5 Bath-tastic Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day coming up in the UK on Sunday 30th March, we’ve taken a look at 5 fabulous bathroom-related Mother’s Day gift ideas for you to pamper your mum.

Go on… she deserves it!

1.) Cath Kidston New Rose Bath & Body Gift Bag

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Available from John Lewis.

2.) Lavender Handmade Soaps Gift Selection

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Available from Notonthehighstreet.com.

3.) Set Of 2 Decorative Perfume Bottles

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Available from Matalan.

4.)  Personalised “Mummy” Floral Cosmetic Bag

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Available from Notonthehighstreet.com.

5.) Bathtime Pamper Gift Set

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Available from Notonthehighstreet.com 

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World Plumbing Day!

Today, 11th March is World Plumbing Day.

What on earth is World Plumbing Day? We hear you ask.

It’s an international event organised by the World Plumbing Council designed to highlight and celebrate the vital role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. Today marks its 5th year

Many of us take the availability of safe drinking water and sanitation for granted, but after devastating disasters as the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Japanese tsumani in 2011, it becomes all too real that the water we take for granted could be gone in an instant.

Did you know, for example, that there is a freshwater supply of 35 million cubic kilometres globally, but than less than 1 percent is available for human consumption?

Here are some more scary facts:

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The advancement of plumbing technology in recent year has seen fantastic developments but it’s important continue the education on water conservation for future generations. 

Take a look at this video from the World Plumbing Council to show the importance of plumbing – and don’t forget to check out our handy water saving tips!

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Iranian Man Avoids Showers for 60 Years!

A man in Iran has gone 60 years without having a shower. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he also smokes animal faeces(?) and dines on rotten animal carcasses, especially porcupines. Amazingly, he is single, but he’s looking for love. Get in line ladies….

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The eighty-year-old is called Amou Haji (which is a term of affection in Farsi used by women and children) and he lives in a hole in Dejgah village, a southern province in Iran. He has avoided showers for 60 years claiming that being clean will bring him sickness. He has escaped when people have tried to shower him in the past.  Haji has beaten the record of 66-year-old Indian man Kailash Singh, who has reportedly gone 38 years without having a shower.

To trim his hair, Haji burns it over fire, and he checks his appearance occasionally by looking in the side mirrors of passing cars. He says his eccentric lifestyle is down to emotional setbacks that happened in his youth. But he has achieved fame at least, as the world’s dirtiest man!

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How To Deal With Unexpected Guests This Christmas

We’ve all been there, you’re getting ready for a quiet family Christmas at home and everything is organised, and then the phone rings. An unexpected family member or friend is now coming over to stay for the Christmas holidays. Suddenly, there’s so much to sort out!

Have extra presents ready

Imagine the horror. Your long-lost cousin/friend/auntie turns up with a handful of presents for you and your family and you have for them… absolutely nothing. And you can’t use the excuse that you’ve left them at home, because you’re at home!

The best solution to this is to have a handful of “stock presents” wrapped and ready to go should anyone unexpected turn up. Choose a selection of generic gifts – bathroom sets, nice bottles of wine, food baskets, or chocolates, for example – and make sure you cover men, women and children’s gifts just in case. Wrap each present with gift tags (left blank of course) and if you can’t remember which present is which, use post-it notes to remind you, which you can swiftly whip off once you’ve written the gift tag.

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(Here’s a tip – choose presents that you and your family will like, so that if you don’t have the need to give them away, you can quite happily enjoy a relaxing evening of bath salts, Hotel Chocolat slab and a nice Sauvignon Blanc!)

Extra space at the table

If you need to squeeze a couple of extra people in at the dinner table, then an extending dining table could be a godsend. If your table doesn’t extend, find a smaller table to add on the end of your main table and stick the kids (or yourself) on that one. It’s all part of the fun and you’ll laugh about it afterwards! If you haven’t got enough of the “good china” to go round, then make sure that it’s you and your partner that use the everyday plates and cutlery rather than your guests.

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And of course, make sure you’ve got plenty of crackers and table gifts for more than you need, and always make extra food – everyone will gladly eat the leftovers on Boxing Day! If you don’t have enough food to go round, consider turning your sit down meal into a buffet.

No guest bedroom? Invest in a sofa bed

Sofa beds and futons are fantastic for housing those last-minute overnight Christmas guests. As well as providing extra soft seating, you’ve also got an extra bed whenever you need it. Keep some extra bedding in the airing cupboard and within 5 minutes you’ll have another bed made up and ready!

Check the bathroom

If you’ve got guests staying over this Christmas, the worst thing to happen at the last-minute is to discover the bathroom is in need of some much-needed TLC! Don’t panic, you can soon have a bathroom to rival a hotel in next to no time.

Get rid of old shampoo bottles that have been hanging around for too long, and clear surfaces of anything unnecessary – it will instantly lift the room. Get the rubber gloves out and start cleaning until everything sparkles!

