The Perfect Bathroom Valentines Gifts


It’s Valentines Day, a day of love, romance and spoiling that special someone in your life. Chocolates and flowers have been overdone and are so over rated, why not find great bathroom items that will make her bathroom experience a pleasant one?

Now you could offer a complete bathroom remodel, gutting the bathroom and design your loved one a spectacular spa inspired modern bathroom or you can make some subtle changed, add a designer radiator, buy her a new bathroom cabinet or better yet, give the bathroom a clean, giving her a break from the mundane task.

Other great Valentines ideas for the bathroom include things to spoil her, when she gets home from work tonight she can go and relax in a wonderful bath while you get the children ready for bed.

Valentines Day Ideas

Candles, Petals and Wine

Make a Bathroom Gift Pack

Spend some time today finding those luxurious bath items that will make her day, all you need is a bottle of bubble bath, a scented candle, some heart shaped soaps and some bath scents.

Get some red paper and a ribbon, place all the items in a basket and wrap it up, welcome her home with the children being fed and bathed, leaving the bathroom just for her to enjoy her special gift pack.

Other Items

If you don’t have time to make a gift pack, Valentines gifts for the bathroom can be a snugly bath robe in bright red to mark the special day. Or find some heart shaped soaps, place them in the bathroom with rose petals in the toilet and bath, just ways you can make your bathroom a special place on this romantic day.

It’s true that with our busy family and work lives we don’t spend enough quality time together, it’s the little things we do that show our loved ones how much we care. If you’re thinking of giving the bathroom a good clean and then adding rose petals here is how you can go about it.

What you may not know is that vinegar mixed with water is one of the best cleaning agents for your bathroom. Vinegar gets all water and soap marks off glass and mirrors with ease. Spray cleaner into the bath and basin, add some bleach down the toilet and start wiping the mirror and shower enclosure with vinegar and water.

Once the mirror and glass surfaces are done, wipe out the bath, by now the cleaner has dug into the grime and made it easy to wipe off, give the toilet a flush and you’re ready for the rose petals.

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Spice Up Your Student Accommodation Bathroom


Because you’re a student and living in student accommodation doesn’t mean your bathroom needs to have the bare essentials in it. You can spice it up without spending a lot of money and enjoy the convenience you would enjoy if you were using your bathroom back home.

Paint Party

Whether you’re in shared accommodation or have a small studio apartment near campus you can get some friends together and give your bathroom a lick of paint. Choosing white is the best option as white gives the bathroom a brighter feel which in turn makes it feel bigger than it is. Not to mention that hanging out with friends and painting is always a great and fun way to spend the evening.

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Painted Bathroom Floor and Walls

Accessories

Adding some comforts from home will not only give your bathroom a more homely feel but make you more comfortable in your own space. From towels to candles and other bathroom accessories, these will all just make your bathroom look that extra special.

Mirrors

For student accommodation the back lit bathroom mirrors are a must, they are stylish and trendy and will make a statement in any bathroom. Never mind that they come with a range of benefits including the fact that they offer additional light in a darker bathroom, they give you place to get ready for glasses and they work as an art piece on your bathroom wall.

The advantage to the back lit bathroom mirrors is the different shapes and sizes available from round to rectangular with either vertical or horizontal lights. Placing one above the basin will not only make your student bathroom look stylish, but will give it that modern twist.

Storage

Now that you’ve given your bathroom a lick of paint, added some accessories from home and placed a back lit bathroom mirror on your wall you need space to store all your bathroom items, especially if you are sharing a bathroom.

Any bathroom can become cluttered in the blink of an eye so having adequate storage for all your products can help keep your bathroom neat at all times. You don’t need to spend a fortune, a small bathroom cupboard with just enough storage space for all your goodies can make a huge impact on your bathroom, leaving it neat and tidy and making you feel more comfortable in your student space.

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Make Your Own Christmas Bathroom Decorations


Merry Christmas, it’s an exciting day today. The children are busy opening their gifts from Santa, you are cooking a turkey and your guests will be arriving in a few hours. While Christmas often feels like a mad rush, there is always that enjoyable family day to look forward to once the cooking is over.

