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Merry Christmas From All Of Us Here At AGreatShower.com! What a year it has been! Now Christmas is almost upon us, and we really love Christmas here at AGreatShower.com.

Check out some of our favorite Christmas themed bathroom decorations;

  • Christmas Shower Curtains & Shower Curtain Hooks
  • Christmas Bath Mats & Towels
  • Christmas Bubble Bath
  • Christmas Toilet Seat Covers
 

We always decorate the house (and yes, even our bathrooms) at Christmas time. All the modern sleek bathroom design stuff can take a rest this time. It’s the festive season and the silly season!

Having a home fully decked out for Christmas can make Christmas all the more fun. The tree, porch lights, lawn decorations, roof top displays and yes even bathroom curtains and bath mats. We love it all! Kitsch or Tchotchke it doesn’t matter it’s Christmas time.

We love to decorate our homes for the holiday season; we think it goes to the heart of what Christmas is all about. Spending time with the family to kit out the home can be a lot of fun. The atmosphere a decorated home creates is really something special. It just isn’t Christmas without a tree, tinsel, lights & a few silly looking Santa around.

I personally really like the Christmas shower curtains. People usually aren’t expecting it. It’s so fun and so bold. Usually when I have people around, they only see it when they wash their hands. There is usually the odd cry of amusement; I sometimes think there is something wrong in the bathroom! It’s fun to surprise people and get compliments on the fun decoration. Also, I think the Christmas carols I sing in the shower sound better with the themed curtain!

What do you think? Some of these decorations might be a bit over the top, but sometimes that is called for at Christmas. Maybe they could make a fun secret Santa gift or maybe you have an over the top relative. They might decorate everything but their bathroom – maybe they just never thought about it. Imagine their surprise when you manage to fit in just one more decoration!

We’re always on the look out for more bathroom and shower type decorations. If you like the ones you see or you’ve found some others you just love, please let us know.

A big thank you to all our visitors to our website over this year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Fun Facts

Shower-vs-Bath-ShowdownWhich has better hygiene?

Which is more hygienic or cleaner to wash in, a bath or a shower?

Generally most people will say a shower is more hygienic as any dirt is washed down the drain, rather than staying with you in your bath water. Though there is no solid research condemning baths as a breeding ground of dirt and disease.

The bottom line is that it does not really make that much of a difference. Washing every day is the most important issue, so whatever your preference is, go with it. If you like a bath, then have a bath, if you prefer to take a shower, then take a shower. Just make sure your shower is clean. You can use our guide here.

We’ll give the shower 1 point due to dirt simply being washed away.

Round 1:

Bath 0 – Shower 1

Which uses more water?

Do you use more water taking a bath, or do you use more water taking a shower?

The answer?

It depends.

Arrrgghhh! Don’t you hate it when people give you the answer “it depends”. They might as well say they don’t know!

Let’s dig deeper. The answer depends on three things;

  1. The size of your bathtub

  1. The time you take in the shower

  1. The flow rate of your shower head

Bathtub size

The average North American bathtub holds 50 gallons before it’ll spill over. So a full bath will use approximately 45 gallons and a half full bath will use about 25 gallons.

Shower time

A 1992 study (details here) revealed the average shower time in the U.S. was 8.2 minutes on average.

Shower head flow rate

The maximum flow rate for a shower head manufactured and sold in the U.S since 1992 is 2.5 gallons per minute. You can get a higher flow rate with an old shower head or by removing the water saver restrictor. This can increase flow rates to up to 5.5 gallons per minute. You can get a lower flow rate by using a water saving shower head, you can get a flow rate as low as 1.25 gallons per minute.

So let’s do the math.

Shower water usage:

Time / Flow

Water saver

1.25 gl/min

Standard

2.5 gl/min

High flow

5.5 gl/min

Short shower 5 min

6 gallons

13 gallons

28 gallons

Average shower 8.2 min

10 gallons

21 gallons

45 gallons

Long shower 15 min

19 gallons

38 gallons

83 gallons

Nice long shower 20 min

25 gallons

50 gallons

110 gallons

With a full bath using 45 gallons and a half bath using 25 gallons, the shower will use less water, most of the time.

