Tired of the polar vortex? Heat things up on National Shower with a Friend Day. Note — this day started innocently enough —when a Colorado company called New Wave Enviro encouraged people to take showers with a “friend,” meaning its all-new shower filter. Their reasoning? According to the company: “Your body absorbs more chlorine through the skin and lungs while showering than while drinking tap water.” And who are we to disagree? In any event, on February 5, you are free to celebrate however you (and a friend) would like.
National Shower with a Friend Day timeline
Britain's Aqualisa invented digital showers. The Quartz™ remains the best known and highest selling digital shower in the UK.
How low can you flow?
New federal rules set minimum efficiency standards for showers; they were not to exceed a flow rate of more than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Newly invented: Free-standing showers that connected to running water sources. Finally!
The first shower patent
William Feetham's invention used a pump to force the water into a vessel above the user's head. You would then pull a chain to release the water.
National Shower with a Friend Day Activities
Consider buying a new shower filter
Call us traditional, but that's how this day started in the first place.
Follow the memes and videos online
"Shower With a Friend" memes and videos are hilarious every year.
Shower with an "actual" friend
After all, Valentine's Day approaches.
4 Squeaky Clean Shower Facts
How hot is too hot?
The average shower temperature is a balmy 105°. Sounds nice, but remember, hot water can dry your skin and leave your hair brittle.
A VCU School of Medicine study found that cold showers can actually help with both depression and anxiety.
The truth about long showers
During a five-minute shower, we use 20 gallons of water! So avoid taking long showers, if possible.
Put some plants in you shower! They can help boost your early morning mood! Hint: Choose one (or two) that thrive in high humidity.
Why We Love National Shower with a Friend Day
So many options
Not every holiday leaves you so much room to put your own personal spin on it. You can make up the rules for this one.
It's not what you think
The day originated as a humorous way to draw attention to water filters — designed to fit neatly between your water pipe and shower head.
Ideally, shower filters can remove chlorine and hydrogen sulfide, reduce heavy metals, and naturally soften the water.