Emma T. Gaskell

Peeing in the Shower

Who knew your shower time could get any cleaner?

Before you react with an "ew, gross!" just think of all the positive effects that peeing in the shower would have on you and the environment. Also, be honest now. Have you never once relieved your bladder under the warm, running water of your morning shower? I find that hard to believe! Here are a few things that might make it easier to admit to this progressive act.


Take a wee the economical way. - Creative Commons

You may proudly recycle your plastic bottles and show off your reusable grocery bags, but do you gloat about saving water and paper by peeing in the shower? The University of East Angalia in Norwich, England, ran a campaign with the title of "Go with the Flow." They claimed that if every student at UEA peed in the shower once a day, the university could save around 220.000 € on water annually.

Chris Dobson, one of the students behind the campaign, told the BBC,“With 15,000 students at UEA, we would save enough water in a year to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.” Can you imagine what that would mean, if the whole world chipped in?

Aside from saving water, peeing in the shower comes with many other positive side-effects - cleanlier hygiene for instance. While, today, the bidet may seem like an uncomfortable spritz on your bits, it was actually doing woman and men a favour back in the day, rinsing the "hard to reach" areas more thoroughly. Toilet paper basically smears without cleansing, which is a lose/lose-situation, really: unnecessary paper-use and an only partially cleansed undercarriage! Will.i.am explains it best: "Get some chocolate, wipe it on a wooden floor, and then try to get it up with some dry towels. You’re going to get chocolate in the cracks. That’s why you gotta get them baby wipes." See now, where I'm going with the bidet and peeing in the shower-analogy?

Some say this new pee practice will also prepare you for letting it flow more easily in the great outdoors. Camping? Attending a festival? Peeing in the shower may help to make peeing outside the bathroom atmosphere a more comfortable experience. It might even help you to finally get the guts to use your SheWee

In Rio De Janeiro, television ads encouraged Brazilians to save water by, you guessed it, urinating in the shower. The environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica says, if a household avoids one flush a day, it can save up to 4380 liters of water annually.

So, if you are still wondering whether to let be known your (secret) daily shower routine, this tidbit from the Today Show in New York City might sway your decision.
A Today Show poll was taken to see how many people admit to peeing in the shower and a whopping 80% of people gave it a thumbs up!