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International Bath Day
FriJun 14

International Bath Day – June 14, 2024

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

3000 B.C.
First Bathrooms

The first bathrooms originate during the Indus Valley Civilization.

The Middle Ages
First Soaps

The production of soap begins in the Roman Empire, and it is made of lard.

Public Bathhouses Close

The outbreak of a plague forces King Henry VIII to shut down public bathhouses.

Overhead Showers

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

  1. Make handcrafted soaps

    Handcrafted and organic soaps are all the rage now. Find a recipe online to make yourself soaps in your favorite fragrance.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. We go to the toilet a lot

    It is believed that the average person goes to the toilet 2,500 times a year.

  2. 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.

  3. There’s a museum dedicated to toilets

    Mr. Toilet House is a museum dedicated to toilets in Suwon, South Korea.

  4. Americans use a lot of toilet paper

    Americans use up to 433 million miles of toilet paper every year.

  5. Flushing is not eco-friendly

    A toilet uses 26 liters of water every time we flush.

Why we love International Bath Day

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

2024June 14Friday
2025June 14Saturday
2026June 14Sunday
2027June 14Monday
2028June 14Wednesday

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