I think we can all agree, there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of running the perfect bath after a stressful day or week at work.

After all, a bath is something you think about and look forward to, unlike taking a shower, serious thought goes into a drawing a bath. It has to be perfect.

Sitting in a tepid, shallow, lukewarm bath is the worst. But you don’t have to anymore.

We have created the ultimate guide for the perfect bath.

Here’s how to have a nice bath

how to have a nice bath

As mentioned above, a bath takes consideration, it’s not spontaneous. Therefore, here are some things to think of before you even start to run the ‘hot’ tap.

Do you have time?

A bath should last at least 3o minutes from start to finish, if you don’t have 30 minutes, have a shower. If you don’t have half an hour for a bath, there’s a good chance you need to be somewhere pretty soon, therefore a bath won’t be any more of an end of the week wind down than a shower.

Now you’ve confirmed you have at least 30 minutes to spare, you enter phase 2 – choosing “relaxing bath products”.

Relaxing Bath Products & Accessories

To have the perfect bath, just a tub full of hot water just won’t cut it. The perfect bath is more than that, below is my list of “bathing essentials” for the perfect bath.

  1. Candles, specifically soy candlesSoy candles are much better for you than paraffin wax candles. Candles set the ultimate relaxing environment. Once the bath has been drawn, turn the lights off and you’ll know exactly what I mean. They smell AMAZING too.
  2. Bath Salts, especially Epsom Salt – The reason for using Epsom bath salt is because it contains magnesium that soaks into your skin replenishing magnesium levels, aiding recovery and can promote sleep.
  3. Soap, particularly vegetable soap – One of the main reasons for using vegetable soap is because it’s much better for your skin, especially if you suffer from dry skin. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of it, so it also counts as cruelty free bath soap.
  4. Create the “perfect bath music playlist” – One of the most effective ways to help you relax whilst you’re having a soak is to play spa-like music. Be sure to check no electrical devices could fall into the tub.
  5. Grab a drink – Nothing says “winding down” more than relaxing in the bathtub with a nice cold beer or a glass of your favourite wine.
  6. Have something to do – If you can’t just lie back and relax, take a book to read. This will help you keep your mind in one place, relaxing you even further. Your choice of book will depend on your mood.
  7. Bathing Pillow – Having a pillow you can rest your head on whilst in the bath can be the difference between a great bath, and an extraordinary bath.
  8. Bubble Bath – Bubble bath is no doubt one of the essential aspects of a great bath, however, make sure you choose a natural option.
  9. Flannel – When washing in the bath, using a soft flannel, is much more relaxing than just using your hands, and is less harsh on your skin than some rough alternatives.
  10. Food – If having a nibble in the bath is your idea of heaven, then you can’t go wrong with something light, such as refreshing fruits.
  11. Do not disturb sign – A do not disturb sign is an effective way of keeping people out of the bathroom whilst you’re in it. Never lock the door of your bathroom when you’re in the bath, just in case you slip or need help.

Those are our top 10 relaxing bath products and accessories to have if you’re serious about having the most relaxing bath of all time. However, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can use the following household items to create a relaxing bath.

How To Make a Relaxing Bath With Household Items – Relaxing Bath Recipes

If you don’t have the products above, don’t worry. You may have items lying around the house that can still help you create a relaxing bath.

  1.  Green Tea – Green Tea is packed full of anti-ageing ingredients. Dip your green tea bag into your bath, until satisfied.
  2.  Milk – Milk is great for soothing your skin, and is also great for relieving sunburn.
  3.  Lavender – Lavender is great for relieving stress, reducing inflammation and will also help relieve muscle pain.
  4.  Honey – No, honey isn’t only for Winnie The Pooh. Add honey to your bath, and say goodbye to your dry skin, The natural antioxidants in honey will help your body detox while you soak.
  5.  Olive Oil – Olive Oil is great for cooking food. Did you know adding Olive Oil to your bath will also aid you in building a stronger immunity to viral and bacterial infections?
  6.  Lemons – A lemon bath is extremely refreshing. Thanks to healing agents in Lemons, a Lemon Bath will refresh and revive your tired skin. Not only that, Lemons will also help tighten large pores.
  7. Cinnamon – Adding cinnamon to your bath will remove toxins from your body (especially after recovering from an illness).

