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A bathroom or washroom is a room, usually in a house or other residential building, that contains either a bathtub or a shower (or both). A wash basin is commonly included. In some parts of the world, such as India, a toilet is typically included in the bathroom; in others, the toilet is typically given its own room separate from the one designated for personal hygiene activities. In North American English, the term “bathroom” can refer to any room in a home that has a toilet, regardless of whether or not it has a bath or shower.
Bathing was historically a group activity that took place in public baths. In some countries, the shared social aspect of cleansing the body is still present.
Some bathrooms have a bathroom cabinet for personal hygiene products and medications, as well as drawers or shelves (sometimes in column form) for towels and other items.
Some bathrooms contain a bidet, which might be placed next to a toilet.
A bathroom’s design must account for the use of both hot and cold water in significant amounts for cleaning the body. Water is also used to transport solid and liquid human waste to sewers or septic tanks. Water may splash against the walls and floor, and hot humid air may cause condensation on cold surfaces.