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How Not to Take a Bath:
5 Mistakes People Make When Bathing

Bathing has long been regarded as a therapeutic way to relax your mind while cleansing your body. If done correctly, taking a bath can:

taking a bath

When you soak in the tub, your skin's pores become like a sponge -- which is why it's so important to use only safe, natural products in your bath.

  • Help to soothe aching muscles and sore feet

  • Relieve stress

  • Help your circulation

  • Relieve pain from arthritis to headaches to back aches

Yet, there are certain factors that can turn an otherwise relaxing soak in the tub into a potentially harmful activity. So to make sure that your bath time is safe and rejuvenating, here is what NOT to do.

1. Do NOT Clean Your Tub With Toxic Chemicals

Many of the individual substances in a wide array of cleaning products have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and damage to the central nervous system. And the type that you can simply spray on, let sit, then wipe off (with no scrubbing) are among the most noxious.

When you clean your tub with chemicals, not only do you have the exposure to vapors while you're cleaning, but there will be some residue left behind that can get into your bath water.

To clean your tub safely, use only natural cleaning products, such as Vermont Organics' Liquid Sunshine Non-Toxic Cleaner, or non-toxic items you have around your house. Vinegar combined with baking soda, for instance, is a powerful freshener for drains.

2. Do NOT Bathe With a Dirty Shower Curtain

Does your shower curtain hang into your tub as you soak? Is there mold, mildew or soap scum on your shower curtain?

Researchers have discovered that 80 percent of the germs on shower curtains belong to the sphingomonads or methylobacteia families. Such germs can infect open wounds as well as harm those with weakened immune systems causing:

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Pneumonia

  • Abscesses in the gut

What can you do? Wipe down your shower walls, tub and curtain on a frequent basis with an ultramicrofiber wipe that cleans at the microscopic level. Do not depend on regular cloths or chemical cleaners if you are trying to eliminate germs (versus just wanting to eliminate dirt). Instead, try ultramicrofiber wipes that contain a high volume of microscopic fibers that each measure only 3 microns. That's smaller than most bacteria!

Vermont Soap Organics Aloe Castile Liquid Soaps

Vermont Soap Organics Aloe Castile Liquid Soaps are truly natural and scented with aromatic essential oils. Use them for bodywash, shave gel, and oily hair shampoo!

What that means is that these wipes are capable of removing virtually everything from a surface including soap scum and biological contaminants. This is due to the fact that the fibers have a naturally positive electrostatic charge and dust and other particles are negatively charged, making it easy for the ultramicrofiber wipe to thoroughly clean. Further, regular towels and rags tend to merely smear germs around, but the ultramicrofiber wipes will hold onto germs and never let them go.

3. Do NOT Use Just Any Shower Gel

Personal care products are not regulated in the United States, which means that just about anyone can throw together some chemicals and fragrance and call it a shower gel. What they don't tell you is that leading shower gels on the market can contain ingredients that are linked to:

  • Developmental and reproductive toxicity

  • Allergies

  • Immunotoxicity

  • Neurotoxicity

  • Organ system toxicity

  • Endocrine disrupters

Shower Person?
There's Something You Should Know

Wellness Shower Filter

If you regularly take showers, not baths, you need to be aware of the hidden danger lurking in your shower: chlorine and its byproducts.

By taking a hot shower you end up absorbing over 600 percent more chlorine and other chemicals than you would from drinking the same un-filtered water all day!

So please do your health, and your family's, a favor by installing a top-of-the-line Wellness Shower Filter into your shower.

The Wellness Filter effectively reduces up to 99 percent of chlorine in your water. It also increases the hydration of your skin and hair by 115 percent, and supports your body's ability to resist undesirable bacteria & fungus.

Get The Wellness Filter: Used by the #1 Health Spa in the World!

If you want to know what kind of chemicals are lurking in YOUR favorite shower gel, simply type it into the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database to find out.

Even among natural or organic personal care products, you still need to be careful (there are no regulations for these either). The general rule of thumb is, if you can't pronounce the ingredients, don't use it.

One truly natural bodywash that we at love is Vermont Soap Organics Aloe Castile Liquid Soaps. These USDA Organic Aloe Castile Liquid soaps are made with natural and essential oils, aloe vera and rosemary extract, and absolutely nothing artificial. Plus they come in six fabulous all-natural scents like Country Lavender, White Grapefruit and Sweet Orange.

4. Do NOT Soak in Chlorinated Water

Bathing in chlorinated water can be downright dangerous. The warm water opens up your skin's pores, making it like a sponge for chlorine. Meanwhile, the steam coming off the water, which you readily inhale, is full of chlorine and its byproducts as well. Since your skin is the largest organ of your body, some estimates say that steam can transport into your body up to 100 times the toxic chemicals as you would get from drinking tap water.

What can you do? Install a filter that removes chlorine from your water supply. If your tub can be filled up from your showerhead, the best solution is The Wellness Shower Filter. This system effectively reduces up to 99 percent of chlorine from your shower's water for up to 24 months, which is two or three times longer than any other shower filtration system available.

The Wellness Filter is now also widely known for its ability to enhance water beyond the reach of conventional water purification systems, so that it actually improves the condition of your hair and skin.

5. Do NOT Use HOT Water

Water that's too hot can scald your skin or cause it to become dry. When taking a bath (or shower) use warm water to protect your skin.

Recommended Reading

How to Avoid the Hidden Danger Lurking in Your Shower

Bath or Shower: Which is Better for You and Why?

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