Follow all the steps above, and you’ll be feeling refresh, revitalised, and very relaxed.

how to make a relaxing bath with household items

There you have it, there’s plenty of household items you can use for your bath. Which one will you use first? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Run The Perfect Bath

Now we have all the above available to us, including having at least 30 minutes spare. Here come’s probably the most important part of any successful bath. Running it.

  1.  Clean the tub – Clean the bathtub before you start to run the tap is one of the most important aspects of the perfect bath. Rinsing your bath will remove any germs and hair from the last time it was used.
  2.  Evaluate how deep your bath is – Evaluating how deep your bath is can be somewhat overlooked, and lead to many overflows. Some home insurance policies will not cover damage by overflowing baths, so please don’t overdo it. Consider how much deeper it will be when you’re in it and fill accordingly.
  3.  Have all ingredients and items above to hande – Once you start the tap, you don’t want to be running around your house locating your essentials, as running the perfect bath requires all of your attention. Have everything set up and ready to go when you turn the tap on.
  4.  Don’t pre-run the hot tap – Prerunning the hot tap without the plug being in is literally throwing money down the drain. Put the plug in, and turn on the hot tap, you will get the benefit of having cold and hot water with just one stroke.
  5.  Add all of your ingredients – Add all of your ingredients to your bath. I like to do this when there is a thin layer of water covering the base of the bath. This way, all of the ingredients will have time to truly mix with the water.
  6.  Ensure the bath is hot enough, but not too hot – You don’t want to get in the bath and scold yourself. Ensure the bath water is warm enough that it won’t go cold anytime soon – feeling the water getting cold after being in it for just 5 minutes can ruin the whole thing – but don’t go to hot either, as you can burn yourself, dry out your skin, or even pass out.
  7. Get in and relax – Now’s the time to sit back and enjoy the brilliance of what you have created.

That’s how you run the perfect bath. Have any suggestions or tips? Make sure you leave them in the comments below.

How to take a bath properly

Taking a bath properly and having a bath are two completely different things. taking a bath properly takes some serious thought, and isn’t something that should be rushed. Below are 7 easy steps on how to take a bath properly.

  1.  Make sure you have enough time – I know I’ve mentioned this a few times now, but I can’t stress the importance of this. If you don’t have the time to have a bath, have a shower. A bath is effectively just as good as retail therapy, it’s something you treat yourself to after a long stressful week.
  2.  Follow the steps above –  Follow the steps above when running the bath, and you’re on your way to taking a bath properly, and possibly the best bath you have ever had in your life.
  3.  Pamper yourself – Now comes the time to pamper yourself. I highly advise exfoliating your skin with a loofah or a sugar scrub. Take it a step further and thinly slice a cucumber to lay over your eyes, and say goodbye to puffiness.
  4.  Give yourself a massage – You can’t beat a massage in the bath, it’s just not possible. Simply take a small ball in the bath with you, place it in between the bath and your back, and steadily roll your back over it. This will help relieve tension in your back. Better yet, have your partner massage your face, temples and fingers for the ultimate relaxation.
  5. Post Bath necessities – The bath doesn’t end when you release the plug. What you do after will also contribute to the perfect bath. Ensure upon getting out you have a nice fluffy robe and towel to dry you off.
  6. Drain and clean – When you’ve got out of the bath, take a moment to rinse all oil and excess moisture from your tub. This will help prevent the build-up of soap scum, grime, and mildew. Opening a window and letting air into your bathroom will also help.

There you have it, our top 6 steps on how to take a bath properly. Have your own tips? Make sure you share them with us in the comments below.

How To Take A Bath With Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend

how to take a bath with your partner

In my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic or sensual than taking a bath with your partner. If done right, that is.

If not planned out properly it could be an awkward disaster.

Taking a bath with your partner in a relaxing and intimate setting can be quite seductive, however, before you get in the water, you might want to read the tips we have provided you with.

First, there are some items you will need for the ultimate seductive bath.

  • Bath – obviously
  • Soy Candles
  • Music
  • Male & Female grooming products
  • Epsom Salt
  • Vegetable Soap
  • Flannels
  • Towels
  • Robes

Now you have everything on the list to hand. It’s time to take a shower.

A shower, why you ask?

Taking a shower before an intimate bath allows you to clean all the sweat and dirt off of your body. Let’s face it, washing your armpits or shaving your legs or beard in front of your partner isn’t the most romantic thing in the world.

