The luxury, comfort, privacy, and extreme hygiene conditions in which we associate our bathrooms in this modern era are the result of years of social change and civil engineering.
Most people take for granted bathroom features in their luxury bathrooms, taking of flushing toilets, ventilation, indoor plumbing, water pressure, heated water, and electricity. For this reason, we tend to forget that the high-tech gadgets also had a history in the making. Read on to see how little or how much, has changed.
- Public bathing and ancient societies
We perform activities related to caring for our bodies in the bathrooms such as relieving ourselves, washing, manicuring our appearance, cleaning, and bathing. Simply put, we ensure that we maintain proper hygiene, prepare ourselves, and cleanse our bodies.
In ancient cultures, the activities were not performed in one convenient room; bathing or cleaning the body was a function that was performed in its own separate area, and the toilet function was performed far away from home. At the time, water was used in political or religious ceremonies making bathing a vital role in many ancient societies. Each society valued its own version of bathing or cleansing; below are well-known traditions.
- The Romans and Greeks
Bathing was part of the Greeks and Romans’ lifestyle. Palaces with areas dedicated to bathing have been uncovered in Greece; they have spaces with sophisticated drainage bathrooms and clay bathtubs.
Ruins of Roman baths have been found in the Middle East, England, and Northern Africa as well. Best-preserved and maintained ruins of the ancient Roman bath are seen in Pompeii and Rome.
- The Middle Ages
After the Renaissance, bathing was declined. To them, water was a carrier of diseases, and so heavy perfumes and sweat baths were preferred.
However, a number of towns had bathrooms, and people were charged to take a bath. Ruins of wooden tubs in bedrooms were also uncovered. People also used toothpicks, mouthwash, tweezers, and combs.
- 16th to 18th-century bathrooms
The plague had hit England seven times in a span of 200 years, and it welcomed cleanliness, hygiene, and bathing. Public baths gradually declined throughout these centuries and private bathrooms were preferred and favoured.
- 19th to 20th-century bathrooms
These centuries brought about an advancement in medicine and technology. They even discovered germs and causes of diseases making people change their thoughts about hygiene and cleanliness. Cleaning the body and taking a bath with soap was a necessity for good health. The gradual industrial revolution brought about the mechanisation of the bathrooms in that hot water could be produced for having a bath in the house, which made bathing much easier.
- Today’s bathrooms
Today, bathrooms have stylish designs due to ever-advancing technology (and bloggers like jazzukes.com have written about how that technology has changed one particularly vital part of the bathroom). Comfort and luxury bathrooms are not only places to prepare for the day, but also a place to unwind. They have features that incorporate technology, taking of digital showers, underfloor heating, clever lighting schemes, televisions, and steam-free mirrors. The bathrooms are also larger in size.
There is no doubt that bathrooms have come a long way.