Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Brits escape to the bathroom for peace, quiet and to avoid kids during lockdown

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Millions of people have escaped to the bathroom during the lockdown as it becomes their sanctuary for some peace and quiet.

A study of 2,000 adults found 68% reckon the bathroom has had a positive impact on their mood.

And 36% claimed they been spending longer there than ever before.

A third said they enjoyed the calmness and solitude, while 39% said it helped them unwind after a hard day.

But 22% find it the only place they can get some peace and quiet.

A spokesman for Soap & Glory, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s been really interesting to see the nation’s different attitudes towards the bathroom since the start of the pandemic.

“We have all needed a bit of ‘me-time’ and it shows that the bathroom is the perfect place for us to enjoy this.

“It’s a room where we can unwind with a bath or shower and there is a lock on the door when you really need to have five minutes to yourself.”

The average adult now spends 22 minutes for a leisurely daily wash, which equates to almost six days a year.

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It also emerged 28% pampered themselves more in the bathroom since the first lockdown.

And 55% will continue with their regime long after restrictions have ended.

The research, conducted via OnePoll, also found extra time spent in the bathroom means 90% have given their place of peace some ‘DIY TLC’ over the last 12 months of lockdown

Upgrades include a fresh lick of paint (35%), new tiles (21%), a new mirror (28%).

More than three in 10 admitted buying fancy new accessories (31%) such as toothbrush holders, towels, and soap dispensers and a quarter installed a new shower.

The spokesman added: “Now more than ever, as people are seeking true escapism in their house, a private place to get away from it all and have some ‘me time’, they want to find ways to make this space the best refuge possible.”

  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus

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