Make sure guests have fresh towels to hand and if you want to be really attentive, provide them with little shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles.

If your shower has seen better days, there are some simple steps you can follow. Firstly, check out our shower cleaning tips to get rid of some of that limescale build-up!

However, if your shower is beyond saving with white wine vinegar then perhaps you need to buy yourself a new shower spare part. Whether it’s a shiny new hose to keep your shower looking shiny, or a new shower head to make sure performance is as good as new, a new shower accessory could be just the thing to make your bathroom ready for guests this Christmas.

If your shower is beyond saving, then our next working day delivery could be your Christmas saviour, but make sure you get the shower delivered with enough time to get it installed and up and running before Christmas!

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Showers for the Homeless – San Francisco Style!

A woman in San Francisco has come up with an ingenious idea to turn old public buses into showering facilities for the city’s homeless people.

Doniece Sandoval, a 51 year old PR executive and mother of one, decided to do something for the 3,400 homeless people in San Francisco. Currently, there are only 16 shower stalls available to them across the city, with very limited opening hours.

Sandoval said she got the idea after seeing a young, filthy homeless woman crying. Sandoval said “She kept saying over and over again she would never be clean, I knew she probably meant that in a lot of ways, but a light bulb went off.” She thought, if we can provide gourmet food on wheels, why not showers?

As someone who had always cared about people on the streets – donating money and time volunteering for homeless charities – she came up with the idea to transform decommissioned Muni buses into shower stalls and drive them to homeless centres. Something as simple as a shower can give people dignity, as well as help them get ready for job interviews. The programme is called Lava Mae (deriving from the Spanish “Lavame” meaning “wash me”.

Doniece now works full time for the programme, which is set to launch in March. Lava Mae currently has one bus, with three more set to join the programme if it is successful. The buses will be painted blue to give them a new look and each bus will have two hygiene units consisting of a shower, sink, toilet, mirror, changing room and bench. The programme will have three staff members (including Doniece herself), as well as a volunteer social worker who will be advising homeless people about other services available to them. There will be no charge to use the facilities, and the programme will operate completely on donations and grants.

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Fancy a Fish Tank Shower?

Does it get any better than a shower with a fish tank underneath? We’re not sure it can…

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An Australian company has designed an innovative spa-style Vichy showering system complete with a glass tank underneath. The glass tank can house anything you like, from any type of environment… imagine a tropical rainforest, a desert wilderness, or even the deepest ocean floor… to completely engage your imagination and senses.

Called the HydroGlass by HydroCo, it allows any type of spa treatment to be performed – body scrubs, wraps and even thermal treatments. The HydroGlass incorporates an organic design, and can accommodate tile, wood or metals to achieve any kind of look. Water efficiency has also been considered, and individual shower head flow control means that up to 80% water savings can be achieved compared to traditional Vichy Shower treatments.

Image courtesy of HydroCo.com

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ridiculous Shower Demands

This could be the funniest shower-related story we’ve read all year….

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow apparently demands that when using the shower at a gym she co-owns, that all previous users’ water be dried off.  According to an insider, she refuses to touch what she calls “somebody else’s shower water”, Life & Style Magazine reported.

If this story is true, we think it’s brilliant, and maybe even opens a market up for self-drying showers for over-demanding celebrities?! Who knows?

Somehow, however, despite being clearly a bit crackers (she did name her daughter Apple, after all), we think even this is a step too far for Gwynnie.

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New GT Mixer Shower Range!

While the sun was thinking about whether to come out or not for summer, we were busy working on expanding our portfolio of products, and now, just in time for the sunshine, we’ve just launched our brand new GT mixer shower range!

Comprising of 5 new thermostatic mixer showers, ranging from bar showers to dual headed showers, our GT range starts at just £99.99 for the entry level GT250. All of these mixer showers are universal, meaning they can be used in any water system – gravity-fed, combi boiler or high-pressure.

We’ll now take you through each model and explain the features and benefits…

GT250 – Entry level bar shower: £99.99

The GT250 bar mixer shower is a fantastic option for everyday showering – combining modern looks with precision thermostatic performance. A quality brass-bodied bar valve finished in stylish chrome means that the GT250 would complement all different types of bathroom decor. Handy features include an adjustable height shower head to enable the whole family to shower in comfort, rub clean nozzles on the shower head, and a maximum temperature override button to provide extra peace of mind when selecting higher temperatures. The models is an ideal replacement bar shower for any bar valves with standard ¾” connectors at 150mm centres.

GT250 Bar Mixer Shower: £99.99

GT250 Bar Mixer Shower: £99.99

GT350 – Luxury bar shower: £129.99

Upgrade to the GT350 luxury bar shower and you’ll have a whole host of additional features. The valve itself is much sleeker and stylish, the shower hose is deluxe easy-clean chrome and the three spray shower head enables each user to choose a spray pattern to suit them. The shower rail is much longer, at 600mm and the adjustable fixing brackets make replacing a bar shower much easier as the rail fixing can be adjusted to cover exisitng holes.