Sharing a bath with your lover is about romance, not vigorously scrubbing each other. Massaging each other with flannels and natural soaps, however, is different.

Once you’ve had a shower, follow all of the steps you see above and run the perfect bath.

From here, proceed to undress each other, if of course, you aren’t already naked. Get in the bath, and enjoy each others company.

Have a chat, give each other the massage we mentioned above, or simply sit back and relax.

Have you and your partner got any more tips on how to romantic, relaxing bath together? We’d love to hear them. Make sure you leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Bath Tips – Before, During, and After

The tips below can help take your bath from a simple relaxation to a healing, medically therapeutic activity.

  1.  Remember, hot, but no too hot – Staying in a hot bath for too long can get your nervous system working overtime, and can make you feel more agitated than before. Also, if you’re pregnant, make sure your bath doesn’t exceed 37˚C (100˚F).
  2.  Stay hydrated – If you enjoy a really hot bath, your body will try and cool itself the only way it knows how: sweating. Make sure you drink plenty of water or milk before and after to replenish your body of its vital fluids.
  3.  Perform deep breathing – Putting together a relaxing bath, and breathing deeply is the ultimate stress buster. Deep breathing is always relaxing and embodying. However, the relaxation from deep breathing is particularly effective in a hot bath.
  4.  Moisturise! – Moisturising once you get out of the bath, is great for rejuvenating your skin. The hot water can make your skin dry if you’re in it for too long, therefore moisturising after will prevent dry skin being caused. Ensure that you moisture whilst still slightly damp to lock in as much moisture as possible.
  5.  Rose Petals – Rose petals are a great alternative to essential oils, and add extra appeal to the look of your bath.
  6.  Keep nails out of the water – If you’ve recently had your nails done, you will definitely want to keep them out of the water. The hot water can potentially ruin your nails, meaning a trip back to your local beauticians will be in order.
  7.  Relax afterwards – Get a glass of your favourite drink, put your feet up, grab a heated towel and wrap it around your neck and take a well-earned nap.

These are our top 7 bath tips for before, during, and after your bath. Do you have more tips? Share them with everyone else below.

 How long is the perfect bath?

In our opinion, the perfect bath lasts at least a good 30 minutes from start to finish.

That’s 15 minutes preparing your bath, and at least 15 minutes bathing.

To short and you haven’t truly recieved any of the benefits of the bath, whilst to long will leave you feeling as wrinkly as a prune.

Of course, this will vary on your own personal preference.

Frequently asked bath questions

Q. What can I use instead of essential oils?

A. Don’t worry. If you don’t have any essential oils, simply add a bit of your favourite shower gel, this is a great alternative to making your bath smell nice, and for creating bubbles. You can also try adding a bath bomb or bubble bar. As always, the more natural the better.

Q. Will a bath calm me down?

A. Yes, bath’s are great for calming you down after a hard day at work. Just make sure to be in a relaxing environment, with your favourite candles, scents and music and you’re well on your way to a calmer self.

Q. I don’t have a bath pillow, is there anything else I can use?

A. There sure is, take a soft towel and roll it up into the shape of a pillow, and you’ve got your very own DIY bath pillow.

Q. I don’t have Epsom salt, will table salt work?

A. No. The reason for this is because table salt is sodium chloride, whereas Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulphate. If you add table salt, it will neither be beneficial nor harmful.

Q. Can I fall asleep in the bath?

A. We highly advise against it. Falling asleep in the bath can have serious consequences such as drowning or hypothermia if in for too long. If you’re feeling tired or groggy then it’s best to leave the bath for another day. If someone else is in the house while you’re bathing, get them to check up on you at regular intervals.

Q. Should I lock my door when having a bath?

A. No. Never lock your door when having a bath. The reason for not locking your door before you have a bath is in case you slip or need help.

Q. Can I take my phone in the bath with me?

A. We only advise taking your phone in the bath with you if you have a waterproof casing for it. Dropping your phone in the bath can ruin the whole experience and will leave you without a phone – certainly not relaxing!

I hope we have managed to answer some of your questions, however, if you have any more, please put them into the comments below and we will do our best to answer them.

Over to you

Now’s the time for you to go and run the best bath you have ever had, with the help of The English Soap Company.

Whether you decide to enjoy your bath on your own, or with your partner, we hope this guide helps.

Please leave your comments, tips, and best bath experiences in the comments below.