showers and baths, and baths may actually be the better option.
That’s because a bath will get deeper. Think about it this way: you’re washing the dishes and there is some thick, ingrained food on a fork. What do you do? Do you add more soap and keep it under the faucet, or do you fill a cup/bowl with warm soapy water and leave it to soak?
It’s always the second option and the same principle works with showers vs baths. Your skin is organic, of course and food doesn’t stick like it would on a plate. But the act of soaking can help to open up pores and provide a deeper soak than a shower ever could. It may also help to clean parts of your body that would go untouched in a shower.
For instance, many people will not wash their feet when taking a shower, but will happily do it when having a bath. Also, when we shower we tend to only rinse our hair, leaving many strands moist at best and not getting deeper, whereas we often let it soak when we bathe. There are more benefits as well, from helping to soften nails and body hair, to opening pores and getting under finger nails and between skin folds.
In a cleanliness contest between baths vs showers, it’s baths that win.
Shower vs Bath: Which is More Beneficial?
This one is entirely down to preference, but there are benefits to both.
Many argue that a bath is much more relaxing than a shower, but that’s not true for everyone. If you’re someone who rushes around, has little free time and struggles to sit still, then a bath could be perceived as boring and stressful. After all, you’ll be lying there twiddling your thumbs thinking about the work you’re missing and the life that is passing you by.
Nothing is relaxing about that.
For most of us, it would be the better option and if we all allowed ourselves to let go then a bath would be an ideal option and it would certainly be preferable to a shower as far as de-stressing goes. But there are benefits to a shower as well. The speed is one, but the cleansing nature is another.
Benefits of Showers and Baths
Both options will get you nice and clean and both will also help in other ways. For instance, both a bath and a shower will improve your circulation. This is true of both hot and cold showers and baths, but a cold one may actually be preferable. If you have tried it yourself, whether because you wanted to or because you didn’t have a choice, you’ll know that as difficult and uncomfortable as it is to begin with you eventually get used to it and as soon as you step out, you have a warm, buzzing feeling throughout your body and you feel energized. It’s like after going for a run.
That’s why cold showers are now being recommended as a way to start the day, but the truth is that hot showers and baths can also benefit in a similar way.
What’s more, all of the hot steam that comes off the shower and bath is breathed in and helps to de-clog those airways. If you are constantly getting a runny nose after a shower or bath it’s because the steam is releasing mucous, turning it from dry and sticky to loose and wet and allowing you to breathe easier.
This one is a tie, but if we’re talking about cold water then it’s a shower all of the way.
Shower vs Bath: Summary
If we look at the points mentioned above then the score is 2-2. That means that we’re sitting on the fence here and calling this one a draw. It also means that there are benefits to both and that you should find time for both.
A bath is an occasional thing, when you can afford to relax and take more time. A shower is an everyday thing, when time is not on your side but you need to get rid of that stink before you greet the day.