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8 reasons you should pee in the shower (and not feel gross about it)

Charlotte Hilton Andersen is the author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything and runs the popular health and fitness website of the same name, where she tries out a new workout every month, specializing...

Weird but true — peeing in the shower is cleaner than going in the toilet

It's that one thing you never thought would be socially acceptable but is now totally OK to do. George may have gotten flak for peeing in the shower at the gym on Seinfeld, but back here in the real world, a morning shower pee is thought to help cut down on water waste. The University of East Anglia even went so far as to create a whole program dedicated to the act. The university's "Go with the Flow" campaign sparked a media frenzy in 2014 after two students estimated that peeing in the shower could save the campus 187 million gallons of water a year.

Peeing in the shower is the great equalizer — it's something most of us do but don't admit to. Or if we do 'fess up, it's with a sense of shame. But frat boys everywhere can rejoice because one university in Britain is saying that not only is shower peeing not bad, it's actually better than toilet tinkling!

1. It's economical

UofEA estimates that the new program will save the university over $230,000 a year in water costs. Your personal savings might not be that impressive (although who knows how much you pee?) but who wouldn't love to lighten up their utility bill?

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2. It's good for the environment

Administrators at UofEA say, "With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over." They did not comment on how much of that pool water was already filled with urine but now you're imagining it. You're welcome. Plus, less paper waste in the sewage system means less cleanup needed.

3. It's more hygienic

Many public health officials have long wondered how toilet paper ended up as the clean standard for post-potty clean up. But it was Will.i.am who explained the dilemma best: "Get some chocolate, wipe it on a wooden floor, and then try to get it up with some dry towels. You’re going to get chocolate in the cracks. That’s why you gotta get them baby wipes." Dry paper just kind of smears things around and for women, wiping back to front can introduce bacteria into the urethra causing a painful infection. No such problem in the shower where clean water rinses everything down and out!

4. It's cleaner

We're not as bad as men but women can also drip, leak or otherwise "mist" the toilet seat. I don't know how it happens but it just does. Add toilet paper to the mix and, well, that's how you end up with gas station restrooms. There's a reason that many countries that are not America use bidets, toilet-like devices that squirt water for bottom cleaning.

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