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New Campaign Says Peeing in the Shower is Better for the Environment—and Your Health


Peeing in the shower is one of those things that everyone does yet no one really talks about, but a group of English students is trying to change that with their "Go With the Flow" campaign which encourages tinkling while you're sprinkling. The administrators at the University of North Anglia in England, who are fully backing the program, say that if every student went No. 1 while washing once a day, they would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over. This would add up to a savings of over $230,000 a year. 

If you're like us, you probably think this and worry about the ick factor. After all, it's a myth that human urine is sterile and no one wants to pour bacteria down their legs (and all over their shower). You would freak if someone peed on your leg so why would you do it to yourself?

But if you're worried about germs, you probably don't need to be, says Philip Werthman, M.D., urologist, and director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. "At the end of the day no one is getting sick, so it's fine," he says. He adds that there is a ton of bacteria in your sweat so your post-workout shower is already full of germs. Also, shower peeing does eliminate a big source of bacteria: toilet paper. Indeed, many countries that are not America already use bidets—toilet-like appliances that use a stream of water to clean you after going to the bathroom. So, in that sense, taking it to the shower just makes it that much easier.

Not on board? We're with you. (Who wants urine all over the tub?) Our takeaway: We're sticking to the toilet for now—but if you're already guilty of the crime (don't worry, we won't tell), it looks like you're in the clear.



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