Your house is probably decorated, the tree is standing bright in the living room and your dining room is filled with Christmas cheer, but did you remember the bathroom?

Your guests are going to head to the bathroom a few times when the visit today, so why not add some festive cheer to your bathroom too, the children can help and make it a fun family activity.

Christmas decorated bathroom

Christmas Bathroom Decorations

Make Your Own Christmas Towels

This one is not for the children, but you can take a few of your hand towels, find some extra red or green material and make your own Christmas towels. All you need to do is cut out a Christmas tree design from your coloured material and stitch it to the bottom of your hand towels, when you hang them over your towel rail, they will ooze Christmas.

Put a Miniature Christmas Tree Together

Making a miniature Christmas tree is actually easier than you think, no one says you have to use a specific type of tree, use a potted plant or a cutting from an outdoor tree, place it in a glass jar or vase and add some Christmas decorations. Your tree can stand on your vanity next to the basin, in the window or anywhere you have space in your bathroom.

Make a Scented Wreath

Who said a wreath must go on the front door? If you have a spare hook in your bathroom a scented wreath will not only decorate your bathroom but will help it to smell amazing. Wrap some holly into a wreath, this may take some time, it’s much easier if you have a spare wreath to start with, tie some red bows to make it festive and push some lavender into the wreath to give it that wonderful smell.

Add Some Sprigs of Holly

Holly and Christmas go perfectly together, send the children out to get some holly and make a garland or just pop it around the bathroom mirror, you only need enough to give your bathroom a Christmas feel, holly looks beautiful with a red bow, just to finish off the picture.

Let it Snow

Spray some snow along your bathroom mirror, a traditional Christmas feel that will finish your Christmas bathroom decorations off beautifully.

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Step Forward in Time with Infinity Bathroom Mirrors

Blue Infinity Mirror

Have you always been a Star Trek fan? Now you may wonder how on earth I have chosen Star Trek as my topic of choice when talking about bathrooms, but when you look at infinity bathroom mirrors, it’s like taking a step forward in time.

When you think back to the Star Trek days when tablets were items we could only hope for and face to face calling seemed impossible, the Trekkies knew that someday it would all be possible. Today we enjoy voice over internet calling face to face with family and friends all over the world and we use tablet PC’s just like they did in the original Star Trek series.

But how does any of this relate to your bathroom? Have you see infinity bathroom mirrors? They are like taking a step into the future, they are the most stylishly designed mirrors I have ever seen which can offer a bathroom a unique “wow” factor that you won’t find anywhere else.

When you look at the blue LED infinity bathroom mirrors for example, you immediately think of something unimaginable, they would be something from the future, you are just waiting for the star ship to pull up outside and beam you up.

These mirrors are eye catching and a great focal point for any bathroom, the lights seem to fade to infinity within the mirror, turning your mirror into a decorative art piece for the bathroom.

Whether you are a Star Trek fan or not or whether you have a large or small bathroom, the infinity bathroom mirrors can offer your bathroom a centre piece that is visually appealing, stylish and adds a sophisticated flair to the space. Available with bright LED lights these mirrors use a 3D optical effect to make your bathroom the stylish space you wanted to achieve.

The best thing about these mirrors is that they are just normal mirrors until you flick the switch. You can use them in the morning when getting ready for work and then switch them on when you are having guests over to add a “wow” factor to your bathroom space. They will not only look amazing, but will give your bathroom a pleasant light that is welcoming and attractive.

You can lie back in the bath and gaze at the optical illusion of your infinity bathroom mirrors or you can just pop them on to impress your family and friends, but there is one thing for certain they offer your bathroom a very stylish wall art that makes you feel like you are walking into the future.

Top 5 Shower Radios


So you’ve come to the realisation that you need a new shower enclosure and so you’ve done the right thing and browsed through Kings Bathrooms range of quality shower enclosures to find the best style suitable for your space and style in your bathroom.

You have also been astounded and amazed at the price of your new shower enclosure from Kings Bathroom that you had to tell all your family and friends about the amazing deal. If they don’t believe you then you point them to the new Kings Bathroom You Tube video to prove the amazing styles and prices (conveniently situated below). If they are still not convinced you welcome them round to see your home to see your new bathroom centre piece with a beaming smile.

