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The bathroom is where we go when we need to be ourselves, it sees our greatest moments of vulnerability, both small and big

B&Q spokesman

Sex, phoning friends, drinking beer, and writing to-do lists are other things Brits get up to in the bathroom.

It also emerged that when it comes to bathroom rituals, 82 percent are particular about what way round the toilet roll faces – with 67 percent believing that the only correct way is to have the paper coming down “over” the rest of the roll to hide it.

And 74 percent must always shower in the same order – with the most popular routine for washing being face first, followed by hair, arms and armpits.

A spokesman for B&Q, which commissioned the study to find out what really goes on in the most secretive room in the house, said: “The bathroom is more than just a suite, taps and showers.

“It’s where we go when we need to be ourselves, it sees our greatest moments of vulnerability, both small and big.

“We help our customers build perfect spaces, with everything under one roof and our showroom teams ready to help, we want Brits to create that perfect space that’s all theirs, allowing them to be whoever they want to be.”

It also emerged 38 percent claim to have some of their best ideas when having a shower or bath.

More than a third have also done something in the bathroom they’ve kept a secret, such as eating or taking a nap.

One in six would even describe the bathroom as the heart of the home – but more than a quarter don’t like the way theirs is decorated.

As a result, 37 percent have plans to give it a makeover.

Changing the tiles, making the room bigger and a fresh colour were the top improvements respondents would like to make, while one in five long for underfloor heating.

While the biggest irritations in current bathrooms were toilets that don’t flush properly, leaking taps and running out of loo roll.

TOP 40 UNUSUAL THINGS ADULTS HAVE DONE IN THE BATHROOM:

  1. Cried
  2. Read a book
  3. Had sex
  4. Hid in there to avoid people
  5. Tried on new clothes/shoes
  6. Phoned friends/loved ones
  7. Washed the dog
  8. Fallen asleep in the bath
  9. Had a cup of tea
  10. Hung the washing to dry
  11. Sang in the mirror
  12. Given themselves a pep talk
  13. Played online games
  14. Painted their toenails
  15. Answered work emails
  16. Streamed a TV show in the bath
  17. Planned the weekly food shop
  18. Played video games
  19. Written to-do lists
  20. Watched the news
  21. Played games while sat on the toilet (like throwing a toilet roll into a bin)
  22. Taken or edited photos
  23. Fantasised about a scenario in the mirror
  24. Had a dance
  25. Had a beer
  26. Streamed a TV show on the loo
  27. Exercised
  28. Practiced a speech
  29. Had a sleep on the floor
  30. Stood on the side of the bath or toilet to see their whole outfit/shoes
  31. Had a business idea
  32. Answered the phone to their boss
  33. Fallen asleep on the loo
  34. Done some washing up
  35. Re-enacted a part of their day in the mirror
  36. Sent a message on a dating app
  37. Given houseplants a “spa day”
  38. Taken a video call on the loo
  39. Taken a video call in the bath
  40. Painted or drawn something

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