Soaking in a bath is a great way to unwind after a long day — add in a bath bomb or a glass of wine and you're set. I'm definitely a bath person, but I have to admit I sometimes wonder whether it's hygienic. If I'm taking a bath, I'm definitely taking a shower afterward — bath time is a chance for me to relax. But what if you use your bath time to actually get clean? Does it work? There's no definitive proof that baths are less effective than showers, but there are plenty of gross things that happen when you take a bath.
I promise I'm not a killjoy, but I've stopped taking baths because I find myself wondering how clean my tub actually is. If you love taking baths, I'm not going to stop you! In countries like Japan and Russia, there's rich cultural history surrounding bathing (although most of this bathing isn't taking place in the tubs we're used to). Taking a bath isn't a bad habit, and it can be a great form of self-care. Unfortunately, even something as pure and wonderful as a bubble bath can be pretty disgusting. If you were already side-eyeing baths and cleanliness and wondering if baths really get you clean, researching what actually happens during a bath will make you shudder and stick to showers forever.