National Shower with a Friend Day – February 5, 2019

Mon Feb 4

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

2001

Smart shower

Britain's Aqualisa invented digital showers. The Quartz™ remains the best known and highest selling digital shower in the UK.

1992

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.

1850

Getting modern

Newly invented: Free-standing showers that connected to running water sources. Finally!

1767

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

  1. Consider buying a new shower filter

    Call us traditional, but that's how this day started in the first place.

  2. Follow the memes and videos online

    "Shower With a Friend" memes and videos are hilarious every year.

  3. Shower with an "actual" friend

    After all, Valentine's Day approaches.

4 Squeaky Clean Shower Facts

  1. 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.

  2. Chilling out

    A VCU School of Medicine study found that cold showers can actually help with both depression and anxiety.

  3. The truth about long showers

    During a five-minute shower, we use 20 gallons of water! So avoid taking long showers, if possible.

  4. Go green

    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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. It's healthy

    Ideally, shower filters can remove chlorine and hydrogen sulfide, reduce heavy metals, and naturally soften the water.

National Shower with a Friend Day dates
YearDateDay
2019February 5Tuesday
2020February 5Wednesday
2021February 5Friday
2022February 5Saturday
2023February 5Sunday