So you’ve brought and installed your new shower enclosure from Kings Bathroom and saved yourself enough money for a good slap up meal. You’ve also managed to convince your family and friends of this amazing shower enclosure deal and hope that they to will take up the amazing offer.

You then decide that today is the day when you are going to have your first shower in your new enclosure. You drop the towel on the bathroom floor and step in as naked as when you were born, turn the shower on and then you realise ………….you forgot to buy a new shower radio.

Shower radios are brilliant they give you useful information in the morning from the news, weather and travel reports. Plus they provide music for you to dance and sing (usually badly unless your blessed with a voice like Tom Jones or Aretha Franklin).

So to help you have the best shower experience possible in your new shower enclosure here is my top 5 shower radios to purchase.

Top 5 Shower Radios

  1. Steepletone Penguin Shower Radio
  2. H20-100 Power Water Pressure Powered Shower Radio
  3. Microphone Shower Radio
  4. Hipe Waterproof Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker & Hands free Speakerphone for streaming Audi and Answering your phone-White
  5. Clatonic DR 814 Shower Radio with Motion Sensor – White

Penguin Shower Radio

  1. Steepletone Penguin Shower Radio

This is a good all round fun shower radio that is ideal for people with a fun sense of humour or for a family with kids. The radio is in the shape of a penguin with a rubber ring and goggles. It has easy to use buttons and requires 3 AA batteries to work and can tune into both FM and MW.

Water Powered Shower Radio

  1. H20 – 100 Power Water Pressure Powered Shower Radio

This is a fantastic shower radio that is truly a work of brilliant innovation. The radio does not need batteries to work as it is powered by the water pressure of the shower. I mean that is very clever plus environmentally friendly and cost saving on batteries.

The radio is easy to install directly onto the faucet of your shower, when you turn the shower on it turns the turbine inside the radio and generates power to run the radio. The radio will also work after the shower is turned off as the turbine also charges up the rechargeable battery inside meaning you can be listening to your tunes while drying off. Easy to use buttons are situated on the front of the radio.

Microphone Shower Radio

  1. Microphone Shower Radio

If you enjoy singing in the shower and I mean who doesn’t, then this is the shower radio for you. The radio is shaped like a microphone with easy to use buttons on the side. There is also a hook at the bottom so when you don’t want to sing into the mic when your favourite tune is playing you can always hang it up. This is defiantly the radio if you are a budding rock or pop star.

Bluetooth Shower Radio

  1. Hipe Waterproof Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker & Hands free Speakerphone for streaming Audi and Answering your phone-White

This is the most hi-tech and expensive of the radios listed but it does come with some impressive features that warrant the price tag. The radio is Bluetooth enabled and so you can connect to any other Bluetooth device. This enables you to be able to stream music and even answer phone calls from your mobile while being in the shower. This is defiantly the radio for people constantly on the move or gadget lovers. This radio has easy to use buttons on the front and is available in white or black.

Motion Sensor Shower Radio

  1. Clatonic DR 814 Shower Radio with Motion Sensor

This is a fantastic shower radio that has some great features. The radio has easy to use buttons located on the front of it and a hook at the top but that is not the main feature of this radio. The main feature is that the radio has a built in motion sensor that automatically turns the radio on and off. It also has both AM and FM bands giving you a wide choice of stations to listen to.

Well hope you enjoyed my top 5 shower radios and that you found your perfect companion to compliment your new shower enclosure.

As always please drop me a comment I’d love to hear from you.

Shower Enclosure Sale to save you from Olympic Blues


The Olympics has finally drawn to a close and the Paralympics is soon to begin. With all this excitement coming to an end after Great Britain producing some simply stunning results this has been a fantastic games.

But what will everyone do now that the games are not going to be back for another 4 years? Plus they are moving a long distance all the way over to sunny Brazil.

To help you all deal with the frustration of what to do with all this spare time now. Here at Kings Bathrooms we are having a huge sale on nearly all of our shower enclosures to help you pass the time.

