Is It Bad to Pee in the Shower? Benefits and Possible Risks

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It’s a debate that splits opinions — here’s what we think

At some point in our lives, many of us have wondered whether it’s okay to pee in the shower. Some people argue that it’s convenient, saves water, and doesn’t harm anyone. Others think it’s gross, unhygienic, and disrespectful to the bathroom. 

It’s hard to tell which camp holds the right answer — as half of people surveyed admitted to it while the other half claim they have never and will never pee in the shower. Here are some things to consider about peeing in the shower.

The Benefits:

Saves Water and Waste


One of the most common arguments for peeing in the shower is that it saves water. If you pee in the toilet you may use up to 1.6 gallons (6 liters) of water per flush, depending on your toilet’s age and efficiency. If you pee in the shower while you’re already there, you can avoid using any extra water. Over time, this can add up to significant water savings, especially if you live in a drought-prone area or pay for water usage.

Additionally, many people use toilet paper when they pee on the toilet. There’s no need to use toilet paper when peeing in the shower. Less toilet paper in the sewage means less to clean up. 

Promotes Comfort

Relaxed Shower

Another argument for peeing in the shower is that it can be more comfortable than using the toilet. Some people find that standing in warm water and letting go is more relaxing and natural than sitting on a cold, hard seat. Peeing in the shower can also be a time-saving measure if you’re in a hurry or don’t want to interrupt your showering routine.

Peeing in a toilet leads to more misses and splashes which can also prompt more cleanups needed to keep your toilet hygienic. It’s almost impossible to miss when you’re in the shower (I hope), which means less time spent cleaning on your hands. 

The Drawbacks:

Spreads Germs

Germs In Shower

On the other hand, peeing in the shower can have drawbacks. One of the most obvious is that it can spread germs and bacteria from your urine to other parts of the bathroom. Many people believe the myth that urine is sterile, but urine naturally contains bacteria and is considered a nonsterile substance.

Even if you think pee is harmless, it contains various substances like ammonia, urea, and creatinine, which promote the growth of harmful microorganisms. If you or someone else in your household has a weak immune system or a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, exposing them to urine can exacerbate their symptoms and increase their risk of infections.

Causes Odors


Another downside of peeing in the shower is that it can cause unpleasant odors in the bathroom. Urine has a distinctive smell that can linger in the air and on surfaces for hours, especially if it mixes with soap, shampoo, or other chemicals in the shower. If you don’t rinse the shower thoroughly after peeing, or if you let the urine accumulate in the drain, you may create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold that emit foul odors.

Violates Social Norms

Grossed Out

Finally, peeing in the shower may be considered socially inappropriate or taboo in some cultures and situations. While it’s true that many people pee in the shower and don’t see anything wrong with it, others may view it as disrespectful or unhygienic. If you share a bathroom with others, or if you have guests over, peeing in the shower without their consent or knowledge may lead to awkward or uncomfortable situations.

The Verdict: Is It Okay to Pee in the Shower?

So, what’s the final answer? Is it okay to pee in the shower or not? The truth is, it depends on your personal preference, your living conditions, and your values. The health threat posed by urinating in the shower is low but can seem unsanitary for many people. 

If you feel comfortable peeing in the shower and are willing to take the risk of spreading germs and odors, you can do it as long as you clean the shower regularly and don’t harm anyone else. However, if you’re concerned about hygiene, respect, or social norms, you may want to avoid peeing in the shower or at least communicate your intentions with others.