Sitting in a shallow, rapidly cooling bath is the reverse of relaxing. Rather of luxuriating in a neck-deep pool of warm water– God, the dream– you’re forced to pick which parts of your body you want submerged, rotating them strategically to keep the exposed bits from getting too cold.
The only irreversible solution to this problem is replacing your little, unfortunate tub with one specifically designed for soaking, however for obvious reasons, this isn’t in the cards for the majority of people. Until you can make all your fancy tub dreams come true, you can add a couple of extra inches of soaking space to the tub you already have with a cheap overflow drain cover– offered that you use it correctly (If you don’t, it’ll not do anything at all.) There are 2 secrets to getting the most out of a drain cover, and fortunately, they’re very basic.
Only utilize it for baths
Suction cups work best when both they and the surface they’re applied to are tidy and dry. To do this, remove the overflow cover after every use so it has time to dry out totally before your next one. Don’t leave it on while you shower or hand-wash your delicates; it’ll just get covered with soap residue and stop working.
On that note, you’ll also want to clean any sticking around residue off the bath tub and the cover itself prior to sticking it on, particularly if you enjoy a bubble bath (or a bath bomb). Soap and water will work, however if you’re restless, simply provide both surfaces a fast wipe with rubbing alcohol– it liquifies nearly everything and evaporates quickly, leaving behind a tidy, completely dry surface.
Position it properly.
For best results, you ought to always line up the top of the cover (the part with the huge hole) with the top of your overflow drain, not the bottom. This develops a nice air bubble around business end of the drain, which is essential to keeping the rising bathwater out. Press strongly on each little suction cup to make certain it’s secured. For a visual guide, have a look at this video from the (incredibly-named) bathsofdistinction YouTube channel:
Overflow covers aren’t exactly complicated devices, however getting the most out of them does require a bit of method. Now that you know how to do simply that, you can start taking better, more relaxing baths whenever you want.