So, unless you take nice long showers all the time using a standard or high flow shower head, a shower will use less water.

Round 2:

Bath 0 – Shower 2

Which is easier to clean?

In terms of what is easier to clean, this is a bit of a personal preference call here, although we’d say the bath is easier to clean. The bath only really has the tub and faucet that needs to be wiped clean, whilst a shower has the shower head, tile grout, glass etc. You also usually have more room to move whilst cleaning the bathtub compared to cleaning the shower.

Round 3:

Bath 1 – Shower 2

Which costs less to use?

The cost of bathing is mainly around water use i.e. water supply cost per gallon and power bills to heat your water.

As a shower uses less water and less hot water a shower will cost less on average to use compared to a bath.

Over the course of a year, you’d use about an extra 8,500 gallons of water if you were to take a bath each day instead of an average shower. With water and power bills this would cost you around $35 extra per year.

Round 4:

Bath 1 – Shower 3

Which saves you more time?

As we mentioned before, the average shower is 8.2 minutes in America. Although, if you’re in a hurry, you can easily shower in 5 minutes if you don’t have long hair.

To fill up a bathtub you need around 45 gallons. Usually a bathtub faucet will run around 6 gallons per minute. So, to fill up your bath, you’re going to need at least 7.5 minutes. That only leaves you with 42 seconds to wash yourself to beat the average shower.

A shower is much quicker as you don’t need to wait for the tub to fill up.

Round 5:

Bath 1 – Shower 4

The shower wins! 4 – 1.

Having said that, would you expect anything less from us here at agreatshower.com? I wouldn’t go so far as to call it biased though, because most of North America and the western world agrees with us on this.

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wrinklesWe’ve all had a long swim, bath or shower sometime in our lives and come out looking like a prune. Wrinkly hands, feet, fingers and toes – but why? Have you ever wondered how this happens? Have you ever wondered why it happens? After all, it doesn’t look or feel that good.

Up until the early 2000’s, the main theory of how fingers and toes wrinkled in water was that you simply were filling up with water. The dead skin (keratin) cells, which are thickest on your hands and feet, was meant to absorb water causing you fingers and toes to swell and thus to wrinkle.

However, there were a few holes in this theory. Firstly, your hands and feet have less volume when wrinkled in the bath. So they’ve actually shunk, not increased with the water. Secondly, researchers observed way back in 1936 that fingers with damaged or severed nerves did not wrinkle, no matter how long they stayed in water. So how could it simply be a matter of your fingers and toes filling up with water?

In 2003, a more robust theory was offered. Vasoconstriction. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mus.10323/abstract As your hands and feet have a very high concentration of sweat glands, water passes through the skin of your hands and feet more easily. The water moving into your fingers and toes dilutes the levels of salt in your skin, which is highly regulated by your body. This dilution weakens the tissue cells in your hands and feet which triggers nerves to close down blood vessels. As the blood vessels are now somewhat closed down, the volume of your hands and feet shrinks. The shrinking occurs unevenly due the structure of the tough work areas on your hands and feet. So on a micro level, some areas of your hands and feet will shrink more than others, this unevenness is what causes the wrinkles.

Further research has suggested there is an advantage to water wrinkly skin for us humans. If you think about racing tyres, and you’ll start to understand what I’m talking about. Race cars use slick flat tyres in dry conditions for the best grip, but then change to wet weather tyres with grooves for the best grip in wet, rainy conditions. The grooves help channel water away allowing the flat surface to grip. In 2013, an experiment (http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/9/2/20120999.full) tested this theory via moving wet marbles and fishing sinkers to and from different containers while timing the results. In the experiment, people who wrinkled their hands for 30min in water prior to the test managed to complete the slippery tasks, on average, 12% faster than those with unwrinkled hands. There seemed to be no advantage or disadvantage for moving dry objects with wrinkled hands which might explain why we don’t have wrinkled hands all the time. Outside the experiment, it is suggested that wrinkled hands are less sensitive and damage easier which also could explain why our bodies don’t wrinkle all the time.

It is thought that wrinkled hands and feet might have given our human ancestors an advantage when it came to hunting and gathering in wet environments. Some interesting thoughts for when you are next pruning up.