Here is a list of all the shower enclosure types available in our sale.

Pivot Door Shower Enclosures

Bow Hinge Door shower Enclosures

Bi-Fold Door Shower Enclosures

Quadrant Shower Enclosures

Offset Quadrant Shower Enclosures

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

Side Panels

Bath Shower Screens

Walk Thru Shower Enclosures

Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Let me give you a couple of comparison between our prices and the leading high street prices.

B&Q 800mm Quadrant Shower Enclosure £219.98

Better Bathrooms 800mm Quadrant Shower Enclosure £89.00

Kings Bathroom 800mm Quadrant Shower Enclosure £59.99

Wickes 760mm Pivot Door Shower Enclosure £161.49

Kings Bathroom 760mm Pivot Door Shower Enclosure £59.99

As you can see we have absolutely huge savings and beat our competitors hands down.

We are so sure that you will be blown away with our prices that we have guaranteed that you won’t find the same shower enclosure both make and model anywhere cheaper in the UK.

If you are suffering from Olympic blues, and need something to do. Why not re-invigorate your bathroom with a new shower enclosure from Kings Bathrooms.

The Power of Calm to Bring you Back From the Dark Side


It’s Monday and that means another whole week of work something that not a lot of people crave, but it’s the way the cookie crumbles. Plus everyone has to work so no use in moaning about it so let’s just enjoy our new week. So with enjoying this new week we have a wonderful new Alternative Bathroom Blog. Yay, Whoooo, yay, wicked, pucker, brilliant whooo.

Anyway moving swiftly on, I was thinking about what great tit bits and useless information I could convey to you all today. I mean last week we had the excitement of trying to figure out which superhero is best to re-decorate your bathroom and before that we had the celebration of the humble toilet. But I was stumped on what to briefly discuss with you all. Then it came to me or more a close friend gave it to me, that spark of an idea for this blog.

It was over a brief texting conversation about him being angry and needing to calm down that he used the expression ‘the power of calm’. Wow what a great expression I mean it just says so much. So it got me thinking what makes me annoyed that I would need to call on the power of calm. Then like a fly hitting the window screen of a car going 80mph I knew what makes me infuriated and gets me annoyed, three small letters DIY.

DIY Fail

DIY is essentially what Kings Bathrooms is all about to a certain degree anyway. We sell all varieties of bathroom products ranging from luxury whirlpool baths to the lowly but essential waste pipes. So although DIY frustrates and annoys me I’m actually working for a DIY company in essence. It’s no wonder I haven’t thrown my computer out of the window and run around the showroom with my pants on my head, shouting obscene profanities at the static products in sheer anger. But its ok, my pants are still on keeping my bits and pieces comfy and my computer is still situated in front of me as I type.

I do exaggerate for effect because I actually don’t mind DIY it’s more the fact that I’m not particularly good at it which is the main problem. My brother is a carpenter/multi-trade handyman and my dad is also very good at DIY. I think unfortunately the DIY gene skipped me although my dad is still trying to engage me in this trade by buying me drill bits for Christmas. The only problem is I don’t even own a drill rendering the wonderful drill bits useless. Anyway that’s enough family history and deviating back to the ‘the power of calm’.

The power of calm is essential when undertaking any DIY task as I found out when re-sealing my bath tub over the weekend. The landlord had decided to put some kind of plastic skirting round the bath upon discovering a small leak coming from the bath. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever had one of these plastic skirting things round your bath but there’s simply no other way to put it, they are useless. They are as good as washing with a trout and towelling down with a hedgehog and using a skunk as aftershave. Maybe a bit harsh, I guess for an immediate short term fix they are ok apart from that just plain rubbish.

So I decided to under take this DIY challenge of re-sealing the bath tub and as I guide you through my journey be aware of the stages that occurred.

Stage 1 Fear

So as the skirting was half falling off I decided now is the time to take it off and simply run some new fresh sealant round the bath and solve all the problems. But as I removed the skirting it was with shock and horror that all the glue was still attached to it and still really sticky. Stage one of frustration had occurred the fear factor. Fear that I had just set myself up for a bigger job then expected.

