The History of Showering

In everyday life, there are things that we take for granted and showering is undoubtedly one of them. So sit back, grab a cuppa and learn a bit of history about showering. It might just make you enjoy yours that wee bit more.

If you google "who invented the shower", you will be given the answer "William Feetham", as William patented the first mechanical shower in 1767. However, showers were in existence way before this time, but just in a different way.

When our ancestors used to live in caves and constructed huts, they used their human ingenuity, to work out that the best way for them to thoroughly clean themselves, was to hunt down the nearest waterfall, for a powerful blast of water.

Not everyone was lucky enough to live near a waterfall, so unfortunately, those unfortunates had to wait till the invention of the jug, before they could enjoy (or endure, whatever way you want to look at it), the cascading flow of COLD water over their heads. These showers, could literally take your breath away. Although those living in hotter climates might have welcomed the cool down.

The "Jug Shower" as we will call it, dates back to the time of ancient Egypt and was the first man-made shower that allowed the wealthy to enjoy the privilege of bathing in the privacy of their own home. These Jug Showers were operated by slaves pouring jugs of water from above.

The Greeks, not wanting to miss out on an opportunity, invented their own unique way to shower. They installed indoor showers, using advanced aqueducts and plumbing. Jets of cold water would cascade from the ceiling and everyone stood underneath it.

Although at the time, public baths was the norm to look after one's hygiene needs, this changed with the rise in Christianity, as bathing naked in front of the opposite sex, was seen to entice lust, which according to Christianity, was a sin.

By the 18th Century, people looked after their hygiene by using bath tubs, but this involved a lot of labour, as it took a lot of water to heat and carry from the kitchen to the bath and repeat the process, until there was enough water to bathe.