A bathroom is one of the most essential areas of a home. This is where we make ourselves clean by washing, scrubbing, shampooing and relieving ourselves… getting ourselves hygienic. Some bathrooms are modified to become places to relax and rewind as well. Here are some of the more interesting facts of the bathroom that you’d like to know!
The bathroom during the ancient times was non-existent in anyone’s home. Instead, people bathed away from home by going to the public baths where they shared the same space with complete strangers. In many societies and cultures bathing played a big role as it had certain religious or political connotations.
The plain, white bathtub of the old have undergone several variations, colors and designs that range from a walk-in bathtub to a standing up shower. Technology has also enabled the manufacture of bathroom from a variety of materials like fiberglass and acrylic, which are definitely cost-effective to produce than ceramic.
But one thing that has remained in this high-tech day and age is the concept of conservation, and a lot of people are going back to the natural ways of bathing as a way to save energy. People take advantage of using natural light and and natural water heating in their bathrooms, just like the Romans did.
The bathrooms or today are bigger and have more high-tech features. They also come in a range of different styles, from the throwback of the old, rustic or grand bathrooms (bathtubs with clawed feet, antique details, copper tubs) to the sleek and ultra-modern bathrooms that feature high-tech installations like steam-free bathrooms, television, large shower heads with programmable temperatures, and infinity bathtubs.
To the ancient Romans, bathing was a ritual, an opportunity to socialize and to hobnob with the elite, aside from washing their bodies.
The famous “bathtub hoax” was perpetrated by journalist H. L. Mencken who said that the first bathtub came in 1842. Although it was false this hoax was still being used for many years.
Flushing toilets weren’t an Industrial Revolution invention as you may think, but it was actually first introduced during the Elizabethan era. Poet and Queen Elizabeth I’s godson Sir John Harrington was the inventor of the world’s first flushing toilet.
Before, the word “toilet” was used as a euphemism for rooms where people defecated and urinated. Eventually, that meaning of the word “toilet” was changed as a plumbing fixture, and such meaning has remained the same up to now.
In 2500 BC India had water-borne toilets in their homes that were connected to drains covered with clay bricks
The ruins of the ancient Roman baths are found in many parts of Europe, Northern Africa (like this one in Algeria) and the Middle East.
A “hammam” is also called a “Turkish bath,” which is a variation of the Roman bath, resembling a steambath or sauna.
Even in wealthy countries, rural areas are still often equipped with latrines or outhouses, like this pit latrine in Herøy, Norway.
The bathroom has definitely changed throughout history in terms of technology as well as our wants and needs. But the basics of comfort, styles, conservation and cleanliness have remained and will remain the same because it’s these things people are looking for when they’re at home.
The Romans were among the first ones to develop drainage and sanitation, but their idea of luxury is obviously different to the luxury we have in today’s bathrooms. Now we have multiple shower heads with programmable temperatures, spa jets and walk-in bathrooms.
Cast-iron bathtubs are durable, and are usually coated with enamel or porcelain. If you want a sturdy bathtub that can last for years and even decades, you can never go wrong with a cast-iron bathtub. They can be installed at an alcove or they can be free-standing.
The 20th century also saw the introduction of the bidet, a sink specifically designed for cleaning the anus or genitalia after defecation or urination. The bidet shower is a hand-held nozzle sprayer usually attached nearby the toilet. It also pretty much serves the same basic purpose, which is washing your delicate parts after using the toilet.