Peeing in the shower just may be America's best kept secret—nobody talks about it, but apparently almost all of us are doing it, according to a recent survey by Angie's List on shower habits. Is it the irresistible pull of the rushing water? Is it the refreshing feeling? Is it just efficient multi-tasking? All of the above? Who knows! But nearly 80 percent of adults (i.e. people well past the potty training stage) copped to taking a tinkle under the shower sprinkle.
It's not as gross as it sounds. It's true that our pee is filled with bacteria, but no more so than our other bodily fluids, like sweat and snot, that get washed down the drain every day, Philip Werthman, M.D., urologist and director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine in Los Angeles, CA, told us. And you're rinsing it off so it's not as if you're stewing in it, like, say, if you peed in a hot tub—which no self-respecting person would ever do, right? Besides, even Gwyneth Paltrow has extolled The Surprising Pelvic Perks of Peeing In the Shower.
But if peeing down your own leg isn't your thing, no worries. The survey found we do plenty of other entertaining things in the shower. For example, nearly half of us sing in the shower, but one in five goes for the full karaoke effect by bringing a drink in too. And a quarter of us like to multi-task by brushing our teeth or taking care of other cosmetic fixes while we're all steamed up. (Psst... We're making a Case for Cold Showers.)
When it comes to how we wash ourselves, men and women are pretty evenly split, with dudes favoring plain washcloths while women stick to loofas or natural sponges. Ten percent of us just use our hands, the way nature intended. But one percent of respondents said they will only scrub down while wearing latex or rubber gloves. Who...are these people? Are they bleaching their tile grout while their conditioner soaks in? (On second thought, that's not a bad idea.)
The one thing none of us are doing, however, is bathing. The researchers found that over 90 percent of Americans say they hate lying down to clean up. They added that this is probably why new hotels aren't putting tubs in your room anymore and why house remodels are opting for bigger, fancier showers instead of more traditional washrooms. (You're missing out—try these 10 Steps to Your Most Heavenly Bubble Bath.)
No matter how you do it, though, the most important thing is that we're all getting good and clean. If you're having a little fun in the meantime (or emptying your bladder), even better!