How to take a bath or shower

Missouri USA          1960s

Fill the bathtub all the way up. Add Mr. Bubble. Get in. Wash hair with No More Tears shampoo. Play in the tub till the water cools. Get out. Dry off. Put on jammies, say prayers, and go to bed.

Bathroom is heated in winter and cooled in summer by central air system. No window.

Size: Approx. 6×6

 

Nassau Bahamas          1970s

Get into tub. Use cup to get water from the bucket and wet hair. Shampoo hair. Stick washrag in the bucket of water and then soap it up. Wash. Use the cup to get water and rinse off the shampoo and soap. Get out of tub, dry off, and get dressed.

Be sure to leave enough water for your siblings to bathe.

Bathroom is neither heated or cooled. Window is usually open.

Size: Approx. 6×12

 

Rio Grande do Sul Brasil         1980s

Enter shower. Turn on water and set to warmest setting. Shampoo and wash as quickly as you can. Open shower door and grab towel. Shut shower door. Be amazed at all the steam since the lukewarm water is actually warmer than the air. Dry off in the steamy shower. Open shower door and get dressed as quickly as you can. Eat breakfast and go to school.

Bathroom is not heated. The window is sometimes open. The water is lukewarm.

Size: Approx: 8×10

 

Vienna Austria          1980s

Get into tub. Use handheld shower to get wet. There is no shower curtain. Wash hair. Wet rag and soap up. Wash. Rinse off with the handheld shower. Get out of tub and dry off quickly. Get dressed.

Bathroom is not heated. The window is closed.

Size: Approx: 15×20

 

Kyushu Japan          1990s 

Enter washroom and walk over to the shower on the wall. Wash hair and body quickly. Rinse. Walk over to the ofuro and get in. Soak until it gets too hot. Get out. Walk back to the shower to rinse off. Dry off and put on jammies.

Bathroom is not heated. The window is closed.

Size: Approx. 12×12

 

South Africa          1990s

Grab everything needed and walk down the hall to the bathroom. Walk past the sinks to the shower room. Get into tub and hope the hot water will make steam to warm up the room. Shampoo hair. Notice there’s a breeze….look up and realize there’s no ceiling: the shower room only has walls to separate it from the toilet area, and the bathroom has a high ceiling. Yell at your classmate who is brushing her teeth and ask her to shut the door from the hallway, which you know was propped open when you entered the bathroom. She finally understands what you want and closes the door. The breeze gets weaker. You finish washing as fast as you can, dry off, and get into your jammies.

Bathroom is NOT heated. No windows.      Or ceiling.

Size of shower room: Approx. 20×20

 

Florida USA          2000s

Get in tub and turn on shower. Shampoo hair and wash. Rinse. Get out of tub. Dry off. Get dressed. Eat and go to work.

Bathroom is heated in winter and cooled in summer by central air system. No window.

Size: Approx. 6×12

 

Florida USA          2010s

Get in tub and turn on shower. Shampoo hair and wash. Rinse. Get out of tub. Dry off. Get dressed. Eat and go to work.

Bathroom is heated in winter and cooled in summer by central air system. No window.

Size: Approx. 6×15

 

Illinois USA          2010s

Get in tub and turn on shower. Shampoo hair and wash. Rinse. Get out of tub. Dry off. Get dressed. Eat and go to work.

Bathroom is cooled by central a/c. There is small space heater in the wall. The window is sometimes open.

Size: Approx. 6×10

 

Missouri USA          2010s

Get in tub and turn on shower. Shampoo hair and wash. Rinse. Get out of tub. Dry off. Get dressed. Eat and go to work.

Bathroom is heated in winter and cooled in summer by central air system. Window never opens.

Size: Approx. 6×6

 

Hmm. Bathrooms in my hometown seem to be smaller than the rest of the world.

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