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Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

Golden Wipe

My German grandfather often used to say, "Ich bin kein Dukatenscheisser." (I don't s**t money.) But if he had this roll of toilet paper, he could have wiped with money. Or rather, gold.

It's 6-layer toilet paper embossed with 24-karat gold plate. It comes in 2 versions: either with the words 'Happy Birthday' or an Alpine rose embossed on it. Yours for only 178.50 Euros ($245, according to my desktop currency converter).



Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 04, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Bathrooms, Overpriced Merchandise, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Excrement

The Niagara Wave and Rocking Bath

From the Victorian period. Looks like it would have been kinda fun. [source: The Virtual Victorian]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Feb 02, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Nineteenth Century

Clean-O-Pore

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

Read the fascinating history of this device, plus others of the "vacuum suction" mode, at this site.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 04, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

His and Her Bathtubs

For couples who don't like to swap any germs.

COUPLE WELLNESS.
This new bath tub offers in the Wellness area the possibility of bathing together, yet separately. The form of the tub is reminiscent of the Chinese symbol Yin and Yang, which expresses the constant change of the opposites. The tub edge is drawn down in the middle so that the common bathing experience can be intensified.

TOGETHER, YET INDIVIDUALLY.
Each bather has her/his own bathing water. Temperature, bathing additives and the colour of the light can be chosen individually. Also in terms of hygiene, the separation of the bathing water is an optimal solution.

From Trautwein.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 18, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

The Turkobath

Add this to the 'inventions that flopped' folder. Susan Flynn, 20, gets ready to enjoy the "Turkobath" (i.e. a portable Turkish bath). This 1956 invention consisted of "a slotted plastic sheet with rubber suction cups that turn an ordinary home bathtub into a steam cabinet."

I can imagine that as the bath water cooled, you were left with a cold piece of plastic wrapped around you.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Sep 10, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950's

A Bath with a View



A predecessor to our famous fellow who attached his lawn chair to balloons.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1930's

The dangers of soap dust

Soap dust was one of the things people had to deal with in the days before liquid detergent became more common.

It got up your nose:



Plus, it was explosive:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 28, 2013 | Comments (17)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

The No-Bathing Weekend

Ludwick Marishane, inventor of DryBath Bath-substituting™ skin gel, has been trying to raise money to promote the DryBath™ No-Bathing Weekend. The idea is that you buy his DryBath sachets and simultaneously pledge not to wash with water for a couple of days. He hopes this will "bring awareness to the billions of people who don’t have water to bathe when their health depends on it."

To sweeten the deal, Ludwick made his own pledge:

I will be matching your donations with a personal pledge to use DryBath™ instead of bathing:
1. If we reach the campaign target of 1 million skipped baths...I will not bathe for 1 month
2. If we skip 2 million baths...I will not bathe for 3 months.
3. If we skip 20 million baths...I will not bathe for a YEAR!

But it looks like Ludwick hoped to raise $500,000 and only got $761. This means (I assume) that he'll continue to be taking baths every day.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 21, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

Baths, and How to Take Them

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Entire small pamphlet here. Learn what you've been doing wrong.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 02, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Education, Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Nineteenth Century

Horizontal Shower

Available from Dornbracht:

For the first time, HORIZONTAL SHOWER permits showering using the AMBIANCE TUNING TECHNIQUE while reclining. The application combines six WATER BARS recessed into a broad shower field above a reclining space, along with an eTOOL as the main operating element. Just as with VERTICAL SHOWER, with HORIZONTAL SHOWER the user can also choose from among a variety of pre-programmed choreographies, offering a range of settings for water temperature, intensity and quantity.

Just wondering how practical this would be for actually washing yourself, as opposed to lying down and getting a water massage. I'm also guessing most people wouldn't have enough water pressure in their house to install something like this. And, of course, there's no mention of price, because if you need to know how much it costs, you can't afford it.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 30, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Bathrooms, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods
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