Stage 2 Anger

It’s OK I said to myself and continued in scrapping off all the glue which was attached all around the bath and on the tiles and basically everywhere. But no matter how much I scrapped and pulled it off, it was still sticky and horrible and refused to come off. It was like an invisible glue monster that was constantly walking all around the bath tub leaving horrible gloopy glue everywhere. Stage two had kicked in the anger stage. I was starting to get really angry at this ridiculous amount of sticky mess ever where.

Stage 3 Hate

By now the stages in my mood are changing rapidly and what seemed like a great idea and a challenge which I felt I could achieve has driven me to hate. Hate the project hate the bath tub and especially hate the glue which was still all over the place.

Stage 4 Suffering

This lead me to the fourth and final stage, suffering. I was now alone in my bathroom listening to Mr Scruff (quality DJ check his stuff out its Funky goodness) on my laptop feeling low.

If you have an astute mind or are of the Jediism religion you would have figured out that I had gone to the dark side. That’s right I was turning into the Darth Vader of bathroom DIY. It’s all as master Yoda said

Yoda

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

–YODA, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

In conclusion the Power of Calm is not just a phrase that you can simply dismiss lightly. It should be at the forefront of your mind when undertaking any DIY task or even when undertaking any task in life. So I want to thank my friend publicly for introducing me to The Power of Calm, for without it I would be half man half machine with a serious breathing problem and dressed in black.

As always thanks for reading and please leave any comments as I’d love to hear from you if you have ever turned to the dark side when under taking a DIY task.

Friday Fun Super Villain Bathroom Poll


Earlier on this week we delved into the world of super hero’s and who you would have re-decorate your bathroom. We found out that although super hero’s are good at saving the world on potentially re-decorating a bathroom they maybe less then useless.

So for today’s Friday fun poll i thought it was time we give the super villans a chance at playing Lawerence Llwellyn Bowen. For anyone that does’nt know who he is. He is a camp presenter on one of those re-decorating home programes where it’s all a surprise and everyone always really likes it even though from the look on their faces they clearly hate it.

The Joker

Anyway enjoy the poll and if you feel like you are super enough and need a re-decoration be sure to check out all our products here.

Also please do comment if your favourite super villain isant listed, have fun.

What Superhero would you have re-decorate your bathroom?


With the release of the new Spiderman film and with the upcoming release of Batman The dark Knight Rises on the 20th of July (UK) I got to think as to which superhero would be ideal for helping me re-decorate a bathroom.

I feel I have to let you all know now before you carry on reading that I am a bit of a geek. That’s right, I am happy to say that I am a grown man who enjoys nothing more then delving into a world of super hero’s and super villains, reading comics and watching cartoons and more recently superhero films (to which the number is increasing dramatically).

I was that much of a fan of super hero’s when I was younger that I put on my Batman suit and thought I could fly. It turns out that just cos you have a cape doesn’t mean you can fly. So I learnt the hard way when as a 5 year old boy I jumped out of the upstairs bedroom window and needless to say I didn’t fly but more in quoting Toy Story “Fell with style” and landed head first into the ground. After realising I did not have super flying powers I also found out I wasn’t unbreakable and so ended up cracking my skull and knocking myself unconscious. I wish in some senses I was making this up but unfortunately not, but its ok I survived and although when I’m in tall buildings I do get the urge to jump off, I now know I’m not a super hero. So now that you know what you are letting yourself in for its time for me to go into uber-geek mode.

With regard to the initial thought of which super hero would I want to re-decorate my bathroom I immediately just started thinking about who are my favourite super hero’s. I feel again I should make another statement and say that I’m neither a DC nor a Marvel man I like both so I’m including hero’s from both of the two main comic companies. Anyway back to the question, my favourite hero’s are Batman (for obvious reasons i.e. physical scars in trying to replicate him), Spiderman (for his great wit and cool costume), Wolverine (for his bad-ass attitude and also his amazing healing powers) and a more obscure character Swamp Thing (because he’s big green and pretty much can’t be stopped unless he’s up rooted and put in a desert).

