History of the Shower

It goes without saying that one of the most sought-after pleasures that people look forward to after a hard day is a a hot, relaxing shower. The show you see today has come a long way since it was first invented. Actually, the first shower was more naturalistic like waterfalls and lakes. Back in the days when our forefathers used to live in caves, the best way they could shower was to go under a waterfall. Apparently, people would seek out these spots by traveling for long distances after realizing that this was the most effective way of washing after a hard day of hunting.

Ancient Egyptians

One of the main problems faced by the ancient hunters was that they didn’t have access to their own private waterfalls. However, as human started being innovative, they were able to replicate the effects of a waterfall by simply pouring water on their bodies.

The ancient Egyptians are believed to be the first people to realize the potential that this approach could offer. They are thought to be the masterminds behind establishing how the shower could be used as a thing of luxury. In fact, elder members of the Egyptian community ordered slaves or servants to bring jugs of water to their shower rooms.

Ancient Greeks

Greeks not only adopted this idea of a shower but also improved by inventing the first drainage system. They didn’t really like the idea of having waste from one’s session hanging around, so they developed an ingenious system to transport water in and out of the rooms through lead pipes. For this reason, Ancient Greeks could be considered to be the first plumbers.


The Romans were known for their love of constructing large bathrooms and keeping clean. They had developed and built an advanced sewage system and this was a vivid indication of the investment that the Romans were willing to put to ensure that they maintain a high level of hygiene.

The modern shower

The first shower was patented in 1767 by a London stove maker known by the name William Feetham. This shower pumped water into a basin above the head of the user before pulling a chain to release cold water. But the noticeable downside of this invention was that that same dirty water had to be reused every time the chain is pulled during the same shower session. Can you say yuck? =)

In 1820, the English Regency shower was invented by an anonymous entrepreneur. This breakthrough offered a hot shower for the very first time. It was then adapted further as an old Roman and Greek plumbing technique was rediscovered. This meant that people didn’t have to use the same old water.

In the 1920s, the United States started selling fancier shower accessories to the public as opposed to just the rich. Today, showers have become popular, with a wide range of attachments, showerheads, and other goods now available in the market.