If you have been looking for a reason to draw yourself a bath, International Bath Day, on June 14, is the perfect opportunity! We all crave a long, hot soak in the bath after a busy day. It is the easiest way to relax and a great way to enjoy your own company. It is a very popular day for everyone to indulge in a bath. Actually, International Bath Day is less about enjoying a long bath and more about rewarding yourself with the simple pleasures of self-love by doing something that’s just for yourself.
History of International Bath Day
It was on June 14 that the Greek mathematician, scientist, and scholar Archimedes discovered that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water — while he was in a bath! Eager to share his excitement over this discovery, Archimedes jumped out of the bathtub and yelled “Eureka, eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse. While not all of us are geniuses, International Bath Day is also an ideal day for encouraging learning and discovery in children. Bath toys can be incorporated during bath time to teach children about the basic workings of the universe.
Today, we are used to comfortable bathrooms with showers, tubs, and pressure-controlled water flow. But, not very long ago, bathing used to be quite an uncomfortable experience. For example, in 19th century England, a bath was simply a large cold metal container placed in front of a fireplace — without any plumbing. And, in other parts of the world, people had to take a dip in a nearby pond or river when they wanted to clean themselves, braving cold weather conditions and other health hazards. Even as we enjoy comfortable baths in temperature-controlled water, it’s essential to remember that there are many people in the world without any access to clean and potable water. So even though it’s alright to enjoy a luxurious bath every once in a while, we must remember to never waste water.
International Bath Day timeline
The first bathrooms originate during the Indus Valley Civilization.
The production of soap begins in the Roman Empire, and it is made of lard.
The outbreak of a plague forces King Henry VIII to shut down public bathhouses.
William Feetham invents the first modern shower in England.
International Bath Day FAQs
When is International Bath Day?
International Bath Day is observed on June 14 every year.
What does “Eureka!” mean?
“Eureka!” is an exclamation of triumph and joy.
What day is National Bathtub Day?
Bathtub Day is celebrated on October 7 every year.
Where was toilet paper invented?
Toilet paper was probably invented in China in the 6th century B.C.
How to celebrate International Bath Day
Make handcrafted soaps
Handcrafted and organic soaps are all the rage now. Find a recipe online to make yourself soaps in your favorite fragrance.
Buy yourself bath treats
You can buy essential oils, bath salts, and bubble baths for yourself. Treat the little ones to bath toys and bath bombs. Splurge on anything that makes bathing a more pleasurable experience.
Soak in a hot bath
Why not indulge in a hot, luxurious bath on International Bath Day? Put on your favorite music and enjoy a glass of wine in the tub while you are at it!
5 Facts About Bathrooms That Will Blow Your Mind
We go to the toilet a lot
It is believed that the average person goes to the toilet 2,500 times a year.
We scroll in the bathroom, too
75% of us take our smartphones to the toilet — about seven million phones fall into the loo every year.
There’s a museum dedicated to toilets
Mr. Toilet House is a museum dedicated to toilets in Suwon, South Korea.
Americans use a lot of toilet paper
Americans use up to 433 million miles of toilet paper every year.
Flushing is not eco-friendly
A toilet uses 26 liters of water every time we flush.
Why we love International Bath Day
It’s a day to relax
Quick showers in a haste are what we have to make do with every day. International Bath Day encourages us to relax and take a moment’s pause.
It’s about the simple joys
You don’t have to spend a lot or do something extravagant in order to relax. A long bath is often the perfect way to loosen up after a busy day. This day reminds us of the simple joys of life.
It’s a day to learn
International Bath Day is also about Archimedes’ eureka moment. It’s a good day to teach children simple science in fun ways.
International Bath Day dates