So I had my super hero’s and I was happy with my choices but then I started to think about it more and that’s where the problems started. Let me explain each super hero and why they were actually a bad choice for getting them to re-decorate my bathroom.

Batman           

The reason why Batman although he is my favourite super hero is simply the wrong choice to re-design my bathroom is that it would be like a cave. Don’t get me wrong I like caves but I don’t want my bathroom to look like a cave. Think about it, hanging above the toilet will be a bunch of bats (potentially doing their business everywhere). The walls would be all slimy and wet, it would be very cold and damp all the time and not to mention extremely dark. Although to Batman it would be home for me I like a warm pleasantly lighted bathroom.

Spiderman       

Spiderman is a cool dude there is no denying that, but the reason why I couldn’t have Spiderman re-decorate my bathroom is that there will be spiders and webs everywhere. My bathroom would look like one of the scenes from Indian Jones just spider’s webs everywhere and although I’m not scared of spiders I don’t really want to sit on the toilet and then as I start to get up realise I’m stuck to the seat. So that’s Spiderman ruled out.

Wolverine         

The reason why Wolverine is not a good choice to help me re-decorate is that there would be claw marks on everything. Also he does have a bit of a temper and is not reliable so would probably get in a huff about something and storm off leaving the bathroom unfinished. Sorry Wolverine you were made to fight and save people not to re-decorate bathrooms.

Swamp Thing       

Down to my last super hero surely Swamp Thing is good at re-decorating, unfortunately no. I mean think about it he lives in a swamp and so will end up making your bathroom into a swap as well. There would be flies everywhere and no amount of air freshener would be able to cope with the funk it would seep out daily. So Swap Thing would also not be a suitable candidate to re-decorate my bathroom.

So I leave you all with this puzzle which super hero would you pick to re-decorate your bathroom, because they are all amazing at saving the planet and just generally being super. But can any of them help you re-decorate a bathroom?

As usual please leave any comments as I’d love to hear if anyone can come up with a super hero to help them. All the best and thanks for reading. Below is a few more super heroes’ that would not be any help.

Hulk – The bathroom just wouldn’t get finished because he would get angry and destroy it when he stands on a screw or something.

The Flash – would do the bathroom to quickly he would make a bodge job of it screws missing etc

Aqua man – the bathroom would be underwater.

Captain America –   he would only want to use the colours red, white and blue to paint with.

Superman – His cloak would get in the paint and get everywhere plus he’d have to dart off and save the world every few hours so simply just not reliable.

Bathroom Phobias


I’m going to take you all on a journey to discover the deepest darkest fears of many people. This journey may uncover some hidden truths and fears that you have tried to ignore, but I don’t apologise for what I am about to reveal. So sit back, try to relax and read on as I unravel the mysteries and terror of bathroom phobias.

You may be thinking that I am going to be exploring the fear that many people have of horrible bathroom décor, the type of décor that has a voice and screams at you through your eye balls when you look at it. The type of décor where you swear the paint colour looks as if it’s come from the sneeze of a slug with a cold. Or the wallpaper that looks as if it’s been placed on a slide and a family of baboons with a bowel problem slide down it. I think you get the picture of this type of horrible décor. Maybe you are unfortunate to have such a disastrous bathroom, and I feel for you I really do (I take it the house was inherited and you are saving up for a complete re-decoration). Anyway it is not the fear of awful bathroom décor that I am going to be talking about, the fears that I will be discussing are a lot more common place and potentially even more terrifying.

So what are these fears you ask if not slug sneezing baboon sliding décor. Well I first feel I must give a disclaimer that I am not to be held responsible. If you have a flash back of a childhood memory that you have locked away and that you then need to go back to counselling before you can resume a normal day to day life. Don’t send me the bill cos I’m not paying, you have been fully warned.

To start this first stage of the journey off I will start off gently. The first fear is one that may seem trivial and in a sense comedic but to those that have this fear there is nothing funny about this at all.

Hinodiprobia is the name for this fear and it is the fear of soap. I know exactly what your thinking how can anyone be afraid of soap that’s ridiculous, but it’s true some people have a fear of soap and in particular bars of soap. Think about it for a moment, you are at your grandma’s house and you go to visit the toilet. You do your business and then turn to the basin to wash your hands, and there it is in front of you, a bar of soap that looks like it’s been there since time began. The soap has slowly decreased in size after dinosaurs and cavemen have used it, but its still there all wrinkly and cracked with strange discolouration on it.