GT350 Bar Mixer Shower: £129.99

GT350 Bar Mixer Shower: £129.99

GT450 – Dual head bar shower: £199.99

Our top of the range bar mixer shower, the GT450 bar mixer shower has two shower heads an 180mm drencher head and an adjustable head, and an integrated diverter – allowing you to switch between the two heads with ease. The prolong the life of the deluxe chrome shower hose, there’s a handy anti-swivel hose connector. Plus, a temperature override button provides extra peace of mind when selecting higher temperatures.

GT450 Dual Head Bar Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT450 Dual Head Bar Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT550 – Exposed chrome shower & GT650 – Concealed chrome shower

There are two other new mixer showers in the GT range – the GT550 exposed valve and the GT650 concealed valve – for customers who prefer a concentric valve over a bar valve. The GT550 exposed mixer shower is suited to customers who want to quickly and simply replace an older shower, and the GT650 concealed mixer shower which would be a great choice for bathroom refurbishments and any customers with smaller showering enclosures.

GT550 Exposed Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT550 Exposed Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT650 Concealed Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT650 Concealed Mixer Shower: £199.99

All five new mixer showers are available on our website now!

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Revealed: Bad British Bathroom Etiquette

We Brits have a reputation of being polite, courteous and of course, having perfect manners. But is this representation just a smoke screen? Research conducted recently by Villeroy & Boch has revealed some of our worse bathroom habits… and the findings are a bit grim!

The bathroom company surveyed 2,000 people  and found out some of the most common bad bathroom behaviour – and the arguments that result from it.  Unsurprisingly, leaving the toilet seat up is one of the most common bad bathroom habit and 29% of women have had arguments with their partners about the toilet seat! Not replacing loo roll is another area for arguments with over a third of respondents claiming they have argued with family members or housemates about this matter.

And if you think women are squeaky clean, think again. According to the survey, 3% more women leave towels on the floor compared to men! 

It sounds to us like it’s time to start improving the British bathroom etiquette. According to Debrett’s, the modern authority on etiquette, you should:

“Leave it clean, always flush and never discuss”

And when in a group, and nature calls, you should always follow this advice:

“Either slip away quietly or excuse yourself from the group.”

What are the worst bathroom habits you’ve come across?

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Should you replace a bath with a shower?

It’s one of those common dilemmas among home owners planning bathroom refurbishments – should I get rid of the bath and have a stand-alone shower instead? While there is a common perception that a ‘bath-room’ should contain a bath, showers are much more popular for everyday use – they’re quick and fuss-free – perfect for our busy lives.

Of course, with any major household decision, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here we’ll take you through some of the main pros and cons of replacing your bath with a shower:

Advantages

1.) Increased space
Generally, when you replace a bath with a showering enclosure, you will free up some space in your bathroom. And with bathrooms frequently being the smallest room in the home, space is valuable! Showering enclosures are normally placed in the corner of the room, leaving you the rest of the room to arrange how you like.

2.) Time saving
It’s a fact that showers are quicker than baths. There’s no need to fill the bathtub and then spend half an hour sitting within the increasingly lukewarm water. Showers give you a burst of energy – just what you need in the morning to wake you up. And in fact, digital showers will even indicate to you when the water is heated to your preference and the shower is ready to go – preventing you from having to test the water with your arm. All in all, using less water will also save you money and be better for the environment!

3.) Greater choice
Today’s showers offer such a huge choice – from the different types of technology (electric, mixer or digital), through to different colours and designs, so there’s something to suit every household’s needs. While there is a great choice of different of different bath finishes, there is much more variety when it comes to showers and showering enclosures.

4.) Extra features
From dual shower heads, massaging body jets to LED lights that change the colour of water, modern showers are available with a whole host of features that baths can’t really compete with!

Disadvantages

Replacing the bath with a shower may be suitable for many people, but it may not be the right solution for everyone. Here are some of the potential drawbacks:

1.) Families prefer baths
It’s much easier to wash a child (or indeed, children) in a bath. Children can have playtime with their toys in the bath, so it’s much more appealing than a shower, and therefore much easier to work into a bedtime routine.

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2.) Baths are relaxing
There’s nothing that can compare to a relaxing, steamy bath when you’re stressed or a little bit run down. So while a shower is fantastic for day-to-day washing, baths really are in a league of their own when it comes to relaxing.

3.) May struggle to sell your home
When it comes to sell your property in the future, you may find that it is not as appealing to families if you remove the bath. As detailed above, families, particularly those with younger children, will require at least bath in the property. Of course, if you are not planning to sell your property for some time, and replacing the bath with a shower suits your lifestyle more, then this is something you will need to weigh up.

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