Our Indian Bathroom

Our Indian Bathroom

I did a bit of a tour, when we first settled in our new apartment together, but it wasn’t much of a tour. I hope to do a video tour soon, but until then, here’s our bathroom!

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We have a shower, as well as a regular faucet to fill up the multi-purpose bucket. It’s only cold water for now. We would have to hook up a geyser (small water heater) for hot water to come out of our faucet. The geyser can be connected to the wall, as seen in the reflection of the mirror.

Then there’s our small shelf for our tons of products, the mirror, the corner shelf, and the toilet.

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In the heat of the summer, we take either showers or “bucket baths”. We fill the bigger bucket up, and use the small “mug” (as my husband calls it) to scoop the water and pour it over ourselves. This bucket is multi-purpose for us. I also wash our laundry in this bucket, and sometimes fill it with water to wash the floors with the pink cloth hanging on the tube nearby. That’s right – wash the floors by hand. That hole in the wall is rather unknown. Not sure why it’s there, but we found it that way.

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As you may have noticed, this bathroom is known as a “wet bathroom”. Meaning, there is nothing to catch the water – no tub, no boundary of any kind – so the water goes all over the floor, and drains in either the shower or sink drain. It’s kind of like washing the bathroom floor while you bathe. Because of this, our bathroom is equipped with an open ventilation window, as pictured above, probably to prevent molding or rot of any kind.

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We keep our laundry products over here. Bar soap, powder soap, soap tray and brush. Check out my post about housekeeping in India for more information on washing clothes in India, and other ways to clean your home.

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Here’s our western style toilet. While I don’t mind both western and eastern style toilets, I’m far more comfortable with western. In my husband’s home, there is an eastern style toilet, which can be challenging to use – especially dressed up in a saree.
The spout on the left is generally for washing up after going to the bathroom. The smaller bucket, the “mug”, is filled here, and used to clean up instead of toilet paper. The faucet on the right controls the water flowing into the back of the toilet, to help it flush properly.
Beside the toilet is the “wiper” – essentially a squeegee. It’s used to wipe the water off of the floor, or rather, to scoot it closer to the drain for faster drying.

If you are interested in seeing any other part of our home, let me know in the comments! If you have any questions, or anything to add, please do!

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14 thoughts on “Our Indian Bathroom

  1. Winters are fast approaching and you may require hot water. A humble suggestion, since it is only two of you, you may heat water in a big vessel on gas and use it for bathing. Do you have LPG gas cylinder or piped gas?? Piped gas is little cheaper. Geyser consumes a lot of electricity plus Indian plumbing is a bit up and down sometimes. The pipes in our society have rusted due to salty water in Dwarka. People had to get the entire pipes reinstalled to install the geyser.

    We are happy that in winters the electicity bill is low with no AC. We heat are bathing water on gas. So, if you want to save electricity this winter you can give it a go.

    In India winters are also the month when income tax is deducted from the salary. Since electricity consumption is low due non use of AC, it is a little mercy to us. Otherwise, the combination of reduced salary and high electricity bills would have been disastorous.

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    1. We have cylinder gas. Which, I’m not fully comfortable with, but it has served us well.
      Luckily, I have already survived an Indian winter with no geyser. We have an immersion rod, which I am also not happy with, but again, it has served us well.
      We have a tiny space heater, for warmth.

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  2. the toilet also as is visible has a bidget which throws a jet of water for cleaning purposes. The second tap is attached to it.

    btw how is the quality of water there. Do u have to buy water for drinking and cooking? water is salty in South West Delhi.

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    1. Haha… Have you been everywhere, friend?
      We buy water for drinking and cooking yes, to my frugal husband’s dismay. He insists that the water we fill our tank with every night is suitable for drinking, but I don’t take chances like that.
      The ground water is salty, but we don’t fill our tanks with that. When something was going on with the water pipes, we had to fill our tanks with salty ground water for awhile. It was awful. Left the skin feeling dry, no soap would lather when washing. Almost acidic, if you tried brushing your teeth with it. Awful stuff.

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      1. Bidgets are standard these days with western toilets in India. We have it too. Another variations is a hose sprayer. It consists of a pipe with a sprayer at the end. These are the two variations. The water is salty here too. It is a constant problem in Dwarka and nearby areas. It leaves dark smudges on the bathroom floor and utensils.

        We also have a smaller tank which gets supply water for each flat, which is sweet, while the overhead tank water is salty. It affects the skin and hair. We have RO plant in our society which has helped to improve the water quality. Earlier, water from the tank tasted tangy like “Golgappa water”.

        When we shifted from our government flat in south delhi to Dwarka we realized that there are different types of “water”. Hard water, soft water, borewell water, supply water. The only water that we knew off in our government accommodation was that which came out of the tap and it was really good quality.

        What is the electricity position??

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  3. Oh my dear Indian bathrooms, especially western style and/or eastern style toilets all around India! haha I’ve had positive as well as negative experiences with them, to be honest. That’s a different story though 😀 Thanks for showing your bathroom and explaining everything in detail. Can’t wait for the video tour, would love to see your flat in India and how flats in India look like because I’ve never been to an Indian apartment!

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  4. I just found your blog and I love it!!! I am also a gori married to an Indian. I’m from the US but living in Gurgaon with him for now. I am SO ALONE here! Finding your blog is such a blessing!

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  5. So this is what’s wrong with my hair! I’ve been complaining that ever since I arrived in India this past August my hair has felt like straw. This salty water must be why. Anything I can do about it???

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    1. Indians make a habit of using oil in their hair, and because of the quality of water – I now use oil as well! I use coconut or almond oil, as both work really well in my hair. Leave it in for a few days, wash it out, and repeat. 🙂
      I hope it works for you!

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