What to Do When You Don't Have a Bathtub
Longing for a Bath!
I have always enjoyed a good, long soak with music, candles, and the works. Even so, when the opportunity to buy a nice house at a good price came along three years ago, I had to take it—even without a bath. For the last three years, I showered, went to the local pool as often as possible, and searched for a portable bath.
The problem with portable baths is that they are usually too expensive, too big, unwieldy, and have to be inflated. After diligent searching for years, I finally found this one, and I have to share the information!
A Perfect Fit!
I love this bath! At a little over 27" high and 25" wide, it fits perfectly in my shower stall. It's several layers of thick plastic and fabric, so it's not flimsy—and it keeps the water hot. It stays standing thanks to several rigid PVC poles that hold up the sides.
It's like a Japanese soaking tub. I can't stretch out in it, but when I'm sitting down in it, I can barely see over the side. I can run hot water all the way up to my chin, and it's just lovely.
I don't think it uses any more water than a regular bath, maybe less. When I'm in it, I don't fill it all the way up. Naturally, I displace a great deal of water! I'd say it uses about 35 gallons of water, tops.
Care and Maintenance Are Easier Than Expected
When I found this bath, I went ahead and ordered it. Still, I wondered how I would go about drying it and storing it. I didn't care! I had to have a bath!
When it arrived, I still had not come up with a solution. Once I had it set up, I realized that I had a small drying rack in the closet upstairs that would work perfectly. It was just the right size, but I decided I needed to put a towel over the top for padding to prevent damage to the inside of the tub.
Draining Can Be a Bit Puzzling
After my first wonderful bath, I tried turning the knob on the drain apparatus and found it very difficult. I was afraid I might break something if I continued to try. Luckily, there is a plug in the bottom of the tub. I pulled that and propped it open to drain out the water.
The first time, this took a while because I had not positioned the plug over the drain hole in my shower (since I thought I would be using the drain apparatus). Since then, I have just positioned the plug over the drain hole and draining is super fast!
After draining, I turn the tub over in the shower to drain a bit before setting up the draining rack. That way, it's pretty dry before I have to handle it much.
Cleaning and Drying Take a Bit of Care
This sort of tub is not intended for cleaning yourself. You need to be pretty clean before you soak, and you shouldn't use soap or wash your hair or anything.
So far, I've kept the tub clean by just wiping out the insides with a clean cloth as soon as I stand up and open the plug. I suppose I'll also need to spray the insides with a mild cleaner and wipe it out when it's completely dry at some point.
I leave the tub inverted on the drying rack overnight to be sure it's completely dry before collapsing it for storage.
I May Face Complications With Storage
The instructions that come with the tub say to disassemble it completely and fold it up lengthwise in a way that makes it very small. When done this way, it could be stored just about anywhere.
When I started to do that, I worried that disassembling the top multiple times would eventually result in loosening the connections between the bending rods and sockets that form the ring at the top of the tub. I decided, instead, to simply remove the PVC rods that support the sides and allow the tub to collapse down. This seems to be fine so far, but I worry that bends in the plastic material may eventually cause leaks.
I wrap the tub up in an old bedspread, and I find that it fits handily under a twin-sized day bed.
The Perfect Solution for Me
Adding a bathtub to my house would pretty much mean destroying the bathroom, and that's something I don't really want to do. I like the shower that came with the house, and I have come to like going for a regular swim a couple of times a month. Even so, there is nothing like being able to relax and unwind with a good, hot bath privately, at home.
I was so thrilled to find this item that I just had to share it with others who might be in a situation similar to mine. I hope this information is helpful to others living in houses or small apartments that do not have bathtubs!