Soap is good for you there is no doubting that it kills off germs which can potentially give you an upset stomach especially after going to the toilet. But this specific fear, in a sense like all fears is completely irrational and illogical. So why do people have this fear? Well I’m not a psychologist and also I don’t have this fear, so unfortunately I can only relay that this is a genuine bathroom fear, but I can’t elaborate.

Ok, moving swiftly on in our journey to a fear which everyone will instantly recognise and know. You may even have a sixth sense and know that I am going to mention the word Spiders or to give it the correct fear name Arachnophobia.

Spiders love bathrooms, they can’t get enough of crawling around down behind the back of the toilet. Then climbing up into the corner ceiling making some web based artwork followed by sliding and scampering about the bath. I bet if spiders could talk they would say that a bathroom is like a massive playground with roundabouts and slides galore, I guess that’s why they always hang out there.

Although the spiders are having fun it can not be said the same about people who suffer from Arachnophobia. Upon seeing a spider people who suffer with this fear usually do one of two things. They either stand as still as possible silently praying to themselves that the spider will go away, or they run about screaming like a little girl. I have personally witnessed both of these outcomes in particular I recall a big strong man being reduced to a quivering mess and running as fast as he can on seeing a spider. Again with the soap scenario I can not comment on why people have this fear, as again it is quite irrational seeing as the average size of a spider (in the UK) is barely bigger then a child’s thumbnail.

We now move on to the final most terrifying of all bathroom fears and one which is more bone chilling then mutating a soap and spider together to create a Spioap. The fear is so unbelievable scary that it is essentially an amalgamation of several phobias put together. The technical names for the phobias are Agoraphobia, Parcopresis and Paruresis, but in simple laymen terms it is the fear of going to the toilet in a strange place.

If you burst out laughing just after reading that last line then shame on you, the fear of going to the toilet is common place, and I will proudly say that I suffer from this. Although I do not suffer from this phobia to a severe degree just more in an uncomfortable sort of way rather then in a scared and frightened way. Basically I don’t like to go unless I’m in my own environment or at least an environment that I have become accustom to and are relaxed in. This may seem like too much information, but seeing as I’ve grown close to everyone over the last few paragraphs I feel I can let you know that I find it hard to de-clench when not in relaxed surrounding. I’m sure many other people suffer from this and maybe you’re there at home, work, school or where ever you are and you’re punching your hand in the air with sheer joy at the fact that you’re not the only one. Well I can tell you that you’re definitely not the only one. Below is a quote from a BBC article from November 2006.

A campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the crippling impact of toilet phobia.

The National Phobic Society estimates at least four million Britons are affected-but the true number could be many more.”

Now that article was written in 2006 that was 6 years ago so potentially there could be even more phobia sufferers. There are lots of reasons why people suffer from toilet phobia and as I said I am not a psychology expert nor am I an extreme sufferer. Everyone is unique and individual everyone has their own reasons why they have this phobia. It’s the same with all phobia’s no one knows why they have a particular phobia just they do.

To finish off this journey from our deepest darkest fears, I’m going to lead you to the light at the end of the tunnel. So what is this light at the end of the tunnel I hear you mutter to yourself, well here is my Jerry Springer words of wisdom.

We are all unique and wonderful individuals all with our own quirky fears and phobias mostly with no apparent reason for why. But the good thing is that although we maybe scared of spiders, soaps or de-clenching in public places you can be sure that there’s even more stranger phobia’s out there and that everyone has a phobia. So take care of yourselves and each other.  

Hope you enjoyed this blog and please do comment below if you have any unique phobia’s I’d love to hear about them. Also check out our Friday fun poll as it will be all about phobias. Thanks for reading as always.

PS if you want more information on phobias then check these sites out.

http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/about-anxiety/anxiety-disorders/toilet-phobia/

http://www.socialphobiaworld.com/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6128738.stm